H. Elmer Kirkemo Interview, September 23, 1986


H. Elmer Kirkemo


Monte Turner and Mary Staninger



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H. Elmer Kirkemo, who came to Missoula in 1920 and got his architect license in 1924, recounts his work as a draftsman for A. J. Gibson on the Wilma building. Over his 40 years as an architect, he estimates that he built 294 buildings, including the Thornton Hospital, the Marcus Daly Hospital, the Liberal Arts and Forestry buildings on the University of Montana campus, the University Congregational Church and many others in western Montana and Idaho.


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Document Type

Oral History


Daly family; Ole Bakke; Kirkemo, H. E. (Henry Elmer), 1894-1987 -- Interviews; Architects -- Montana -- Missoula -- Interviews.; Architecture -- Idaho -- History; Architecture -- Montana -- History; Missoula (Mont.) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- History; Missoula (Mont.) -- History.; Hospital buildings -- Montana -- Missoula -- History -- 20th century; Gibson, A. J. (Albert John), 1862-1927; Wilma Theatre (Missoula, Mont.) -- History; Thornton Hospital (Missoula, Mont.) -- History; Marcus Daly Hospital (Hamilton, Mont.)

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Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Montana Businesses Oral History Collection, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 165-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (35 p.: 28 cm.)

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audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:46:41 minutes

Local Filename

OH_165_001.mp3; OH_165_001.pdf

H. Elmer Kirkemo Interview, September 23, 1986