At a Glance


What can oral histories tell us about girlhood, adolescence, and more in the United States?

Minnesota State University

Coming of Age in the Twentieth Century, Stories from Minnesota and Beyond

Photo, Donna, Age 13, c. 1966, Twentieth-Century Girls

This website explores "girls' history" with 40 oral history interviews conducted by women's studies students at Minnesota State University-Mankato. Each interviewee was asked extensively about her girlhood. Questions focused on adolescence and growing up as well as the social, cultural, and physical implications of girlhood and personal experiences. Topics include family, race, sexuality, education, and women's issues. The archive includes brief biographies, video clips, and transcripts of interviews (arranged thematically), photographs, and reflections of the interview process. Most of the women interviewed were born and raised in Minnesota, although a few came from other states with a smaller number immigrating from other countries. The site is not searchable, and the video clips are not high quality.