Holden, William C and Frances, and Tom

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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 1950s, 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 being painted, 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 previous tapes, 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, Limestone County, 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 "The Bridge", Mention Eleanor Wiley’s Angels and Earthly Creatures, Wordsworth.

Tape 2, Side 2: Wordsworth Coleridge Byron readings, Melville and Conrad mentioned.

Range Dates: 1896-?

Bulk Dates: 1950s-?

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