Interview with Polly Gorman

  • Identifier1978 OH 002
  • Date2/2/1978
  • InterviewerEllis, William E.
  • IntervieweeGorman, Polly
  • DescriptionMrs. Polly Gorman worked as Dr. Martin's secretary while he was Superintendent of Public instruction in 1956. She also helped Dr. Martin in the Bert Combs gubernatorial campaign. Mrs. Gorman then became Dr. Martin's secretary while he was Commissioner of Finance and later at Eastern Kentucky University.
  • LocationRichmond, KY
  • Duration:44:06
  • Time Summary0-0:40 Interviewer's introduction
    0:40-03:10 Pause in Tape
    03:10-04:30 Gorman's background
    04:30-08:00 First encounter with Dr. Martin and the various duties that she assumed. Gorman becomes Dr. Martin's secretary while he was Superintendent of Public Instruction. She began working for Dr. Martin in 1956.
    08:0-09:20 Dr. Martin's management of the Bert Combs campaign. Gorman helped as a secretary in the Bert Combs campaign
    09:20-13:10 Gorman becomes secretary when Dr. Martin become Commissioner of Finance. Dr. Martin becomes President of EKU and Gorman remains in Frankfort, Ky. Explains her duties in Frankfort.
    28:40-29:40 Dr. Martin's relationship with John Oswald and Otis Singletary.
    29:40-32:0 Dr. Martin's relationship with the Council on Public Higher Education. The competition between state universities and the University of Kentucky.
    32:0-34:20 Gorman describes Dr. Martin's personality
    34:20-36:20 Gorman compares Dr. Powell with Dr. Martin.
    36:20-37:30 Dr. Martin's relationship with the press
    37:30-44:10 Gorman evaluates the highlights of the Martin administration at Eastern
    End of side 1
    0-01:0 Pause in tape
    01:0-01:5 Final Comments
  • Restrictionsno
  • RightsContact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, rights and permission to publish.
  • IndexerAaron Moore


“Interview with Polly Gorman,” William H. Berge Oral History Center, accessed July 15, 2024,