Patricia Freeman Dunkum Interview, July 31, 1991


Patricia Dunkum


Annie Pontrelli



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Patricia Freeman Dunkum, daughter of University of Montana (UM) English professor Edmund Freeman, discusses her father’s life from 1919 until his death in 1976. Dunkum describes Freeman’s teaching style and his dedicated involvement on campus. She read excerpts from his writings about university life, relationships with students, and campus activities in which he was involved during his early years. Dunkum talks about the many speeches Freeman delivered throughout the state as well as the hundreds of letters he wrote to local newspapers. She describes the effects that campus controversies during the tenures of Presidents George Finlay Simmons and Carl McFarland had on their family life. Dunkum also mentions her father’s friends and colleagues, campus organizations, and early activities and traditions on campus, including Aber Day, May Fete, and Varsity Vaudeville.


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Document Type

Oral History


Carl McFarland; George Finlay Simmons; Aber Day; May Fete; Varsity Vaudeville; University of Montana faculty; Department of English; University of Montana-Missoula; University of Montana traditions

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 270-019

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (18 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:57:53 minutes

Local Filename

OH_270_019.mp3; OH_270_019.pdf

Patricia Freeman Dunkum Interview, July 31, 1991