Texas Tech University
Archives - Alumni Collections
I. Oral History Interviews and II.
Alumni, Former Staff and Faculty Interviews
Below are alumni collections that are available for viewing
and listening [oral histories] in the reading room.
Robert Abbott Oral History interview
(2000)- Covers the dedication and groundbreaking ceremony
of Texas Technological College in the 1920s.
oral history interview (2006)- Talks about the history of the
Toreador (now the Daily Toreador) newspaper
Aguero oral history interview (1998) - Discusses education,
Texas Tech and discrimination
Hume Akers oral history interview (1982) - Talks about being a
student at Texas Tech during World War II
Andrews and Mabel Irwin oral history interview (1968) - Recalls
early years of Texas Tech with emphasis on faculty matters
Mrs. Nolan Barrick oral history interview (1973) - Comments on
William Ward Watkin's contributions to Texas Tech's architecture
Shirley S. Bates oral history interview (1975) - Talks the
development of food services at Texas Tech
B. A. Brady
oral history interview (1980) - Talks about being an engineering
student in 1920s, football and designing the Double T Bench
Brewer oral history interview (1976) - Discusses teach at Tech,
Black students and early discrimination against female instructors
Brown oral history interview (1985) - Talks about early Tech
Dairy operations (late 1920s or 1930s?)
J. Castellano Jr. oral history interview (1999) - Includes
comment about few Hispanic students and organizations at Tech in 1972
Chavez oral history interview (1999) - Comments on Texas Tech
student views on Hispanics
oral history interview (1976) - Talks about Chicano
organizations at Texas Tech and discrimination in Lubbock
oral history interview (1979) - Talks about Texas Tech boarders,
buildings, and celebration
J. E. Couch
oral history interview (1984) - talks about hazing, classes and
campus life in 1926
Crockett Courtney oral history interview (2010)- Covers her time
as the first non-transfer African-American student to graduate from
Fidela "Fifi" Perez De Lira
oral history interview (2009) - talks about being one of the
first members of Los Tertulianos, the first minority group at Texas
Franks oral history interview (1985) - Discusses Texas Tech
Gammill oral history interview-faculty (1972) - discusses
student life in early 1930s, including hazing, and mentions Dr. John
Granberry's use of "I" when teaching which would confuse students and it
lead to his dismissal
Graves oral history interview (1974)- Covers her admittance into
Tech as the first African-American student
W. A. Greer
oral history interview (1998) - numerous comments about Texas
Tech in the 1920s
Henson oral history interview (1978) - Talks about Texas Tech in
Bill Poage Hickerson oral history interview (2000) - Discusses
student life at Texas Tech from 1925-1928
Hill oral history interview (1975) - Comments on early Tech Band
from 1927-1932 and the name change
(Mrs. J. Harmon) Jenkins oral history interview (1975) - Covers
many early Tech topics from 1930s-1950s, including introduction of
women's sorority systems to campus and initiation of athletes into the
Double T Association
Jordan oral history interview (1975) - Various early Tech
recollections from 1924-1930, including hazing, Cheri Casa, and conflict
between the town and students
Noé Lara oral history
interview (2009) -
talks about being a member of Los Tertulianos
Landwer oral history interview (1982) - Topics include Women's
Athletic Association, Women's Recognition Service, and Doak Hall in 1934
Grey Lewis oral history interview (2003) - Talks
about hazing and student life at Tech
Llanas oral history interview (1998) - Discusses Texas Tech and
Marshall Jr. oral history interview (1980)- Recalls writing the
lyrics to "The Matador Song"
Messersmith and Lloyd Lanotte oral history interview (undated) -
"Spectrum Texas Tech"
Mims oral history interview (1978) - Topics include attending Texas Tech
in the 1920s and the first gymnasium
Elmer Moore oral history interview (1981) - Talks
about the early history of Texas Tech and being one of the first
Nelson oral history interview (1979) - Talks about the early
history of Texas Tech and the Toreador newspaper
Perez oral history interview (1976) - Discusses discrimination
oral history interview (2010) - talks
about being a member of Los Tertulianos
Lucille Robinson oral history interview (undated) - Talks about
the early history of Texas Tech and its people
Hawthorne Rogers oral history interview (1998) - Talks about
being a student at Texas Tech in the 1920s
Mrs. Rufus Rush oral history interview (1971) - Family land sold
to help establish Texas Tech
Dorothy Rylander oral history interview (1981) - Talks about
being a student at Texas Tech in the 1920-30s
Dorothy Rylander oral history interview (1985) - Talks more
about Texas Tech over the years
Shaw oral history interview (1998) - Attended Texas Tech in the
1940s and owned dairy cow
Smith oral history interview (1976) - Talks about being a student at Texas Tech
in the 1930s, women's liberation and her distinguished career
Snelling oral history interview (1973) - Talks about her 46-year
career at Tech as the Payroll and Employee Benefits departments
Taylor oral history interview (1975) - Talks about being a student at Texas Tech
in the 1930s
Thompson oral history interview (1975) - Talks about being a student at Texas Tech
in the 1950s
- S ? William Tubbs Papers, 1923: This collection consists of
two bank receipts from 1923 concerning the payment for securing land for
the creation of the West Texas Technological College, which then became
Texas Technological College. William Tubbs paid a sum of $500 on a
pledge to secure land that lead to the creation of Texas Tech.
