Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Clement, W. P.
DATE OF INTERVIEW: June 3, 1981
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Lubbock, Texas
INTERVIEWER: Richard Mason
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 1 hour
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: W. P. Clement reminisces about Texas Tech University's history and his affiliation with the university as its Registrar.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE:
W. P. Clement
     Date of birth (7/22/1896)
     To Texas Tech University (1926)
     At Wayland Baptist during Depression  (1930s)
Texas Tech University
     First year enrollment
     Hiring of instructors
          Mr. Clement (again)
               College of Education
     Mr. Dehoney, Registrar
          Death
Mr. Clement (again)
     Registrar experience
          Wayland Baptist Registrar
          Hired as Texas Tech Registrar
Mrs. Evelyn Coole
     Assistant Registrar
Texas Tech (again)
     War years affects
          Drop in enrollment
     Increase in enrollment after the war years
     Appropriations Bill
     Adjustments to the influx
          Classroom space
          Building program
     Early students
          Elton Mimms, Agriculture
     Academic fees
Mr. Clement (again)
     Retirement (1961)
Relationship between Texas Tech students and the community
     of Lubbock, Texas
Anecdote: lunch with two soldiers during the war
Texas Tech's discriminatory admission policy
     Anecdote: Half Black and Half White students
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO: Racial Issues
Mr. Clement (again)
     Graduate work
          Stanford
          University of Colorado
          Baylor - Master's Degree
Texas Tech (again)
     Difficulty attracting faculty
Struggling Church Colleges
     West Texas State, Canyon, Texas
Animosity between Church Schools and Tech
     Questions of social life style
          Dancing
          Drinking
     Competition for students
Animosity and competition between Texas Tech and West
     Texas State
Texas Tech's identity
Animosity (again)
     Dr. R. P. Jerrik - Dean of Education at West Texas State
          and Dr. Evans - Dean of Education at Texas Tech went
          before legislature
     Rivalry was mostly in Education department
Charlie Rogers - Masters in Education at Tech
Dr. Horn
     Gentleman of the old school
     Daughter wrote a book on Dr. Horn
     Started out from scratch and built Tech
          Started with Engineering School
     Had a hard time establishing School of Education in a
          Technological College
Irvin Coleman
     Claims to be first Tech enrollee
Conversation about first Tech enrollee
Silva Wessendock
     First graduating class
Mrs. Doak
     Dean of women
Silva Wessendock worked for Mrs. Doak
RANGE DATES: 1896-1981
BULK DATES: circa 1930s