Anna T. Beckwith Interview, April 8, 1977


Anna T. Beckwith


Kathryn P. "Kathy" White



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Anna Beckwith recounts the history of how her family migrated to Montana in 1886 and her family’s involvement with the Missoula Mercantile. She reminisces about her father managing a general store in St. Ignatius, on the Flathead Indian Reservation, which at the time was not open to white settlement. She describes the influx of white settlers when the area was opened, her relationship with the native children in school, and the joys and challenges of growing up in a rural community. She talks about her family dynamics, focusing on the roles that her mother and father played in raising her and maintaining their household. Beckwith mentions contracting both polio and smallpox as a child and her mother’s opposition to the women’s suffrage movement. She describes attending the University of Montana in Missoula, her limited knowledge about sex and abortion, and her decision not to marry.


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Document Type

Oral History


Women’s education, Montana; Women’s sex education; St. Ignatius, Montana; Flathead Indian Reservation, Montana; Confederated Salish and Kootenai tribes, Montana; General stores, Montana; Missoula, Montana; University of Montana, Missoula

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 049-052

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (24 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:03:53 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_052.mp3; OH_049_052.pdf

Anna T. Beckwith Interview, April 8, 1977