Robert Henry


Robert Henry Robinson


Annie Pontrelli



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Robert “Ty” Robinson describes attending the University of Montana (UM) between the 1930s and 1940s and obtaining his law degree in 1948. He discusses changes and growth in Missoula, Montana, since that time including the governance of university presidents and the evolution of student life and organizations. Robinson recalls stand-outs in UM administration and faculty including George Finlay Simmons, Richard Jesse, Edwin Bennett, Burley Miller, Mike Mansfield, and Paul Phillips. Robinson describes playing basketball for UM and his admiration for Coach George P. “Jiggs” Dahlberg. Robinson talks about working as an administrator in UM’s personnel department and as a professor before becoming a railroad lobbyist. He mentions his teaching philosophy and describes the attitudes of the Montana State Legislature toward the University.


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Document Type

Oral History


University of Montana alumni; University of Montana faculty; Lobbyist, Montana; Montana State Legislature; Education, Montana; University of Montana System; George P. “Jiggs” Dahlberg; Mike Mansfield; Burley Miller; 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 270-038, 039

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (2:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (21 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:18:14 minutes

Local Filename

OH_270_038_039.mp3; OH_270_038_039.pdf

Robert Henry