Adelaide Douglas gives a biographical sketch of her life, beginning by describing her family dynamics and experiences she had living two blocks from the Mississippi River, such as watching the boats and buying treats from a peanut and popcorn wagon. She discusses the musical talents of her mother and aunt and assuming the role of household cook after her mother passed away. She talks about her educational background in Catholic schools and how her father supported her decision to attend college during a time when few women were allowed to go. Douglas reminisces about Fourth of July celebrations and going to the carnival. She talks about living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, during college before moving to Montana in 1923. Douglas recalls her first job as a home economics teacher in Plains, Montana, and borrowing horses to ride from the downtown hitching post.
Mississippi River; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Twin Cities, Minnesota; Women’s education; Women teachers, Montana; Plains, Montana
Montana Women’s Oral History Collection, OH 049, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (10 p.: 28 cm.)
Douglas, Adelaide, "Adelaide Douglas Interview" (1977). Montana Women’s Oral History Project. 4.