Our Work

Research and Study Reports

Key Trends, Dependencies, Strengths, and Vulnerabilities in Park County, Montana, and its Area Economy by Larry Swanson, prepared for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition, April, 2016

Missoula County Industrial Lands Study, 2014 by Larry Swanson, OCRMW, prepared for PCI Consultants, Missoula County, City of Missoula, and area economic development organizations

Natural Resource and Environmental Restoration in Montana, 2012 by Larry Swanson and Hayden Janssen, OCRMW, prepared for the Montana State AFL-CIO with funding by the U.S. Dept. of Labor

Future Job Growth in Montana, 2012 by Larry Swanson, OCRMW, prepared for the Montana State AFL-CIO with funding by the U.S. Dept. of Labor

On-Line Publications/Web Sites

Mountain West News

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Mountain West Voices

O’Connor Center sponsored radio programs and podcasts on life and living in the Rocky Mountain West

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Books

Going to Buffalo, by William Farr, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman (forthcoming in 2017-18) (explores the history of buffalo hunting by tribes in the region; pre-, during, and post-Western settlement)

Morton J. Elrod: Montana’s Pioneer Naturalist, by George M. Dennison, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2016 (biography of the University of Montana’s first professor of biology and founder of UM’s Flathead Lake Bio-Station)
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Blackfoot Redemption: A Blood Indian’s Story of Murder, Confinement, and Imperfect Justice, by William Farr, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2013
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Julius Seyler and the Blackfeet: An Impressionist in the American West, by William Farr, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2011 (2013 Great Plains Distinguished Book Prize Award by the Center for Great Plains Studies at the University of Nebraska)
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Other Publications

The O’Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West, University of Montana by Larry Swanson, in the Journal of the West, ABC-CLIO – Journal of the West, Santa Barbara, CA, Vol. 52, No. 4, Fall, 2013 (special issue on “Academic Centers Studying the West” edited by Steven Danver)

Aging Patterns and Impending Growth in Montana’s Elderly by Larry Swanson, Montana Policy Review, Local Government Center, Montana State University, Bozeman, Spring 2012 (special issue on “Sustaining Montana Communities through Philanthropy,” edited by Janelle Booth, Linda Reed, and Dan Clark)

A Point of Entry: The Blackfeet Adoption of Walter McClintock by William Farr, in the book Lanterns on the Prairie: The Blackfeet Photographs of Walter McClintock, University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, 2009

Sustaining community leadership learning: recent experience in Montana, USA by Larry Swanson, Chapter 16 in the book Building stronger communities – Connecting research, policy and practice, edited by Lesley Doyle, David Adams, John Tibbitt, and Peter Welsh, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester, UK, 2008

Cities as Engines of Growth by Patricia Inman and Larry Swanson, Chapter 13 in Social Capital, Lifelong Learning and the Management of PlaceAn international perspective, edited by Michael Osborne, Kate Sankey, and Bruce Wilson, Routledge, Abingdon, Oxon, OX14 4RN, published simultaneously by Routledge, New York, NY, 2007. Making knowledge work – Sustaining learning communities and regions, edited by Chris Duke, Lesley Doyle, and Bruce Wilson, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, Leicester, UK, 2006