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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Needham, Jennifer, 1967- Oral History Interview, 2002

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Needham, Jennifer, 1967-. Oral History Interview, 2002.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1701

Needham, Jennifer, 1967-. Oral History Interview, 2002. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1701. 1 folder and 1 audiocassette.


The Jennifer Needham collection consists of an audiocassette and transcript of an oral history interview conducted between Needham and Kellian Clink in 2002. Needham served in the Army and the Army Reserve. She talks about training camp and her travels around the world while in the service. Needham worked in supplies and achieved the rank of E-4.

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:

Jennifer Needham was born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1967. After high school, she attended a Vocational School and received a certificate of Occupation. She moved to Rochester and enlisted into the Army with a friend on the buddy plan. Needham signed up in February if 1987 and a month later was off to Fort McCall, Alabama for boot camp. After boot camp and schooling she moved back to Albert Lea, Minnesota and decided to sign up to go active for 4 years. She was then sent to Hindenburg Concern in Germany. She met her ex-husband there and after 7 months on the "Concern" was married. Needham became pregnant and 2 weeks before having her son got out of the Army on a Medical and moved to New York. Eventually, Needham moved back to Albert Lea and decided to go back to the Reserves from 1992 to1998. She now lives in Albert Lea, Minnesota with her son.


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:

Needham, Jennifer, 1967-. Oral History Interview, 2002. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1701, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Jennifer Needham donated this collection in June 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 Jennifer Needham available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Needham, Jennifer, 1967-, interviewee.
Needham, Jennifer, 1967---Interviews.
Clink, Kellian, interviewer.
United States. Army.
Women veterans.
Veterans History Project.
Oral History.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1701



Oral History Interview, Cassette, 2002



Transcript, 2002