Adelaide Douglas Interview, August 4, 1977


Adelaide Douglas


Mary Melcher



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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.


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Document Type

Oral History


Mississippi River; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Twin Cities, Minnesota; Women’s education; Douglas, Adelaide – Interviews; Women -- Montana – Interviews; Women -- Montana -- Social conditions; Women -- Minnesota – Biography; Women teachers -- Montana -- Plains – Interviews; Home economics teachers -- Montana -- Plains – Interviews; Women college students -- Minnesota -- History -- 20th century -- Biography

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 049-010

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (10 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:52:12 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_010.mp3; OH_049_010.pdf

Adelaide Douglas Interview, August 4, 1977