Arthur Deschamps Interview, August 5, 1991


Arthur Deschamps


Annie Pontrelli



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Arthur Deschamps discusses attending the University of Montana (UM) during the 1930s and mentions professors such as H. G. Merriam, Paul Phillips and Rufus Coleman, for whom he had a great deal of respect including. He describes campus activities, campus buildings, and the role of the Bear Paws, a student organization that regulated student behavior and dress. Deschamps recalls the student unrest on campus during the Vietnam War era and President Robert Pantzer’s role in minimizing campus conflicts. He concludes by discussing his involvement with the volunteer organization, Friends of the Library.

Document Type

Oral History


Vietnam War; Robert Pantzer; H.G. Merriam; Paul Phillips; Rufus Coleman; University of Montana student organizations; University of Montana alumni; University of Montana-Missoula; University of Montana alumni; Maureen and Mike Mansfield Friends of the Library

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 270-015, 016

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (2:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (16 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:25:03 minutes

Local Filename

OH_270_015_016.mp3; OH_270_015_016.pdf

Arthur Deschamps Interview, August 5, 1991