Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: S. V. Connor Seminar
DATE OF INTERVIEW: June 18-20, 1969
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Lubbock, Texas
INTERVIEWER: None
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 3 hours, 30 minutes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: In tape one, Mr. R. Sylvan Dunn, Director of the Southwest Collection, explains the functions of an archive, and particularly those of the Southwest Collection, to a graduate seminar conducted by Dr. Seymour Connor, following which the students are given a tour by David Gracy. In tape two, at the conclusion of the June 18 meeting, David Gracy explains some of the finding aids and resources of the Southwest Collection. The following day Dr. S. V. Connor lectures on handling and restoring documents and types of paper used through the years, after which the class examines examples of old newspapers. Dr. Connor also cites a case of forged documents and explains the operation of a letterpress. In the third tape, David Gracy explains some of the finding aids available in the Southwest Collection, and Dr. S. V. Connor lectures on researching historical documents. In the fourth tape, the class examines some letters of Sam Houston and Dr. S. V. Connor instructs them in the proper procedure for transcribing the letters.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE:
(June 18, 1969)
Functions of the Southwest Collection outlined
Difference between archives and historical manuscripts
     explained
Discussion of growing interest in and value of collecting trivia
     Example of "Lum's letters" given
Cites advantages of laminating old documents
Changes in archival techniques discussed
Review of methods used by the Southwest Collection in
     processing materials
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO: States definition of archives
Southwest Collection finding aids described
Inventorying process explained
Notes use of reference file
Cataloging process explained
     Advantages of the National Union Catalog
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE:
(June 18-19, 1969)
Advice given on using periodical indexes
     Santa Fe Splinters index explained
Oral history tapes discussed
Outlines rules for handling documents
     Incidents related to handling documents cited
Methods of repairing and restoring documents described
TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO: Methods of restoring documents (continued)
Various types of paper used through the years
Old newspapers examined and discussed by the class
     Case of the Ulster County Gazette related
Notes incident of forging documents
Operations of a letterpress demonstrated
TAPE THREE, SIDE ONE:
(June 19-20, 1969)
Lamination of manuscript material discussed
Index locater to the Southwest Collection manuscript
     collection explained
Notes problems of indexing photographs
Importance of preserving original order in manuscript
     collections stressed
     National Archives mentioned
Cites additional finding aids in the Southwest Collection
TAPE THREE, SIDE TWO: Reviews symbols used in identifying documents
Researching historical documents discussed
     Letters examined by the class
TAPE FOUR, SIDE ONE:
(June 20, 1969)
Sam Houston letters examined and discussed by the class
     Dr. Connor explains the form for transcribing letters
TAPE FOUR, SIDE TWO: Blank
RANGE DATES: None given
BULK DATES: None given