Mabelle Hardy Interview, August 1, 1991


Mabelle Hardy


Annie Pontrelli



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Mabelle Hardy reminisces about attending the University of Montana (UM) during the 1930s. Hardy recalls working in the Registrar’s Office which created and maintained all student records by hand. She discusses the shift in student demographics during the 1930s (mostly young, single students) to those of the 1950s (more young, married couples with children). Hardy talks about returning to UM as a social work instructor in 1960, and she mentions the Vietnam War protests campus during that decade. She describes the various presidents that served while she was both student and instructor including Robert Pantzer and George Finlay Simmons. Hardy also recalls various student traditions in which she participated, such as the Aber Day cleanup and Singing on the Steps, and her favorite classes and professors.


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Document Type

Oral History


Charles Clapp; George Finlay Simmons; Robert Pantzer; Aber Day; Singing on the Steps; University of Montana-Missoula; Department of Social Work; University of Montana alumni; University of Montana traditions

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

University of Montana Centennial Oral History Project, OH 270, 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 270-021

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (11 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:55:08 minutes

Local Filename

OH_270_021.mp3; OH_270_021.pdf

Mabelle Hardy Interview, August 1, 1991