Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Nelson, Otto M.
DATE OF INTERVIEW: October 27, 1975
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Marathon, Texas
INTERVIEWER: Joanna Shurbet
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 40 minutes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Dr. Otto Nelson, professor of history at Texas Tech, discusses the name change controversy at that institution.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE: Personal preference for Texas State University
Reasons
Opposition to Technological
Failure of Texas State University
Reasons
Opponents
Role of athletics
Ex-Students Association role
Manuel DeBusk
Anti-intellectualism
Role of sentimentality
Student activism (1960s)
Texas Tech presidents’ position
Anecdote about Grover E. Murray’s view
Joint Name Change Committee
Faculty and student behavior
"Explosive" faculty meeting
Described
Views of newspaper
American Association of University Professors censorship removal
Texas Tech University
Negative aspects
Students
Faculty
S. M. "Mac" Kennedy conversation
Chances of change to Texas State University
Representation in Texas legislature
Future of name change

Neutrality of administration

TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO Neutrality of administration (continued)
Continued interest on issue
Future of name change
Comparison with Texas A & M University
Board of Regents
Evaluation
Temper (early 1960s)
RANGE DATES: 1960s
BULK DATES: 1960s