Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: Wade, Alton
DATE OF INTERVIEW: May 8, 1973
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Lubbock, Texas
INTERVIEWER: Jeff Townsend
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 1 hour, 30 minutes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Dr. Alton Wade discusses his career in geology, including his early teaching experiences, his tenure at Texas Tech since 1954 and research in Antarctica and Greenland.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE: Biographical information given
Education summarized
Describes expedition to the Antarctic with Admiral Byrd
Military service during World War II discussed
Did weather research in Greenland
Served in Florida
Teaching career prior to coming to Texas Tech outlined
Became chairman of the Geosciences Department at Tech (1954)
Returned to research and teaching (1964)
Presently associated with the Museum
Reviews parents’ backgrounds and education
Early teaching positions listed
Experiences at a boys’ private school
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO Expedition to Antarctica with Byrd discussed further
Notes duties as dog driver
Living conditions described
Comments on food available
Adjustments made to the long days and nights
Entertainment characterized
Explains weather research in Greenland
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE: Worked with the Air Force in the Far East during the Korean War
Association with Texas Tech discussed
Lists changes made during the first years as chairman of the Geosciences Department
Reasons cited for decrease in number of geology majors
Firing of three professors by the Board recalled
J. Evetts Haley characterized
Mentions foreign students majoring in geology
States opinion of curriculum changes made by Tech
President Grover Murray’s work in petroleum
geology described
TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO: Blank
RANGE DATES: 1920s-1973
BULK DATES: 1920s-1973