Juliet Gregory Interview, January 1979


Juliet Gregory


Pamela Frasier



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Juliet Gregory discusses how she got into politics, her initial petition to become a mayoral candidate in Missoula, Montana, being denied, the process she went through to have the petition accepted, and getting her name put on the ballot. She also describes the opposition she faced during her mayoral campaign from Charles Doherty, editor of the Missoula County Times, and the backlash she faced due to prior reform attempts in her community. Gregory discusses her relationship with the Missoula City Council, her efforts to put more women into city positions, and her attempts to weed out corruption in the fire department. She talks about her focus on creating restrictions on prostitution, as well as difficulties she faced as a woman during her time in office. Gregory discusses how she worked with various businesses in Missoula, Montana, such as the Missoula Mercantile, during her time as mayor. She talks about how she made connections with influential people in Missoula and the inspections she sanctioned in town. She recalls the controversy over her administration’s installation of parking meters in downtown Missoula as well as the subsequent lawsuit during which she was forced her to defend in court the use of the meters. Gregory also describes her relationship with the press and her ideas about women working when they have families.


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Document Type

Oral History


Mayor’s Office, Missoula, Montana; Mayoral campaign, Missoula, Montana; Missoula County Times; Charles Doherty, Missoula Montana newspaper reporter; Women politicians, Missoula, Montana; Missoula City Council, Montana; Missoula City Fire Department, Montana; Prostitution, Missoula, Montana; Missoula newspapers, Montana; Transportation, Missoula, Montana; Parking, Missoula, Montana; Missoula Mercantile, Montana

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Time Period

Twentieth century

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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 049-046, 047

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

2 sound cassettes (02:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (31 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:46:10 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_046_047.mp3; OH_049_046_047.pdf

Juliet Gregory Interview, January 1979