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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Graham, Robert L., 1926-2016. Oral History Interview, 2007.

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Graham, Robert L., 1926-2016. Oral History Interview, 2007.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1746

Graham, Robert L., 1926-2016. Oral History Interview, 2007. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1746. 1 folder and 1 audio CD.


Robert L. Graham collection consists of an audio CD and a biographical form and interview outline of an oral history interview conducted between Graham and Evan Rusch in July 2007. Graham was a Chemistry Department faculty member at Mankato State University 1964-1998. In this interview, Graham talks about his family, his education, and his time as a student and faculty member at Mankato 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:

Robert Leslie Graham was born in January 9, 1920 in Saratoga, Iowa and died on October 9, 2016 in Mankato. He graduated from high school in Riceville, Iowa in 1943 and was working for Hormel when he received a draft notice. Graham joined the U.S. Navy, trained to be a radio operator and was assigned to the USS Louisville. After his service he enrolled at Austin Community College. He transferred to Mankato State Teachers College and graduated in 1952 with a bachelor’s in chemistry, then completed a master’s degree at the University of Minnesota in 1954. He taught at Grandview College for a year before enrolling at the University of Virginia. Graham taught at DuPont in Virginia for a year and then at Virginia Tech for four years before joining the faculty at Mankato State College in 1964. He retired in 1989. Graham married Marie Payne Graham on June 15, 1957. They have one child.


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:

Graham, Robert L., 1926-2016. Oral History Interview, 2007. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1746, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Robert L. Graham donated this collection on July 13, 2007.

Processed By:

Mee Xiong processed this collection in March 2016.
Adam Smith updated this collection in July 2018

Related Collections:

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

LCSH Subject Headings:

Graham, Robert L., 1926-, interviewee.
Graham, Robert L., 1926-2016,Interviews.
Rusch, Evan, interviewer.
Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Mankato State University.
Mankato State College.
Mankato State Teachers College.
Oral History.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1746



Biographical information and interview outline, 2007



Oral History Interview, Transcript, 2007



Oral History Interview, Audio CD, 2007