The Montana Constitutional Convention Oral History Collection

What is it?

Oral histories conducted in 2021-2022 with some of the delegates to Montana's 1972 Constitutional Convention. Of the original 100 delegates, eleven were known to be alive at the time of the project. The six delegate interviews represent all those willing and able to be interviewed for this project: Mae Nan (Robinson) Ellingson, Arlyne Reichert, Jerome Leondorf, Lyle Monroe, Gene Harbaugh, and Wade Dahood. In addition, the project completed interviews with longtime capital reporter Chuck Johnson; with Max Baucus, who was on the staff of the convention; and a roundtable with researchers Rick Applegate, Bruce Sievers, and James Grady. There is also a recording of the March 22, 2022, celebration at Montana State University with a presentation of a video created from the oral histories and a panel discussion. The project was a collaboration of the MSU Library, MSU President's Office, Vice President of Communications Tracy Ellig, MSU alumnus Sarah Vowell, the Montana Free Press, and Montana PBS.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], [Item permalink or DOI], Montana Constitutional Convention Oral History Collection, Montana State University (MSU) Library, Bozeman, MT

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