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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Colwell, Ray, 1926- Oral History Interview, 19 and 26 October 1987

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Colwell, Ray, 1926-. Oral History Interview, 19 and 26 October 1987.
MSU Archives Collection 1453

Colwell, Ray, 1926-. Oral History Interview, 19 and 26 October 1987. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1453. 1 folder and 1 audiocassette.


The Ray Colwell collection consists of an audiocassette and transcript of an oral history interview conducted between Colwell and Scott Markell during the fall of 1987. Colwell began his teaching career in Benson, Minnesota, but after one year there, he joined the United States Air Force. Following his service in the Korean War, Colwell was hired to teach art in Owatonna, Minnesota in 1955. During the interview, Colwell briefly discussed his experiences at Benson, but the majority of the interview concerned his career in Owatonna between 1955 and 1987. Colwell noted the ways that the junior high school changed during his tenure. He mentioned the influence of the media, the closings of area private schools, state and federal financing, along with a gradual decline in the willingness of students to work hard.

This oral history interview was conducted as a requirement for the graduate level Educational Foundations course entitled History of Education in American Culture at Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota.


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.

Collection Citation:

Colwell, Ray, 1926-. Oral History Interview, 19 and 26 October 1987. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1453, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Ray Colwell donated this collection in October 1987.

Processed By:

Scott Markell transcribed the interview in November 1987. Jeff A. Jenson processed the collection and developed the finding aid in November 2002.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Ray Colwell available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Colwell, Ray, 1926- interviewee.
Colwell, Ray, 1926---Interviews.
Markell, Scott, interviewer.
Educational change--Minnesota--Owatonna.
Art teachers--Minnesota--Owatonna.
Junior high school teachers--Minnesota--Owatonna.
Oral History.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1453



Oral History Interview, Cassette, 19 and 26 October 1987



Transcript, 19 and 26 October 1987