Oral History Collection

MAIN ENTRY:

Larson, P. Merville

DATE OF INTERVIEW:

May 1-2, 1973

LOCATION OF INTERVIEW:

Lubbock, Texas

INTERVIEWER:

Jeff Townsend

LENGTH OF INTERVIEW:

1 hour

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE:

Dr. Larson discusses his early life, education and early teaching career, and then concentrates on his 23-year association with Texas Tech as a member of the Speech and Theater Arts faculty.

TAPE ONE, SIDE ONE:

Biographical information reviewed
Born in a Danish community in Kansas
Attended both English and Danish schools
Received Fulbright lectureship to Denmark
Early teaching career outlined
Development of interest in speech and debate described
Discusses experiences in Illinois during work on doctorate
Joined Texas Tech faculty (1950)
Names types of theatrical work done in Lubbock
(1950)
Traces development of the forensics program at Tech
Changes have occurred in the Department of Speech
and Theatre Arts in recent years
J. Evetts Haley and Institute of Americanism recalled
Firing of three professors by Board discussed

TAPE ONE, SIDE TWO

Career at Texas Tech (continued)
Examines building of the Lubbock Theatre Center
Outstanding students listed
Participated in construction of the University Theatre
and Speech Clinic (1964)
Cites organization of KTXT, radio and TV station on
campus
Changes in style of forensics today mentioned
Comments on cooperation among various
departments related to speech and communications

RANGE DATES:

?-1973

BULK DATES:

1950-1973