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Omaha Folklore Project: Interview with Betty Robertson, Interview Date: 1977 August 17, Date Digitized: 2/2/2017

Identifier: MSS0018_au038

Scope and Contents

The oral history interview of Betty Robertson conducted by UNO student Janet Hopkins on August 17, 1977 covers her experiences during the Great Depression. Robertson described what it was like for her to grow up in Central City, a small town in Nebraska, during the Great Depression. She discussed the time period from the stock market crash in 1929 to World War II. She explained several different aspects of the Great Depression such as the scarcity of jobs and how programs through the New Deal helped her family be employed. Robertson also talked about the Dust Bowl, the harsh effects of the Great Depression on her family, and how her family approached medicine and disease. Finally, she talked a lot about food, entertainment, and what kept her family happy.


  • Interview Date: 1977 August 17
  • Date Digitized: 2/2/2017


Language of Materials


Conditions Governing Access

Users are required to listen the streaming audio available online. Due to their fragile nature, the original audiocassettes may not be played in Archives & Special Collections.


1 Cassettes

Materials Specific Details


Materials Specific Details

Original format: cassette tape; Digital format: mp3


Interviewer: Janet Hopkins


Runtime: 01:02:05

Repository Details

Part of the University of Nebraska at Omaha Archives & Special Collections Repository

Archives & Special Collections
Dr. C.C. and Mabel L. Criss Library
6001 Dodge St.
Omaha Nebraska 68182-0237 United States