Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Nall, Kline A.
DATE OF INTERVIEW: February 23, 1976; February 11, 1982
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Lubbock, Texas
INTERVIEWER: Joanna Shurbet, Georgellen K. Burnett
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 1 hour, 45 minutes (total)
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Kline Nall, retired professor of English at Texas Tech, evaluates his experiences during the name change controversy in 1969, and discusses Mary Baker, a Lockney, Texas businesswoman and her impact on that community. Nall’s grandfather was married to Ms. Baker at one time.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE: Reasons for support of Texas State University
Issue first appeared (1959)
Engineers’ support of Texas State University
Belief in possibility of name change
Board of Regents’ opposition to change
Manuel DeBusk’s advice to Nall
"Rule or Ruin" faction
Joint Name Change Committee formation
First suggestion of Texas State University (1964)
Russell Bean, off-campus supporter of Texas State University
Funding of project
Main objectives of committee
Methods of influencing political figures
DeBusk’s initial recommendation (1964)
Ex-Students Association resistance
Against opinions of members
Influence of Athletic Department
Retention of Double T
Texas State University bumper stickers
Faculty support of name change
"Sweet Potato Supermarket"
Wright Anderson’s reply
Reprisals against Nall
Press coverage
Fairness of Texas Tech paper
Bias of Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
"Sweet Potato Supermarket"
Ban on Nall’s writing
Praise of student/faculty conduct
Clifford Jones’ support of Tech
Reasons for retention of Tech
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO Reasons for retention of Tech (continued)
Power structure support
Public figures
Ex-Students Association
Preston Smith
Manuel DeBusk
Doc and Mary Blanchard’s support of change
Anecdote about Blanchard sons
Vote for Tech
Nall, Bates, Blanchard controversy
Cause
Situation
Damage to cause slight
Charlie Guy’s retirement aid to future change supporters
Present name deterrent in recruiting
Need to explain purpose of Tech
New flurry over name change (Fall 1975)
Board of Regents squelch issue
Position of Clint Formby
Reversal of earlier decision unlikely
No connection with Grover E. Murray’s resignation
Evaluation of experience
Role of others
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE: Maternal grandfather
Charles W. Smith
James Artimus Baker
Fatal accident (1917)
Widow—Mary Baker
Marriage (1922)
Charles Smith
Mary Baker
Separation
Mary Baker
Children
Lockney Christian College
Origin
Financing
Mary Baker
Business
Family matters
Community influence
Discrimination
Given name
TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO: Mary Baker (continued)
Job responsibility
Daily routine
Lockney residence
Personality
Determination
RANGE DATES: 1917-1982
BULK DATES: 1922-1976