Gordon Browder Interview, July 27, 2006


Gordon Browder


David Brooks



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Gordon Browder, retired professor and chair of the University of Montana Sociology Department, discusses coming to the University in 1947 after teaching at the University of Florida. Browder talks about the early days of the department, the increase in the University’s student population following World War Two, and various research interests within the department. Browder also discusses the hippie generation, student uprisings, and how the University of Montana was somewhat shielded from extreme uprisings going on around the country during the 1960s and ‘70s. He describes his tenure on the Bolle Committee and as chair of the department and concludes by recalling the evolution of the sociology curriculum and courses during his time as a professor.


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Document Type

Oral History


University of Montana Department of Sociology; University of Florida; World War, 1939-1945; Bolle Committee, University of Montana; Counter-culture movement; Vietnam War, 1955-1975; Hippie culture

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 408-021

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (1:07:35 min.) : digital, + 1 transcript (25 p. : 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

1:07:35 minutes

Local Filename

oh 408-21.mp3; OH408-021.pdf

Gordon Browder Interview, July 27, 2006