Jules Karlin Interview, December 20, 2006


Jules Karlin


David Brooks



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Jules Karlin describes how he came to Missoula, Montana, to teach American diplomatic and constitutional history for one year but ended up staying at the University of Montana for his entire career. He discusses University of Montana campus politics during the 1940s, large survey classes, and History Department faculty, including Burly Miller, Paul Phillips, Earl Bennett, and Bob Turner. Karlin recalls a contentious atmosphere in the History Department during his tenure and provides his opinions on the administrations of University of Montana presidents James McCain, Robert Pantzer, and George Dennison. Karlin also talks about the publication of his book on Joseph Dixon—Joseph M. Dixon of Montana—Montana politics, and the relationship between athletics and academics.


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Document Type

Oral History


University of Montana administration; University of Montana Department of History; Burly Miller; Paul Phillips; Earl Bennett; Bob Turner; James McCain, University of Montana president; Robert Pantzer, University of Montana president; George Dixon, University of Montana president; Joseph Dixon, Montana governor

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana Oral History Project, OH 408, 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 408-025

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (1:09:40 min.) : digital, + 1 transcript (36 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

1:09:40 minutes

Local Filename

oh 408-25.mp3; OH408-025.pdf

Jules Karlin Interview, December 20, 2006