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.
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
Montana Women’s Oral History Collection, OH 049, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (27 p.: 28 cm.)
Needham, Anne, "Anne Needham Interview" (1981). Montana Women’s Oral History Project. 15.