Harvey Baty and Emmalou Baty Interview


Annie Pontrelli



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Harvey Baty and Emmalou Baty describe life as students at the University of Montana during the late 1920s and early 1930s. They explain how they came to the university and the different jobs they took in order to survive the Great Depression. Harvey Baty discusses becoming the Director of the School of Religion in 1938 and how he worked to establish innovative courses on world religions. The Batys talk at length about UM student organizations including the Bear Paws, the International Club, and the Synadelphic House—a girls co-op house. They also discuss their interest in international activities which prompted them to accept employment at the University of Beirut. The Batys describe returning to Montana State University-Bozeman to establish a United Nations exchange program to train Latin Americans in community development. They conclude by comparing college students of their generation with college students in the 1990s.


Oral History


Religious studies; University of Montana alumni; Great Depression; college students

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 270-002, 003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (01:32:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (17 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Local Filename

OH_270_002_003.mp3; OH_270_002_003.pdf

Harvey Baty and Emmalou Baty Interview