Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Strandtmann, Russell W.
DATE OF INTERVIEW: March 5, 1975
INTERVIEWER: Marshall L. Pennington
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 1 hour, 30 minutes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Dr. Russell Strandtmann, Texas Tech biology professor since 1948, discusses his work in the biological field of parasitology.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE: Autobiographical data presented
Reared on blackland farm near Maxwell, Texas
Discussion of poor quality of black and Mexican schools
Anecdote about gnats and mules
Reason father insisted that he go to college
First teaching job in small community near LaGrange
Description of school house and daily procedure in a
two-teacher school
Interscholastic League program discussed
Story of providing transportation to Friday afternoon
football games
Basis of interest in biology
Graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers’ College in 1935
Graduate work in parasitology and entomology at Texas A & M
Tells of accepting teaching job at East Texas State University in Commerce
Did doctoral work at Ohio State University on wasps
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO Discussion of doctoral work (continued)
Worked on border, preventing admittance of dangerous insects
Finally finished dissertation in Galveston
Received first grant for studying rats
Discovered a new species of mite
Eradication of malaria
Came to Texas Tech in 1948
Reasons for leaving Galveston
Early discontentment at Tech
Anecdote about mites on seats in old Chemistry Building
Different areas of teaching in biology
Discussion of different types of digger wasps
National Science Foundation mentioned
Used a grant to study mites
Publishing and effect on salary increases
RANGE DATES: 1935-1975
BULK DATES: 1948-1975