John Craighead Interview, March 20, 1992


John Craighead


Wendy Hall



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John Craighead discusses his childhood interest in wildlife and outdoor activities. He describes his experiences attending Pennsylvania State College and the University of Michigan. Craighead details how he and his wife built a cabin in Jackson Hole, Wyoming after World War II before he became employed at the Montana Fish and Game Department. He then describes his position at the University of Montana, Missoula, as well as his research conservation efforts and studies on grizzly bears at Yellowstone National Park. Craighead discusses how the ethical standards of wildlife studies and research have changed over the course of his career. He describes research trends, including radio tracking and data collection, and the growth of the University of Montana, Missoula campus. Craighead also discusses the urbanization of western Montana and the genesis of the Wildlife program at the University of Montana, Missoula.


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Document Type

Oral History


University of Montana-Missoula; Montana Department of Fish and Game; Yellowstone National Park; Wildlife biology; Grizzly bears; Ethical standards; Western Montana;

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana Wildlife Biology Program Oral History Project, OH 276, 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 276-010, 011

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (23 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:00:48 minutes

Local Filename

OH_276_010_011.mp3; OH_276_010_011.pdf

John Craighead Interview, March 20, 1992