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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Crane, Guy C Collection, 1975

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Crane, Guy C. Collection, 1975.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 173

Crane, Guy C. Collection, 1975. SMHC Manuscript Collection 173. 1 Reel-to-Reel Tape, 1 CD Duplicate of the Reel-to-Reel, and 2 folders.


This collection consists of a reel-to-reel tape, 1 CD duplicate of the reel-to-reel, and transcript of an oral history interview of Guy C. Crane of Mankato, Minnesota. Furthermore, C. Olauson, theatrical director at the university, added some additional information to Crane’s reminiscences. In addition, the collection contains a news release about Crane from a Mankato State University publication. Crane served as stage manager of the Wonderland and Unique vaudeville theaters in Mankato. This interview was conducted in order to gain information about his experiences in the vaudeville entertainment industry during the early 1900s.p>

Biographical Note:

Guy C. Crane was born on December 3, 1889, on a farm near Alexandria, South Dakota. His family moved to Windom, Minnesota, and then to Mankato in 1906. Crane married Lena Offerman of Sleepy Eye, and they had one daughter.

Crane worked in a variety of occupations in addition to his vaudeville activities. During World War II, he worked for contractors in Newfoundland and Greenland. From 1947 until his retirement at age 65, he worked for Swanson Paper and Paint Company in Mankato.

Guy C. Crane died in October of 1980.


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:

Crane, Guy C. Collection, 1975. SMHC Manuscript Collection 173, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Lowell Schreyer donated this collection in April 1978.

Processed By:

This collection was processed in May 1979. Finding aid revised by Robert Russell in September 2000. Jeff A. Jenson revised and updated the finding aid in September 2002. Kieu Cao updated the finding aid in January 2017.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Guy C. Crane available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Crane, Guy C.
Mankato (Minn.)-Amusements-Vaudeville

SMHC Manuscript Collection 173



Oral History Interview, Audio CD, 1975


Oral History Interview, Reel-to-Reel Tape, 1975



Oral History Interview, Transcript, 1975



Press Releases, 1975