Louise Line Interview, May 5, 1977


Louise Line


Mary Melcher



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Louise Line describes growing up in a middle- to upper-class family in the Lake Geneva area of Montana. She discusses her father’s involvement in getting a YMCA built in town and her family’s employment of maids and hired hands. Line talks about the holidays and traditions her family celebrated and the educational opportunities available for women during the early 20th century. She recalls attending Beloit College, Mount Holyoke College, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Line reminisces about teaching high school English, marrying her husband, Robert C. Line, and giving birth to her children. She describes the clubs and associations in which she was involved, including the American Association of University Women and the YWCA. She concludes by discussing her family’s move to Missoula, Montana, where her husband became the Dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Montana-Missoula and she became involved in a community theater group.


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Document Type

Oral History


University of Montana School of Business Administration; Beloit College, Wisconsin; Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts; University of Wisconsin-Madison; University of Montana-Missoula; Line, Louise, 1892-1985 – Interviews; Women -- Montana – Interviews; Women -- Montana -- Social conditions -- 20th century; Women -- Education -- United States -- History -- 20th century; Columbus (Mont.) -- Social conditions – History; Missoula (Mont.) -- Social conditions – History; Women college graduates – Interviews; American Association of University Women. Missoula Branch – History; YWCA of Missoula – History; State University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.). Faculty Women's Club – History; State University of Montana (Missoula, Mont.) – History; Line, Robert C. (Robert Campbell), 1891-1982; Lake Geneva (Mont.)

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 049-029

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (20 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:48:43 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_029.mp3; OH_049_029.pdf

Louise Line Interview, May 5, 1977