Oral History Interview with Dorothy Eck and Peter Koehn, circa 1972


Dorothy Eck
Peter Koehn


Robert E. Eagle



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During the first part of the audio, Dorothy Eck, the State-Local coordinator for the Montana State Local Government Study Commission, speaks to an unidentified group about the Commission. She describes the type of work the commission is doing to implement the local government aspects of the new 1972 state constitution, noting that the Bureau of Government Research at the University of Montana will be involved in providing communities and the state with research assistance to assist with implementation. She also details some funding sources available to help local communities do a review of their government for the study commission.

During the second portion of the audio, Peter Koehn provides more context for Eck’s speech, and details the Bureau of Government Research’s role in the local government review process by conducting local forums. He also talks about the significance of Montana’s 1972 constitution—both the process of drafting it and the ratification of it.


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Document Type

Oral History


Eagle, Robert E.; Koehn, Peter H.; Eck, Dorothy, 1924- --Political activity.; Government reorganization—Montana; Constitutional conventions--Montana.; Constitutional history--Montana.; County government--Montana.; Local government--Montana.; Municipal government--Montana.; Public welfare—Montana.; Women politicians--Montana—Bozeman.; Women--Political activity--Montana.; Montana. Constitutional Convention (1889)--History.; Montana. Constitutional Convention (1971-1972); Montana. Constitutional Convention (1971-1972). Local Government Committee.; Montana. Constitutional Convention (1971-1972)--History.; Helena (Mont.); Montana--Politics and government--20th century.; Metropolitan government—Montana; City Local Government Study Commission; County Local Government Study Commission; University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.). Dept. of Political Science; University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.)—Faculty; Political science--Study and teaching (Higher)--Montana—Missoula; Montana Public Affairs Report; University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.: 1965-1994). Bureau of Government Research

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

1972 Montana Constitutional Convention Oral History Project, OH 346

Holding Institution

University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights Statement

Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections at the University of Montana, Mansfield Library.

Rights Holder

In Copyright

Oral History Number

OH 346-005

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.): analog + 1 transcript (13 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:41:21 minutes

Local Filename

OH_346_005.mp3; OH_346_005.pdf

Oral History Interview with Dorothy Eck and Peter Koehn, circa 1972