Barbara Ferretti Interview, August 10, 1981


Barbara Ferretti


Mary Melcher



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Barbara Ferretti discusses growing up in Anaconda, Montana, and the relationship between different nationalities in Anaconda as well as her memories of speaking Croatian in the home and the effect it had on her education. She describes how her mother supported herself and her children after the death of her father. Ferretti talks about her marriage, the birth of her children, and the use of midwives. She also recalls her experiences in Anaconda during the Great Depression and the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1918-1919. Ferretti describes her marriage as falling within the societal norms of the time, and she concludes the interview by describing the jobs she held after the death of her husband.

When this interview was conducted, the interviewee requested to remain anonymous in the transcript and audio. Archives and Special Collections has chosen to lift this restriction now that the interviewee is deceased.


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Document Type

Oral History


Anaconda, Montana; Women in Montana; Ethnic groups, Anaconda, Montana; Croatian immigrants; Midwifery; Great Depression, 1929-1939; Spanish influenza epidemic, 1918-1919

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 049-061

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (29 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:46:30 minutes

Local Filename

OH_049_061.mp3; OH_049_061.pdf

Barbara Ferretti Interview, August 10, 1981