Phillip Wright Interview, July 22, 1991


Phillip Wright


Annie Pontrelli



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Phillip Wright describes his tenure teaching ornithology and mammalogy at the University of Montana (UM) from 1939 until 1985. He recalls serving as chairman of the Zoology Department and teaching at the Biological Station. He notes the changes that occurred during his tenure including an increasing student body and the development of more graduate programs. Wright lists his career accomplishments which include the development of a bird and mammal museum, the construction of the Health Sciences building, and the development of a research program. His discusses his career challenges such as establishing a doctoral program and a master’s program in wildlife biology. Wright also mentions the controversy over George Finlay Simmons’ presidency and faculty attitudes towards Carl McFarland’s.


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Document Type

Oral History


University of Montana faculty; Department of Zoology; University of Montana Biological Station; University of Montana Wildlife Biology Program; George Finlay Simmons; Carl McFarland; University of Montana-Missoula

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


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Oral History Number

OH 270-056

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (12 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:02:23 minutes

Local Filename

OH_270_056.mp3; OH_270_056.pdf

Phillip Wright Interview, July 22, 1991