Emma Campbell Interview, November 14, 1978


Emma Campbell


Pamela Frasier



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Emma Campbell gives a biographical sketch of her life, beginning with her family’s move to Malta, Montana, from Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1892 and her father’s occupational background. She discusses attending boarding school for a year, disliking it, running away in 1908 to get married, and raising eight children. Campbell talks about the popularity of community dances, basket socials and the presence of a red light district in Malta. She recalls having midwives in Malta before the establishment of a hospital and the kinds of job opportunities available to women during that time. She gives her opinion about the importance of Prohibition and the necessity of voting regularly despite her own lack of interest in politics. She also discusses her memories of Malta’s positive relationship with the Native American community as well as Chinese and Japanese immigrants.


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Document Type

Oral History


Malta, Montana; Prostitution, Montana; Midwifery, Montana; Immigrants, Montana; Asian immigrants, Montana; Prohibition, Montana; Women’s suffrage, Montana

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 049-006

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (17 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:38:34 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_006.mp3; OH_049_006.pdf

Emma Campbell Interview, November 14, 1978