Calvin Murphy


Annie Pontrelli



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Calvin "Cal" Murphy describes his time at the University of Montana (UM) starting as a student in 1942, then as an employee in 1949 until his retirement in 1981. He talks about the various positions he held including fee clerk, business manager, and business manager of auxiliary enterprises. He also recalls being the president of the University Credit Union after his retirement. Murphy discusses the changes to UM buildings, roads and dining services in addition to changes to its accounting practices and procedures, especially with the advent of computers. He notes the changes in student attitudes during the 1960s counter-culture movement. Murphy mentions the various presidents under which he worked including James McCain and Richard Bowers. He describes one of his most difficult experiences at UM when there was a federal investigation of the work study program for athletes.

Document Type

Oral History


Missoula Federal Credit Union; University Credit Union; James McCain; Richard Bowers; University of Montana accounting practices; University of Montana alumni; University of Montana-Missoula; University of Montana staff; University of Montana administrators; University of Montana budget; University of Montana funding

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana Centennial Oral History Project, OH 270, 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 270-035

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (13 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:53:41 minutes

Local Filename

OH_270_035.mp3; OH_270_035.pdf