Browse Collections (86 total)

African-American Community -- Madison County

This study of the African-American community in Richmond, Kentucky includes, among other things, a historical analysis of religious practices and churches before and after the Civil War (beginning with the Baptist Church, Colored established by African-Americans in 1846), an investigation of organizational development ranging from the Knights of…

Allen Douglas

In this small collection of interviews, the life and career of Allen Douglas was discussed. He was Treasurer of the City of Richmond, KY and a Madison County, KY bank President.

American Fighting Soldier

This relatviely small collection documents veteran experiences in war torn countries.

Appalachian Horse Oral History Project

The important place that Mountain Horses hold in Kentucky equine history cannot be underestimated. Before the advent of a dominant and rich horse racing culture, which began in earnest in the United States after the American Stud Book began keeping records in the 1860s, horses were vital to American life. From sprawling urban areas to the hills and…

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…

Baker-Howard Feud

A small collection of interviews with individuals discussing incidents concerning the Baker-Howard Feud in Clay County, Kentucky. The origins of the feud are disputed, as one interviewee says it was started over a hog but others say over a random shooting, but the end result is certain: Bakers and Howards killed each other. Gim Howard and Tom Baker…

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…

Bert T. Combs

Bert Thomas Combs, born in 1911 in Clay County, served as governor of Kentucky from 1959 to 1963 and on the United States Sixth Judicial Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio, from 1967 to 1970.

There are interviews with Combs, his relatives, and his political associates, including Barry Bingham, Sr., Carl D. Perkins, Edward F. Prichard,…

Black History in Richmond

The Black History in Richmond Collection contains interviews with prominent African American citizens, religious leaders and civil rights advocates who were active throughout the 20th Century. Interview topics include, but are not limited to, discussions over the NAACP, CORE and the other related organizations that played a part in the integration…

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…

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…

Carl D. Perkins

Carl D. Perkins (1912-1984) served in the United States House of Representatives from 1949 until his death. A Democrat from Hindman, he represented the Seventh District.

Interviews are with politicians, government officials, educators, and others associated with Perkins, including Wendell H. Ford, A.B. "Happy" Chandler, and Earle C. Clements.…

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.

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…

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…

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.

Eastern Kentucky University 1979 National Championship

In this project the football coaches who coached the 1979 team to Eastern's first National Championship were interviewed. They talk about the players, the university and community reaction to the winning season and the individual games.

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.

EKU Centennial

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 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 Military and Veterans Affairs Oral History Project

The following collection includes interviews that were conducted on behalf of the EKU Office of Military and Veterans Affairs (OMVA) and in conjunction with the William H. Berge Oral History Center's resident oral historian. The included interviews tell the life histories and perspectives of accomplished Veterans who have connected with EKU OMVA…

EKU Women

Family Farms

These interviews are with individuals who own and/or operate family-owned farms in the counties of Clinton, Estill, Jackson, Laurel, and Madison.
Narrators discuss farming history from the 1830s to the 1980s, and the changes to farming that followed with the passage of time. Cattle and dairy farms are most prominent, though timber and other farm…

Feminisms in Practice

Women and Gender Studies (WGS) capstone students investigate the formation of feminist values and the resulting practical application of feminist theory through conducting oral history interviews with feminist mentors who have impacted their worldview, perspective or approach to concepts of equity and identity (ascribed, prescribed, self-assigned,…

Food and Society Project

The following collection of interviews were conducted by Dr. Ed Fredrickson's Honors 312/20 students during the Fall 2015 and 2016 semester. Food and Society, the course listing title, focused on agricultural producers, the farmers markets they participated in, and, in general, the lifestyles that they chose to live. Once completed, the interviews…

Former Eastern Football Players: Four Decades

This project includes interviews with former Eastern Kentucky University football players and coaches. They discuss their playing days and their coaching careers on the high school and college levels.

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.

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…

Greenbriar Presbyterian Church

Greenbriar Presbyterian Church's story is one of perserverance and "little old ladies." Interviewees note that, throughout the years, women have played an important role in the church. Widows in particular have helped keep the church afloat. Interviewees discuss their experiences growing up with the church and different programs the church has…

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…

Healthcare 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…

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…

History of Buckeye School

The History of Buckeye School Project deals with the education and social history of the Buckeye Community, a small unincorporated community that sprang up during the early 20th Century in Garrard County near Lancaster, Kentucky. Buckeye High School eventually closed down in the mid-1950s. The community and school never fully recovered from the…

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,…

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…

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…

Iranian Students at EKU

In the spring of 1978, Attitudes of Iranian students, was met with "unyielding resistance." Many Iranian students at EKU worried about the repercussions of being involved in the project. Their main worries were the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Iranian secret police force SAVAK. At the time, 21 Iranians attended Eastern, only three allowed…

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…

Kaiser Martin

Kaiser Martin was born in 1920 in Peytontown, Madison County, Kentucky. He moved to Lexington, Kentucky as a teenager where he became interested in boxing. His boxing career began in the mid 1930s and ended with his winning the Welterweight Division Championship of Kentucky in 1943. After giving up boxing for health reasons, he began a forty year…

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…

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…

Kentucky Girls High School Sports

High school girl's sports in Kentucky took a major hit when basketball was discontinued from 1932-1974. The passing of the "Basketball Bill" saw a resurgence in athletics for girl's in Kentucky high schools and colleges. This collection of seven interviews shares the memories and thoughts of athletes and coaches impacted by the legislation, from a…

Kentucky Historians

Prominent Kentucky historians discuss their personal histories and careers and the forces which led them to the profession. They explain how the study of history has changed over the years. The prominent historians also comment extensively on the ways that their own approaches developed and how they changed through the years of practicing their…

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 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 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 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 Protest Movement Project

The Kentucky Protest Movement Project (KPMP) is an ongoing oral history project that began in the early months of 2017. The 2016 Presidential Election resulted in a robust protest movement across not only the United States, including Kentucky, but also the entire globe. Since the Women’s March on Washington in January 2017, various local, regional…