Violet Elizabeth


Annie Pontrelli



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Violet "Vi" Thomson describes attending the University of Montana from 1936 to 1938, where she majored in English and graduated with a teaching certificate. She discusses the difficulties of being a non-traditional student with two children and a sick husband who lived in a different town while she obtained her degree. Thomson talks about attending University-produced plays, describes student clubs, such as Bear Paws and Spurs, reminisces about campus traditions, such as Singing on the Steps. She recalls serving as the director of Camp Fire for 14 years after she graduated, and later, working as a public relations agent for a television station. She mentions her acquaintance with Carroll and Nancy O’Connor, Mike Mansfield, and Nick Mariana. Thomson concludes by stressing the positive effect that attending the University had on her life.


Oral History


University of Montana alumni; Camp Fire Council; Carroll O’Connor; Nancy Fields O’Connor; Mike Mansfield; Nick Mariana; Education, Montana; Non-traditional students, Montana

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 270-043

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (14 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Local Filename

OH_270_043.mp3; OH_270_043.pdf

Violet Elizabeth