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Oral history

Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 59 Collections and/or Records:

Labor Relations and Union Development in Duluth oral history interviews

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2220

The interviews in this project document the history of Duluth, Minnesota area businesses and labor unions. Barbara Sommer conducted the interviews in 1980-1981.

Dates: 1980-1981

Larsmont, Minnesota oral history project

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S4444

The collection consists of three interviews on five cassette tapes and corresponding transcriptions: Gordy and Magda Hendrickson, March 30, 1981, have always lived in Larsmont; a second interview with Gordy and Magda Hendrickson on April 23, 1981; Ted Whalberg spoke June 3, 1981 about the history of his family of Larsmont.

Dates: 1981

Mari Trine papers

Identifier: U6255

The collection contains an oral history project conducted by Mari Trine in 2003 and 2006, in which she interviewed sixteen women living and working in rural Minnesota. Also included is correspondence related to Trine's grievance process after being denied tenure at the College of St. Scholastica, presentations by Trine, and Duluth ephemera.

Dates: 1999-2019

Mesaba Co-op Park oral history interviews

Identifier: S6161

The collection consists of audio recordings of interviews of individuals involved with Mesaba Co-op Park in Hibbing, Minnesota, biographical information on narrators, interview abstracts, transcripts of the interviews, and photographs contemporary to the interviews.

Dates: 1992-2013; Majority of material found in 1992, 2012-2013

Mike Shabaiash oral history interview concerning historic resources of the Fond du Lac Reservation (Minn.), October 10 - 12, 1979

 Item — Item tapes
Scope and Contents

Two audio recordings of interviews with Mike Shabaiash. The interviews took place on October 10 and 12, 1979 and were conducted as a part of the Historic Resources Inventory of the Fond du Lac Reservation. An index to this interview is available.

In the interview Mike Shabaiash discussed location and use of traditional villages, cemeteries, mounds, wild rice, and logging on the Fond du Lac Reservation in Carlton and St. Louis Counties, Minnesota.

Dates: October 10 - 12, 1979

Minnesota Dance Pioneer Oral History Project collection

Identifier: PA117

Collection contains transcripts and DVD recordings of interviews collected by the University of Minnesota Performing Arts Archives.

Dates: 1979-2018

Minnesota Pandemic Oral History Project

Identifier: Tretter-532
Abstract The Minnesota Pandemic Oral History Project was conducted in 2021 to document information about the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic in Minnesota. The project was funded by a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society and its Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund (Legacy fund) to Portal Research of Minneapolis. Those involved were Emil Angelica (Project Director,) Barbara W. Sommer (Project Coordinator and Lead Interviewer,) Adam Negri (Interviewer,) and Lois Glewwe (Transcriber.)...
Dates: 2021

Saime Monson oral history interview

 Collection — Box OH
Identifier: S4507

The collection consists of one cassette tape of an interview of Saime Monson by Professor Richard H. Hudelson, Ph.D., UMD professor of philosopy.

Dates: 1991

Mount Zion Temple Oral History records

Identifier: umja0025

This collection consists of oral histories conducted with members of Mount Zion Temple in Saint Paul, Minnesota, dating between 2003 and 2013, a project began in preparation for Mount Zion Temple's 150th Anniversary.

Dates: 2003-2013

Norrgard Anishinaabe Collection Waasa Inaabidaa Archives

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 1378

Contains video interviews and transcripts, scenic video footage, and dramatic re-enactment video footage for production of a six-part public television documentary about the history and culture of Anishinaabe Ojibwe people titled Waasa Inaabida: We Look In All Directions that aired in 2001.

Dates: 1999-2001

North Shore Commercial Fishing oral history interviews

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2207

Contains interviews with ten participants, documenting the history of commercial fishing on Lake Superior's North Shore. The interviewees are individuals who themselves, or whose families, engaged in commercial fishing in this region. The interviewer is Barbara Sommer.

Dates: 1977

Northland LBGT Life Narratives Project Records

Identifier: Tretter-449

This record is a small collection of oral histories from LGBT elders collected by a class at the University of Wisconsin-Superior in 2015.

Dates: 2015-2016

Oral history methods in research, interviews and documents

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S6036

This collection contains oral history work from college history courses taught by Professor Mari Trine with a focus on using primary sources and oral history methods in research.

Dates: 2002-2007

Halvor Reiten oral history interview

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2212

Consists of an audio recording and a transcript of an interview with Halvor Reiten, a commercial fisherman on Lake Superior. The interview was conducted by Geoffrey Pope and Bob Bruce and took place in 1976.

