Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Slagle, William M.
DATE OF INTERVIEW: November 4, 1970; March 2, 1973
INTERVIEWER: Harry Krenek, Jeff Townsend
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 1 hour, 15 minutes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Dr. William Slagle, a Tech faculty member for 34 years, recalls the establishment, growth and development of Texas Tech during his career as an educator.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE: Early life and education
Born in Kilgore, Texas (1886)
Moved to Lubbock (1916)
Degrees from Southwestern University and
University of Texas
Attended and taught at Tech (1926-1927)
Early recollections of Texas Tech (late 1920s)
Salary as a teaching assistant
Teaching experience
Impression of students
Changes at Tech
Chemistry department faculty
Methods of teaching
Larger enrollment
Advice to prospective college teachers
Early recollections of Texas Tech and downtown Lubbock
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE: Biographical information reviewed
Attended school in Troup
Discusses college education
Taught at Lubbock High School prior to and following World War I
Farmed land at 4th and University following the war
Lubbock High School in 1914 recalled
Service during World War I described
Stationed in France
Expresses opinion of the League of Nations
Teaching career related
Taught in Ennis one year (1921)
Returned to Lubbock High School until 1926
Became a teaching assistant at Texas Tech
Recalls the location and establishment of Texas Tech at Lubbock
Celebration held
Mentions commercial development around Tech
Uncle Sam’s General Store
Early buildings on Tech’s campus described
Stock Judging Pavilion
Administration Building
Early relations of Tech students and townspeople very good
Early faculty meetings at Tech characterized
Greek fraternities not allowed on campus during Tech’s first years
TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO: Texas Tech history (continued)
Explains faculty opinion of the governors Ferguson
Tech during the Depression
Salaries and budgets cut 25%
Building of the library in 1938
Family information given
Married in Ennis (1922)
Two sons and two grandchildren discussed
Texas Tech history (again)
Dr. Paul Horn’s relationship with the faculty
Expulsion from Border Conference examined
William Whyburn and E. N. Jones administrations
Dormitory building program of 1950s
J. Evetts Haley’s membership of Board of Directors
Discusses firing of three professors in 1950
States opinion of tenure policy
Chairmanship of Schedule and Office Space
Committee noted
Served on Faculty Advisory Committee
Recalls basketball games in old "Mule Barn"
Miss Craddock’s social center on campus
Name change controversy examined
RANGE DATES: 1886-1960
BULK DATES: 1914-1960