Richard Solberg Interview, October 30, 1991


Richard Solberg


Annie Pontrelli



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Richard Solberg talks about teaching at the University of Montana (UM) in the Department of Botany, and he details his personal teaching philosophy. He discusses the rivalry between UM and Montana State University (MSU) students as well as the student protests of the late 1960s. Solberg talks about serving under Presidents Robert Pantzer and Neil Bucklew and mentions his administrative goals. He describes his career accomplishments such as helping to enlarge the Yellow Bay Biological Station and receiving a Ford Foundation grant to establish the Venture Center. Solberg concludes by telling how he eloped with his wife when she was a student living in Brantley Hall.


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Document Type

Oral History


University of Montana alumni; University of Montana faculty; University of Montana administration; College of Arts and Sciences; University of Montana Biological Station; Yellow Bay Biological Station; Venture Center; Morton J. Elrod; Robert Pantzer; Neil Bucklew; Education, Montana; 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 270-051

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (10 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:50:24 minutes

Local Filename

OH_270_051.mp3; OH_270_051.pdf

Richard Solberg Interview, October 30, 1991