Browse Collections (86 total)

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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Student Protests in 1960s-1970s

EKU Women

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.

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.

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 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 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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

When Steam Was King & Diesel in its Infancy

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 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 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…

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…

Mountain Life

Mountain Life is a collection of interviews that focuses on growing up and living in the mountains of Kentucky. Interviewees discuss their childhoods in different areas. They remember chores they had to do, traditional mountain recipes, and, some share the intricacies of killing a hog. Also discussed are school days for the interviewees: where they…

Small Towns

This project focuses on approximately fifteen small towns in Kentucky, their citizens, character, and changes that have taken place. For the purposes of this project, a small town is defined as one whose population is under 2,500 people. Towns representing a cross section of Kentucky small town life were chosen for this project, from a variety of…

Small Town Teenagers of the Late 1950s

In this collection, interviewees discuss pop culture and the life of teenagers in the 1950s. Fashion and food are mentioned, as well has hairstyles and the pop icons who influenced them. One interviewee also talks about Elvis Presley, and how he impacted their community and the teenagers. Other topics discussed are high school activities, friends,…

Rural Women

Role of Rural Women

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…

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…

American Fighting Soldier

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

Pikeville Cut Through

"The Man That Moved Mountains"

Dr. William Hambley is known as the man who envisioned and helped organized the Pikeville Cut-Through, a 15-year, multi-million dollar project that moved a mountain and relocated a river. Hambley, a Pikeville native, was a medical doctor before becoming involved in politics. His desire to make Pikeville more…

Railroads & Railroading - Powell County

This collection of interviews describe Powell County, KY and the railroad system. The interviews explore the significance of railroads and trains in Powell County by discussing the different cities and towns in the area. The interviewees are all citizens of these towns, and some were once employed by railroading companies, including the L&N.…

Tim Lee Carter

Tim Lee Carter (1910-1987) served as a Republican from Kentucky's Fifth District in the United States House of Representatives from 1964 to 1980. Born in Tompkinsville, he practiced medicine in Monroe County and served for twelve years as chairman of the school board before being elected to Congress.

Carter and his associates discuss his life…

Martha Layne Collins

Interviews with key people in Martha Layne Collins' cabinet and campaign documenting her political career and major accomplishments as governor. These include the Toyota negotiation and education reform. Interviewees also talk about challenges she faced as Kentucky's first woman governor.

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,…

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.

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…