Blanchard, Garland Lester
Garland Lester Blanchard attended Texas Technological College in 1933-1934
and majored in agriculture, possibly as a pre-vet student.
- U 345.1 Garland Lester Blanchard Collection, 1933-1935:
This 1 wallet collection consists of a small leather covered diary that
Garland L. Blanchard wrote in between the years 1933 and 1935. A few
loose news clippings were tucked inside the diary. A blue "First Place"
ribbon from the Panhandle South Plains Fair accompanies the diary's
Mrs. Allie Collins Parker, the donor, is a native of Lubbock. She earned
her bachelors and masters degrees at Texas Technological College (1933 and
1950 respectively) with emphasis in economics and marketing. She was
originally from Claude, Texas. Her husband was Robert M. Parker, who
graduated with a masters in Mathematics from Texas Tech in 1933.
- U 221.1 Class Reunion Records, 1972: This 1 wallet
collection contains 2 copies of the class directory for the class of
1932-1933, a 1972 issue of the Texas Techsan, and various donor/alumni
pamphlets. The class reunion was held on May 13, 1972.
Nancy McKissack, whose married name is Cantwell, was born in 1933 and
attended Texas Technological College in the early 1950s. During her years
at Texas Tech, McKissack was involved with Zeta Tau Alpha and the drama
fraternity Alpha Psi Omega.
- U 304.1 Nancy Cantwell Collection, 1938-1956: This 1
box collection consists of two scrapbooks donated by Nancy Cantwell.
C. Curtis Reese attended Texas Tech for three years in the mid-1920s and
left Tech before finishing his degree.
- U 273.1 Cole Collection, 1920s and undated: This 1
wallet collections contains a scrapbook of Mrs. Cole's father, C. Curtis
Reese, which includes scenes of the campus, students, ships and
miscellaneous people. There are also images of Mr. Reese traveling
around the world to places like Paris and surveying. Additionally,
there are party invitations and handbills, many of which were for the
Cheri Casa Home for Boys, one of the first boarding houses for students
attending the newly established Texas Technological College. Some items
from the scrapbook have been digitized
Mrs. Disney’s father, Rex Keys, attended Tech in 1926 and was business
manager of La Ventana and a football player. He passed away in 1951.
C. and Doris K. Disney Photographs
- U 60.1 Jay C. and Doris K. Disney Collection,
1926-1927: This 1 wallet collection contains a Prairie Fire
publication by Texas Tech students, Jan.-Feb. 1927, and a 1926 Texas Tech
songbook. Transferred to Photographs division were two black & white
photos of Texas Tech's first football game, dated 1925, and transferred to
the Athletics collection was a 1926 Texas Tech vs. TCU game program.
- U 318.1 Hazel Duncan Collection,
1928-1932: This 1 wallet collection consists of various items
found among Hazel Duncan's belongings. The items are a City of Lubbock
"How to Read the Electric Meter and Other Useful Information" pamphlet;
a Young Women's Christian Association membership card; an unfolded
"Texas Tech Pasteurized Dairy Products Sweet Cream Butter" wrapper; a
Christmas card from Texas Tech President Horn, 1928; 2 news clippings on
the Tech football team; a January 1931 Texas Tech Pictoral and
Information Bulletin; a 1930 4th Annual Commencement program; a The
Forum invitation; and an oversized 1932 April Fool Supplement to the
Toreador entitled "Scarlet Scavenger."
