Dona Corr Interview, December 19, 1980


Dona Corr


Mary Melcher



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Dona Corr briefly discusses her childhood chores and doing more of the outside work than her two younger sisters. She explains how she got her teaching certificate from Western Montana College in Dillion, Montana, and her work as a school teacher in Frenchtown, Montana. She also talks about body image and how she was very popular among the boys because of her weight and opinionated personality. Corr reminisces about marrying later than most women and being in charge of the marital finances due to her higher education level. She recalls the nature of her husband’s labor and how he managed to retain work as a mechanic throughout the Great Depression. Corr briefly talks about her five children, how she made and laundered their clothes, and when she acquired her first washing machine and electric refrigerator.

For more information on Dona Corr, see oral history interview OH 049-008.


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Document Type

Oral History


Western Montana College, Dillon, Montana; Women teachers; Corr, Donna, 1902-1991 – Interviews; Women -- Montana – Interviews; Women -- Montana --Frenchtown -- Social conditions -- 20th century; Frenchtown (Mont.) -- History -- 20th century; Frenchtown (Mont.) -- Rural conditions -- 20th century; Catholics -- Montana -- Frenchtown -- Attitudes – History; Women teachers -- Montana -- Frenchtown – Interviews; Montana State Normal College -- Alumni and alumnae – Interviews; Interfaith marriage -- Montana -- Frenchtown -- Public opinion -- 20th century; Depressions -- 1929 -- Montana -- Frenchtown -- Personal narratives; Physical-appearance-based bias -- Montana -- Frenchtown -- History -- 20th century

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 049-070

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (10 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:00:04 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_070.mp3; OH_049_070.pdf

Dona Corr Interview, December 19, 1980