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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Ashcraft, Frances I, 1920- Oral History Interview and Collection, 1944 - 2002

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Ashcraft, Frances I., 1920-. Oral History Interview and Collection, 1944 - 2002.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1689

Ashcraft, Frances I., 1920-. Oral History Interview and Collection, 1944 - 2002. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1689. 2 folders and 1 audiocassette.


The Frances I. Ashcraft collection consists of an audiocassette and transcription for an oral history interview conducted between Ashcraft and Daardi Sizemore in 2002. Ashcraft Enlisted into the Army Medical Department to do physical therapy. She served during World War II, and was located primarily in the United States, France and Germany. She came out of the service as a 1st Lieutenant.

This oral history interview was conducted as part of the South Central Minnesota Veterans History Project conducted by the Southern Minnesota Historical Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Biographical Note:

Frances I. Ashcraft was born in St. Paul, Minnesota in1920. While living in Inver Grove, Minnesota at the age of 23 she enlisted into the Army Medical Department during World War II. She served in several places in the United States until being sent to France and Germany. After 3 years of service Ashcraft was discharged from Fort Sheridan in Illinois. She returned to Inver Grove for a short while and then went to work at Kennedy General, a Veteran's Hospital in Tennessee. After a few months there, she went to Rockford Illinois and worked with polio patients. In 1948 she moved to Albert Lea, Minnesota where she still lives today. Ashcraft married and started a Physical Therapy practice. She retired from that in 1952. She is a member of the American Legion Post, Auxiliary and the VFW.


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:

Ashcraft, Frances I., 1920-. Oral History Interview and Collection, 1944 - 2002. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1689, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Frances I. Ashcraft donated this collection in January 2002.

Processed By:

Julie Dornack transcribed the interview in 2003. Brittney Andringa processed this collection in November 2003.

Related Collections:

A copy of this oral history interview is also available from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Information is available on the National Registry of Service website for the national Veterans History Project. It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Frances I. Ashcraft available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Ashcraft, Frances I., 1920-, interviewee.
Ashcraft, Frances I., 1920---Interviews.
Sizemore, Daardi, interviewer.
World War, 1939-1945.
United States. Army.
Women veterans.
Veterans History Project.
Oral History.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1689



Oral History Interview, Cassette, 2002



Transcript, 2002



Photographs, 1944-2002