Murrah, David 2007-02-15

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David Murrah talks about his life, about his family, his vocational search, and the people that influenced him the most, but mainly about the years at Texas Tech as a student and as faculty and Director of the SWC

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: David Murrah

Additional Parties Recorded: n/a

Date: February 15, 2007

Location: Rockport, Texas

Interviewer: David Marshall

Length: 02:11:02


Background information on his family; Talks about his parents; Family business; The decision to be a teacher; Getting a job as a history teacher; Teaching at Morton, Texas; Registration to a master’s program at Texas Tech; The classes he taught in Morton; Researching Slaughter Ranch materials at Southwest Collection; Conducting interviews about the Lubbock tornado; Working part time for the SWC; Getting remarried; His interest in history; Major in history and minor in Bible; Church history classes; Dr. Rupert Richardson Promoted to Director of the Southwest Collection; Finishing his dissertation; Ernest Wallace; David Vigness; Seymour “Ike” Connor; William Curry Holden; Symposium celebrating 25th anniversary of the SWC; Being in charge of the Southwest Collection; Talks about his first time using the Southwest Collection Library; The idea of a new building for the Southwest Collection Library; Sketching the new SWC building on a napkin; Talking about the Building; The Dairy Barn; The relationship between the SWC and the main library; Administration Building endowments; Funds for the Building; Work-study students; Choosing collections; Friends of the Library/Southwest Collection; Projects and collections; Ike Connor projects; Article he wrote about the SWC; The West Texas Historical Association connection with the SWC

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Original Recording Format: born digital

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