This is a collection of stand-alone interviews pulled together by Archives and Special Collections around the topic of University of Montana history. These interviews were conducted with former students, staff, faculty and administrators of the University of Montana who detail their time and experiences at the institution. These interviews were conducted from 1986 to 2016. The original interviews are held at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 31 interviews.
Patricia Douglas offers her definition of what the University of Montana is and what a liberal arts education is. She details the University’s main sources of funding, and explains why the Montana University System made its largest funding request, as of 1976, due to inflation. ... Read More
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 ... Read More
Philip L. Wright and Richard Hutto
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 ... Read More
Dr. Richard Solberg describes the function of the University of Montana’s Biological Research Station at Yellow Bay, Montana. He explains that the laboratory is named after the founder of the biological station in 1897, Morton J. Elrod. Solberg describes Elrod’s contribution to ecological science in ... Read More
Teresa Branch discusses her education, which led to her working in administrative positions at various universities—University of Washington, Arizona State University and Iowa State University—before coming to the University of Montana. She recalls her tenure at the University where she served as Vice President of ... Read More
Walter Clark Hamor
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 ... Read More