Mae Nan Ellingson Interview, July 25, 2022


Mae Nan Ellingson


Bob Brown



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Mae Nan Ellingson discusses her early life and work at her family’s drive-in restaurant in Texas. Mae Nan talks about her interest in history and political science that began in high school in Texas. While attending junior college she met her future husband. In 1967 she transferred to the University of Montana. In 1968 she and her husband moved to Alaska for his job as a helicopter pilot until he died in an accident. Afterwards Mae Nan went back to Montana and finished her degree in history and then continued on to earn her master’s degree. She became interested in Montana government and wrote her master’s thesis on the 1971 legislative session. This interest in state government continued through her election and work as a Republican delegate to the Montana Constitutional Convention in 1972, and she recalls the convention and her thoughts on the other delegates who served with her.


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Document Type

Oral History

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Bob Brown Oral History Project OH-396, Archives & Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


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Oral History Number

OH 396-087

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:39:32 minutes

Local Filename

OH_396_087.mp3; OH_396_087.pdf

Mae Nan Ellingson Interview, July 25, 2022
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