Pferron Doss Interview, December 7, 2016


Pferron Doss


Morgan Bailey Curtin



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Pferron Doss talks about his time at the University of Montana (UM) in the late 1960s and early 1970s, participating in civil rights movements with his fellow students. Doss remembers the protests he helped to organize, some related to R.O.T.C. on the UM campus, especially around the time of the Kent State Massacre. He recalls the everyday racism that pervaded Missoula and campus communities in the 1970s. Doss reflects on his brother’s [Ulysses Doss] work starting the Black Studies program, and how it grew in significance and size. He also talks about his time as a lecturer in the Black Studies Program right after he graduated and the classes he designed around African-American history in Montana.


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Document Type

Oral History


Black Student Union; Black Studies Program, University of Montana; Race relations; Student protests; Counter-culture movement; Ulysses Doss, Montana

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


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Oral History Number

OH 452-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (00:47:03 min.) digital + 1 transcript (11 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:47:03 minutes

Local Filename

OH_452_001.mp3; OH_452_001.pdf

Pferron Doss Interview, December 7, 2016