Cole, Conner 1968

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The first tape is a very interesting tape, including impressions as well as specific data. Mr. Cole gives a rather complete autobiography, after which he tells of Tech's Bookstore in the early days and makes a few remarks on each of the presidents. In tape two, the names of many individuals connected with early Tech are mentioned. However, information about them is generally limited to value judgements. A small amount of information relating to the city of Lubbock is also included. The third tape contains little outside of laudatory comments about Lubbock and the accomplishments of campus organizations. A listing of the buildings on campus in 1927 is included.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Conner Cole

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: April 2, April 4, April 8 and May 10, 1968

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: J. M Skaggs

Length: 2 hours, 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Autobiographical material, UT Bookstore experiences, Pay, Managing textbook department, Tech hiring - 1927, Tech bookstore, First two locations, Cafeteria location - 1930, Lunch counter - S. U. B., Establishment of S. U. B., Location, Funds, Autobiographical material, Family, Lubbock - 1927, Population, Campus sidewalks and trees, Growth period and GIs, Bases, Tech financial troubles - 1930s, Southwest Conference importance, First football game, Cohesiveness

Tape 1, Side 2: April 4, "Dr." Title incident, Dr. George incident, The Bore's Nest, Department heads listed, Matador naming, Bore's Nest, P. N. Horn, Support of faculty, Miss West - library, Experience, W. C. Holden, Yaqui Expedition, Dr. Studhalter, Dr. Bradford Knapp, Personality, Bookstore incident, Faculty reaction, Dr. C. B. Jones, Reason for selection, Depression salary cut, Relationship with faculty, Dr. Whyburn, Relationship with faculty, Abilities, Dr. Williams, Strengths, Dr. E. N. Jones, Personality, Resignation incident, Dr. P. C. Goodwin, Tech positions, Faculty opinion

Tape 2, Side 1: (April 8, 1968, and May 10, 1968) Apple-polishing incident, Board members, Listing, Ex-student participation, J. E. Haley and library, Blacklisting, General J. A. Hulen appearance, R. W. Armstrong acquaintance, Early purposes, Influence, Bookstore student employment, John Burrows incident, Sandstorm incident, Campus appearance - 1927, Sandstorm - 1930, Early deans, Listing, Laudatory comments, Dr. Granberry's actions, May 10, 1968: Lubbock - 1927, Autobiographical material, Bookstore location, S. T. Cummings short biography, Population, Small town advantages, Social life, WWII changes, Establishment of Reese

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Tape 3, Side 1: Lubbock, Building boom, City virtues, Tech - 1927, Buildings, Fields of recognition, First Bowl game - 1931, Paying players, Coach Cawthon

Tape 3, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1927-1930s

Bulk Dates: 1927-1931

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