Browse Collections (86 total)

Community Change in the Kentucky Foothills of Appalachia

Community Change in the Foothills of Appalachia interviews were conducted by Becky Denton in 2004-05 for the Kentucky Oral History Commission. Denton interviewed citizens who resided in Clark, Estill, Lincoln, Madison and Powell Counties, but grew up and lived and worked in either the foothills or mountains of Appalachia. The interviewees, which…

Kentucky Progressivism

This project focuses on the early twentieth century social and political reform movements in Kentucky, especially in Louisville and other urban areas.

Among those interviewed, most were employees of the Louisville Varnish Company or the Louisville Courier-Journal newspaper. They discuss Louisville from the early 1900s to 1940 and the lives and…

Kentucky Prison System

This series focuses on the history and development of the Kentucky prison system, with emphasis on social forces and the political environment in state government.

Wardens, parole board members, commissioners of corrections, prison employees, and former governor Edward T. Breathitt, Jr., discuss the partial destruction of the Kentucky…

Kentucky Murders

The single interivew in this collection focuses on the murder of Verna Garr Taylor, and the killing of the accused murderer Brigadier General Henry Denhardt. Taylor was found dead from a gunshot wound to the chest on November 6, 1936. Denhardt, a decorated war veteran and lieutenant govenor of Kentucky from 1923 to 1927, was tried in court shortly…

Kentucky County Judges

This project was done in conjunction with two others: Kentucky School Superintendents and Kentucky Newspaper Editors. The purpose of the three projects was to document Kentucky politics by interviewing politically astute members of the local power structure (judges and school superintendents) and observers of local politics (newspaper editors and…

When Steam Was King & Diesel in its Infancy

Great Depression

Students of William Ellis interviewed their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents about the Great Depression. Interviewees, mainly from central and eastern Kentucky and from various socioeconomic backgrounds, discuss their personal and family histories, their education, jobs, and the Flood of 1937. There is significant information on the…

Coal Company Towns

The focus of the Coal Company Towns Project is the social life and economic conditions in eastern Kentucky coal towns, primarily those owned by the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company in McCreary County and those in Harlan County. Residents of these coal towns, some no longer in existence, discuss their personal histories and coal mining; there is an…

Civilian Conservation Corps

A small collection of interviews with individuals who worked in the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. The interviewees discuss the camps they lived in, the camp food and educational programs. They talk about the jobs they did, the pay scale and the amount of time they were allowed to serve.

Blue Heron Coal Camps

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The Blue Herron Coal Camp, also known as Mine 18, in McCreary County, was run by the Stearns Coal and Lumber Company from 1938 to 1962. Company managers, miners, and their families discuss coal mining and Stearns, but the interviews focus on the quality of life in the camp and the lives of the women.

Blue Herron is now an outdoor museum in the…

Blue Diamond/Stearns Coal Mining Strike

This collection of interviews provides information on the 1976-1979 Blue Diamond Coal Strike. The Blue Diamond Coal Strike began June 1976 when the managers at the Blue Diamond Mine failed to accept the miners chosen union, the United Mine Workers of America. The main reason the miners went on strike was for better safety in the mine. The strike…

Health Care and Home Remedies

The Health Care and Home Remedies interviews address traditional health care remedies, prominent 20th century childhood diseases and their treatments, midwifery practices, and other topics that relate to rural Appalachian health care dynamics. The interviews in the collection provide genuine firsthand accounts of how both common and less than…

Living and Working on the Kentucky River

This project documents the economic and social conditions of people who have lived or worked on the Kentucky River.

Workers talk about several industries and occupations associated with the river: coal mining, locks and lock repair, logging, rafting logs downriver, sawmills, farming, fishing, oil drilling, and bootlegging. Many of the…

Bass Fishing

The Bass Fishing Collection contains interviews with John Hamm, Ron McClure, Danny Ray Bullock, and Ryan and Clarence Riddle, five well known Kentucky fishermen. Interview topics range from sharing their childhood experiences to discussing the future of tournament bass fishing in Kentucky. The interviewees also comment on water conditions through…

Newby Schools

The Newby schools were closed due to consolidation. Memories made and the influence Newby had on its students is shared in these interviews. Former students and teachers, who were at Newby in the early and mid-20th century, discuss the differences between their school time and modern schools. Interviewees talk about the games they played with…

Lexington Dunbar High

Dunbar High School was a predominantly African-American school in Lexington. It was closed as a result of the desegregation process of Kentucky's school system. The interviewees in this collection talk about their personal connections to the school. Some of them worked at Dunbar, others are former students. They discuss their feelings on the…

