Oral History Interview with Lucile Speer, circa 1972


Lucile Speer


Robert E. Eagle



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Lucile Speer, the University of Montana’s Documents and Serials Librarian and 1972 Montana Constitution Convention delegate, discusses the referendum to approve revising Montana’s constitution, noting that the League of Women Voters in Montana played a critical role in educating the public about the need for constitutional revision. Speer talks about the organization’s lobbying efforts on this topic that started as early as 1969. She describes the rules and procedures of the convention, including how proposals were considered during the 1972 convention. She talks about the role of researchers during the convention, many of whom were law students or had previously served on one of the constitution study commissions. Speer notes that some of the article committees worked closely with the researchers assigned to them, and others did not. She details the various lobbying and interest groups who attended the convention, and some of the significant proposals and revisions to the constitution. Speer concludes by reflecting on the significance of the convention and how much more she understands about state government and Montana’s constitution because of her service as a delegate.


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Oral History


Eagle, Robert E.; Speer, Lucile (1899-1987); Government reorganization—Montana; Constitutional conventions--Montana.; Constitutional history--Montana.; Public welfare—Montana.; Women--Political activity--Montana.; League of Women Voters Montana.; Montana. Constitution Convention Commission.; Montana. Constitution Revision Commission.; Montana. Constitutional Convention (1889)--History.; Montana. Constitutional Convention (1971-1972); Montana. Constitutional Convention (1971-1972)--History.; Helena (Mont.); Montana--Politics and government--20th century.; University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.). Dept. of Political Science; University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.)—Faculty; Political science--Study and teaching (Higher)--Montana—Missoula; Academic librarians--Montana--Missoula

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

1972 Montana Constitutional Convention Oral History Project, OH 346

Holding Institution

University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

Rights Statement

Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants. Permission may be required for use. For further information pleasecontact Archives and Special Collections at the University of Montana, Mansfield Library.

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Oral History Number

OH 346-004

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (60 min.): analog + 1 transcript (10 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:57:59 minutes

Local Filename

OH_346_004.mp3; OH_346_004.pdf

Oral History Interview with Lucile Speer, circa 1972