Lucile Speer Interview, January 13, 1981


Lucile Speer


Diann Wiesner



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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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Document Type

Oral History


Montana Farmer-Labor Institute – History; American Federation of Teachers; AFL-CIO; Montana State University (Missoula); National Farmers' Union (U.S.). Montana Division; American Federation of Labor; Montana State Federation of Labor; Collective bargaining -- Montana -- History; Union; Union institutes; Speer, Lucile – Interviews; Speer, Lucile -- Political activity – Interviews; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001; Freeman, Edmund L.; Metcalf, Lee, 1911-1978; Graham, James D., 1873-1951; Montana State University (Missoula, Mont.) – History; Academic librarians -- Montana – Interviews; Politics, Practical -- Montana – History; Montana -- Politics and government -- 20th century; University Teachers Union (University of Montana); Montana State University Teachers Union (Missoula, Mont.); American Federation of Teachers

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 (12 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