Walter Clark Hamor Interview, June 28, 2005


Walter Clark Hamor


Teresa Hamann



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Walter Clark Hamor recalls changing his major from music to education during his fourth year at the University of Montana [UM] and taking library science courses. Hamor discusses accepting a job at the University of Montana Library [now the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library] after graduation, being called to Selective Service with less than a month on the job, then returning to the profession. He talks about the changes to the library science profession, including the introduction of computers and technology which speeded up the cataloging process. Hamor talks about his 30-plus-year career as a librarian, and reminisces about his time as a student at the University of Montana. He describes growing up in Libby, Montana and the impact logging had on the town’s growth and decline.


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Document Type

Oral History


University of Montana Library; Library sciences; Libby, Montana; Darling, Richard L.; Technology in libraries; Gender roles; World War Two; Elementary school libraries; Secondary school libraries; University of Montana alumni; McFarland, Carl

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 397-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (11 p.: 28 cm.)]

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:43:08 minutes

Local Filename

OH_397_001.mp3; OH_397_001.pdf

Walter Clark Hamor Interview, June 28, 2005