Lucille 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 in the University’s library. Speer also elaborates on Phillip O. Keeney’s firing as head librarian and how poorly he was treated following his dismissal.
Montana local government; Montana constitution; Montana gambling; Montana capital punishment; Montana State Legislature; Montana Farm Bureau; Montana Supreme Court; Library science; University of Montana Library; Librarians; Documents depository; Microprint; Microfilm; Kathleen Campbell; Paul O. Keeney
Lucile Speer Interviews Oral History Project, OH 046, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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Speer, Lucile, "Lucile Speer Interview, March 31, 1981" (1981). Lucile Speer Interviews Oral History Project. 9.