Claire Rhein and Dale Johnson Interview, October 11, 1991


Barbara Thorson



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Claire Rhein discusses volunteering at the University of Montana's Archives and Special Collections in the Mansfield Library and how she created the oral history program in 1978. Rhein and Dale Johnson describe how Archives and Special Collections increased access to its oral history interviews by uploading catalog records of the interviews into a national database. The two also discuss the origins of particular oral history collections: Mike Mansfield Political Speeches and Interviews (OH 022), Smokejumpers 1984 Reunion (OH 133), Twentieth Century Montana Fur Trappers (OH 099), and Depression Years in Montana (OH 131). Rhein and Dale discuss transcription equipment, the importance of transcription, and their thoughts on the expansion oral history collection.


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Document Type

Oral History


University of Montana Archives and Special Collections; Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library; Oral history program; Oral history collection; Transcription equipment; Oral history transcription; Oral history interviews; Primary sources

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana History Oral History Collection, 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 275-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (18 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:10:54 minutes

Local Filename

OH_275_001.mp3; OH_275_001.pdf

Claire Rhein and Dale Johnson Interview, October 11, 1991