Katherine Roberts summarizes her family’s move to a homestead near Roberts, Idaho. She discusses going to school, the work her family did on the homestead, and her town’s reaction to changing women’s styles. She also talks about attending the University of Idaho, living in a dormitory in college, and meeting her husband. Roberts describes the societal expectations that dictated how married women should act, including that married women shouldn’t work outside the home. She discusses her husband’s education and career working in theater until the beginning of the Great Depression in 1929. Roberts talks at length about her own employment history as an author, teacher and speech pathologist, particularly after World War Two.
World War, 1939-1945; Great Depression; Roberts, Idaho; University of Idaho; Women’s education; Women’s employment; Women teachers
Montana Women’s Oral History Collection, OH 049, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (26 p.: 28 cm.)
Roberts, Katherine, "Katherine H. "Kay" Robert Interview" (1981). Montana Women’s Oral History Project. 17.