Voices of Minnesota

Mississippi Headwaters Board Oral History Project


DATE: 1999-2001

INTERVIEWERS: Sunny Archibald, Thomas B. Cox, Larry Houg, Louis Marchand, Cecelia McKeig, Ray Nelson and Patricia Oliver

The Mississippi Headwaters Board was created to coordinate the identification and protection of the natural, cultural, historical, scientific, and recreational values of the first 400 miles of the Mississippi River. Its work centered on eight counties in north central Minnesota through which this portion of the river flows. The Board’s oral history project was conducted with people associated with the Mississippi River during the period 1910-1960. Those interviewed discuss their own river-related activities, as well as their observations on changes in recreational, commercial, and residential use of the river and its shoreline. Many of the interviews include comments on water quality, floods, droughts, dam construction, fishing, wildlife, and conservation.

The tapes are held by Mississippi Headwaters Board, Walker, Minnesota.

TRANSCRIPTS: 324 pages