Pat Williams Interview, May 12, 1997


Pat Williams Interview, May 12, 1997


Pat Williams


Bill Cunningham


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Pat Williams recalls key legislation—RARE II and Big Hole, the Rattlesnake Wilderness Bill, and the Lee Metcalf Wilderness Bill—and colleagues—Morris Udall, Phillip Burton, James “Jim” Wright, Max Baucus, and John Melcher—that he encountered in the U.S. House of Representatives during his almost 20-year tenure as a congressman from Montana. He describes serving on the Interior Committee and Public Lands Subcommittee, both of which handled environmental and wilderness issues. Williams discusses the concept of wilderness and its various interpretations by the public and by politicians when he served in the House. He mentions having served on the Budget Committee during Ronald Reagan’s presidency.


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Document Type

Oral History


Max Baucus; John Melcher; Ronald Reagan, U.S. president; Morris Udall; Phillip Burton; James “Jim” Wright; Interior Committee; Public lands; Budget Committee; Rare II; Big Hole, Montana; Rattlesnake Wilderness Bill; Lee Metcalf Wilderness Bill; Williams, Pat, 1937- -- Interviews. Legislators -- Montana -- Interviews; Legislators -- United States -- Interviews; Public welfare -- United States -- History -- 20th century; Unemployment insurance -- United States -- History -- 20th century; Rural development projects -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 20th century; Economic development projects -- West (U.S.) -- History -- 20th century; Irish Americans -- Montana -- Butte; Butte (Mont.) -- Social conditions -- History -- 20th century -- Personal narratives; Mountain-Plains Education & Economic Development Program, Inc. (U.S.); Glasgow Air Force Base (Mont.)

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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 362-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (14 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:58:45 minutes

Local Filename

OH_362_001.mp3; OH_362_001.pdf

Pat Williams Interview, May 12, 1997