Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY:

Lamb, Mina W.

DATE OF INTERVIEW:

January 24 and February 21, 1975; October 21, 1981

LOCATION OF INTERVIEW:

Lubbock, Texas

INTERVIEWER:

Marshall L. Pennington and David Oberhelman

LENGTH OF INTERVIEW:

4 hours, 30 minutes (total)

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:

Dr. Mina Lamb, wife of former Lubbock County Commissioner Arch Lamb and professor of food and nutrition at Texas Tech, describes her early life and education growing up in Stonewall County, her career at Tech, and its College of Home Economics.

TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE:

Family background
Parents were German immigrants
Settled in Stamford
Father’s desire to learn
Majored in chemistry at Texas Tech
Trip to Denver during first year at Tech
Dr. Paul W. Horn remembered
Dr. Bradford Knapp characterized
Reason for changing to nutrition
Received doctorate at Columbia University in food and nutrition
Dissertation and work at Columbia discussed
Progressive increase of size of college students
More affluence
Better health care
Seasonal change in food supply
Dr. Horn’s background
Attitude toward athletics
Early Chemistry Department discussed
Dr. William M. Craig
Dr. William Ray
Dr. R. C. Goodwin
Anecdote about Dr. Kenneth Renner

TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO

Continuation of anecdote concerning work in Dairy Industry Department
Dr. Aaron Oberg and Dr. Cecilia Schuck mentioned
Met husband, Arch Lamb, at Texas Tech
Dr. Fred G. Harbaugh’s confusion over their names
Sister, Dr. Ilse Wolf, discussed
Early home economics faculty
Physical facilities for home economics
Early student co-op described
Contrast between Dr. Horn’s and Dr. Knapp’s attitudes toward campus beautification
Anecdote concerning Dorothy MacFarlane
Originally employed at Tech by Dr. Clifford B. Jones
Dr. and Mrs. William Whyburn mentioned
Managerial inclination of Dr. Dossie Wiggins
Speaking quality of Dr. E. N. Jones
Problems of interim administration members
Reason for calling Dr. Grover Murray the "kissing president"

TAPE TWO, SIDE ONE:

Dr. Murray (continued)
Graduation ceremonies recalled
Dean Margaret W. Weeks discussed
Significance of College of Home Economics at Tech
Changing mores since Dean Weeks’ time
Jonnie McCrery Michie and Dorothy MacFarlane mentioned
Dean Weeks worked under Henry Sherman
Sherman studied effect of inadequate nutrition on
mice
People live longer as childhood nutrition improves
Mrs. Michie again mentioned
Dean Willa Vaughn Tinsley and Dean Weeks contrasted
Dean Tinsley worked outside college to influence
others about Tech
Women as interim presidents of Tech
Donald S. Longworth, current Dean of Home Economics
Place of home economics in today’s economy

TAPE TWO, SIDE TWO:

Necessity of nutritional labeling
Medical doctors are more aware now of human nutritional needs
Importance of eating a variety of food
Cholesterol discussed
Importance of coconut oil
Saturated, unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats defined
Current chairman of Food and Nutrition Department, Dr. S. P. Young
Time wasted by teachers in performing administrative duties
Cardiac efficiency discussed
Exercise program by Kenneth Cooper
Comparison between early and modern tests of basal metabolism

TAPE THREE, SIDE ONE:

Mina Wolf Lamb
Family from Westphalia, Germany
Immigration to Texas (1880s)
Reasons
Weimar, Texas
Helje, Texas
Move to Stonewall County, Texas
Churches
Lutheran
Catholic
Schools
Language in
German Texans in the First and Second World Wars
Philosophy of home economics
Self-subsistence
Anti-German prejudices
World War I
Anecdote: Germans burying mines in West Texas
Barn burnings
German customs practiced in West Texas
Christmas
Easter

Recipes
Speaking German
Homemade beer and wine
German Texan land use practices
Hired hands
Diversification
Crops
Move to Stamford, Texas
Skilled craftsmen
Blacksmiths

TAPE THREE, SIDE TWO:

German architecture
Old Glory, Texas
German fraternal organizations
Parties
Festivals
Dances
Racism in Stamford (1920s)
Businesses in Stamford
Decline of isolated German communities
Sale of farm goods
Role of women in farm communities
Political views of Stamford residents
Origins of German Texan immigrants
Land developers

TAPE FOUR, SIDE ONE:

Religious affiliation of Stamford residents
Lutherans
Catholics
Lutheran churches
Circuit ministers
Businesses in Stamford, Texas (again)

TAPE FOUR, SIDE TWO:

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RANGE DATES:

1880-1975

BULK DATES:

1910-1975