Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Allen, James
DATE OF INTERVIEW: May 10-June 25, 1973
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Lubbock, Texas
INTERVIEWER: Jeff Townsend
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 5 hours, 20 minutes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Mr. James Allen summarizes his background and education and discusses his career at Texas Tech, particularly during the 1920s, and his work in the English department.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE:
(Tape one: 1 hour)
May 10, 1973
Came to Texas Tech in 1927 as a part-time instructor
     Became Dean of Men in 1937
     Stresses importance of administrators continuing to teach
Biographical information given
     Reviews parents' education
     Grandparents' home described
          Characterizes grandfather
Education summarized
Cites problems of adjustment of soldiers returning from World
     War I
Decision to enter teaching recalled
Discusses the dance band he headed while attending SMU
     Lists reasons for the band's success
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO: Did graduate work at Harvard
     Names distinguished professors under whom he studied
Became a part-time instructor of English at Tech in 1927
     Circumstances of his work coming to Tech explained
     Evaluation of Dr. Paul W. Horn as President
          Emphasis on liberal arts development
     Board's reasons for banning Greek fraternities cited
     Notes relationship between Dr. Horn and the faculty
     Importance of freshman English emphasized
     Certification of English proficiency for foreign students
          discussed
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE:
(Tape two: 50 minutes)
May 28, 1973
Athletics at Texas Tech discussed
     Football coach Pete Cawthon characterized
          Outlines requirements of his athletes
          Sometimes was unethical and overzealous in his
               devotion to football
          Received great loyalty from the players
     Personal experiences as tennis coach described
     Few athletic activities were offered at Tech in 1930s
TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO: Continues discussion of career at Texas Tech
     Cawthon forbade his athletes to join social clubs
     Business manager Tom Gaston mentioned
     Explores early student housing problems
     Miss Mozelle Craddock's administration of the first
          residence halls recalled
TAPE THREE, SIDE ONE:
(Tape three: 1 hour)
June 4, 1973
Problems with the first residence halls at Tec outlined
     Improvements in the administration and supervision made
Business manager Tom Gaston discussed again
     Influence on Dr. Clifford Jones' election to the presidency
     Relationship with Miss Mozelle Craddock
Miss Craddock's social center described
TAPE THREE, SIDE TWO: Miss Mozelle Craddock characterized
     Inability to work with people created many problems
Speculates on Dr. Clifford Jones' presidency
     Kindness and sensitivity recalled
     Set up trust fund for the football stadium
     Dr. Jones' understanding of the educational process
          explained
Mentions Dr. Bradford Knapp's aid to the Agriculture School
TAPE FOUR, SIDE ONE:
(Tape four: 25 minutes)
June 4, 1973
Dr. Bradford Knapp strengthened the School of Agriculture
Dr. D. M. Wiggins' presidency evaluated
     Had great administrative ability
Lists problems caused by building too many residence halls
TAPE FOUR, SIDE TWO: Blank
TAPE FIVE, SIDE ONE:
(Tape five: 1 hour)
June 18, 1973
Dr. D. M. Wiggins' presidency evaluated further
     Very objective in his understanding of the purposes and
          needs of a university
J. Roy Wells' career at Tech discussed
Explains practice of naming the Tech buildings for people
Dr. Gene Hemmle's contributions to the Music Department
     cited
Business Manager Marshall Pennington characterized
TAPE FIVE, SIDE TWO: Pennington and his work discussed further
     Had difficulty delegating responsibility
Dr. E. N. Jones' presidency evaluated
Emphasizes importance of a president's considering the future
     of a university
     Cites Dr. Grover Murray as a good example
TAPE SIX, SIDE ONE:
(Tape six: 15 minutes)
June 18, 1973
ICASALS discussed
President Grover Murray's assets and limitations evaluated
Student unrest in 1968-69 recalled
Successor as Dean of Student Life characterized
Development of faculty participation in decision-making
     outlined
TAPE SIX, SIDE TWO: Blank
TAPE SEVEN, SIDE ONE:
(Tape seven: 40 minutes)
June 25, 1973
Lack of a Ph.D. not a personal handicap
Appointment of Dr. E. N. Jones as president discussed
Effects of the censure by AAUP outlined
Various English Department heads characterized and
     evaluated
Mentions The Catalyst underground newspaper
Student organizations listed
     Alamo Club recalled
Production  of a student handbook took two years
     Describes problems encountered
TAPE SEVEN, SIDE TWO: Approves increased freedom of the student publications Speculates on distribution of the student services fees
Problems involved in subsidizing cheerleaders and other Tech
     representatives analyzed
RANGE DATES: 1927-1968
BULK DATES: 1927-1968