Allen, James 1982-05-25

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James Allen talks about his involvement with Texas Tech in its beginning years and of the first presidents and their characteristics and contributions during the early years of Tech.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: James Allen

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Date: May 25, 1982

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Lolana Thompson

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: To Texas Tech (1927), Relationship with Dr. Jones, Cliff and Audra Jones, Dean of Men, 1938, Acting Dean of Men (1937), Dr. John Granbury case, Dr. Horn's involvement, Characteristics, Academic, Embarrassment of the board, Dismissal, Stability of Tech, Diffuseness of the faculty, Dr. Jones as president, Function and responsibilities, Academic, Help and use of friends, Contributions to Tech, Uniting deans and regulations, Characteristics, Consistency, Strong convictions, Jones established the Faculty Advisory committee, Faculty responded to this recognition, Dignity, Jones approached things through personalities, Dean W. L. Stangel, Agriculture, Business, Showed no preference to departments, Personal characteristics, Civil relationships, Changes during war years, Student drop outs, Reduction of classes, Concern of faculty, Period of great unsteadiness, Paying bills, Use of dorms for military, Jones' respect and rapport with military

Tape 1, Side 2: Jones' part in entertainment and social front of college, Relationship of president to faculty, Jones' personal characteristics, "Old school", Manners and politeness, Jones' presidency, Kept status quo, Not innovative, Modest yet humble, Slow to change or modify, Careful to double check things, Sensitivity and sufferings, Poem: Richard Corey, Application to Dr. Jones, Jones' lack of academic degrees, Public embarrassment, Legal challenges of his lack of qualifications, Cruel statement by a daughter of the board, Commendable characteristics, Suffering because of these commendable characteristics, Strong friendships, Cuts in salaries and taking back raises, Jones' opinion and view of women

Range Dates: 1927-1982

Bulk Dates: 1930-1940s

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