Shirley Budd Interview, April 3, 2011


Shirley Budd Interview, April 3, 2011


Shirley Budd


Katherine "Kay" Eccleston


Download Transcript of Shirley Budd interview (295 KB)


Shirley Budd of Anaconda, Montana, describes the Irish heritage of her mother and father's families. She discusses her relationship with her maternal grandparents, both Irish immigrants from County Galway [Contae Gaillimh], as well as some of the Irish traditions that they observed when she was growing up. She talks about her grandparents' reluctance to discuss Ireland or speak Gaelic in front of her and her cousins. Budd describes growing up in Anaconda, including the neighborhood grocery stores, the holidays the community celebrated such as Smelterman's Day, and the dances that were held at the community hall. She recalls spending the night with her aunts in her grandparent's home and reminisces about a ghost that inhabited the upstairs bedrooms. She also recalls learning the Irish jig by watching her grandfather perform it in the family home. Budd talks about attending wakes held in homes, including her grandmother and grandfather's. She concludes the interview by describing the family calendar that she maintains with births, deaths, new homes, anniversaries, important doctor's visits and other significant dates.

The interviewee's full birth date has been redacted from in the audio and transcript.


Media is loading

Document Type

Oral History


"Subjects: Irish Americans -- Ethnic identity; Irish Americans -- Cultural assimilation; Minorities – Montana; Immigrants -- Montana – History; Ethnicity; Smelting -- Montana -- Anaconda Range; Copper mines and mining -- Montana -- Anaconda Range; United States -- Emigration and immigration; Grocery trade – United States; St. Patrick’s Day; Mining corporations – Montana; Hospitals; Catholic Church; Ursulines – Montana; Funeral rites and ceremonies; Parades; Community events -- Montana Personal Names: Shirley Budd, 1936- ; Mangan family, Montana; Beatty family, Montana Corporate Names: St. Ann’s Hospital; Anaconda Copper Mining Company Geographical Names: Anaconda (Mont.); Ireland; County Galway; County Cork; Butte (Mont.) Occupations: Nurses--Montana—Anaconda; Miners—Montana--Anaconda

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana; Ireland



Original Collection

The Gathering: Collected Oral Histories of the Irish in Montana, OH 435, Archives and Special Collections, Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


In Copyright

Copyright to this publication is held by the University of Montana—Missoula. For more information, please contact Archives and Special Collections at the University of Montana, Mansfield Library.

Oral History Number

OH 435-078

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound file (00:42:15): digital + 1 transcript (17 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:42:15 minutes

Local Filename

OH_435_078.mp3; OH_435_078.pdf

Shirley Budd Interview, April 3, 2011