Dingus, Mrs William 1972-12-06

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Mrs. Dingus, former Texas Tech faculty member, discusses her background, education and teaching career in the public schools and at Texas Tech. She discusses Dr. Paul Elliott and his work on the atomic bomb and characterizes the administrations of Clifford Jones and William Whyburn.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mrs. William Dingus

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Date: December 6, 1972

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 2 hours, 20 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background reviewed, Recalls early teaching career, Attitude toward military implied, Texas University campus remembered, Recollections of social restraints at the University of Texas, Dr. H. E. Bolton and Dr. Omar S. Barker characterized, Mentions other University personalities, Inter-collegiate teams with brooms arose out of athletic event, Other athletic events mentioned, German-Latin requirements dropped with anti-German sentiment after World War I, Ceremony of World War I and II contrasted, "Indignation meeting" called after German song was presented at a school program, Discussion of husband's character

Tape 1, Side 2: Retirement and return to teaching, Moved to Lubbock in 1925, Received job offer from Texas Tech in 1928, Did some summer study at Transylvania, O'Donnell telephone exchange recalled, Changes in Lubbock described, Discussion of work and promotion at Tech, Comments on Tech policy emphasizing "quantity" of students rather than "quality", Depression conditions cited, Struggling against prejudice toward Latin, Former presidents characterized, Recollection of conference with Dr. Bradford Knapp, Met physicist who had worked on the atomic bomb (Dr. Elliot)

Tape 2, Side 1: Discussion of the international character of the development of the atomic bomb, Dr. Elliot's dismissal from Texas Tech noted, Further discussion of Dr. Paul Elliot, Dr. Clifford Jones characterized, Confrontation with Jones recalled, Dr. William Whyburn mentioned, Anecdote involving a remark to Dr. Whyburn

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Tape 3, Side 1: Worked with the United Nations in 1951, Visit to New York described, UN Week celebrated in Lubbock--1951, Notes Charles Guy's opposition to the UN, Lubbock's UN organizational operations discussed, Cuban missile crisis cited, Recalls President Harry S. Truman's speaking engagements in Lubbock, Texas Tech faculty member Dr. Charles B. Qualia worked with Versailles Conference

Tape 3, Side 2: Comments on League of Women's Voters and other organizations, Work with women's rights emphasized, Attitude toward AAUW expressed (American Association of University Women), Discussion of procedures for grievances at Texas Tech, Dr. Lola Beth Green vs. Texas Tech court case mentioned, Expresses opinions concerning youth movement, women's liberation, consumer protection, and tax loopholes for the wealthy, Makes reference to a book concerning Latin, Interest in local history and politics stated

Range Dates: 1925-1972

Bulk Dates: 1925-1951

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