Robert Wolf Interview, November 15, 1989


Robert E. Wolf


Margy Brown and Dan Hall



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Robert Wolf examines public land law from several perspectives. He explains that the history of public land law involved the poorly regulated “withdrawal” of public lands by the military which resulted in the Ingalls (?) Act to standardize regulation. Wolf describes the second phase of public land law which involved regulating abuses of mining claims with perhaps the largest impact revolving around the connection between the Public Land Law revision and the Wilderness Act, which were passed in the same time period. Wolf discusses the relationship between the two and how the personalities involved shaped those changes. Finally, he talks about the Bureau of Land Management’s land management process.

Document Type

Oral History


Dan Hall; Margy Brown; Wolf, Robert, 1920-2005 – Interviews; Public land law, United States; United States. Ingalls Act; United States. Bureau of Land Management; United States. Department of the Interior; Interviews – Montana; Oral histories -- Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

United States



Original Collection

Robert Wolf Interviews Oral History Project, OH 227, 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 227-033

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (16 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:34:55 minutes

Local Filename

OH_227_033.mp3; OH_227_033.pdf

Robert Wolf Interview, November 15, 1989