Davis, Alvin 2008-04-21

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This interview features Alvin Davis as he discusses his ventures in the cowboy and rodeo world, as well as the National Ranching Heritage Center. In this interview, Davis describes how he got started with rodeo, 4-H, and various other programs and committees.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Alvin Davis

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: April 21, 2008

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Daniel Sanchez

Length: 01:51:56


Tape 1, Side 1:

Introduction, Background information, Growing up, Interest in cowboys, Rodeo, Will Rogers, Dope Bucket, Dope Boy, First saddle, First in family to get degree, 4H, Texas A&M, Guest lecturer, Did not complete school, Enlisted in the Army, Served in Hawaii, Ended service in 1947, Started at Tech in fall of 1947, Average grades, Texas Tech Rodeo Association, Farming project failed, Livestock supply company, Graduated in 1952, President of Tech Rodeo Association, Rodeo in Jones Stadium, National Rodeo Association Director, Junior Rodeo, Board of directors, Top Rodeo, Leonard Stroud, “Wild” Bill Elliot, Contact Bill Elliot, Two horse trailer, Director of Levelland Texas Rodeo Association, National Jr. Rodeo Association, Majored in Agricultural studies, Banking business, American Hereford Association, Brownfield Bank Trust Company, 12 years with the bank, Assistant Vice President, Agricultural Banking, Roswell Bank Vice President, President of bank in New Mexico offer, Became Executive Vice President of bank in New Mexico, Western store in Post, Texas, Bought store in Brownfield, Left banking, Robbery, Sold store in Brownfield

Tape 1, Side 2:

Interview resumes, Sculpture work, Mail order business, Western art, Western Art group, National Ranching Heritage Center, Administrator, Under museum director, National Western Artists Association, President of Animal Science Alumni Association, New horse for masked rider, Masked Rider committee, American Cowboy Cultural Association, 1st major sculpture, Top 4H in the nation, Gene Autry story, The Masked Rider Program, Midnight Raider, Award winning horses, Western History Professor, “The cowboys of the Americas”, Best non-fiction award, Made a movie about book, Small part in movie, Writing a book, Western Horseman Magazine, Donated western library (317 books), Appraisal of books

Access Information

Original Recording Format:

Recording Format Notes: CD copy available in reading room

Transcript: Transcript available on dspace https://hdl.handle.net/10605/362061

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