World War II Oral History Project
Processed by: EW
Date Completed: 12-8-2007
Location: Special Collections
3 linear feet
(Taken from Vol.I of the Montana State University Billings World War II Oral History Project: 2005-2007: Directed by Thomas C. Rust, P.H.D., Department of History transcript)
“This collection started as a class project for Montana State University
Billings Hist. 325 – the American Military Experience in the Spring of 2005 but
quickly grew from there into a project that needed a second class, Hon. 492 –
the American Military in War in Peace, and the help of a number of volunteers to
complete over a two year period.
During the summer of 2004, I had the idea of an oral history project to record the military experiences of World War II veterans and hopefully provide my students the opportunity see how the effects of one war changed the lives of the participants and consequently the state and country.
However, with one exception, the people whose recollections are recorded here spent the better part of their lives in Montana even if they were born and raised elsewhere.
I [Tom Rust] directed the process, conducted some interviews myself, and also engaged in the transcription process. The students came up with the questions themselves. Naturally I guided the process but tried to let their questions come through. The questions were designed to solicit information about the veteran’s life, their war experiences, transition out of military life, and how the war affected their post-war outlook.”
Scope & contents
Three transcribed books and 5 oral audio CD’s.
Arrangement of Collection
The books and CD’s are accessible within the special collections reading area
WWII Oral History Project collection is open to all students, faculty and researchers. The items will not circulate, but they may be viewed within the special collection area.nbsp; The Archivist will determine whether the items can be photocopied. The condition and origin of item will help determine whether it can be photocopied along with following the guidelines of the copyright act.
Organization of Collection
The catalog record for three transcribed books and 5 oral CD’s can be found within MSU Billings library catalog: http://www.msubillings.edu/library/
Listing of people interviewed
Bartholomew, Bart (C.R.)
Bell, James E.
Bucher, Robert F.
Bullis, Charles Lowell
Fischer, Stanley A.
Fly, Roy E.
Lund, Arthur E.
McKeon, John Luke
Nafus, Donald R.
Paull, William T.
Putnam, James W.
Ross, Bob (deed of gift not signed)
Sipe, Anthony C.
States, Emmanuel F.
Swartz, William J.
Related Collection: Roland C. Holt Collection