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Lass, William E., 1928-. Oral History Interview, 2006

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Lass, William E., 1928-. Oral History Interview, 2006.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1737

Lass, William E., 1928-. Oral History Interview, 2006. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1737. 2 audiocassette tapes, and 1 CD duplicate of the audiocassettes.


The William E. Lass collection consists of two audiocassette tapes and a CD duplicate of the audiocassettes of an oral history interview conducted between Lass and Marsha Danielson in November 2006. Lass talks about his family, his military and educational experiences, and his time as a faculty member at Minnesota State University.

This oral history interview was conducted as part of the Tell Your MSU Story Oral History Project conducted by the Southern Minnesota Historical Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Biographical Note:

William E. Lass was born November 27, 1928 in Beresford, South Dakota. He graduated from high school in Beresford and enlisted in the U.S. Army where he spent most of his two years in Japan. He went to college on the G.I. Bill in the Fall of 1948 at the University of South Dakota at Vermillion. After graduating with a degree in history Lass was called back into the Army to serve another two years in Alaska. He returned to the University of South Dakota where he graduated with a master’s degree and then went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with his Ph.D. Lass came to Mankato State College in the Fall of 1960 to teach Minnesota history and was a faculty member in the History department until he retired in 2002. His accomplishments include creating the University Archives; the creation of the Southern Minnesota Historical Center in partnership with the Minnesota Historical Society; and winning a national competition to write the Minnesota state history book, Minnesota: A Bicentennial History. Lass married Marilyn Lass in 1955. During their time in Mankato Marilyn was a librarian at Mankato State College. They have two children, Barbara and William. William is a graduate of Mankato State University.


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:

Lass, William E., 1928-. Oral History Interview, 2006. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1737, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


William E. Lass donated this collection on November 30, 2006.

Processed By:

Mee Xiong processed this collection in September 2015.

Related Collections:

Visit the Tell Your MSU Story website for a list of all interviews completed as part of this project.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Lass, William E., 1928-, interviewee.
Lass, William E., 1928---Interviews.
Danielson, Marsha, interviewer.
Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Oral History.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1737



Oral History Interview, Audiocassettes, 2006



Oral History Interview, Audio CD, 2006