Lucile Speer Interview, February 11, 1981


Lucile Speer


Diann Wiesner



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Lucille Speer describes how the University of Montana faculty union (then Montana State University faculty union) decided to form a faculty senate in the 1950s in part to take over the functions of the grievance committee. She details the relationship between the grievance committee, faculty union, and the American Association of Professors (AAUP). She recalls how members of the union and AAUP appointed a committee to study other faculty senates in the U.S. and draft a charter. Speer also explains the process by which a faculty member could report discrimination which was coordinated by the chairman of the union’s grievance committee. Lucile Speer discusses Phillip O. Keeney’s firing, the grievance committee’s involvement in that situation, and how membership in the Teachers Union dropped due to faculty fearful of losing their jobs. Speer details how Missoula downtown interests influenced the firing of professors and the appointment of UM presidents during that time. She mentions that one of the Union’s largest accomplishments during the 1930-1940s was creating the Montana Farmer-Labor Institute.


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Oral History


Speer, Lucile – Interviews; Speer, Lucile -- Political activity – Interviews; University of Montana--Missoula. Faculty Senate – History; University of Montana--Missoula – History; Montana. State Board of Education – History; Montana. Board of Regents of Higher Education – History; American Association of University Professors. University of Montana Chapter – History; Montana State University (Missoula, Mont.). Library – History; Montana State University (Missoula, Mont.) – History; Montana State University (Missoula, Mont.). Faculty Senate – History; Browman, Ludvig G. (Ludvig Gustav), 1904-1986; Keeney, Philip O. (Philip Olin), 1891-1962; Newburn, Harry Kenneth, 1906-; Academic librarians -- Montana -- 20th century; Academic librarians -- Montana – Interviews; Academic libraries -- Montana – History; Simmons, George Finlay, 1895-1955; Cooney, Frank H. (Frank Henry), 1872-1935; College teachers' unions -- Montana -- Missoula – History; Montana Farmer-Labor Institute; Missoula Mercantile Company; Mason, David R., 1901-1988; Stone, Albert W.; Heliker, George Butler, 1919-2006; Marvin, Ed; Faculty grievance committee; Faculty elections; Margrave, Tom; University Teachers Union (University of Montana); Montana State University Teachers Union (Missoula, Mont.)

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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


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Oral History Number

OH 046-004, 005

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (01:00:00 min. each) analog + 1 transcript (17 p.: 28 cm.)]

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:16:55 minutes

Local Filename

OH_046_004_005.mp3; OH_046_004_005.pdf

Lucile Speer Interview, February 11, 1981