This is in response to your Talk Back request (“Hold that thought! Politics majors reined in,” Campus Notebook, Jan. 16). My 1964 history thesis, “The Fur Trade in Oregon, 1822-1828: Anglo-American Conflict,” totaled 87 double-spaced typed pages (77 narrative pages including seven maps, plus a 10-page bibliography). I do not recall whether the history department then imposed a maximum-page limit. My thesis adviser (also my second-semester junior-paper adviser), Malcolm J. Rohrbough, was outstanding. I reconnected by email with Mr. Rohrbough after his recent retirement as a history professor at the University of Iowa.
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