Mary Craig Wilcox Interview, March 3, 1992


Mary Wilcox


Annie Pontrelli



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Mary Wilcox describes her connection to the University of Montana (UM) as the great-granddaughter of UM’s first president, Oscar Craig. She talks about attending UM from 1962 to 1964 and, later, working in the Center for Continuing Education from 1971 to her retirement in 1991. Wilcox describes growing up near the campus and the campus traditions she witnessed including whitewashing the M, sorority and fraternity events, Fridays at Four entertainment, and the ROTC balls. She notes the influence that Professor Leslie Fiedler had on UM students who were involved in the 1960s counter culture movement. She also talks about the changes in dress code, student attitudes, and dorm rules since her time as a student. Wilcox discusses working for Continuing Education and stresses the importance of its programs for prison inmates and guards and its outreach programs on Native American reservations.


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Document Type

Oral History


Mary Craig Wilcox; Oscar Craig; Center for Continuing Education; University of Montana history; University of Montana students; University of Montana staff; University traditions; Leslie Fiedler; University outreach programs; 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


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 270-065

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (8 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:30:58 minutes

Local Filename

OH_270_065.mp3; OH_270_065.pdf

Mary Craig Wilcox Interview, March 3, 1992