Browse Interviews (872 total)

This is an unrehearsed taped interview with Mary F. Richards a graduate of Eastern State Normal School in 1917. Mrs. Richards a former faculty member at EKU also Alumni Director talks of her years as a student and teacher.

This is an unrehearsed taped interview with Mattie T. Roberts, Alumna. Mrs. Robers is a 1933 graduate of Eastern Kentucky State Normal School. Mrs. Roberts taught School for 36 years. She reminisces about her college years and the influence Eastern had on her life.

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This is an unrehearsed taped interview with Myrtle Le Baker Watts, Alumna and a 1921 graduate of Eastern Kentucky State Normal School. Mrs. Watts was born December 8, 1896 at Tyrone, Anderson County, Kentucky.

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This is an unrehearsed taped interview with Ruth R. Allen a graduate of Eastern Kentucky State Normal School in the early 1920's. She was an Elementary School Teacher and for many years a Home Demonstration Agent in Fayette County. Mrs. Allen discusses her educational background also her College years.

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This is an unrehearsed taped interview with Ruth R. Lane, alumnus of Eastern Kentucky University. Miss Lane graduated in the early 1920's. She reviews her College and Teaching years.

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This is an unrehearsed taped interview with Sally Marcum, Alumna of Eastern Kentucky University. Mrs. Marcum grew up in Madison County, also taught fifth grade for twenty-six years.

This is an unrehearsed taped interview with Talton K. Stone an Alumnus of Eastern Kentucky University, graduating in 1928. A long time school superintendent of Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

This is an unrehearsed taped interview with Ted C. Gilbert, former Administrator in the State Department of Education and Director of the Kentucky Council on Higher Education. Mr. Gilbert is a 1939 graduate of Eastern Kentucky State.

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This is an unrehearsed taped interview with Thomas C. Little and wife Hazel Calico Little who are Alumni of EKU. They discuss their educational background also their years at EKU.

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Class of 1940

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Class of 1924

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This is an unrehearsed taped interview with Virginia H. Waters, graduate of Eastern Kentucky State Normal School (1916) and long-time teacher at Isaac Shelby Elementary School (Jefferson Co.). Ms. Waters discusses her education at Eastern and changes in the Jefferson County school system. There is als a brief discussion of the Great Depression.

The following is an unrehearsed, taped interview with William E. Sexton, a 1957 graduate of Eastern who served as Dean of Applied Arts and Technology and as Vice President of Public Services and Special Programs at Eastern. This interview was conducted in conjunction with the Alumni Project at Eastern Kentucky University.

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Teacher, Class of 1924

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Class of 1936


Albert Chandler is a native Kentuckian born in 1898. He received his A.B. at Transylvania and his L.L.B. at the University of Kentucky. Mr. Chandler served as a Kentucky state senator in 1930 and as Lt. Governor from 1931-35. He served as Governor of Kentucky from 1935-39 and 1955-59. Mr. Chandler served as U.S. senator from 1939-45 and…

Mr. A.D. Albright served on the Tennessee Department of Education from 1939-49. From 1950-54 he was a Professor at George Peabody College and Professor of Education at UK from 1954-57. Mr. Albright served as Executive Dean from 1957-61, Provost from 1960-62, and Executive Vice President from 1962-71. From 1971-76 he served as Executive Director of…

Adrianna Francis is from Floyd County, KY, and graduated from Pikeville College in 1959. In this interview, Dr. Francis comments on teaching in the College of Education at EKU for 32 years, past EKU Presidents, supervising student teachers, and teaching graduate students.

Former President of Morehead State University

Kentucky educator Agatha Manion discusses, in great detail, her maternity leave experiences and the ways it impacted her job, and, more generally, her life. Manion also shares details on a feminist mentor who helped her navigate both her educational and occupational career paths. Her interview wraps up with discussions over her students and her…

In this interview, Al Sullivan, Superintendent of Adair County Schools, discusses his background and educational experiences, and many positions held prior to becoming Superintendent. He also comments on School Boards, problems of the system and the Super

Alan Banks lived throughout the northern United States before attending graduate school and beginning his doctoral research in Canada. Before coming to EKU, Banks worked at Union College where he taught sociology and Appalachian studies. In this interview, Dr. Banks discusses his role in creating the Appalachian Center and a minor in Appalachian…

Updyke discusses the Depression and how it impacted his life.

In this interview, Alex Eversole, Superintendent of Perry County Schools, discusses his background, education, and military service. He also comments on school boards, problems in the system, his decision to leave the Perry County School System.

Alex Lederman is a retired carpenter, farmer, and one of the first generation descendants of the original Swiss settlers into Laurel County, KY. In this interview Lederman discusses the period of heavy immigration into the area. He also discusses his education, the differences between the area and Switzerland.

Mr. Allan Ostar served as Director of the Joint Office of Institutional Research and the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges from 1958-66. Since 1966 he has been Executive Director of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

Gillock shares stories of grandfather who lived at Monterey on the Kentucky River.

Professor of Education at Union College

Aloma Hoover was raised in Danville before she attended EKU. She attended EKU in 1960 and graduated in 1971. She discusses why she chose EKU and her early impressions. She recounts how different dorm life was when compared to her home life. She also talks about graduating as a nontraditional student, the impacts of extended campuses, and changes at…

Amanda Carman shares her views on feminism, workplace gender discrimination, and a car accident she was involved in and the ways it impacted much of her life. Additional topics include family history, occupational history and discussions about her children.


Attorney shares memories of farming on the Kentucky River bottoms as a child.

Teacher, Class of 1955

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This is an unrehearsed taped interview with Anna Bales Congleton, Alumna and a 1935 graduate of Eastern Kentucky State Normal School. Mrs. Congleton reminisces about her college years and said she feels Eastern had a positive influence on her life.

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