Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY: West, Virginia
DATE OF INTERVIEW: January 4, 1964
LOCATION OF INTERVIEW: Pensacola, Florida
INTERVIEWER: Goldia Hester
LENGTH OF INTERVIEW: 2 hours, 45 minutes
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE: Virginia West recalls incidents in the life of her sister, Elizabeth West, who was Texas Tech’s first librarian.
TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE: Family—brothers, sisters, parents
Mrs. Reese, sister
Sister’s nurse
John Lewis Reese
Nurse’s training
Nurse’s husband
Move from Lubbock
Building of home
Visitation committee from church
Elizabeth West, sister—illness
Early memories of Miss Elizabeth
TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO Elizabeth’s childhood
Teaching career
College graduation
Controversy over valedictorian and salutatorian
Love of music
Father
Evelyn Allen, cousin
University of Texas Archives
College friends of Elizabeth
Elizabeth’s love of books
Mother’s painting
TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE: Incident between Elizabeth and brother
Elizabeth’s trip to Spain
Seasickness
Gibraltar
Aiding students financially
Work on Spanish law
Purchase of lot in Austin
Business affairs
Saratoga Springs and Niagara, New York
Incidents with baggage handlers
TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO: Concerts
Parties in Mississippi Youth
Courtship customs
Education at University of Texas
Life in Austin
Trip to Washington
Students of Miss Elizabeth
"Bit"—Elizabeth West, niece
Gardening
Miss Elizabeth’s characteristic sayings
Ferguson governors
TAPE THREE, SIDE ONE: Bit’s stay in Austin
Miss Elizabeth’s reading
Bookstore in Lubbock
Lee Square, Pensacola
Women’s suffrage
Betty Stafford, math teacher
Whitis Pool
Reasons Elizabeth quit teaching school
Elizabeth’s height
Preparations for trip to Spain
Silver tray
Edgar, oldest brother
Mississippi colleges
Great-grandfather, President of University of Georgia
Reading without glasses
TAPE THREE, SIDE TWO: Incident in school
Month’s vacation
Brother’s graduation
Naming of West children
RANGE DATES: 1920s-1940s
BULK DATES: 1920s-1940s