Emma Lommasson Interview, July 17, 1991


Emma Lommasson


Annie Pontrelli



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Emma Lommasson describes attending the University of Montana (UM) from 1929 to 1933 and graduating with a degree in mathematics. She talks about working at UM as a math instructor and teaching classes in aerial navigation during World War Two. Lommasson recalls advising the Angel Flight ROTC and Mortar Board programs as well as returning veterans. She also mentions working as the assistant registrar starting in 1946. Lommasson discusses the changes at UM during her time as both student and employee, and she mentions her relationships with different presidents, including Carl McFarland, James McCain, Robert Johns, and George Dennison. Lommasson talks about retiring in 1977 and her subsequent volunteer work advising students. She describes the low wages and gender-based pay inequality that she experienced during her tenure, but concludes by emphasizing student interaction were what kept her at UM.


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Document Type

Oral History


University of Montana alumni; World War, 1939-1945; Carl McFarland; James McCain; Robert Johns; George Dennison; Student advising; Mortar Board; Angel Flight ROTC; University of Montana-Missoula; University of Montana staff

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 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 270-034

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (12 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:54:30 minutes

Local Filename

OH_270_034.mp3; OH_270_034.pdf

Emma Lommasson Interview, July 17, 1991