Nina Faye Anderson describes growing up in Belfry, Montana, working her way through high school for room and board until she graduated in 1922, and becoming a schoolteacher. She discusses the social and economic realities for some of the children that she taught, the challenges of teaching during the Great Depression in Billings, Montana, and the political aspect of teaching. Anderson details working in a post office battalion in Birmingham, England, during World War Two and becoming a school principal upon her return. She compares the economic advantages and disadvantages of the jobs that were available for women during the early and mid-20th century. She concludes by discussing her relationship with her family and her decision not to marry.
Teachers, Montana; Women teachers, Montana; Billings, Montana, Belfry, Montana; Women’s education; Great Depression; World War, 1939-1945; Employment for women; Birmingham, England
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 (36 p.: 28 cm.)
Anderson, Nina Faye, "Nina Faye Anderson Interview" (1981). Montana Women’s Oral History Project. 19.