Strandtmann, Russell W 1975-03-05

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Dr. Strandtmann, a professor of entomology at Texas Tech since 1948, discusses his work in the biological field of parasitology.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Russell W. Strandtmann

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: March 05, 1975

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Marshall L. Pennington

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Autobiographical data presented, Reared on blackland farm near Maxwell, Texas, Discussion of poor quality of black and Mexican schools, Anecdote about gnats and mules, Reason father insisted that he go to college, First teaching job in small community near LaGrange, Description of school house and daily procedure in a two-teacher school, Interscholastic League program discussed, Story of providing transportation to Friday afternoon football games, Basis of interest in biology, Graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers’ College in 1935, Graduate work in parasitology and entomology at Texas A & M, Tells of accepting teaching job at East Texas State University in Commerce, Did doctoral work at Ohio State University on wasps.

Tape 1, Side 2: Discussion of doctoral work (continued), Worked on border, preventing admittance of dangerous insects, Finally finished dissertation in Galveston, Received first grant for studying rats, Discovered a new species of mite, Eradication of malaria, Came to Texas Tech in 1948, Reasons for leaving Galveston, Early discontentment at Tech, Anecdote about mites on seats in old Chemistry Building, Different areas of teaching in biology, Discussion of different types of digger wasps, National Science Foundation mentioned, Used a grant to study mites, Publishing and effect on salary increases.

Range Dates: 1935-1975

Bulk Dates: 1948-1975

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