Nina Faye Anderson Interview, August 12, 1981


Nina Faye Anderson


Mary Melcher



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


Teachers, Montana; Women teachers, Montana; Billings, Montana, Belfry, Montana; Women’s education; Great Depression; World War, 1939-1945; Employment for women; Birmingham, England

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 049-063

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:30:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (36 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:17:28 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_063.mp3; OH_049_063.pdf

Nina Faye Anderson Interview, August 12, 1981