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RG5428.AM:  Oral Histories of Farm Women – Nebraska

Interview transcripts: 1989

Nebraska:  Farm families

Size:  0.5 cu.ft.; 1 box


This collection consists of one box containing transcripts of oral history interviews conducted with various residents of Webster County, Nebraska.  Terry (Kuhn) Sheahan conducted the interviews in 1989 as part of a graduate research seminar project at Northern Illinois University.  The goal of the project was to compare the lives of men and women who had lived most of their lives on farms located in two very different climatic regions, Webster County, Nebraska, and Dekalb County, Illinois.  Information spans the years 1905 to ca. 1960.  The questions focused on daily work, marital and family relations, community and personal values.  Much of the information describes life and activities during the Great Depression.  The Nebraska Humanities Council provided the funds to transcribe the Nebraska interviews.

Note:  This collection contains the Nebraska interview transcripts only.  Copies of the Nebraska tapes are available at the Webster County Museum in Red Cloud, Nebraska.


Box 1


    1. Aleck & Glen Arneson, Red Cloud, Nebraska, October 17, 1989

    1. Barb & Wally Bean, Inavale, Nebraska, July 18, 1989

    1. Clinton Crary, Guide Rock, Nebraska, October 19, 1989

    1. Anna Madeline Jensen-Fitz, July 18, 1989

    1. Tom & Mary Jones, Bladen, Nebraska, October 20, 1989

    1. Kenneth Kirchner, Guide Rock, Nebraska, October 18, 1989

    1. Polly Koon, Red Cloud, Nebraska, August 16, 1989

    1. Mina Mathew, Inavale, Nebraska, July 17, 1989

    1. Elsie & Richard McPartland, Red Cloud, Nebraska, August 16, 1989

    1. Margaret Meyer, Inavale, Nebraska, October 16, 1989

    1. Roxine Pavelka, Red Cloud, Nebraska, October 18, 1989

    1. Meryl Richardson, Inavale, Nebraska, July 18, 1989

    1. Bob & Opal Smith, Bladen, Nebraska, October 20, 1989

    1. Bernice Wilson, Red Cloud, Nebraska, July 13, 1989


Subject headings:

Agriculture — Nebraska — Webster County

Arneson, Aleck M., 1917-2000

Arneson, Glen Anthony, 1910-2002

Bean, Barbara (Dunn),

Bean, Wallace Elwyn, 1926-2010

Crary, Clinton H., 1914-1992

Depressions — 1929 — Nebraska

Farmers — Nebraska — Webster County

Farm life — Nebraska — Webster County

Fitz, Anna “Madeline” (Jensen), 1924-2014

Jones, Mary, 1908-

Jones, Tom

Kirchner, Kenneth, 1928-

Koon, Pauline (McCall), 1915-2009

Mathew, Mina L. (Gouldie), 1905-1997

McPartland, Elsie M. (Vavricka), 1918-2007

McPartland, Richard James, 1917-2010

Meyer, Margaret (Rieg), 1900-1998

Pavelka, Roxine, 1913-2008

Red Cloud (Nebraska) — Social life and customs

Richardson, Myrl (Harvey), 1904-1990

Smith, Opal

Smith, Robert

Webster County (Nebraska) — Economic conditions

Webster County (Nebraska) — Rural conditions

Wilson, Bernice (Humes), 1916-2006

Women in agriculture


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