Anne Needham Interview, circa August 1981


Anne Needham


Mary Melcher



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Anne Needham discusses moving to Great Falls, Montana, with her husband for his job with the Anaconda Company. She talks about raising a family in Great Falls during the mid-20th century, her career as a school teacher when schools were just beginning to allow married women to teach. Needham details some of the small country schools in which she taught and the socio-economic challenges that many of her pupils faced, particularly those from immigrant families who spoke little or no English. She reminisces about becoming active in the American Association of University Women and helping to form a local Parent Teacher Association. She concludes by talking about moving to Anaconda, Montana, where she became involved with mental health issues as a volunteer at the nearby Warm Springs State Hospital and finally as a secretary of the State Mental Health Association.

For more information on Anne Needham, see oral history interview OH 049-058a,b.


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Document Type

Oral History


Missoula, Montana; Immigration, Montana; Women’s education, Montana; Mining, Montana; Anaconda Company, Montana; Women teachers, Montana; American Association of University Women, Montana; Parent Teacher Association, Montana; Warm Springs State Hospital, Montana; State Mental Health Association, Montana

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 /

Oral History Number

OH 049-058c,d

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (27 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:30:42 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_058_c_d.mp3; OH_049_058_c_d.pdf

Anne Needham Interview, circa August 1981