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Lesbian Elders Oral History Project: Interview with Donna M. Mellem
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Born in Austin, Minnesota, on March 26, 1932. One older brother. Raised primarily by her mother, Grace Marie Curtis, who died in 1993 at age 97. Father was Miller Richard Mellem, who died in 1958 at age 71. She graduated from Austin High School in 1950. Moved to Minneapolis in 1953. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Early family life; importance of Christian upbringing; her relationship with her father; the struggles of her family, mostly due to her father's drinking, gambling and adultery; early jobs to help the family financially; work at Armour Company as a chicken plucker; working for telephone company; early lesbian tendencies and affairs; her move to Minneapolis; not knowing the label of "lesbian" during the 1950s; relationships with other women; not being ashamed; not fitting into the gay life; gay bars in St. Paul and Minneapolis; early lesbian community.
1.5 hours sound cassette
25 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
01:32:36 running time
Interviewee: Mellem, Donna M.
Interviewer: Weiland, Mary R.
Made in: Bloomington, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 67 (Library Call Number)
AV1999.251.3 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, sound cassette: 'Lesbian Elders Oral History Project'