This is a collection of stand-alone interviews pulled together by Archives and Special Collections around the topic of Montana educators. The interviewees discuss teaching in one-room schools, becoming school administrators or elected public officials, and lobbying for education legislation. These interviews were conducted from the 1960s to 1994. The original interviews are held at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula.
This collection includes 4 interviews.
Carol L. Roberts
Carol Roberts discusses her experiences teaching on a one-room schoolhouse in Yaak, Montana. She describes a typical day of teaching, including lesson plans and using the school’s woodstove for heating, and details how school programs were funded. Roberts also discusses the children she taught, the ... Read More
In this self-recorded reminiscence, Edith Harper discusses her experiences teaching music, band, and English in Hysham, Eureka, Wibaux, Big Timber, and Manhattan, Montana, before being elected Superintendent of Schools in Sweetgrass County, Montana. She talks about the bands, twirling groups, and choruses she put together ... Read More
Estelle Tafoya, a professor at the University of Montana's School of Education, discusses sexism in the educational system in the United States. She talks about how different sexes are portrayed in textbooks, including statistics about the variety of jobs held by men versus by women ... Read More
Simon Rae Logan
S. Rae Logan discusses serving as an educator in both Montana and Illinois. He also talks about modern corporate methods. Logan describes working with the Bitterroot Valley Irrigation Company, the Bee Company on the Flathead Reservation, and the Montana Farmers' Union. He recalls his days ... Read More