Perdita Duncan describes her experiences as a young African American growing up in Butte, Montana, during the early 20th century. She recalls the racial discrimination her parents and other African Americans faced trying to find employment in Butte as well as her father’s work as a podiatrist. Duncan reminisces about her time attending Oberlin College, the first college to admit African-American women, to study English and sociology. She discusses working in the law department of the New York City Department of Social Services and working as a music critic for a New York newspaper before returning to Butte to care for her mother in 1969.
Butte, Montana; Racial discrimination; Oberlin College; New York City Department of Social Services
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 098-017, OH 098-018
2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (27 p.: 28 cm.)
Duncan, Perdita E., "Perdita E. Duncan Interview" (1980). Butte Oral History Project. 9.