Oral Interview of Roy L. Anderson

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Roy L. Anderson


Margaret Reed



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Roy L. Anderson reflects on his years at the Fergus Falls State Hospital, including such topics as changing attitudes towards mental health therapy and psychiatric help, and the expansion of the mental health program in Minnesota. He speaks of his early years as a groundbreaker in Minnesota in modern psychiatric therapy. He also mentions his plans for retirement in December of 1983.


Roy L. Anderson was born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1923. He was active in military service during World War II, after which he attended the University of Minnesota, majoring in Social Work with minors in Psychology, History, and Geography. After graduating, he went to work for the Carlton County Social Service Department. In 1949, at the request of Governor Luther Youngdahl, Anderson began work at the newly established Lakeland Mental Health Center in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. He worked there until his planned retirement in December 1983.

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Named Persons

Luther Wallace Youngdahl, Carl J. Jackson, Marvin J. Geib, Robert Staton, Edwards


Social workers, Social work administration


University of Minnesota, Carlton County Social Services, Lakeland Mental Health Center, Fergus Falls State Hospital, Minnesota. Department of Public Welfare, Minnesota. Department of Health, Rape and Abuse Crisis Center, St. Francis Medical Center, Wheaton Community Hospital, Stevens County Hospital, Douglas County Hospital (Alexandria, Minn.), St. Ansgar Hospital, Southeast Mental Health Center


Minnesota—Duluth, Minnesota--Carlton County, Minnesota--Fergus Falls, Minnesota—Cloquet, Minnesota--Saint Paul, Minnesota--Albert Lea, Canada, Minnesota—Marshall, Minnesota—Crosby, Minnesota—Ironton, Minnesota--Red Wing, North Dakota—Fargo, Minnesota—Moorhead, Minnesota—Crookston, Minnesota--Otter Tail County, Minnesota--Wilkin County, Minnesota--Grant County, Minnesota--Becker County, Minnesota--Douglas County, Minnesota--Polk County, Minnesota--Stevens County, Minnesota--Traverse County, Minnesota--Clay County, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Minnesota--Detroit Lakes, Minnesota--White Earth Indian Reservation, Minnesota—Breckenridge, Minnesota—Wheaton, Minnesota--Grand Rapids, Minnesota--Thief River Falls


Social service, Mental health services, People with mental disabilities--Services for, Substance abuse

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S2729 2750

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Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce these oral interviews must be obtained in writing from Minnesota State University Moorhead Archives.


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Oral Interview of Roy L. Anderson