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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Smith, Audreene, 1921- Oral History Interview and Collection, undated - 2002

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Smith, Audreene, 1921-. Oral History Interview and Collection, undated - 2002.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1709

Smith, Audreene, 1921-. Oral History Interview and Collection, undated - 2002. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1709. 2 folders and 1 audiocassette.


The Audreene Smith collection consists of an audiocassette and transcript of an oral history interview conducted between Smith and Kellian Clink in 2002. It also contains photographs from Smiths time in the service. Smith served in the Army Nurses Corps during World War II. She talks about her time in the service and her time in Germany working in the 121st General Hospital. Smith served for 2 years and was discharged as 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:

Audreene (Olson) Smith was born in Hartland, Minnesota in 1921. Before enlisting in March 1945, Smith was a Registered Nurse. She attended basic training at Camp Carson, Colorado and was then sent to several places around the United States where she worked as a head nurse. Eventually, she was shipped to Germany. Whenever she had time off, she traveled around and saw the country. Smith served 2 years and was discharged in December 1946 as 1st Lieutenant. She returned home and went to work as a Nurse at the Naeve Hospital in Albert Lea, Minnesota. Smith now lives in New Richland, Minnesota and attends a Veteran's group once a month.

Scope and Content:


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:

Smith, Audreene, 1921-. Oral History Interview and Collection, undated - 2002. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1709, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Audreene Smith 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 Audreene Smith available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Smith, Audreene, 1921-, interviewee.
Smith, Audreene, 1921---Interviews.
Clink, Kellian, interviewer.
World War, 1939-1945. .
United States. Army.
Women veterans.
Veterans History Project.
Oral History.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1709



Oral History Interview, Cassette, 2002



Transcript, 2002



Photographs and Biographical data, undated-2002