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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Yaeger, Selma I, 1903 - 1993 Oral History Interview, 1980

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Yaeger, Selma I., 1903 - 1993. Oral History Interview, 1980.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 193

Yaeger, Selma I., 1903 – 1993. Oral History Interview, 1980. SMHC Manuscript Collection 193. 1 folder, 2 audiocassette tapes, and CD duplicates of the audiocassettes.


The Selma I. Yaeger collection contains an audiocassette recording, CD duplicates of the audiocassettes, and a transcript of an interview conducted at Yaeger’s home in 1980. The interview deals with Yaeger’s recollections of her roles and responsibilities while working as a rural schoolteacher during the 1920s. Patrice L. Johnson conducted the interview.

Biographical Note:

Selma I. Yaeger attended rural school in Blue Earth County, Minnesota and graduated from Mankato High School in 1922. As a senior in high school, she earned her Rural Teacher Education certification. Yaeger taught school in Olmstead County from 1922 to 1927. Following her teaching experience, she entered Mankato State Teachers College for one year and studied urban teaching. Following this learning experience, Yaeger worked as an educator in an urban school before retiring to raise her family in 1930. Later in her life, she worked as a tutor and substitute teacher.

Scope and Content:

In the interview, Yaeger discussed the following topics.

Tape 1

Teachers Institute

Family background

Pay scales

Educational background

Handicapped and gifted children

Practice teaching

Tape 2

First year of teaching in a rural school

Handicapped child (wheel chair)


Practice teaching for urban schools

School Board’s function

Handicapped child (deformed arms)

Teaching schedule

Comparison between rural schools and schools in ca. 1980

Parent-Teacher relations

Tape 3

Social statues and role of teacher

Materials and facilities

Accommodations and relations with boarding family

Limited curricula


Classroom rewards

Extra curricular and community responsibilities of teacher

State Boards

Religion in school

Slow and gifted children

Report cards

Record keeping

Discipline in classroom

Learning to read in rural school versus urban school


Motivation of children by encouragement


Follow-up questions


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:

Yaeger, Selma I., 1903 - 1993. Oral History Interview, 1980. SMHC Manuscript Collection 193, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Selma I. Yaeger donated this collection in August 1980.

Processed By:

Rick Smith processed this collection in May 1990. Jeff A. Jenson developed the finding aid in February 2002. Kieu Cao updated the finding aid in January 2017.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Selma I. Yaeger available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Yaeger, Selma I., 1903 - 1993.
Education, Rural--Minnesota.
Handicapped children--Education--Minnesota--History.
Mankato State Teachers College--Alumni.
Oral History.
Rural schools--Minnesota--History.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 193



Oral History Interview, Audio CD I, 1980



Oral History Interview, Audio CD II, 1980



Oral History Interview, Audiocassette I, 1980



Oral History Interview, Audiocassette II, 1980



Oral History Interview, Transcript, 1980