Dates: 1976

Sage Cowles papers

Identifier: PA121

Collection contains audio and video recordings, production notes, programs, flyers, writings by Sage Cowles, and articles about Sage Cowles.

Dates: 1945-2005

Save Lake Superior Association records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2438

The collection contains articles of incorporation; bylaws; annual meeting materials; minutes; correspondence; financial materials; news releases; resolutions; issue files on topics such as acid rain, conservation, harbor refuge, etc.; some Reserve Mining case exhibits; scrapbooks; bumper stickers; and an oral history project.

Dates: 1969-2007; Majority of material found in 1969-1985, 2006-2007

Edward E. Slonim oral history interview

 Collection — Box OH
Identifier: S6098

In these audiotapes Mr. Slonim discusses growing up, his neighborhood, and recollections of his father, whom he describes as idealistic, generous and impractical. Also mentioned are O. E. Thompson and Dr. Max Hirschfield.

Dates: June 2007

Bruce Smith railroad reminiscences

 Collection — Box OH
Identifier: S4432

Bruce Smith is a retired locomotive foreman with the Chicago, St. Paul, Minneapolis & Omaha Railway Company. The collection consists of one audio cassette and accompanying transcript.

Dates: 1931-1963; Majority of material found in 1931, 1933, 1961-1963

Meda St. Pierre Reminiscences oral history audiotape

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2455

The collection consists of one audiocassette, made in Duluth, Minnesota, in 1970 with Mr. Gerard Spencer and Mr. D. C. Vaughn present.

Dates: 1970 February 13

Town View Improvement Corporation records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S4464

The collections is arranged in four series: administration; financial; publicity, photographs, scrapbooks; and property files.

Dates: 1967-1981

Tretter Transgender Oral History Project

Identifier: Tretter-503
Abstract The Tretter Transgender Oral History Project (TTOHP) is committed to collecting, preserving, and making available oral histories of gender transgression, broadly understood through a trans framework. For more about the project, see the online digital collection ( or the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies's website...
Dates: 2015 - 2022

Twin Cities GLBT Oral History Project Collection

Identifier: Tretter-361

The Twin Cities GLBT Oral History Project Collection contains administrative documents, audio records, notes, and transcripts of interviews with individuals from the GLBT communities in the Twin Cities and the surrounding area.

Dates: 2003-2014

Urban Exodus: The St. Louis Park Oral History Project records

Identifier: umja0021

This collection consists of oral histories that explore the post-World War II migration of Minneapolis's Jewish community from the city's North Side to the western suburb of St. Louis Park.

Dates: 2011-2012

Gerrit Vandenberg oral history interview

 Collection — Box OH
Identifier: S4559

The collection consists of one 90 minute audiocassette tape oral history interview narrated by a resident of the Duluth neighborhood Morgan Park.

Dates: 1994

WDTH Labor in Duluth oral history interviews

 Collection — Item tapes
Identifier: S2369

The collection consists of three interviews concerning union organizing activities, factory working conditions, labor politics, and the experiences of Croatian immigrants in northern Minnesota. Earl Bester, Nick Borovack, and Joe Paszak were interviewed by Jean Johnson of radio station WDTH.

Dates: 1979-1980

Herbert Widell oral history interviews

 Collection — Box OH
Identifier: S6132

The collection consists of 4 audiocassettes of Widell's interview with Richard Hudelson on April 26, 1994, and 2 audiocassettes of Widell's interview with Richard Hudelson on May 4, 2002.

Dates: 1994-2002

Women in Politics oral history interviews

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S2291
Abstract In 1978 and 1979 historian Barbara Sommer interviewed fifteen women form the Duluth, Minnesota area who were involved in politics as elected officials or activists. In the interviews the women discussed their reasons for entering politics, their involvements past and present, and their own and their families' reactions to their involvement in politics. The collection consists of audio recordings of the interviews, typed indexes to the topics covered in the recordings, copies of the question...
Dates: 1978-1979

The Women of Morgan Park oral history project records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S4504

The collection consists of two interviews that cover topics and recollections spanning 1919-1960s. The narrators are Sally E. Solomon (approximately 75 minutes) and Pearl Barker (85 minutes).

Dates: 1991 January 1-1991 June 15

Writing for the Social Sciences course records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S4491

The collection is the product of classroom assignments by undergraduate students in the Writing for the Social Sciences courses from 1990-1993.

Dates: 1990-1993