Evelyn Swant Interview, February 11, 1986


Evelyn Swant


Gladys Peterson



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Evelyn Swant discusses her experiences as a librarian in Montana in the mid-1900s. Swant explained that most women working in that time period were young and unmarried, though many women entered the workforce throughout the Great Depression and World War Two in order to support their families. She describes aspects of her job including pay and responsibilities, as well as how it compared to other jobs her friends and acquaintances had around Montana. Swant talks about the gender divide in various jobs and recalls typical jobs women might have held in the 1920s-1940s.


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Document Type

Oral History


Swant, Evelyn, 1910-1989 – Interviews; Peterson, Gladys M., 1920-1996; Women’s rights; Women in the workforce; Women -- Employment -- Montana -- History -- 20th century; Women employees -- Montana – Interviews; Women employees -- Montana -- Attitudes -- History -- 20th century; World War, 1939-1945 -- Economic aspects -- United States; Depression, 1929-1939; Depressions -- 1929 -- Montana -- Personal narratives; Librarians -- Montana -- Interviews; Telephone operators -- Women -- United States -- Working conditions -- History -- 20th century; Women -- Montana -- Social conditions -- History -- 20th century; Women -- Montana -- Economic conditions -- History -- 20th century; Wages -- Women -- United States -- History -- 20th century; Sex discrimination in employment -- United States -- History -- 20th century; Sex role in the work environment -- United States -- History -- 20th century; Sexual division of labor -- United States -- History -- 20th century

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage




Original Collection

Women in the Workplace Oral History Project, OH 158, 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 158-001b

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (9 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:22:50 minutes

Local Filename

OH_158_001_b.mp3; OH_158_001_b.pdf

Evelyn Swant Interview, February 11, 1986