Texas Tech University Archives - Alumni Collections
I. Oral History Interviews and II. Manuscript Collections


Alumni, and Former Staff and Faculty Interviews
Below are alumni collections that are available for viewing and listening [oral histories]  in the reading room.

Manuscript Collections

Bagley, Mildred
Mildred Bagley was among the first students to attended Texas Technological College in 1925.

  • U 449.1 Mildred Bagley Collection, 1925-1929: T his 1 wallet collection consists of miscellaneous memorabilia from the early years of Texas Tech: fee receipts from 1925-1926, a 1929-30 campus directory, pageant program for "The Spirit of West Texas," a September 3, 1926 program for the First Annual Banquet Tech Students with an enclosed photo with red and black ribbons attached, and the souvenir program for the first football game for Texas Tech versus McMurray College.

Baker, James Neville
James Neville Baker attended Texas Technological College from 1935-1939 with a business degree and went on to work for Conoco.

  • U 397.1 James Neville Baker Collection, 1935-1939 and undated: This 1 wallet collection consists of 84 photographs of Texas Tech taken during Baker's time as a student. Some of the images in this collection have been digitized and are viewable here.

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 donation.

Class Reunions
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.

Cantwell, Nancy
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.

Cole Collection
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 here.

Disney Collection
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.

  • Jay 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.

Dixon, Hortense Williams
Hortense Williams Dixon was the first African American to receive a Ph.D. from Texas Tech.

  • U 421.1 Hortense Williams Dixon Collection, 1970: This 1 wallet collection contains Dixon's vita, academic profile, 1 photograph, and a press release about her being the first African American to graduate with a Ph.D. from Texas Tech. The materials in this collection were gathered together from 2 different University News and Publications collections.

Duncan Collection

  • 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 Club.

  • U 322.1 Charles R. and Jane Eatherly Collection, 1890-2014: This 2 box and 1 oversized box collection contains pages out of the scrapbook of Mr. James Lawrence Hicks, yearbooks and scrapbooks for Lillie Mae Eatherly, and photographs, memorabilia and written correspondence pertaining to Charles R. Eatherly and his wife, Jane, both graduates of Texas Technological College. Also 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, and photographs from the 1957 homecoming parade.  Mr. Eatherly's previous donation of 52 color slides of the 1960 Homecoming Parade were added to the Heritage Club Photograph Collection (P7106).

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."

Fry, Maxine
A graduate of Floydada High School, Maxine Fry entered Texas Tech in 1934. A go-getter, Maxine became active in many student organizations during her four years here. Noted for her elegant looks, she was voted as a La Ventana Beauty in 1937 and was a lady-in-waiting for the Queen’s coronation court for the 1937 Junior Prom. Her most notable achievement, however, was winning by a landslide the election for student body president in May of 1937 and thus becoming the first female to hold the position.

  • U 398.1 Maxine Fry Scrapbook, 1937-1958: This scrapbook is in very fragile condition. It includes news clippings and a few photographs concerning Maxine's years at Texas Technological College, the beginning of her teaching career and her wedding. There are also a few loose items such as her student government campaign poster.

Goforth, Flora
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 textile school.

Grossman, Jean
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.

  • U 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).

Hamberlin, Mike

  • U 392.1 Mike Hamberlin Collection, 1967-1970: This collection consists of 75 color slides. The images include football games, Carol of Lights, aerial views, campus construction, and the installation of trees around the Business Administration Building.

Kahlich, Luke
Luke Kahlich holds a B.A. degree (1971) and M.A. degree (1975) Texas Tech University.

  • U 390.1 Luke Kahlich Collection, undated-1969: This 1 wallet collection contains 5 (undated) movie tickets from the Palace Theatre in Spur, Texas and newsletter no. 2 of "Name Change News" about the movement to change Texas Technological College's name.

Kingsbery, Tom
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 Basketball team.

  • 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.

Knapp, Virginia
Virginia Knapp was the daughter of Bradford Knapp, second president of Texas Technological College, and granddaughter of Seaman Knapp A graduate of Texas Tech, Virginia was a retired school teacher and retired director of the Rusk County Historical Commission.

  • U 448.1 Virginia Knapp Collection, 1930s-1940 and undated: This collection consists of two CDs - the first CD contains scans of photos of the Bradford Knapp family and Texas Tech during his presidential administration, and the second CD contains audio recordings of the 1940 graduation ceremony and DFD social club choral performance from the late 1930s. Also included is 8 color photocopies of the photographs.

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. degree.

  • 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.

Lyon Family
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.

McKinsey, Marion
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.

Reese, Martin

  • U 379.1 Martin Reese Collection, 1936-1941: This 1 wallet collection contains four photographs, a publication concerning the firing of the Toreador editor, both of his Texas Tech diplomas, and a 1936-1937 student handbook which has been digitized.

Rushing, Dub

  • U 446.1 Dub Rushing Collection, 1998: This 1 wallet collection contains a sprial bound copy Rushing's recollections of Texas Tech and Lubbock titled "The Horizon Campaign 'Building on the First 75 Years' Texas Tech 1923-1998".

Shanklin, Melinda
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 dean emeritus.  

  • U 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.

  • U 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.

Stanford, Betty

  • U 412.1 Betty Stanford Collection, 1955-1957: This 1 oversized box contains 9 articles of clothing related to the donor's time as a twirler when she attended Texas Tech. Betty Alice Lovelace (Mrs. Paul Stanford) served as a twirler with the band from 1954-1957.

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.

Teague, Joyce Bell
Joyce Bell Teague graduated graduated from Texas Technological College in 1936 and moved to California to begin a modeling career.

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.

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.

Zinn Family
Paula Zinn Hunter worked as an Assistant Registrar at Texas Tech for 17 years. Her father, John M. Zinn attended Texas Technological College in the 1950s during which time he was visit with artist Peter Hurd while Hurd was painting his mural in Holden Hall. Her great aunt, Ella Ruth Zinn, also attended Texas Tech in 1932.

  • U 409.1 Zinn Family Collection, 1927-2014: This oversized box collection contains emails and printouts pertaining to Peter Hurd; an Arizona Highways magazine inscribed to John Zinn by Peter Hurd (1953); biographical information on John M. Zinn, Ella Ruth Zinn, and Paula Zinn Hunter; Ella's framed Crosbyton High School diploma (1927); the publication "History of the 413th Infantry Regiment (1946); and three different newspapers - "The Timberwolf: 104th Infantry Division" (1944), "National Timberwolf Association Membership Roster" (1944-1995), and "Timberwolf Howl" (1986-1995).

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