Interview with Rufus Atwood

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Identifier

1978 OH 035

Date

3/14/1978

Description

Dr. Rufus Atwood is from Hickman, Kentucky. He served from 1929-62 as President of Kentucky State University. Dr. Atwood worked with Dr. Robert R. Martin while Dr. Martin served as Superintendent of Public Instruction

Rights

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Title

Interview with Rufus Atwood

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Interviewer

Wilburn, Mark S.

Interviewee

Atwood, Rufus

Location

Cincinnati, OH

Duration

1:27:44

Time Summary

0-0:40 Pause in tape
0:40-01:30 Interviewer's introduction
01:30-13:05 Atwood's general background. His childhood days, family, and educational background
13:05-24:45 Atwood's educational background and how blacks were educated in Hickman, Kentucky.
24:45-40:50 Atwood's years at Fiske University
40:50-47:00 Atwood's years after leaving Fiske and his participation in World War 1
47:0 End of side 0-07:50 Continuation of side 1
07:50-10:0 Years of WWI, he attended Iowa State University and worked at Prairie View College in Texas
10:0-12:45 Atwood recalls how he was hired as President of Kentucky State
12:45-14:35 Atwood describes Kentucky State when he became President
14:35-17:0 Kentucky state during the 1930's
17:0-20:0 Dr. Atwood's association with Dr. Martin while Dr. Martin was Superintendent of Public Instruction. The implementation of the Brown decision.
20:0-24:35 Improvement of Educational opportunities for blacks during Atwood's tenure
24:35-28:00 Atwood's comparison of Dr. O'Donell with Dr. Martin
28:0-29:50 The Day Law
29:50-32:50 Financial aid to black students
32:50-37:0 Kentucky's financing of education and Atwood's relationship with Kentucky governors
37:0-38:40 Atwood evaluates Dr. Martin's personality
38:40-42:50 Education and politics in Kentucky
42:50 End of tape

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Citation

“Interview with Rufus Atwood,” William H. Berge Oral History Center, accessed May 21, 2018, https://oralhistory.eku.edu/items/show/635.

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