Project description: The project involved 35 interviews with Minnesota psychiatrists. Per the finding aide, the interviews begin with recollections of the 1940s and 1950s and trace the progress of medicines, the perception of mental illness, and practice of psychiatrists in rural and urban Minnesota.
Regulatory significance: Many of the interviewees played key roles in the Minnesota Psychiatric Association and the Minnesota Medical Association, and the collection speaks to regulatory issues of professional legitimization through licensing practices and self-regulatory organizations.
Repository: Minnesota Historical Society
Interview dates: 1979, 2009-2011
Digital access: Transcripts and audio are available online.
Physical access: Original audio tapes are kept at the Minnesota Historical Society in St. Paul, Minnesota.