Oral history interview with Charles H. Bell

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Titles Oral history interview with Charles H. Bell
Description BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Charles Heffelfinger Bell was president of General Mills from 1952 to 1961 and chairman from 1961 to 1967. He died in 2003 at the age of 95. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: In this interview Bell recalls the various positions he held at General Mills, and the people with whom he worked. He discusses the Company's creation by his father, its growth and development, and both structural and management changes over the years. In addition, he describes the creation of the Belwin Foundation, which he and his wife founded to deal with conservation and related issues. The interview was conducted by James P. Shannon, former General Mills executive and head of the General Mills Foundation and the Minneapolis Foundation. The interview also includes comments by Minnesota Historical Society director Nina Archabal, and by Bell's grandson and Belwin Foundation administrator, David Hartwell. COMMENTS ON INTERVIEW: Also available is an October 9, 2001 video of Charles Bell's visit to the Mill City Museum construction site. A video log is available in the Oral History Office.
Quantity 2 hours sound cassette
1 hour videocassette
30 pages transcript
Format Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: moving images
Content Category: text
Measurements 02:04:15 running time (audio interview)
Creation Interviewee: Bell, Charles Heffelfinger
Interviewer: Shannon, James Patrick
Made in: Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Dates Creation: 10/02/1998 - 10/09/2001 (Audio interview conducted on 10/2/1998. Video recording conducted on 10/9/2001.)
Credit Line Digitized with support from the Ken and Nina Rothchild Endowed Fund for Business History and Women's History.
Holding Type Oral History - Interview
Identifiers OH 59 (Library Call Number)
AV1999.1 (Accession Number)
More Info MHS Library Catalog


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