Lucile Speer Interview, January 13, 1981


Lucile Speer


Diann Wiesner



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Lucile Speer discusses being a charter member, along with Montana Senator Mike Mansfield, in the 1944 formation of the Montana Farmer-Labor Institute. She describes the support from the University of Montana (then Montana State University) faculty union, the Montana Farmers' Union, and the American Federation of Labor for the labor institute. Speer explains that the idea for the Institute came from discussions with Edmund Freeman, member of the University of Montana faculty union, and Jimmy Graham, president of the State Federation of Labor. Speer discusses a number of forums and speakers the Institute hosted, including people like Lee Metcalf and forums on collective bargaining. She shares that due to overwhelming issues the Institute was discontinued in the 1960s.

The audio for this interview is available at Archives and Special Collection, but has not yet been digitized.



Document Type

Oral History


Montana Farmer-Labor Institute; American Federation of Teachers; AFL-CIO; Montana State University (Missoula); Montana Farmers Union; American Federation of Labor; Edmund Freeman; Jimmy Graham; State Federation of Labor; Collective bargaining; Union; Union institutes

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Lucile Speer Interviews Oral History Project, OH 046, 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 /

Oral History Number

OH 046-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (14 p.: 28 cm.)]

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:00:27 minutes

Local Filename

OH_046_001.mp3; OH_046_001.pdf

Lucile Speer Interview, January 13, 1981