Mary Miller Interview, October 3, 1979


Mary Miller


Pamela Frasier



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Mary Miller talks about her mother, Ann Brockway’s, life from her birth in 1891 to retirement. Miller recounts stories about her mother’s childhood and how her family settled in Montana. She recalls her mother’s desire to stay in school as long as possible to become an artist even though her parents pushed her to go into business. Miller remembers her mother’s multiple marriages and the impact that had on her ability to be independent. Miller talks about Brockway’s extensive involvement in community works projects, volunteer work, and politics, including her stint as mayor of Miles City and running for a seat in the Montana State House of Representatives. She also recalls her mother’s involvement in leisure activities such as playing bridge, and changing trends such as clothing and hairstyles through the early 1900s into the mid-1900s.


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Document Type

Oral History


Women in politics; social conditions; Women, Montana, Biography; Women, Montana, Social Condition; Women, Political activity, Montana; Miles City, Montana, history; Libby, Montana, history; Prohibition; Prostitution; Stanford University; American Red Cross

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 049-032, 033

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (30 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

02:02:55 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_032_033.mp3; OH_049_032_033.pdf

Mary Miller Interview, October 3, 1979