Adelaine Midgett Interview, February 27, 1986


Adelaine Midgett


Sheila Bonnand



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Adelaine Stillings Midgett discusses her education in library science (then called library economy) at the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana in the 1930s, and the Great Depression’s effects on her family and schooling. She describes her first library job, while still a student, at the University of Montana library, and her first job after graduation at the library in Fort Benton, Montana. She recounts subsequent library positions around Montana, and talks about her marriage and expanding family. Midgett recalls her return to Missoula, and her positions at St. Patrick’s School of Nursing, and beginning in 1958, at the University of Montana library. She extensively discusses innovations in library education, her own adaptations to specific jobs, and the expanding role of technology in the field before and after her retirement in 1978.


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Document Type

Oral History


University of Montana--Missoula Alumni and alumnae; Library education Montana Missoula; Women Education (Higher) Montana Missoula; Women, Montana Missoula; Women librarians, Montana Missoula; Great Depression; University of Montana Library; St. Patrick’s School of Nursing

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

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Original Collection

University of Montana History Oral History Collection, 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 157-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (17 p.: 28 cm.)]

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:58:58 minutes

Local Filename

OH_157_001.mp3; OH_157_001.pdf

Adelaine Midgett Interview, February 27, 1986