Kathryn H.


Kathryn H. Roberts


Mary Melcher



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Kathryn "Kay" 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.


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Document Type

Oral History


World War, 1939-1945; Great Depression; Roberts, Idaho; University of Idaho; Women’s education; Roberts, Kathryn H., 1905-1986 – Interviews; Women -- Montana – Interviews; Women teachers -- Montana – Interviews; Women -- Idaho -- Social conditions -- History -- 20th century; Women -- Montana -- Social conditions -- History -- 20th century; Wives -- Effect of husband's employment on -- Social aspects -- Montana -- 20th century; Married women -- Employment -- Social aspects -- Montana -- 20th century; Married students -- Montana -- Bozeman -- 20th century – Interviews; Women college students -- Idaho -- Social conditions -- History -- 20th century; Speech therapists -- Montana -- Bozeman -- Interviews

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 049-060

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (26 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:07:21 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_060.mp3; OH_049_060.pdf

Kathryn H.