Kentucky School Superintendents

This project was done in conjunction with two others: Kentucky County Judges and Kentucky Newspapers. The purpose of the three projects was to document Kentucky politics by interviewing politically astute members of the local power structure (judges and school superintendents) and observers of local politics (newspaper editors and…

Jessamine County Schools

The nine interviews in the Jessamine Co. Schools Collection cover events and stories from a variety of schools within the county. Interviewees recall school days from the early 20th century, from the 1910s to mid-20th century. These are memories of one-room schoolhouses, stoves in the classroom, and games with friends. Some students returned to…

Industrial Arts Education

Industrial Arts, or its more common name "shop class," is discussed in this collection of five interviews. Interviewee James Way discusses how he set up his own Industrial Arts program, and what went into the process. Included is interviewee Melinda Easley, a female in the Industrial Arts teaching program. At the time of being interviewed, Easley…

History of Garrard County Schools

The History of the Garrard County Schools collection contains interviews from former teachers and students. The interviewees recall their time in school, from changes in curriculum to school integration. Also covered are experiences in teaching, deciding where to build the Garrard County school, and how the student body has changed from decade to…

History of Shady Grove School

This collection of six interviews remembers one-room schoolhouse Shady Grove, in Manchester, Kentucky. Both teachers and students are interviewed, and each share their personal memories about the school. Students recall the trek to Shady Grove in all types of weather. One student had to stay with a friend during a winter storm, and another was…

History of Education in Kentucky

The History of Education in Kentucky Collection contains interviews with active and retired teachers, professors, school superintendents and an education historian. Interview topics include discussions about schools in Jefferson, Pulaski and Knott Counties, as well as conversations about K-12 and higher education, the Kentucky Education Reform Act,…

Franklin County High School

This collection of five interviews chronicles the experiences of former Franklin County High School students and teachers. Interviewees discuss the impact of the Franklin County school district split that resulted in the formation of Western Hills High School.

Danville School Integration

This project talks to teachers and community members who were affected by the closing of Bate School in Danville and the integration of African American students into Danville High School. The impact on the teachers at Bate School and the community are discussed.

EKU Women

Student Protests in 1960s-1970s

EKU Institutional History

The Institutional History projects consist of interviews with Eastern Kentucky University alumni, faculty and staff. Alumni discuss their personal and family histories, their careers, their student days, the university, its clubs and organizations, and the changes it has experienced over the years.

Former faculty and staff discuss their personal…

EKU College of Law Enforcement

The EKU College of Law Enforcement Collection is a part of the greater EKU Institutional History Collection. This sub-collection contains more than twenty interviews that cover the formation of the College of Law Enforcement, which would eventually come to be included in the College of Justice and Safety. Interview topics in the collection range…

EKU Centennial

EKU Alumni

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Alumni from Eastern Kentucky University before 1940 discuss their personal and family histories, their careers, their student days, the university, its clubs and organizations, and the changes it has experienced over the years.

Highland School Basketball State Tournament

These interviews tell the story of how Highland High's 1938 basketball team rose to the top, despite being "Gymless Wonders." The moniker was coined by the Courier Journal at the time of the team's climb into the State Tournament. Interviewees recall practicing outside, in all kinds of weather. The team packed themselves into one car to get to…

Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, Southern Region II

Women's intercollegiate athletics were first organized on a national level in 1941, and the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) was formed in 1971. Women who were instrumental in organizing the AIAW, Southern Region II, after the passage of Title IX federal legislation, discuss the AIAW, women's athletics, their personal…

Walter Tevis

Walter Stone Tevis, Jr. (1928--1985) was the author of such well-known books as The Hustler and The Man Who Fell to Earth. Born in San Francisco, the Tevis family moved to Lexington in 1938. Walter Tevis, Jr. received a degree in English from the University of Kentucky in 1949. He taught high school English at Irvine, Hawesville, Carlisle, and…

Mountain Music

This collection of interviews focuses on musicians in Kentucky, and the kinds of music they play. These interviews are not limited to just this topic, as several other topics are brought on by the subject of music. For example, two interviewees discuss other hobbies, including painting and woodworking. They also share home remedies for different…

Kentucky Newspaper Editors

This project was done in conjunction with two others: Kentucky County Judges and Kentucky School Superintendents. The purpose of the three projects was to document Kentucky politics by interviewing politically astute members of the local power structure (judges and school superintendents) and observers of local politics (newspaper editors and…

Kentucky Educational Television

These interviews give a history of the development of the Kentucky Educational Television (KET) network, from its beginnings in the 1960s to 1971. Interviewees include political figures and others who helped to put the network together, including financial advisors, engineers, and executive director O. Leonard Press. They discuss the political…