Pat Williams Interview, June 12, 1997


Pat Williams


Bill Cunningham



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Pat Williams talks about his wilderness proposal for 1.7 million acres of national forest in Montana. He discusses Montanans’ views on wilderness and how water and wilderness are inextricably linked. Williams recalls defeating the Secretary of Interior’s proposal to open the Bob Marshall Wilderness in Montana to oil exploration. He describes defeating Ron Marlenee in the 1992 election for Montana’s only U. S. House of Representatives seat based on his views about Montana wilderness protection. Williams concludes by discussing Montanans’ close relationship to wilderness and land and it effect on their livelihoods.


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Document Type

Oral History


Williams, Pat, 1937- -- Interviews.; Legislators -- Montana -- Interviews; Legislators -- United States -- Interviews; Wilderness areas -- Law and legislation -- United States -- History -- 20th century; Northern Rockies Ecosystem Protection Act; Natural resources -- Montana; Land use -- Montana; Political campaigns -- Montana -- History -- 20th century; Bob Marshall Wilderness (Mont.); Marlenee, Ronald Charles, 1935- -- Political activity; Petroleum -- Prospecting -- Montana -- Bob Marshall Wilderness -- Legislative history

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Pat Williams Wilderness Interviews Oral History Project, OH 362, 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 /

Oral History Number

OH 362-003, 004

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.): analog + 1 transcript (21 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:19:01 minutes

Local Filename

OH_362_003_004.mp3; OH_362_003_004.pdf

Pat Williams Interview, June 12, 1997