Lamb, Mina W 1975, 1981

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Dr. Lamb, professor of food and nutrition, describes her education and her work at Texas Tech since 1940.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Mina W. Lamb

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: January 24 and February 21, 1975; October 21, 1981

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Marshall L. Pennington and David Oberhelman

Length: 4 hours, 30 minutes (total)


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background, Parents were German immigrants, Settled in Stamford, Father’s desire to learn, Majored in chemistry at Texas Tech, Trip to Denver during first year at Tech, Dr. Paul W. Horn remembered, Dr. Bradford Knapp characterized, Reason for changing to nutrition, Received doctorate at Columbia University in food and nutrition, Dissertation and work at Columbia discussed, Progressive increase of size of college students, More affluence, Better health care, Seasonal change in food supply, Dr. Horn’s background, Attitude toward athletics, Early Chemistry Department discussed, Dr. William M. Craig, Dr. William Ray, Dr. R. C. Goodwin, Anecdote about Dr. Kenneth Renner.

Tape 1, Side 2: Continuation of anecdote concerning work in Dairy Industry Department, Dr. Aaron Oberg and Dr. Cecilia Schuck mentioned, Met husband, Arch Lamb, at Texas Tech, Dr. Fred G. Harbaugh’s confusion over their names, Sister, Dr. Ilse Wolf, discussed, Early home economics faculty, Physical facilities for home economics, Early student co-op described, Contrast between Dr. Horn’s and Dr. Knapp’s attitudes toward campus beautification, Anecdote concerning Dorothy MacFarlane, Originally employed at Tech by Dr. Clifford B. Jones, Dr. and Mrs. William Whyburn mentioned, Managerial inclination of Dr. Dossie Wiggins, Speaking quality of Dr. E. N. Jones, Problems of interim administration members, Reason for calling Dr. Grover Murray the "kissing president".

Tape 2, Side 1: Dr. Murray (continued), Graduation ceremonies recalled, Dean Margaret W. Weeks discussed, Significance of College of Home Economics at Tech, Changing mores since Dean Weeks’ time, Jonnie McCrery Michie and Dorothy MacFarlane mentioned, Dean Weeks worked under Henry Sherman, Sherman studied effect of inadequate nutrition on mice, People live longer as childhood nutrition improves, Mrs. Michie again mentioned, Dean Willa Vaughn Tinsley and Dean Weeks contrasted, Dean Tinsley worked outside college to influence, others about Tech, Women as interim presidents of Tech, Donald S. Longworth, current Dean of Home Economics, Place of home economics in today’s economy.

Tape 2, Side 2: Necessity of nutritional labeling, Medical doctors are more aware now of human nutritional needs, Importance of eating a variety of food, Cholesterol discussed, Importance of coconut oil, Saturated, unsaturated and polyunsaturated fats defined, Current chairman of Food and Nutrition Department, Dr. S. P. Young, Time wasted by teachers in performing administrative duties, Cardiac efficiency discussed, Exercise program by Kenneth Cooper, Comparison between early and modern tests of basal metabolism.

Tape 3, Side 1: Mina Wolf Lamb, Family from Westphalia, Germany, Immigration to Texas (1880s), Reasons, Weimar, Texas, Helje, Texas, Move to Stonewall County, Texas, Churches, Lutheran, Catholic, Schools, Language in, German Texans in the First and Second World Wars, Philosophy of home economics, Self-subsistence, Anti-German prejudices, World War I, Anecdote: Germans burying mines in West Texas, Barn burnings, German customs practiced in West Texas, Christmas, Easter, Recipes, Speaking German, Homemade beer and wine, German Texan land use practices, Hired hands, Diversification, Crops, Move to Stamford, Texas, Skilled craftsmen, Blacksmiths.

Tape 3, Side 2: German architecture, Old Glory, Texas, German fraternal organizations, Parties, Festivals, Dances, Racism in Stamford (1920s), Businesses in Stamford, Decline of isolated German communities, Sale of farm goods, Role of women in farm communities, Political views of Stamford residents, Origins of German Texan immigrants, Land developers.

Tape 4, Side 1: Religious affiliation of Stamford residents, Lutherans, Catholics, Lutheran churches, Circuit ministers, Businesses in Stamford, Texas (again).

Tape 4, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1880-1975

Bulk Dates: 1910-1975

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