Emma Allen Interview, May 26, 1980


Emma Allen


Mary Melcher



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Emma Allen gives an autobiographical sketch of her life, beginning with her family’s move to Oregon from West Virginia in 1905. She discusses her early life in Estacada, Oregon, including starting school at eight years old and being given a teaching position in Springwater immediately after graduating from high school. Allen describes getting married for the first time, despite her lack of interest, and having to give up teaching to make the courtship work. She describes hardships endured during the Great Depression, such as having to make her family’s soap and clothing and almost losing her third child due to poor hospital care. Allen concludes by discussing the failures of her second marriage, her voting experience, and her concerns about the Kennedy administration due to President John F. Kennedy’s Catholic background.


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Document Type

Oral History


Estacada, Oregon; Portland, Oregon; Great Depression; Women’s suffrage; Kennedy Administration; Catholicism

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Montana Women's Oral History Project, OH 049, 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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 049-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (34 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:21:34 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_001.mp3; OH_049_001.pdf

Emma Allen Interview, May 26, 1980