Lucile Speer Interview, February 3, 1981


Lucile Speer


Diann Wiesner



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Lucile Speer discusses the development of the University Teachers Union at the University of Montana (then Montana State University) in Missoula, Montana. She notes its primary goal was the economic improvement of the University and its employees, not collective bargaining. Speer explains how the Teachers Union partnered with other labor organizations, such as the Trades and Labor Council in Missoula, and its relationship with the University administration that led to the failed chancellor system. She also notes how eventually the union formed a legislative committee to send a person to the Montana legislature. Speer frequently mentions Jim Murry, Executive Secretary of Montana AFL-CIO, and Jimmy Graham, President of the state Labor Federation, and how they provided support for the Teachers Union. Speer also mentions the Grievance Committee and how it aligned with the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) to prevent injustices at the university level.


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Oral History


University Teachers Union (University of Montana); Montana State University Teachers Union (Missoula, Mont.); College teachers' unions -- Montana -- Missoula – History; College teachers' unions -- Political activity -- Montana -- Missoula – History; University of Montana--Missoula – History; University of Montana--Missoula -- Faculty -- Political activity -- History; University of Montana (Missoula); Trades and Labor Council (Missoula, Mont.); Montana Labor Organization; Montana Unions; Chancellor System; Murry, James W.; Graham, James D., 1873-1951; Grievance Committee; American Association of University Professors -- History; Speer, Lucile – Interviews; Speer, Lucile -- Political activity – Interviews; Montana State AFL-CIO; Montana State Federation of Labor; Academic librarians -- Montana – Interviews; Academic librarians -- Montana -- 20th century; Academic libraries -- Montana – History; Labor unions -- Montana -- History

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Time Period

Twentieth century

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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 046-003

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (11 p.: 28 cm.)]

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:00:22 minutes

Local Filename

OH_046_003.mp3; OH_046_003.pdf

Lucile Speer Interview, February 3, 1981