Robert Wolf Interview, November 17, 1989


Robert E. Wolf


Richard Manning and Dan Hall



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Robert Wolf describes the events surrounding the federal government’s bail-out of the timber industry between 1978 and 1988. President Reagan signed a law providing dollar relief for timber contracts. Unfortunately this came in the wake of Western timber companies bidding above advertised prices between 1978 and 1981 in an attempt to corner the timber market so from Wolf’s perspective, the relief rewarded bad behavior. He describes the political process, the role of Senator Mark Hatfield, and the role of greed.

Document Type

Oral History


Richard Manning 1951- ; Dan Hall interviewer; Hatfield, Mark O., 1922-2011; Wolf, Robert, 1920-2005 – Interviews; Bailouts (Government policy) -- United States; Lumber trade -- Government policy -- United States; 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 227-040

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (22 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:56:19 minutes

Local Filename

OH_227_040.mp3; OH_227_040.pdf

Robert Wolf Interview, November 17, 1989