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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Strohfus, Elizabeth, 1919- Oral History Interview and Collection, Undated-2004

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Strohfus, Elizabeth, 1919-. Oral History Interview and Collection, undated-2004.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1722

Strohfus, Elizabeth, 1919-. Oral History Interview and Collection, undated-2004. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1722. 2 folders, 1 VHS videocassette, 1 DVD duplicate of VHS videocassette.


The Strohfus collection consists of a VHS videocassette, a DVD duplicate of the VHS videocassette, and transcript of an oral history interview conducted between Strohfus and James Kuhlmann in 2004. In this interview, Strohfus talks about her service as a Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) during World War II. During the interview she talks about her training in Sweetwater, TX and her work training gunners at the Las Vegas Army Airfield. Also included is a copy of a photograph from her time in service.

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:

Elizabeth Strohfus was born on November 15, 1919 in Faribault, MN. She was a one of 1074 women to complete the training to serve in the Women Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) program. She is the recipient of numerous civilian and military awards including being inducted in the National Aviation Hall of Fame. Strohfus resides in Faribault, MN.


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:

Strohfus, Elizabeth, 1919-. Oral History Interview and Collection, undated-2004. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1722, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.p>


Elizabeth Strohfus donated this collection on October 13, 2004.

Processed By:

James Kuhlman transcribed the interview in 2004.
Andy Cole processed this collection in September 2009.
Mee Xiong updated this collection in September 2015.

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.

There are several other books and archival collections available about Elizabeth Strohfus's time as a WASP. A complete listing is available in WorldCat.

Strohfus, Elizabth and Cheryl J. Young. Love at first flight : one women's experience as a WASP in World War II-- and fifty years later, she's still flying. St. Cloud, MN: North Star Press, 1994.

Sorensen, Monica and Ruth Berman and Rich Stromwall. The sky's the limit. [St. Paul] : Minnesota Dept. of Transportation, 1993-1995.

Elizabeth Wall Roberts Langeslag Strohfus: an oral history. Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas, 2007.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Strohfus, Elizabeth Wall Roberts Langeslag, 1919-, interviewee.
Strohfus, Elizabeth Wall Roberts Langeslag, 1919-Interviews.
Kuhlmann, James, interviewer.
World War, 1939-1945.
United States. Air Force.
Women Airforce Service Pilots (U.S.)
Women veterans.
Veterans History Project.
Oral History.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1722



Oral History Interview, DVD, 2004



Oral History Interview, VHS videocassette, 2004



Oral History Interview, Transcript, 2004



Photograph, undated