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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Nelson, Ferne E., 1913-2016. Oral History Interview, 2007.

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Nelson, Ferne E., 1913-2016. Oral History Interview, 2007.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1747

Nelson, Ferne E., 1913-2016. Oral History Interview, 2007. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1747. 1 folder, 1 audiocassette tape, and 1 CD duplicate of the audiocassette.


The Ferne E. Nelson collection consists of one audiocassette tape, a CD duplicate of the audiocassette, and a biographical form and interview outline of an oral history interview conducted between Nelson and Daardi Sizemore in July 2007. In this interview, Nelson talks about her family, her time as a Mankato State College student, and her experience teaching.

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:

Ferne E. (Flygare) Nelson was born August 18, 1913. She graduated from Sherburn High School in 1932 and entered Mankato State Teachers College that fall. She was the only child from a family of four children that went to college. While in college she lived in Daniel Buck and sang in the Glee Club. Nelson graduated in 1934 and taught for 32 years. She also spent 14 years on a radio show reading children’s stories and songs. In 1948, she returned to college, taking off-campus, evening, and summer classes while teaching during the day. She graduated in 1962 from Mankato State College with a bachelor’s degree in education. Nelson married in 1936 and had two children. Nelson died in 2016.


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:

Nelson, Ferne E., 1913-2016. Oral History Interview, 2007. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1747, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Ferne E. Nelson donated this collection on July 13, 2007.

Processed By:

Mee Xiong processed this collection in February 2016.

Related Collections:

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

LCSH Subject Headings:

Nelson, Ferne E., 1913-2016, interviewee.
Nelson, Ferne E., 1913-2016--Interviews.
Sizemore, Daardi, interviewer.
Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Mankato State College.
Mankato State Teachers College.
Oral History.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1747



Biographical information and interview outline, 2007



Oral History Interview, Audio CD, 2007



Oral History Interview, Audiocassette, 2007