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Overview of the Collection

Malouf, Carling I., 1916-2007
Carling I. Malouf interviews
2004 (inclusive)
8 Mini DV recordings and 8 videocassette tapes
Collection Number
Mss 688
This collection consists of seven videotaped interviews with Carling I. Malouf, former Professor of Anthropology at The University of Montana. The interviews were conducted between September 21 and October 26, 2004.
University of Montana, Mansfield Library, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library
University of Montana
32 Campus Dr. #9936
Missoula, MT
Telephone: 406-243-2053
Fax: 406-243-4067
Access Restrictions

Researchers must use collection in accordance with the policies of Archives and Special Collections, the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, and The University of Montana--Missoula.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Carling Malouf was born in Fillmore, Utah, in 1916. In 1940, he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business and economics from the University of Utah. As an undergraduate, Malouf worked on an archaeological dig in central Utah, which compelled him to obtain a master’s degree in anthropology at the University of Utah. While working on his master’s, Malouf met his wife Arline, and the couple was married in 1941.

Wartime military service during WWII interrupted Malouf’s work on a doctorate in anthropology at Columbia University. During his service, the couple moved to various posts and stations in Utah, California, and Arizona. In 1946, Malouf was able to resume his doctoral studies at Columbia and he graduated 2 years later. Shortly after graduation in 1948, Malouf was offered a faculty position at The University of Montana in Missoula and he, Arline, and their four young children returned to the west.

While at the University of Montana, Carling Malouf played large role in the development of the departments of Anthropology and Native American Studies, and was chair of the department of Anthropology from 1969-1977. Malouf was an avid researcher in the fields of Archaeology, Ethnology, and Native American Studies. His primary research interests included Native American tribes of Montana, the Plains, and the greater Northwest, comparative ethnology, and archaeological sites in Montana, including Fort Owen. Malouf’s involvement in anthropology and archaeology also extended outside of the University system. He was a supporter and a member of the board of directors of the Montana Archaeological Society, an organization devoted to promoting research and public involvement in archaeology in the state of Montana. Malouf contributed many articles to the Society’s publication, “Archaeology in Montana”, from the years 1959-2000. Malouf was also involved in the development of the Head Start program. In 1960, he was a member of the Montana Child Welfare Committee, a group that made periodic reports to the White House regarding the state of education and youth in Montana. He became a consultant in Anthropology for Project Head Start for the Office of Economic Opportunity. In 1969, Malouf, along with 150 other education specialists, was invited to the White House to a conference for the development of the Head Start Program. Later, he and his wife toured reservations in Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming to provide information and ideas to administrators for the new programs.

Malouf retired from the University of Montana in 1988 and was honored that same year at the Montana Archaeological Society’s Annual Conference. Following his retirement, Malouf continued to do research and publish articles. Carling Malouf died in March of 2007 at the age of 90.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains recordings of seven oral history interviews with Carling Malouf. The interviews were conducted under the direction of University of Montana Professor G. G. Weix by Department of Anthropology graduate students Sharon Small and Betty Matthews in 2004 at Malouf’s home. The interviews were originally recorded on Mini DV, and were then copied to VHS tape.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Researchers are responsible for using in accordance with 17 U.S.C. and any other applicable statutes. Copyright transferred to The University of Montana.

Preferred Citation

Carling I. Malouf Interviews, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, The University of Montana-Missoula.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Custodial History

Interviews were in the posession of the interviewers until their donation to the Archives.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the Archives by Sharon Small, Betty Matthews, and G.G. Weix in 2007.

Processing Note

Duplicate copies of VHS tapes were removed from the collection in 2017 and returned to the donor.

Separated Materials

In addition to the video recordings in this collection, audio recordings were made of the interviews conducted on September 21 and 28, and on October 5, 7 and 12. These audio recordings were also donated to the Archives and were designated as oral history collection number OH 441.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
1 Interview
Mini DV and VHS tape
September 21, 2004
1 Interview
Mini DV and VHS tape
September 28, 2004
1 Interview
Mini DV and VHS tape
October 5, 2004
1 Interview
Mini DV and VHS tape (this interview has two parts)
October 7, 2004
1 Interview
Mini DV and VHS tape
October 7, 2004
1 Interview
Mini DV and VHS tape
October 12, 2004
1 Interview
Mini DV and VHS tape
October 19, 2004
1 Interview
Mini DV and VHS tape
October 26, 2004

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Anthropologists--Montana--Missoula--Interviews
  • Indians of North America
  • Indians of North America--Montana

Corporate Names

  • Head Start Program (U.S.)
  • University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.). Dept. of Anthropology
  • University of Montana--Missoula. Dept. of Native American Studies

Geographical Names

  • Fort Owen (Mont.)
  • Montana--Antiquities

Form or Genre Terms

  • Oral histories--Montana--Missoula