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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Jones, Bernice Starr, 1906 - 2000 Collection, 1956 - 1977

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Jones, Bernice Starr, 1906 - 2000. Collection, 1956 - 1977.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 183

Jones, Bernice Starr, 1906 - 2000. Collection, 1956 - 1977. SMHC Manuscript Collection 183. 1 folder and 2 audio cassette tapes.


The Bernice Starr Jones collection contains information about the Mankato Community Chorus and two oral history cassette tapes of Jones dated 1976 and 1977. The items related to the Chorus are newspaper clippings, three Messiah musical show programs dated 1956, 1958, and 1960, and two typed copies of press releases for the Chorus's rehearsals in 1960. The oral histories are without transcriptions.

Biographical Note:

Bernice G. Olson was born on 22 January 1906 in St. Paul, Minnesota. She grew up in Duluth and attended the University of Minnesota between 1922 and 1926. When she graduated college, Olson possessed a Bachelors of Education with a music major. Subsequently, she taught in Faribault, Minnesota until marrying Henrik Strom of Jackson, Minnesota. The couple moved to Mankato, Minnesota around 1928. They had two children, David and Elizabeth. Henrik Strom died in 1954. Bernice Starr remarried six years later to Robert Starr. However, Robert Starr died in 1973. Following her second husband's death, Bernice Starr married Ben Jones in 1976.


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:

Jones, Bernice Starr, 1906 - 2000. Collection, 1956 - 1977. SMHC Manuscript Collection 183, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Bernice Starr Jones donated this collection in June 1977.

Processed By:

The MSU Archives staff processed this collection in November 1981. Jeff A. Jenson developed the finding aid in February 2002.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that the original recordings of the oral history interviews of Bernice Starr Jones are available at the Blue Earth County Historical Society, Mankato, Minnesota.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Bernice Starr Jones, 1906 - 2000.
Mankato Community Chorus.
Choral societies--Minnesota--Mankato.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 183



Newspaper Clippings and Related Items, 1956 – ca. 1975



Interview, Bernice Starr Jones, 20 April 1976



Interview, Bernice Starr Jones, 27 June 1977