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Dr. Alton Wade, chairman of the Geosciences Department at Texas Tech from 1954 to 1964, discusses his career, including his teaching experiences and research in Antarctica and Greenland.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Alton Wade

Additional Parties Recorded: None

Date: May 08, 1973

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 1 hour 30 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Biographical information given, Education summarized, Describes expedition to the Antarctic with Admiral Byrd, Military service during World War II discussed, Did weather research in Greenland, Served in Florida, Teaching career prior to coming to Texas Tech outlined, Became chairman of the Geosciences Department at Tech (1954), Returned to research and teaching (1964), Presently associated with the Museum, Reviews parents’ backgrounds and education, Early teaching positions listed, Experiences at a boys’ private school.

Tape 1, Side 2: Expedition to Antarctica with Byrd discussed further, Notes duties as dog driver, Living conditions described, Comments on food available, Adjustments made to the long days and nights, Entertainment characterized, Explains weather research in Greenland.

Tape 2, Side 1: Worked with the Air Force in the Far East during the Korean War, Association with Texas Tech discussed, Lists changes made during the first years as chairman of the Geosciences Department, Reasons cited for decrease in number of geology majors, Firing of three professors by the Board recalled, J. Evetts Haley characterized, Mentions foreign students majoring in geology, States opinion of curriculum changes made by Tech, President Grover Murray’s work in petroleum geology described.

Tape 2, Side 2: Blank

Range Dates: 1920s-1973

Bulk Dates: 1920s-1973

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