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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Zonta Club of Mankato. Oral Histories, 2009.

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Zonta Club of Mankato. Oral Histories, 2009.
SHMC Manuscript Collection 256

Zonta Club of Mankato. Oral Histories. SMHC Manuscript Collection 256. 1 Archives box, .35 cubic foot.


The Zonta Club of Mankato Oral History collection contains interviews from five local women members. The interviews reflect the womens lives from childhood to professional life and as a member of Zonta.

Historical or Biographical Note:

The Zonta Club of Mankato was formed September 13, 1973. Business and professional women created Zonta Club International in 1919. The goal of the organization was to elevate the status of women. Local organizations exist throughout the United State and the rest of the world. Zonta Club of Mankato does work within the community. For example, partnerships were created with Habitat for Humanity and Pedal Past Poverty. In addition, fund raisers and fashion shows are used to donate money to a wide variety of causes---both for local women and for women internationally.

Information about membership and projects can be found on the Zonta Club of Mankato website and the Zonta International website.

Scope and Content:

The Zonta Club Oral Histories include five interviews from members in the Zonta Club of Mankato. Interviews were conducted by students from Susan Freeman’s Women’s Studies class. Aspects covered in the interviews are childhood, college, professional careers, sex discrimination and their personal experience as a member of the Zonta Club of Mankato.

The collection contains interviews from women with professional jobs such as in the Blue Earth County Attorney’s Office, in the New York Life Insurance company, as Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, were entrepreneurs or as managers. The interviews discuss the difficulty in entering into male dominated fields, as well as attitudes towards gender in the workplace. In addition, the interviewees discuss their involvement in the Zonta organization.


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:

Zonta Club of Mankato. Oral histories, April, 2009. SMHC Manuscript Collection 256, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Susan Freeman donated this collection in April 2009.

Processed By:

Michael Collins processed this collection in September 2016.

Related Collections at MSU:

It has been determined that there was no similar manuscript collections about the Zonta Club of Mankato available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Minnesota State University, Mankato
Oral Histories
Dixon-Fox, Kerry, Interviewee
Jacobson, Sonja, Interviewee
Ringler Mountain, Judy, Interviewee
Ringhelm, Marilyn, Interviewee
Vosbeek, Judy, Interviewee

SMHC Manuscript Collection 256 Box Folder

Oral History Interview, Kerry Dixon-Fox, CD, 9 April, 2009



Transcript, Kerry Dixon-Fox, 9 April, 2009



Oral History Interview, Sonja Jacobson, microcassette and video DVD, 20 April, 2009



Transcript, Sonja Jacobson, 20 April 2009



Oral History Interview, Judy Ringler Mountain, microcassette and video DVD, 9 April, 2009



Transcript, Judy Ringler Mountain, 9 April, 2009



Oral History Interview, Marilyn Ringhelm, microcassette and video DVD, 15 April, 2009



Transcript, Marilyn Ringhelm, 15 April, 2009



Oral History Interview, Judy Vosbeek, microcassette and video DVD, 17 April, 2009



Transcript, Judy Vosbeek, 17 April 2009