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Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project

18 INTERVIEWS

DATE: 1988-1992

INTERVIEWER: Margaret Robertson

The Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project documents the state's number one industry: agriculture. Although Minnesota's economy continues to rely on resource-dependent industries, agriculture has retained its importance due in part to its diversification.

While many of the interviews in the Society's oral history collections contain depictions of farm life, most of the reminiscences focus on early twentieth-century life. The Minnesota Farm Economy Project documents the changing role of farming in the late twentieth century through interviews with people from a variety of backgrounds. Through these interviews, the narrators discuss their roles and those of various agricultural organizations, and their work in banking and business development upon Minnesota's agricultural economy.

VIDEOTAPED INTERVIEWS: Video components, including brief interviews and more extensive background footage, are available for the interviews with Donald Drescher, Gary Hansen, David Lunde, Herb Richter, and Gloria Tepfer. Shot lists and rough transcripts of these video components are available in the Oral History Office.

LENGTH OF INTERVIEWS: 24 hours 24 minutes

TRANSCRIPTS: 456 pages

Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Roland Abraham
Roland Abraham
Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Merle Allen
Merle Allen
Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Eddie Bernhardson
Eddie Bernhardson
Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Tom Booker
Tom Booker
Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Roger Cooper
Roger Cooper
Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Donald Drescher
Donald Drescher
Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Gerald Hagaman
Gerald Hagaman
Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Gary Hansen
Gary Hansen
Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Charles Kucharik
Charles Kucharik
Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with David Lunde
David Lunde
Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Ralph McCaffery
Ralph McCaffery
Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with William J. Nelson
William J. Nelson
Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Herb Richter
Herb Richter
Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Jim Schewe
Jim Schewe
Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Delores Swoboda
Delores Swoboda
Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Gloria Tepfer
Gloria Tepfer
Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Dean Tonsfeldt
Dean Tonsfeldt
Minnesota Farm Economy Oral History Project: Interview with Ron Ulven
Ron Ulven