Larson, P Merville 1973

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Dr. Larson discusses his early life, education and early teaching career, and then concentrates on his 23-year association with Texas Tech as a member of its Speech and Theatre Arts faculty.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: P. Merville Larson

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: May 1-2, 1973

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Biographical information reviewed, Born in a Danish community in Kansas, Attended both English and Danish schools, Received Fulbright lectureship to Denmark, Early teaching career outlined, Development of interest in speech and debate described, Discusses experiences in Illinois during work on doctorate, Joined Texas Tech faculty (1950), Names types of theatrical work done in Lubbock (1950), Traces development of the forensics program at Tech, Changes have occurred in the Department of Speech, and Theatre Arts in recent years, J. Evetts Haley and Institute of Americanism recalled, Firing of three professors by Board discussed.

Tape 1, Side 2: Career at Texas Tech (continued), Examines building of the Lubbock Theatre Center, Outstanding students listed, Participated in construction of the University Theatre and Speech Clinic (1964), Cites organization of KTXT, radio and TV station on campus, Changes in style of forensics today mentioned, Comments on cooperation among various, departments related to speech and communications.

Range Dates: ?-1973

Bulk Dates: 1950-1973

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