Lucile Speer discusses being a charter member, along with Mike Mansfield, in the 1944 formation of the Montana Farmer-Labor Institute. She describes the support for the Institute from the University of Montana (then Montana State University) faculty union, the Montana Farmers Union, and the American Federation of Labor. 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 Montana 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.
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Lucile Speer Interviews Oral History Project, OH 046, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (12 p.: 28 cm.)]
Speer, Lucile, "Lucile Speer Interview, January 13, 1981" (1981). Lucile Speer Interviews Oral History Project. 1.