St. Cloud State University Oral Histories

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St. Cloud State University Oral Histories


  • 1974-2019 (Creation)


2.26 linear feet

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St. Cloud State University was established by the state of Minnesota in 1869 as the Third State Normal School.

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This collection contains 52 oral histories, nearly all done between the mid 1970s and 1990, featuring St. Cloud State alums, long-time faculty, and top administrators, such as Presidents Budd, Wick, Graham, and McDonald. Done mostly by retired History faculty member Cal Gower, topics discussed in the oral histories include individual experiences and changes at St. Cloud State from the early 20th century, until the 1980s, as well as family background and life before and after time at St. Cloud State. Five additional interviews were done by Tom Steman in 2016, 2017, and 2019.

Some oral histories contain release forms from the interviewee and are noted.

Cal Gower conducted the interviews unless where noted.

The collection is in two series.

Series 1: Transcripts and other material

This series contains the final oral history transcripts for each interview, signed release forms, if they existed, as well as other material given by the interviewee (photos, newspaper clippings, ephemera).

Series 2: Tapes

This series contains the audio tapes from each oral history, ranging from one cassette tape to two.

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This collection is in two series and is organized by form then in alphabetical order by last name.

Records are located at 22F.3b-e.

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There are no access restrictions.

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Tapes do not circulate but the audio and transcripts are available online..

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Conditions governing reproduction

Permission to publish, quote, and reproduce must be secured from the copyright holder.

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  • English

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    The digitization of the audio was made possible by in-kind services provided by the Minnesota Digital Library and through a $1763 Minnesota Legacy grant awarded to University Archivist Tom Steman in late 2012.

    An article appeared in the February 22, 1983 issues of the Chronicle that discussed this oral history project. The article was entitled "Oral Archives: Pieces of university history after 1905 "taped" together, record attempted dog-burning".

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    Processed by Caitlin Carlson and Tom Steman in 2010.

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