Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Sealey, Dr. Jesse Q.
DATE OF INTERVIEW: March 8, 1973
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Lubbock, Texas
INTERVIEWER: Jeff Townsend
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 2 hours
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Dr. Sealey discusses his 40-year association with Texas Tech as a member of the biology department faculty, his committee work and activities since retiring in 1968.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE: Biographical information related
Trip by covered wagon from Hillsboro, Texas, to
Clovis, New Mexico, in 1907 described
Educated at Mount Calm, Texas, SMU and
University of Texas
Teaching career at Texas Tech (1928-1968)
Lists early faculty members in biology
Early meetings of Tech faculty recalled
Recollections of Dr. Paul Horn
Hodge-podge architecture at Tech discussed
"Democratic spirit" among early students explained
Student housing when Tech opened
States faculty opinion of Jim and Ma Ferguson
Early Tech campus described
Mentions salary cut during the Depression
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO Teaching career at Texas Tech (continued)
Dismissal of Dr. John C. Granbury
Recalls reactions to teaching the theory of evolution
Ordering of books for library
Introduction of open stacks
Appointment of Dr. Clifford B. Jones as president
Expresses opinion of intercollegiate sports
Effect on World War II on Tech’s operations
Various Tech presidents’ administrative abilities
characterized
Attitude toward teaching of science in school
Notes effect of returning World War II veterans on
Tech
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE: Teaching career at Texas Tech (continued)
Return of World War II veterans to Tech (continued)
States opinion of dormitory building program
Tech’s building program discussed
J. Evetts Haley and Institute of Americanism
Mentions dismissal of 3 professors by Board of
Regents
Outstanding students recalled
Service on committees described
Report submitted on importance of emphasizing
science
Teacher Education Committee
Academic Program Committee
TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO: Teaching career at Texas Tech (continued)
Service on Academic Program Committee
Explains opinions concerning type of curriculum
that should be offered
Stresses importance of doing "homework"
Reveals interest in painting, photography, and building
Lists houses and additions he has built
Psychology and importance of trained thinking discussed
Book currently being written explained
Cooperation preferable to competition
RANGE DATES: 1928-1973
BULK DATES: 1928-1968