Herbert Lee


Annie Pontrelli



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Herbert Lee "Herb" Torgrimson discusses his career as a maintenance supervisor at the University of Montana (UM). He describes the job and his duties, including maintaining the operations of the heating plant and overseeing new construction and renovations of all buildings. Torgrimson provides a unique perspective about UM, detailing the physical workings of the utilities that keep the buildings functional and describing the building plans and visions for the campus. He describes the buildings that were constructed and how they were constructed as well as the buildings that were razed and what methods were used to destroy them. Torgrimson also details his life before and after working at UM, such as his time at Fort Missoula with the Civilian Conservation Corps [CCC].


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Document Type

Oral History


University of Montana buildings; University of Montana maintenance; Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC); University of Montana Facilities Services; University of Montana-Missoula; Construction, University of Montana

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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 270-044, 045

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (2:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (29 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:47:37 minutes

Local Filename

OH_270_044_045.mp3; OH_270_044_045.pdf

Herbert Lee