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Cobb, Florence, 1921-2016. Collection, 1969 - 2012

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SMHC 0281

Scope and Contents

The Florence Cobb collection is mainly comprised of photos, newspaper clippings, and a scrapbook made by Cobb. These materials capture the dance events, clubs, and performances on and off campus.


  • 1969 - 2012

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

Florence Cobb was a faculty member at Mankato State College, later Mankato State University, for twenty years (1968-1988). She was the first Black female professor at the college and the founder of the dance program. She carried a passion for the arts and diversity of culture; two things to which her students gained exposure. She advised and choreographed Orchesis, the university’s preexisting dance group, led and organized dance trips in Europe, and advocated for and was integral in the implementation of the Dance Education Minor in 1976.


1.5 Cubic Feet (1 Half Hollinger Box 1 Scrapbook Box)

Language of Materials



The Florence Cobb Collection is mainly comprised of photographs taken from 1966-1969 during Cobb’s time at Minnesota State University. There is also a large scrap book created by Cobb that includes programs from dance events on the university campus and dance programs that Cobb took her students to off campus, primarily the Twin Cities.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Julie Kerr-Berry from the Theatre and Dance Department donated this collection in July 2021.

Processing Information

Kayla Brinkman processed this collection in March 2023.

Cobb, Florence, 1921-2016. Collection, 1969 - 2012.
Kayla Brinkman processed this collection in March 2023.
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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