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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Schmitz, Leora, 1914-. Oral History Interview and Collection, 1944-2005

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Schmitz, Leora, 1914-. . Oral History Interview, 1944-2005.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1724

Schmitz, Leora, 1914-. Oral History Interview and Collection, 1944-2005 SMHC Manuscript Collection 1724. 2 folders and 1 audiocassette.


The Schmitz collection consists of an audiocassette and transcript of an oral history interview conducted between Schmitz and Mickey Thao in 2005. In this interview, Schmitz talks about her life working in the Army as a defense worker. The collection also includes a photograph and reproductions of memorabilia from her time as a defense worker.

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:

Leora Schmitz was born in Fedore, South Dakota on May 10, 1914. Leora served as a Defense Worker, in Richmond California. Leora has one daughter, Donna Webb.


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:

Schmitz, Leora, 1914-. Oral History Interview and Collection, 1944-2005 - SMHC Manuscript Collection 1724, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Leora Schmitz donated this collection on February 4, 2005.

Processed By:

Julie Dornack transcribed the interview in 2005.
Andy Cole processed this collection in September 2009.

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 Leora Schmitz available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Schmitz, Leora, 1914, interviewee
Schmitz, Leora, 1914--Interviews.
Thao, Mickey, interviewer.
World War, 1939-1945.
Veterans History Project.
Oral History.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1724



Oral History Interview, Cassette, 2005



Transcript, 2005



Photo and Memorabilia, 1944 and undated