Lucile Speer Interview, March 31, 1981


Lucile Speer


Diann Wiesner



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Lucile Speer explains how different issues at the 1971-1972 Montana Constitutional Convention such as gambling, capital punishment, and a unicameral versus bicameral legislature were placed on the ballot as Referendum No. 68. She recalls the Montana Farm Bureau suing the State of Montana over the referendum’s wording on the ballot in a case that went all the way to the Supreme Court. Speer describes the celebration that followed when the constitution was finally approved on June 6, 1972. She then describes her work as Documents Librarian at the University of Montana (then Montana State University) in Missoula, Montana. Speer notes that the University of Montana library had been a documents depository since the 1890s and was expanded in the 1940s. She recalls how the invention of microprint and microfilm aided the library in both acquiring materials from other depositories and also saving space. Speer also elaborates on Phillip O. Keeney’s firing as head librarian and how poorly he was treated by UM faculty and staff following his dismissal.


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Oral History


Montana State Legislature; Montana Supreme Court; Library science; Speer, Lucile -- Interviews.; Speer, Lucile -- Political activity -- Interviews.; Montana. Constitutional Convention (1971-1972); Montana. Constitution (1972) -- History.; Constitutional history -- Montana.; Montana -- Politics and government -- 20th century; Montana State University (Missoula, Mont.). Library -- History.; Montana State University (Missoula, Mont.) – History; University of Montana--Missoula – History; Keeney, Philip O. (Philip Olin), 1891-1962.; Academic librarians -- Montana -- Interviews.; Documents librarians -- Montana -- Interviews.; Depository libraries -- Montana -- History.; Capital punishment -- Montana -- History.; Gambling -- Law and legislation -- Montana.; Academic libraries -- Montana – History; Academic librarians -- Montana -- 20th century.; Acquisition of microforms -- Montana – History; Documents in microform – History; Montana Farm Bureau; Microprint; Referendum No. 68 (Mont.); Campbell, Kathleen

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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 046-011

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

01:02:04 minutes

Local Filename

OH_046_011.mp3; OH_046_011.pdf

Lucile Speer Interview, March 31, 1981