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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Holbrook, Viola Rose (Funfsinn), 1920-. Oral History Interview, 1979.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 195

Holbrook, Viola Rose (Funfsinn), 1920-. Oral History Interview, 1979. SMHC Manuscript Collection 195. 1 folder and 3 audiocassettes.


The Viola Rose Holbrook collection contains an audiocassette recording and a transcript of an oral history interview conducted between Josephine Carpenter and Holbrook in 1979. In the interview, Holbrook discussed her recollections of growing up in Rapidan, Minnesota and the educational conditions of students and teachers in the years after World War II and her experience teaching at Mankato State University. When discussing education, Holbrook recalled being a student teacher, her methods of discipline, and the demands to teaching physical education.

Biographical Note:

Viola Rose Funfsinn was born on 18 May 1920 near Remsen, Iowa to John Funfsinn and Rose (Feassler) Funfsinn. After moving to Minnesota in 1925, she attended public school in Rapidan, Minnesota before spending her senior year at St. Peter High School in St. Peter, Minnesota. After high school, she attended Mankato Teachers College and began her teaching career in Lamberton, Minnesota in 1945. While teaching in Lamberton, Funfsinn married Donald Holbrook in 1947. She taught for five years in the Blue Earth County school system before taking a position in Mankato in 1951. Besides a change in employers, the Holbrook family had a son named Donald Jr. on 8 April 1951.

In 1958, Holbrook joined the faculty at Mankato State College and worked in the physical education department. Holbrook continued to upgrade her education while working at the institution and completed her master's degree with a thesis entitled "Selected Factors that may Influence the Performance of Junior High School Girls in the Running High Jump" in 1959. She later earned her Ph. D. from New Mexico State University and continued teaching at Mankato State University.


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Collection Citation:

Holbrook, Viola Rose (Funfsinn), 1920-. Oral History Interview, 1979. SMHC Manuscript Collection 195, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Dr. Viola R. Holbrook donated this collection in June 1979.

Processed By:

Rick Smith processed this collection in April 1990. Jeff A. Jenson developed the finding aid in February 2002.

Related Collections:

It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Dr. Viola R. Holbrook available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Holbrook, Viola Rose (Funfsinn), 1920-.
Oral History.
Classroom management.
Schools Discipline.
Minnesota State College, Mankato.
Mankato State College--Alumni.
Physical education and training.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 195



Oral History Interview, Cassette I, 1979



Oral History Interview, Cassette II, 1979



Oral History Interview, Cassette III, 1979



Transcript, 1979