Charles R. and Jane Eatherly Collection
Charles R. Eatherly was a Park Administration student and worked in the
Texas Tech Greenhouse in the summer of 1960. He received his BS degree in
1961 and his MS in 1963, with both degrees coming from Texas Tech. His wife,
Jane, was also a 1961 graduate of Texas Tech. Her father, James Lawrence
Hicks, attended Texas Tech in the late 1930s and was president of the Aggie
Club at Texas Tech in 1938 and was also involved in the Block and Bridle
- U 322.1 Charles R. and Jane Eatherly Collection,
1930-1938: This 1 wallet collection contains pages out of the
scrapbook of Mr. James Lawrence Hicks. Included are programs from the
Block and Bridle Club, the Aggie Club Banquets, graduation invitations
from Texas Tech in 1938 and from Lubbock High School in 1930, 3
photographs, and an invitation and program for the "Laying of the
Cornerstone of the New Library" (1938). Mr. Eatherly's previous
donation of 52 color slides of the 1960 Homecoming Parade were added to
the Heritage Club Photograph Collection (P7106).
- U 322.2 Charles R. Eatherly Collection,
1959-1975: This 1 box collection contains reports, news clipping,
and printed materials on park services in Texas and Arizona and Texas
Technological College's E. J. Urbanovsky's student projects.
Floyd, Bobbie Camp
Bobbie Camp Floyd's mother, Murl L. Colwell, attended Texas Technological
College and graduated in 1937.
- U 350.1 Bobbie Camp Floyd Collection, 1937: This
collection consists of a special edition of the 1937 La Ventana called
"The Candid Camera Edition of the La Ventana."
Born in 1907 in Granger, Texas, Flora Goforth spent her childhood in Texas
and New Mexico. Relatives on both sides of her family had been weavers,
spurring her desire to make a career out of designing surface patterns. She
attended Texas Technological College in the late 1920s-early 1930s. Texas
Technological College was the only school west of the Mississippi to have a
Flora Goforth Photographs
Goforth oral history interview (1999)
Goforth oral history interview (2000)
242.2 Flora Goforth Papers, 1927-1934 and undated: The
collection includes various woven textiles done by Goforth and her
students, photographs, and Texas Technological College memorabilia and
242.3 Flora Goforth Papers, 1906-2000: The collection
includes correspondence, financial records, printed materials, hand notes,
diaries, and appointment calendars by Flora Goforth, some Texas
Technological College memorabilia, a stick loom project, and class notes.
The donor, Jean Grossman [formerly Jeannie Rook], is an graduate of the
Texas Tech University Theatre program. Her father, Charles Galloway Rook
Sr., worked as a professor at Texas Tech during the 1940s-1950s doing cotton
research under the Cotton Research Committee. Rook and his son, Charles
Galloway Rook Jr., owned the Tru-Fab Metal Products Company which provided
building materials to construct cotton gins.
256.1 Jean Grossman Papers, 1944-1966: The collection
contains two scrapbooks of theatre productions from the Texas Tech
University Theatre. The first is of the 1966 production of Tartuffe, for
which the donor was the costuming assistant. The second scrapbook is of
various theatre productions from 1964-1966. Also included is a scale model
of the theatre's stage and miniature set pieces [made to scale as well]
for the play "Not Enough Rope" which was done in the spring of 1966. The
remainder of the material concerns cotton gins, irrigation, cotton burr
waste research, and Tru-Fab Metal Products Company. This includes
correspondence, photographs and committee information.
Hall, J. P., Family
Cecil Hall, a freshman mechanical engineer student, attended Tech in
1937-1938 and passed away in early 1938.
- U 360.1 J. P. Hall Family Collection, 1924-1938: This
1 wallet collection contains miscellaneous items related to student
Cecil Leroy Hall. Included are three photographs, a obituary, a letter
of condolence from the Dean of Men, Hall's high school diploma, a bible,
and an odd assortment of handwritten student notes. One photograph of
the Administration Building from 1924 was transferred to the Heritage
Club Photograph Collection (# P8000).
Tom Kingsbery attended Texas Tech in the late 1940s and was a member of the
first Tech Rodeo Team as well as the Block and Bridle Club. His
daughter, Sue Kingsbery Porter was a member of the early Lady Raiders
- U 335.1 Tom Kingsbery Collection, 1947-1948: This 1
wallet collection contains 12 photocopied pages from a scrapbook covering Kingsbery's involvement in the first Texas Tech Rodeo Team, which was
established in 1947. The Block and Bridle Club began in 1930 and
sponsored the All-College Rodeo.
