Adelaine Midgett Interview, September 19, 1991


Adelaine Midgett


Annie Pontrelli



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Adelaine Stillings Midgett describes attending the University of Montana (UM) during the early 1930s and graduating with a degree in library economy. She talks about her career as librarian and some of the changes in library science education and practice that occurred between the 1930s and 1970s when she retired. Midgett recalls campus life during her student years, the campus traditions such as the Lantern Parade and the election of the May Queen, and campus organizations including the Bear Paws and the Spurs. She also reminisces about the teachers she enjoyed such as Lucia B. Mirrielees. Midgett describes the impact that technology has had on everyday library tasks such as cataloging. She concludes by recalling her time at the University as a librarian.


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Document Type

Oral History


University of Montana alumni; Library science; Librarians, Montana; Bear Paws; Spurs; Emma B. Lommasson; Lucia B. Mirrielees; University of Montana student organizations; Robert Pantzer; University of Montana faculty; Great Depression, 1929-1939; University of Montana-Missoula; Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library; University of Montana Library

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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


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Oral History Number

OH 270-049

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

00:47:54 minutes

Local Filename

OH_270_049.mp3; OH_270_049.pdf

Adelaine Midgett Interview, September 19, 1991