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Minnesota Historical Society Oral History Project: Interview with Russell W. Fridley
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Russell W. Fridley grew up in Iowa and attended Grinnell College and Columbia University. He began work at the Minnesota Historical Society in 1953, was named director of the Society in 1955 and served in that position until 1986. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Childhood in Des Moines, summer experiences with relatives, Joining and training in the army at the end of World War II, then work in Japan during the Occupation, reflections on the area and the people. Attending Grinnell - why he chose that school, career objectives, favorite teachers. Columbia University - why he chose to go there for graduate work, Roberts Fellowship, year off to work for Defense department, master's thesis with Dumas Malone, majored in history. MHS - how he heard about the job opening for assistant director, first impressions of staff, facilities, and organization. First ten years as director. Personnel, library, museum exhibits, Historic Sites program, collections policies, changes in the various aspect of the organization.
11 hours sound cassette
179 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
09:19:42 running time
Interviewee: Fridley, Russell W.
Interviewer: Kane, Lucile M.
Interviewer: Gilman, Rhoda R.
Made in: Saint Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota, United States
Creation: 02/23/1987 - 04/17/1987 (Interviews conducted 2/23/1987, 3/31/1987, 4/6/1987 and 4/17/1987.)
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 82.6 (Library Call Number)
AV1993.165 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota Historical Society Oral History Project'