Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Jenkins, Jean A. (Mrs. J. Harmon)
DATE OF INTERVIEW: February 6 and 10, March 10, and April 16, 1975
INTERVIEWER: Marshall L. Pennington
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 5 hours, 30 minutes (total)
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Mrs. Jean Jenkins, a 1935 Texas Tech graduate, recalls early Texas Tech faculty and students and her work with the Tech Placement Service as its director since 1947. On Tape 5 she recalls the introduction of the women’s sorority system onto the Tech campus in the early 1950s.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE: Autobiographical data presented
Father described
Meeting of parents in Sterling City
Grandparents were of Swiss background
Anecdote about a mean cow
Attended Texas Tech after one year at Missouri State University
Women’s self-governing council in Doak Hall
Dean Mary W. Doak characterized
Met various deans through work on La Ventana
Dr. M. E. Ogden, early government professor, mentioned
Relationship with faculty
Very familiar with Dean Arthur H. Leidigh’s family
Comments on friendliness of Tech students

Apathy of Tech students
Reasons for Tech’s sudden growth
Attitudes of West Texans toward Texas Tech

TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO West Texans’ pride in Texas Tech (continued)
Reason Tech was located in Lubbock
Tells of General Electric representative who came to Lubbock to discover the secret of good will between Lubbock and Tech
Mortar Board, women’s honorary society, discussed
Discussion of the Forum, an honorary women’s service organization
Dean James M. Gordon remembered
Canon Clements, Tech’s first Rhodes scholar
Father’s objection to football
Early initiation of athletes into Double T Association recalled
Recollections of football coach Pete Cawthon
Married J. Harmon Jenkins (1937)
Dean Margaret Weeks mentioned
National Youth Administration (1930s)
First placement activities noted
School administrators sought personnel
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE: Work as secretary to Dean Mary W. Doak in Dean of Women’s office
Dealt with students’ records
Women’s Recognition Service described
J. H. Grimsley mentioned
Forum again mentioned
Difficulty in bringing women’s clubs to campus
Importance of American Association of University
Women approval
Sue Rainey’s work with Mortar Board
Dean Doak recalled
Strong affiliation of Tech students discourages outside interference
Placement Service originated (1947)
Took position as director
Anecdote concerning Dr. William M. Whyburn
Changed from small teacher placement service to a university-wide service
Importance of a well-organized student file
Tips given a student on how to improve his file
TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO: Cooperation of faculty in compiling students’ files
Problems in bringing together employer and teacher to discuss student
Traits important to employers

600 employers worked through the Placement Service (1969)
Worked predominantly with juniors and seniors
Arranged individual conferences with students
Attitudes of women students toward employment
Preparing for interview
Calendar prepared 1 to 1.5 years in advance
Discussion of intern programs
Reasons for decrease in number of recruiters

TAPE THREE, SIDE ONE: First signs of recession in early 1970s
Single unfavorable incident concerning recruiting mentioned
Reason for Texas Tech being chosen as site for recruiting school
Credit given to faculty for being helpful
Discontent of students and faculty when job recruiters did not hire from Tech
Anecdote about Jay Thompson, a former Student Association president
Protest concerning Texas Tech’s name change
Attitude toward budget for Placement Service
Problems with staffing
Effect of recession on Placement Service
Comments on budget cuts
History of Placement Service under Dr. William M. Whyburn
Humorous incidents related to interviewing
Placement Service under later presidents
Dr. Robert Ewalt mentioned
Milton Peeples’ conversation with Carl Swenson, a Stamford rancher
TAPE THREE, SIDE TWO: Mr. Swenson’s favorable impression of Texas Tech
John Bradford’s support of the Placement Service
Plans for movement of the Placement Service to West Hall
Membership on campus committees
Advisor to Tech women’s organizations
Board of Lubbock Campfire Council
Professional placement associations
Women who helped form Mortar Board mentioned
Margaret W. Weeks
Mary W. Doak
Vivian Adams
Sue Rainey
Recognized by Ex-Students Association
Participation of Tech faculty and administration in community affairs

Story of General Electric representative retold
Comments on interest in the arts
Louise Allen mentioned in connection with Lubbock Women’s Club
Edna Houghton noted
Anecdote told about Marshall Pennington

TAPE FOUR, SIDE ONE: Discussion of change from 44 to 40 work hours per week
Attitude toward working
Story told about bus ride in New York
Incidents during World War II concerning human nature
TAPE FIVE, SIDE ONE: National fraternities
Banned (1924-1953)
Board of Regents’ decision
Switch from local to national
Impact on campus life
American Association of University Women
Switch from local to national (again)
National Rush
Groups’ names
Selection Process
Kappa Kappa Gamma
Role of the University
Faculty Advisers
Dean Allen
Dean of Women
Pan-Hellenic Council
La Chapparitas Club decision
Lodge vs. house systems
Greek dormitory proposal
Cost of lodge system
Later sorority arrivals
Alpha Delta Pi
Benefits to girls and schools of sorority system
As advisor
Competing traditions
Local vs. national
Presentation dances
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TAPE FIVE, SIDE TWO: [Blank tape at beginning]
Clothing styles
Girls in men’s wear (1940s)
Petticoats, long earrings (1950s)
Church service tradition
Chapter size
Local clubs
Women’s fraternities
Pledge quotas
Kappa Kappa Gamma (again)
Men’s fraternities
Transition from local to national
Service organizations
AWS transition to WSO
Fraternal bonds
Importance of chapter officers
RANGE DATES: 1924-1975
BULK DATES: 1930-1975