Holden, William C and Frances, and Tom
Mrs. Frances Holden supplements previous information given on the painting of the mural in Holden Hall, formerly the old Texas Tech Museum. Dr. Curry Holden then enters the addenda and errata for his previous tapes, and his younger brother, Tom Holden, recounts school days in Rotan, Texas. Frances and Curry Holden also discuss the sea or water in literature, mainly from readings done by Mrs. Holden.
General Interview Information
Interviewee Name: William C and Frances Holden, and Tom Holden
Additional Parties Recorded: Dr. Curry Holden
Location: Lubbock, Texas
Length: 2 hours
Tape 1, Side 1: Mrs. W. C. (Frances) Holden discusses the entire museum
mural project from selection of the artist to the dedication,
Suggestions received on a trip to New York recalled,
Peter Hurd conceived idea of a fresco,
Refers to article in the Museum Journal,
Lists mural and selection committee members,
Notes Hurd’s presentation and experience before
Typifies lack of art interest during the era,
Portrays Hurd’s affinity with "good ole cowboys",
John Meigs and Manuel Acosta mentioned,
Remarks on Baker Collectors Gallery,
Describes fresco technique,
Mentions W. G. McMillan’s film record of the mural
Dedicatory exhibition remembered,
Paul Horgan mentioned.
Tape 1, Side 2: Dr. Holden denies that C. C. Rister helped to establish,
the Southwest Collection,
Details Rister’s connection with the Collection,
Frances Holden traces conception of ICASALS idea,
Relates interaction of Grover Murray Bill Parsley
Dr. Holden and George Mahon,
Holden corrects or adds to information on his
Dennis Trammel’s reason for coming to Texas,
Location of Armor Texas given,
Corrects mother’s death date,
Completes story of Holden family migration to,
Recalls family horse,
Corrects date of move to Colorado City, Texas,
Corrects name of former teacher,
Tom Holden recalls school at Rotan, Texas.
Tape 2, Side 1: Tom Holden completes story of going to school in Rotan,
Frances and Curry Holden discuss water in literature,
Quote from Waldo Frank’s criticism of Hart Crane’s
Mention Eleanor Wiley’s Angels and Earthly
Tape 2, Side 2: Wordsworth Coleridge Byron readings,
Melville and Conrad mentioned.
Range Dates: 1896-?
Bulk Dates: 1950s-?
Original Recording Format:
Recording Format Notes:
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