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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Bierne, Dorothy Ann (Knutson), 1928- Oral History Interview, 23 and 30 October 1987

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Bierne, Dorothy Ann (Knutson), 1928-. Oral History Interview, 23 and 30 October 1987.
MSU Archives Collection 1455

Bierne, Dorothy Ann (Knutson), 1928-. Oral History Interview, 23 and 30 October 1987. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1455. 1 folder and 1 audiocassette.


The Dorothy Ann (Knutson) Bierne collection consists of an audiocassette and transcript of an oral history interview conducted between Bierne and Masao Hakuto during the fall of 1987. Bierne began her teaching career in Clark, South Dakota and then after one year she move to Milbank, South Dakota to continue teaching. After marrying in 1950 and beginning a family, she quit teaching. She remained strictly a homemaker until 1957 when she finished enough coursework to earn a bachelor's degree from Mankato State College in 1959. Bierne began teaching again in 1959 when she was hired to teach at Union Elementary School in Mankato, Minnesota. In 1965, she transferred to the newly opened Hoover Elementary School in North Mankato, Minnesota where she remained until her retirement during 1986. In the Interview, Bierne discussed her family, her experiences teaching in South Dakota but primarily Minnesota, teacher organizations, state regulations, and the expectations of parents.

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:

Bierne, Dorothy Ann (Knutson), 1928-. Oral History Interview, 23 and 30 October 1987. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1455, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Dorothy Bierne donated this collection in October 1987.

Processed By:

Masao Hakuto 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 Dorothy Ann Bierne available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Bierne, Dorothy Ann (Knutson), 1928- interviewee.
Bierne, Dorothy Ann (Knutson), 1928---Interviews.
Hakuto, Masao, interviewer.
Educational change--Minnesota--North Mankato.
Educational change--South Dakota.
Teachers--South Dakota--Interviews.
Oral History.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1455



Oral History Interview, Cassette, 23 and 30 October 1987



Transcript, 23 and 30 October 1987