Henry Stanley Interview, May 2, 1980


Henry Stanley


Mary Murphy



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Henry Stanley talks about his early introduction to labor unions and progressive politics when his mother lived in South Dakota and advocated for an eight-hour work day. Stanley describes moving to Butte, Montana, with his mother and siblings and attending high school there. He recalls becoming interested in socialism when he was in high school and checking books out of the public library on the subject. Stanley reminisces about starting a strike of the newspaper boys in Butte, of which he was one. He tells how the strike was resolved and his later career as a teacher. Stanley discusses why he decided to change careers and become a carpenter as well as his involvement in the carpenters union. He reflects on the history of labor and labor unions, both in Butte, Montana, and in the larger United States. The audio for this interview is very poor. This transcript represents the audible portions.


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Document Type

Oral History


Butte, Montana; Labor history; Twentieth century labor; International Workers of the World [IWW]; One Big Union [OBU]; Carpenters unions; Socialism; Communism

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Butte Oral History Project, OH 098, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 098-042, 043, 044

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

3 sound cassettes (03:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (38 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:11:44 minutes

Local Filename

OH_098_042_043_044.mp3; OH_098_042_043_044.pdf

Henry Stanley Interview, May 2, 1980