Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Kinchen, Oscar A.
DATE OF INTERVIEW: March 13 and 20, 1973
INTERVIEWER: Jeff Townsend
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 1 hour, 25 minutes (total)
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Dr. Oscar Kinchen, retired Texas Tech history professor, discusses his early life and education, his teaching career at Texas Tech, and his interest in Canadian and Confederate history, including books he has written on those subjects.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE: Biographical information related
Parents’ families from Mississippi and Tennessee
Educated in small rural schools
Moved to Oklahoma (1905)
First taught in small rural schools
Completion of teaching certificates described
Obtained college degree from University of Oklahoma
Graduate work done at Stanford University
Took courses in Far Eastern history
Thoughts on World War I expressed
Taught at Oklahoma City University and Butler University
Circumstances leading to coming to Texas Tech explained
Trip to England to research for thesis described
Teaching career at Tech discussed
Had to take leave of absence during Depression
Mentions Dr. John Granbery’s dismissal from Tech
Dr. W. Curry Holden’s administration of the History Department characterized
Sociology, anthropology and philosophy formerly included in History Department
Recollections of Dr. Paul Horn
Horn’s plan of the campus outlined
Availability of books and textbooks in the 1930s
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO Texas Tech (continued)
General faculty meetings formerly held
Explains faculty opinion of the governors Ferguson
First dorms for Tech students were privately owned
Early businesses on College Avenue mentioned
First students commuted to campus
Greek fraternities originally barred
Early student clubs named
Sold warrants at a discount during the Depression
Issued by University of Iowa and University of Texas
Texas Tech (continued)
Dr. Holden’s Yaqui expedition recalled
Growth of the library discussed
Recollections of Dr. Clifford B. Jones
Married in 1942
Religious background reviewed
Early member of Lubbock’s Unitarian Church
Parents were Free Will Baptists
Texas Tech (continued)
Traces growth and change in teaching staff
Graduate work done at University of Iowa and University of Chicago
Texas Tech (continued)
Changes in student body noted
Students brought to campus by World War II
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE: Teaching career at Texas Tech (continued)
Recollections of Tech presidents and administrations
Early Tech social clubs described
Introduction of six-hour history requirement
Dismissal of three professors by Board
Dr. Byron Abernethy’s book on Civil War
Dr. Per Stensland’s adult education program
Taught in adult education program in Dakota
Texas Tech (continued)
Effect of Tech’s admission to Southwest Conference
Names professors who attended his classes
Outstanding students recalled
Gives advice to doctoral students today
Expresses interest in Canadian history
Studied the British North American colonies
Cites his books on the subject
Books written concerning the Confederacy listed
Women Who Spied for the Blue and Gray discussed
TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO: Discussion of Kinchen’s latest book (continued)
RANGE DATES: 1905-1973
BULK DATES: 1925-1973