Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Strout, Dr. and Mrs. Alan
DATE OF INTERVIEW: June 29, 1973; May 7, 1979
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Lubbock, Texas
INTERVIEWER: Jeff Townsend, Bobby Weaver
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 2 hours, 10 minutes (total)
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Tape 1: Dr. Strout, retired English professor, discusses his experiences at Texas Tech. Tapes 2 and 3: The Strouts discuss their experiences as members of the early Texas Tech University faculty, reminisce about Lubbock in the 1930s and their foreign trips.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE: Gives background
Born in New York (1895)
Taught college English for 50 years
Teaching experiences recounted
Discussion of Texas Tech University
Attends Unitarian Fellowship in Lubbock
Describes liberals at Tech
Fraternities discussed
Recalls Depression
Presidents of Texas Tech listed
Publications accounted for
Notes effects of World War II on Texas Tech
Outlines events after World War II
Comments on English Department policies
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO Discussion of English Department (continued)
Controversies noted
Tells about personal experiences
Has enjoyed opportunities for world travel
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE: Lubbock, Texas (1928)
Impressions
Texas Tech University
English department
Students
Grading system
Curriculum
Library
Town boundaries
Transportation
Black communities
Social life
Texas Tech University (again)
Faculty
Dr. Jim Granbery, Social Science
Firing of employees
TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO: Dr. Granbery (continued)
Religious liberality
Joe McCarthy
Communist scare
Faculty expansion
Dr. Byron Abernathy
Discrimination
Clifford B. Jones
University influence on Lubbock
Drama department
Equus debate
Darwin’s theory
Sex education
Academic standards
TAPE THREE, SIDE ONE: Movies
Children’s theatre
European tours
Began (1956)
Water travel
Shipboard entertainment
Mrs. Mary Strout
Wisconsin, birthplace
Dr. Alan Strout
Texas Tech job acquired
House
Depression
Prices
Jobs
Works Projects Administration

Summers
Weather
Summer school
Vacations
Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico

TAPE THREE, SIDE TWO: Blank
RANGE DATES: 1895-1979
BULK DATES: 1928-1979