Patti Nolan Interview, December 12, 1993


Patti Nolan


Daniel B. Minton



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Patti Nolan describes her family history starting with her great uncle Robert L. Mudd, who fought in the 24th infantry during the Spanish-American War. She talks about him moving to Missoula, Montana his discharge in 1915 and purchasing land for a house. Nolan reminisces about her father, John Nolan, who came to Missoula to live with his uncle when he was a young boy then eventually attended the University of Montana and opened Nolan’s Home and Office Cleaning Services. Nolan recalls graduating from Hellgate High School in 1966, then immediately moving to San Francisco, California, and later New York City. She talks about her career as a nurse and how she eventually moved back to Missoula. She also discusses her experiences with racism as the child of an African-American father and Native American mother. The interviewee reviewed and finalized this transcript. Clarification of specific details are provided in brackets and in footnotes. Certain portions of the interview were restricted at her request.


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Document Type

Oral History


Robert L. Mudd; Hellgate High School; Nolan’s Home and Office Cleaning Service; Racism; Native Americans; African-Americans; Missoula, Montana

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Montana Communities Oral History Collection, 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 313-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (12 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:31:01 minutes

Local Filename

OH_313_001.mp3; OH_313_001.pdf

Patti Nolan Interview, December 12, 1993