Stewart Brandborg Interview, July 14, 2007


Stewart Brandborg


Kevin Proescholdt



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Stewart Brandborg details the groundswell of support that the wilderness bill received and talks about the years leading up to the passage of the 1964 Wilderness Bill. He talks at length about his role in the Wilderness Society before and after Howard Zahniser’s death. Brandborg describes how the Society maintained its tax-exampt status as a non-profit, while lobbing the U.S. Congress to pass the wilderness bill. He mentions the creation of various national parks and the role of various Wilderness Society members in their creation. Brandborg discusses the members who formed the central leadership team at the Wilderness Society, including Ernest Oberholtzer, Olaus Murie, Mardy Murie, Harvey Broome, Sigurd Olson, and others. Brandborg recalls amusing anecdotes about time spent Zahniser. He discusses the years following the passage of the Wilderness Act, including Jimmy Carter’s re-election campaign. BRandborg details the development of the Society’s training session to encourage grassroots activism for conservation issues. He also discusses the Internal Revenue investigation of the Society’s 501c3 status. He describes the effect of Sigurd Olson’s health issues on the Wilderness Society.


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Document Type

Oral History


United States. Wilderness Act; Conservation of natural resources--Montana--Bitterroot River Valley--Societies, etc.; Conservation of natural resources--United States; United States. National Environmental Policy Act of 1969; Environmental policy—United States; Environmentalism--United States--Societies, etc.; Wildlife conservation--Law and legislation--United States; Wildlife conservation--United States--Societies, etc; Conservation of natural resources--Montana--Bitterroot River Valley--Societies, etc.: Conservation of natural resources--United States; Conservation of natural resources--West (U.S.)--Societies, etc.: Timber--Bitterroot National Forest (Mont. and Idaho)--Management Wildlife conservation--Law and legislation--United States; Mountain goat; University of Idaho; Brandborg, Stewart (1925-2018); Brandborg, G. M. (Guy Mathew), (1893-1977); Marshall, Robert (1901-1939); Pinchot, Gifford (1865-1946); Zahniser, Howard; Stong, Benjamin; Brower, David (1912-2000); Callison, Charles H. (1913-1993); Margaret E. Murie; Olaus J Murie (Olaus Johan), 1889-1963; Oberholtzer, Ernest C. (Ernest Carl), 1884-1977; Sigurd, Olson F. (1899- ); Broome, Harvey (1902-1968); United States. Forest Service; Idaho. Fish and Game Dept.; Friends of the Bitterroot; Montana. Dept. of Fish and Game; National Wildlife Federation; United States. National Park Service; United States. Department of Interior; University of Idaho. Idaho Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit; Wilderness Society (U.S.); Missoula (Mont.); Bitterroot National Forest (Mont. and Idaho); Trans-Alaska Pipeline (Alaska)--Environmental aspects; Selway River Watershed (Idaho); Conservationists--United States; Environmentalists--United States

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Washington, D.C.



Original Collection

Voice of the Wilderness: Stewart Brandborg Oral History Project, OH 424

Holding Institution

University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

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In Copyright

Rights Holder

Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants 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 Collectionsat the University of Montana, Mansfield Library.

Oral History Number

OH 424-002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

Audio cassettes: analog + 1 transcript (47 pp: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

04:15:03 minutes

Local Filename

OH_424_002.mp3; OH_424_002.pdf

Stewart Brandborg Interview, July 14, 2007