Nail, David 1974-05-14

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David Nail, former Assistant Dean of Students at Texas Tech University, discusses researching and writing his book, One Short Sleep Past: A Profile of Amarillo in the Thirties.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: David Nail

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: May 14, 1974

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: David Murrah

Length: 45 mintues


Tape 1, Side 1: David Nail, Biographical information, Education, Parents, Grandparents, One Short Sleep Past: A Profile of Amarillo in the Thirties, Preface, Motivation for writing, Resources, Citizens, Southwest Collection, Analysis of 1930s Amarillo, Economy, Agriculture, Ranching, Oil, Symbol of the Depression (1930s) and Dust Bowl, Tradition, Comparison to Lubbock, Texas, Transportation, Social conditions, Amarillo High School, Effect of championship football teams, Panhandle-Plains Museum, Use of oral history, Facets of book’s theme.

Tape 1, Side 2: Amarillo’s conservatism in the 1930s, Court packing, Gene Howe, newspaper editor, Southwest Collection, Amarillo resources available, David Nail, Interest in social history, Analysis of Amarillo.

Range Dates: 1930-1939

Bulk Dates: 1930-1939

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Nail, David. One Short Sleep Past: A Profile of Amarillo in the Thirties. Canyon, TX: Staked Plains Press, 1973.

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