Interview with Ellis Hartford


  • Identifier1976 OH 009
  • Date12/14/1976
  • InterviewerEllis, William E.
  • IntervieweeHartford, Ellis
  • LocationLexington, KY
  • Duration2:40:30
  • Time Summary1-11 First acquaintance with Martin after World War II
    11-34 Hartford's opinion of Martin as educator and politician a. Martin's role in the Combs campaign
    34-40 The useful position of Martin in politics
    40-53 Martin's influence in bonding procedures
    53-61 Martin's desire to go to Eastern as president
    61-85 The relation between politics and education in Kentucky
    85-114 Doran as a political-educational figure
    114-138 Other educators' reaction to Martin going into politics
    138-190 Opinion of Martin as State superintendent of Public Instruction
    190-235 The struggle for the minimum foundation program
    235-342 Description of the battle to improve Kentucky's relative position in education in the nation
    342-370 Martin's role in public school integration in the late fifties
    370-418 Martin's philosophy of education
    418-465 Martin's interest in technical and vocational programs
    465-522 Hartford's reaction to Martin's appointment as president of Eastern, the practices for appointment of other university presidents
    522-674 Hartford's relations with Martin while he was secretary of the Council on Public Higher education
    674-815 Competition between the state universities and the University of Kentucky
    815-917 Political influence in education in Kentucky
    1-105 Martin's reaction to the development of the University of Kentucky community college system
    105-118 The relation between the community colleges and EKU
    118-202 Explanation of movement to create autonomy within the community college system, explanation of the creation of several of the colleges
    202-376 Relations with educational leaders: Dickey, Oswald, Thompson, Doran, Wendell Butler, and Otis Singletary
    376-540 Relationship with Kentucky's governors: Combs, Breathitt, Nunn, Ford, and Carroll
    540-588 description of Martin's personality
    588-660 Martin's success in handling finances
    660-690 Martin's relationship with KEA
    690-764 Martin's sense of humor a. recounts a luncheon in which Ed Prichard and Martin joked with each other
    764-922 Martin's interest in history, construction of the one room school house on campus
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  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.


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