H.G. Merriam Interview, August 14, 1963


Harold Guy Merriam



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H.G. Merriam, Professor of English at the University of Montana, discusses the history and development of the literary journal, Frontier and Midland, which was originally titled the Montanan and was published by UM students and edited by Merriam and other literary figures from 1920 until 1939. He recalls the names of some of the main editors and UM students who worked on the publication, mentions some of the prominent authors who contributed content, and talks about the publication’s name changes and merges with other literary journals during its existence, including Muse and Mirror and Midland. Merriam describes the tentative support that UM administration provided the publication, and he also talks about the different publications the magazine put out in addition to its serial publication. Merriam discusses the topics of the publication’s finances, its support among Missoula’s local merchants, the Missoulian, and national publications. He concludes by detailing why the journal ceased to be published, following a lack of financial support from the University of Montana.


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Document Type

Oral History


Merriam, H.G.; Coates, Grace Stone; Frontier; Montanan; Frontier and Midland; University of Montana; Student publications, University of Montana; Literary journals; Creative writing; Creative writing, Higher education; Muse and Mirror; Midland; University of Iowa; Caxton Printers; Sluice Box; Cox, Sydney; Lake, Richard; Sarett, Lew; Northwestern authors; Northwestern literature; Fiztgerald, Brassil; Davis, H.L.; Maring, Helen; Terrell, John Upton; Morrissette, Pat V.; Chittick, V.L.O.; Linderman, Frank B.; Missoulian

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Time Period

Twentieth century

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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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 073-001, 002

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 reel-to-reel: analog + 1 transcript (9 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:39:12 minutes

Local Filename

OH_073_001_002.mp3; OH_073_001_002.pdf

H.G. Merriam Interview, August 14, 1963