Gordon Browder Interview


Gordon Browder


Annie Pontrelli



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Gordon Browder describes moving to Missoula, Montana, in 1948 to be the new chairman of the University of Montana’s Department of Sociology. He talks about the constant changes in University administration during the 1940s and 1950s as well as the reorganization of Faculty Senate and the founding of the teachers’ union. Browder discusses the role of President Robert Pantzer during the student protests over the Vietnam War. He also recalls how the president handled the conflict over the Jerry Farber essay, “The Student as Nigger,” which a UM instructor assigned his students. Browder mentions the establishment of the program in religious studies as well as the on-campus involvement of Drs. H.G. Merriam, J.E. Miller, and Rulon Jeppeson. He concludes by describing President McFarland administrative style and his own responsibilities as UM’s Director of Research.


Oral History


Robert Pantzer; University of Montana Department of Research; Vietnam War; Carl McFarland; Department of Sociology; University of Montana faculty; University of Montana administration

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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 270-008

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (12 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Local Filename

OH_270_008.mp3; OH_270_008.pdf

Gordon Browder Interview