Robert Melvin discusses his experiences growing up in Butte, Montana, during the early 20th century. He describes his Irish parents and his father’s mining and involvement with the miners’ union. Melvin recalls working for the Civilian Conservation Corporation (CCC) during the Great Depression, working in the Butte mine, and the benefits of being part of a labor union. He talks about the organization of the Anaconda Company and the mining accident that resulted in the loss of his leg.
Butte, Montana; Mining; Butte mines; Civilian Conservation Corporation; Great Depression; Mining unions; Anaconda Company
Butte Oral History Project, OH 098, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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Oral History Number
OH 098-036, OH 098-037
2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (25 p.: 28 cm.)
Melvin, Robert, "Robert Melvin Interview, March 17, 1980" (1980). Butte Oral History Project. 17.