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Nelson, Ferne E., 1913-. Oral History Interview, 2007

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SMHC Collection 1747


The Ferne E. Nelson collection consists of one audiocassette tape, a CD duplicate of the audiocassette, and a biographical form and interview outline of an oral history interview conducted between Nelson and Daardi Sizemore in July 2007. In this interview, Nelson talks about her family, her time as a Mankato State College student, and her experience teaching.

This oral history interview was conducted as part of the Tell Your MSU Story Oral History Project conducted by the Southern Minnesota Historical Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato.


  • 2007


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There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Biographical / Historical

Ferne E. (Flygare) Nelson was born August 18, 1913. She graduated from Sherburn High School in 1932 and entered Mankato State Teachers College that fall. She was the only child from a family of four children that went to college. While in college she lived in Daniel Buck and sang in the Glee Club. Nelson graduated in 1934 and taught for 32 years. She also spent 14 years on a radio show reading children’s stories and songs. In 1948, she returned to college, taking off-campus, evening, and summer classes while teaching during the day. She graduated in 1962 from Mankato State College with a bachelor’s degree in education. Nelson married in 1936 and had two children. Nelson died in 2016.


1.00 folders

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Ferne E. Nelson donated this collection on July 13, 2007.


Nelson, Ferne E., 1913-. Oral History Interview, 2007
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Repository Details

Part of the Southern Minnesota Historical Center Repository

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Memorial Library
PO Box 8419
Mankato MN 56002-8419 US