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Yaeger, Selma I., 1903 - 1993. Oral History Interview, 1980.

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SMHC Collection 0193

Scope and Contents

Tape 1: Family background Educational background Practice teaching First year of teaching in a rural school Superintendent School Board's function Teaching schedule Parent-Teacher relations Social statues and role of teacher Accommodations and relations with boarding family Church Extra curricular and community responsibilities of teacher Religion in school Report cards Discipline in classroom Attendance Homework Teachers Institute Pay scales Handicapped and gifted children

Tape 2: Handicapped child (wheel chair) Practice teaching for urban schools Handicapped child (deformed arms) Comparison between rural schools and schools in ca. 1980

Tape 3: Materials and facilities Limited curricula Classroom rewards State Boards Slow and gifted children Record keeping Learning to read in rural school versus urban school Motivation of children by encouragement Follow-up questions


  • 1980

Conditions Governing Use

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

Selma I. Yaeger attended rural school in Blue Earth County, Minnesota and graduated from Mankato High School in 1922. As a senior in high school, she earned her Rural Teacher Education certification. Yaeger taught school in Ohnstead County from 1922 to 1927. Following her teaching experience, she entered Mankato State Teachers College for one year and studied urban teaching. Following this learning experience, Yaeger worked as an educator in an urban school before retiring to raise her family in 1930. Later in her life, she worked as a tutor and substitute teacher.


.25 Cubic Feet (1 Folder 2 Audiocassettes 2 CDs)

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The Selma I. Yaeger collection contains an audiocassette recording, CD duplicates of the audiocassettes, and a transcript of an interview conducted at Yaeger's home in 1980. The interview deals with Yaeger's recollections of her roles and responsibilities while working as a rural schoolteacher during the 1920s. Patrice L. Johnson conducted the interview.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Selma I. Yaeger donated this collection in August 1980.


SMHC Collection 0193. Yaeger, Selma I., 1903 - 1993. Oral History Interview, 1980.
Rick Smith processed this collection.
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Revision Statements

  • 2002-02: Jeff A. Jenson developed the finding aid.
  • 2017-01: Kieu Cao updated the finding aid.

Repository Details

Part of the Southern Minnesota Historical Center Repository

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