Clement, W P 1981-06-03

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W. P. Clement reminisces about Texas Tech’s history and his affiliation with the university as its registrar.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: W. P. Clement

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Date: June 3, 1981

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: W. P. Clement, Date of birth (7/22/1896), To Texas Tech University (1926), At Wayland Baptist during Depression(1930s), Texas Tech University, First year enrollment, Hiring of instructors, Mr. Clement (again), College of Education, Mr. Dehoney, Registrar, Death, Mr. Clement (again), Registrar experience, Wayland Baptist Registrar, Hired as Texas Tech Registrar, Mrs. Evelyn Coole, Assistant Registrar, Texas Tech (again), War years affects, Drop in enrollment, Increase in enrollment after the war years, Appropriations Bill, Adjustments to the influx, Classroom space, Building program, Early students, Elton Mimms, Agriculture, Academic fees, Mr. Clement (again), Retirement (1961), Relationship between Texas Tech students and the community of Lubbock, Texas, Anecdote: lunch with two soldiers during the war, Texas Tech's discriminatory admission policy, Anecdote: Half Black and Half White students

Tape 1, Side 2: Racial Issues, Mr. Clement (again), Graduate work, Stanford, University of Colorado, Baylor - Master's Degree, Texas Tech (again), Difficulty attracting faculty, Struggling Church Colleges, West Texas State, Canyon, Texas, Animosity between Church Schools and Tech, Questions of social life style, Dancing, Drinking, Competition for students, Animosity and competition between Texas Tech and West Texas State, Texas Tech's identity, Animosity (again), Dr. R. P. Jerrik - Dean of Education at West Texas State and Dr. Evans - Dean of Education at Texas Tech went before legislature, Rivalry was mostly in Education department, Charlie Rogers - Masters in Education at Tech, Dr. Horn, Gentleman of the old school, Daughter wrote a book on Dr. Horn, Started out from scratch and built Tech, Started with Engineering School, Had a hard time establishing School of Education in a Technological College, Irvin Coleman, Claims to be first Tech enrollee, Conversation about first Tech enrollee, Silva Wessendock, First graduating class, Mrs. Doak, Dean of women, Silva Wessendock worked for Mrs. Doak

Range Dates: 1896-1981

Bulk Dates: circa 1930s

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