Interview with Mattie Roberts

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  • Identifier: 1987 OH 003
  • Date: 10/30/1986
  • Interviewer: Jones, Harold
  • Interviewee: Roberts, Mattie
  • Location: Richmond, KY
  • Duration: :59:49
  • Time Summary: 00:00 - 01:20 Introduction.
    01:20 - 05:00 Mattie T. Roberts born February 21, 1912. Had one daughter. Taught school for 36 years.
    05:00 - 07:00 Discussed educational background.
    07:00 - 09:40 Talked about experiences she had during teaching years. Was referred to as a "hard" teacher. Mrs. Roberts took this as a compliment.
    09:40 - 10:30 Talked about her hobbies since retirement. Knitting, crocheting, gardening and traveling.
    10:30 - 12:00 Discussed her first impressions when arriving on Eastern campus.
    12:00 - 15:40 Discussed personalities of faculty.
    15:40 - 18:00 Discussed clubs also the changes on campus over the years.
    18:00 - 20:00 Discussed dress code on campus.
    20:00 - 27:00 Mentions Mrs. Roberts and Mrs. Case as Dean of Women. Also Dr. Keith as a great teacher, but did not approve of jokes he told in class.
    27:00 - 29:00 Mrs. Roberts feels the educational system is just as strong as its students as well as the teacher that teaches.
    29:00 - 31:00 Discussed the changes in education. Feels grammar has gotten lost.
    31:00 - 32:00 Discussed role TV has played in education.
    32:00 - 39:00 Discussed education of teachers during her teaching career as compared to now.
    39:00 - 41:00 Talked of her feelings of expectations of teachers.
    41:00 - 43:00 Mentions favorite school she taught during her career.
    43:00 - 46:00 Reminisces about students she attended Eastern with.
    46:00 - 48:40 Discussed Dr. Donovan.
    48:40 - 54:00 Recollection of Depression.
    54:00 - 58:00 Talks about recreation on campus.
    58:00 - 60:00 Remembers Dr. Robert R. Martin with great admiration.
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“Interview with Mattie Roberts,” William H. Berge Oral History Center, accessed March 30, 2020, https://oralhistory.eku.edu/items/show/85.