Dona Corr Interview, May 2, 1977


Dona Corr


Mary Melcher



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Dona Corr gives a biographical sketch of her life, beginning with her parents’ move from Quebec, Canada, to Montana at the end of the 19th century. She describes being the oldest of three girls, speaking French before learning English in school, and the lack of a need to enforce discipline in her household due to the respect she and her siblings had for their parents. Corr recalls growing up Frenchtown, Montana, and how she enjoyed playing with the neighboring children and going to dances as a teenager. She also details the Frenchtown Church, focusing on its architecture, the variety of masses, and the religious orders of Catholic priests, as well as the consolidation, breakdown, and creation of the Catholic school system in the Frenchtown-Missoula area. Corr ends the tape by briefly speaking about the caretaking work she did while living in a boarding house in Missoula, Montana.

For additional information on Dona Corr, see oral history interview OH 049-070.


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Document Type

Oral History


Quebec, Canada; French immigrants, Montana; French-Canadian immigrants, Montana; Frenchtown, Montana; Missoula, Montana; Corr, Donna, 1902-1991 – Interviews; Women -- Montana – Interviews; Women -- Montana -- Social conditions; Frenchtown (Mont.) – History; Frenchtown (Mont.) -- Social life and customs – History; Franco-Americans – Biography; Children of immigrants -- Quebec (Province) – Interviews; Catholics -- Montana -- Frenchtown – History; Catholic Church -- Montana -- Frenchtown – History; Catholic schools -- Montana -- Frenchtown – History

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 049-008

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (9 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:58:35 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_008.mp3; OH_049_008.pdf

Dona Corr Interview, May 2, 1977