Lively, Robert Morgan
Robert Morgan Lively was born in August 1923 in Bonham, Texas. His father,
L. Y. Lively, lived in Lubbock while Robert attended Texas Technological
College and studied engineering. Robert graduated in May 1940 with a B.A.
- U 351.1 Robert Morgan Lively Collection, 1918-1940: This 1
box collection contains 70 photographs found at an estate sale. The
majority of the images are the Morgan and Whiteright families from
1918-1923. There are also images from Lively's time in the military.
Identified are Lively, Clarence Sharp, and Mrs. Jim Morgan. Of
particular interest are the three "Texas Tech Industrial Engineering"
images of a bus trip with that logo on the bus and a parade float.
Mrs. Grace Flechtner Lyon and her twin sister, Kathryn Flechtner Gressett
both graduated from Texas Technological College.
- U 315.1 Grace Lyon Collection, 1968: This 1 wallet
collections a letter from James G. Allen, Dean of Student Life, to R. J.
Flechtner, along with a certificate stating that Mr. Flechtner was
member #8 of "Dads Association Life Member." Mr. Flechtner had joined
the newly founded Dad's Club, which later became the Dads Association,
in the Fall of 1956 when his daughters came to Texas Tech. He did not
receive his membership certificate until 12 years later.
Marion McKinsey is the great niece of Julia Wight Hatcher, who ran a men's
boarding house at 1611 Avenue Y in Lubbock, Texas for students attending Texas Technological College.
Mrs. Hatcher was fondly referred to as "Ma Hatcher" by her boarders.
- U 348.1 Marion McKinsey Collection, 1943-1976: This 1
box collection contains photographs of male students who attended Texas
Technological College and lived at Mrs. Hatcher's boarding house. The
bulk of the images were taken during the 1940s and many of the men are
in military uniform. The men identified are Henderson Wilson, Foy
Elrod, Truman L. Allen, Jeff A. Pirtle, William Saver, and Elroy Schoppa.
- U 379.1 Martin Reese Collection, 1936-1941: This 1 wallet
collections four photographs, a publication concerning the firing of the
Toreador editor, and a 1936-1937 student handbook which has been
digitized and is available for viewing here.
James Marcus Gordon worked at Texas Technological College for its first
twenty years, during which time he taught Latin and education classes and
served as head of the philosophy and sociology department. He was dean of
Arts and Sciences from 1925-1945, dean of men from 1925-1937, as well as and
281.1 Melinda Shanklin Papers, 1903-1989: This 1 box
and 1 oversized folder collection was donated by Melinda Shanklin,
granddaughter of James Marcus Gordon, and consists of news clippings,
photographs, certificates and diplomas on the Gordon family. Also
included is J. M. Gordon's correspondence and literary writings.
Sims, John C.
326.1 John C. Sims Collection, 1926-1927: This 1 wallet
collection consists of a 1926 La Ventana and many loose pages torn from
various Texas Tech publications, most of which depict campus buildings.
The news clippings concern the first graduating class of 1927 and a
brief bio of Anna Belle Collins. There is also a handwritten play called
"Ouida" and a program for the First Annual Commencement, May 26-30,
1927. Pasted inside the La Ventana, towards the back, are numerous small
black and white photographs. The photographs include the First Christian
Church in Lubbock, people with a Lubbock Transportation Co. bus, the M.
E. Church of Lubbock, and several unidentified people, as well as a
postcard of the Lubbock County Court House. The pasted programs are for
"The Spirit of West Texas" pageant, "A Light in the Lone Star" pageant,
and first commencement at Texas Tech.
Taylor, John G., Sr.
John G. Taylor, Sr., worked for 31 years as a contracting and purchasing
officer at Texas Tech University. He began working at Tech in 1949 and
retired on January 31, 1981. His son, Dr. John G. Taylor, Jr., works at
Texas Tech now.
- U 349.1 John G. Taylor Sr. Collection, 2009: This
collection consists of a printed copy of Mr. Taylor's remembrances on
Texas Tech University history, its campus and people.
Wilson, Eloise Smith
Wilson was a student at Texas Technological College from 1933-1936 and a
member of the DFD social club. She married John H. Wilson.
- S ? Eloise Smith Wilson Papers, 1933-1939: These 2
scrapbooks deal with the social life of Eloise Smith and John H. Wilson
at Texas Technological College in the 1930s. The scrapbooks are
primarily filled with news clippings, photographs, wedding invitations,
and other memorabilia of social activities.
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