Philip L.


unknown Montana Kaimin reporter



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Phillip "Phil" Wright discusses coming to work at the University of Montana Zoological Museum (now the Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum) in 1939 and his interest in the bird specimens in the C. F. Hedges collection. Wright and Richard "Dick" Hutto describe the history of ornithology, regulation of collecting permits, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1969, the Fish and Wildlife Service, and how the museum navigates preservation and access. The two also discuss the Boone and Crockett Club, the Elk Foundation, and the Dave Skaar’s Lati-long List of Birds, as well as the future of the Zoological Museum.


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Document Type

Oral History


University of Montana Zoological Museum; Philip L. Wright Zoological Museum; Ornithology; Ornithologists, Montana; Mammalogists, Montana; University of Montana, Missoula; Department of Zoology, University of Montana; Division of Biological Sciences, University of Montana Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1969; Boone and Crockett Club; Elk Foundation; Dave Skaar Lati-long List of Birds; Dave Skaar, ornithologist; Bird specimens

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 437-001a, b

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (3:00:00) analog + 1 transcript (28 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:30:18 minutes

Local Filename

OH_437_001_a_b.mp3; OH_437_001_a_b.pdf

Philip L.