Thomas Payne recounts some of the changes to the University of Montana (UM) campus since the 1950s, the attitudes of students and faculty near and during the Vietnam War and transitions under different presidents. He talks about completing his undergraduate degree in Missouri then serving in the U.S. Air Force during World War Two. Payne recalls his graduate education, and coming to UM in 1951 as a faculty member in the Department of Political Science. He talks about his personal political activities, which included serving on Missoula community committees and boards. Payne discusses some of the different professors and administrators with whom he worked at UM.
University of Montana-Missoula; University of Montana faculty; Department of Political Science, University of Montana; U.S. Air Force; World War, 1939-1945; Missoula Community Chest; Votomatic; Missoula City Commission of Local Government
University of Montana Centennial Oral History Project, OH 270, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana-Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Oral History Number
OH 270-036, 037
2 sound cassettes (2:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (19 p.: 28 cm.)
Payne, Thomas, "Thomas Payne Interview, August 1, 1991" (1991). University of Montana Centennial Oral History Project. 31.