Matt Christy, who emigrated from Yugoslavia to the United States as a young man, describes working as a grocery store clerk and becoming the owner of multiple stores in Butte, Montana. He discusses various aspects of life in Butte, including the mines, city economics, prostitution, entertainment, and religion as well as the relationship between ethnic and racial groups. Christy also talks about cultural shifts he witnessed amongst the local population during his time in Butte.
Christy’s surname in Yugoslavia was Christovich. He changed it after immigrating to the United States.
Butte, Montana; Immigration, Montana; Yugoslavian immigrants; Grocery stores, Montana
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 098-009, OH 098-010
2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (30 p.: 28 cm.)
Christy, Matt, "Matt Christy Interview" (1980). Butte Oral History Project. 4.