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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Wortman, Allen L., 1935-. Oral History Interview and Collection, 2017

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Wortman, Allen L., 1935-. Oral History Interview and Collection, 2017.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 261



Wortman, Allen L., 1935-. Oral History Interview and Collection, 2017. SMHC Manuscript Collection 261. 2 folders.

Abstract:

The Allen L. Wortman collection consists of an oral history interview conducted between Wortman and Anne Stenzel in June 2017. In this interview, Wortman talks about his career, friends, and experiences at Mankato State University as a Music Department faculty member from 1966 through 1995. Also included in this collection is a biographical form, a photograph of Wortman, and a listing of his theatre performances.

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:

Allen L. Wortman was born January 7, 1935 in Le Claire, Iowa. He attended Central College in Iowa for his bachelor’s degree where he majored in music and minored in German. He then attended the University of Northern Colorado for his masters and doctoral degrees in Music. In 1966, Wortman joined the faculty at Mankato State College and in 1969 he directed the Ellis Street Singers. From 1972 through 1976, Wortman served as the chair of the Music Department. Wortman directed many of the choral performances on campus before 1981, but this was when he became the director of the Concert Choir at Mankato State University. During his time at Mankato State University, Wortman was involved with 60 musicals, directed the Waseca Chorale, the Minnesota Valley Chorale, directed the American Guild of English Handbell Ringers, and held 40 music contests. In addition to being the director, he also acted in plays and operas on campus. In 1991, Wortman retired from directing the Concert Choir, but continued to direct the Ellis Street Singers until 1995, when he retired from Minnesota State Mankato. Since retirement, Wortman has continued to be active with the Music Department at Minnesota State Mankato. He directs two choirs in Tucson, Arizona, where he spends winters. Wortman also works with the music for the community theater.

This information was compiled by an interview with Wortman and by his folder in the University Advancement collection, MSU ARC 200.

Restrictions:

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:

Wortman, Allen L., 1935-. Oral History Interview and Collection, 2017. SMHC Manuscript Collection 261, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Acquisition:

Allen L. Wortman donated this collection in June 6, 2017.

Processed By:

Mee Xiong processed this collection September 2017.

Related Collections:

Wortman, Dr. Allen (Al) 1935-. Collection, 1969-1995. SMHC Manuscript Collection 232, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Visit the Tell Your MSU Story website for a list of all interviews completed as part of this project. http://lib.mnsu.edu/archives/oralh/msustory.html.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Wortman, Allen L., 1935-, interviewee.
Wortman, Allen L., 1935-Interviews.
Stenzel, Anne, interviewer.
Choruses.
College teachers.
Concert tours.
Mankato State College.
Mankato State University.
Oral history.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 261

Box

Folder

Oral History Interview, Audio CD, 2017

1

2

Oral History Interview, Biographical information, 2017

1

1

Oral History Interview, Photograph, 2017

1

1

Theatre performances, 2017

1

1