The Oral History Program is committed to the use of recorded interviews as an indispensable modern research tool. Oral histories are used in collaboration with more traditional manuscript resources to paint as accurate an historical picture as possible. Researchers are able to hear first-hand spontaneous accounts in the eyewitness’s own words, complete with inflections and colloquialisms. The Oral History collection at the Southwest Collection is one of the largest in Texas, with more than 6,000 interviews in its holdings.

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Randy Vance
Reference Services,
Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library
Box 41041
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, Texas 79409-1041
Phone (806) 742-9070

Abstracts of older oral histories in the Southwest Collection's holdings can be found on the Oral History Collection website.

Visit The Southwest Collection's Reference Services website for more information on collections at the archive.

The images in this collection are for study purposes, teaching, classroom projection and research only. To use these digital files in any form, an attribution of "Courtesy of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library" must accompany the image.

Note: The transcribers and editors of these documents strove to create as accurate and faithful a transcription of the oral history interview as possible. However, these documents may still contain mistakes. Spellings of proper nouns and places were researched thoroughly, but readers may still find inaccuracies, inaudible passages, homophones, and possible malapropisms. Any words followed by “[?]” notate our staff’s best faith efforts. We encourage researchers to compare the transcript to the original recording if there are any questions. Please contact the SWC/SCL Reference department for access information. Any corrections or further clarifications may be sent to the A/V Unit Manager.

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  • Jane Ann Wilson oral history interview 

    Stroman, Elissa; Wilson, Jane Ann (2017-11-16)
    This interview features Jane Ann Wilson who discusses her love of and interest in music. Wilson recounts what got her interested in the piano and cello, attending college as a performance major, and teaching music at the ...
  • Elvin Wilson oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Wilson, Elvin (2015-08-25)
    This interview features Elvin Wilson. Wilson discusses his life as a farmer in West Texas and his involvement in the National Famers Organization and the American Agriculture Movement. Wilson also recounts his experience ...
  • Randy Willingham oral history interview 

    Sanchez, Daniel; Willingham, Randy (2018-09-07)
    This interview features Randy Willingham as he discusses his interest and involvement with drag racing. In this interview, Randy describes how he got involved with racing cars and the new drag racing hall of fame in Amarillo.
  • Gaylon White oral history interview 

    Iber, Jorge; White, Gaylon (2015-06-11)
    This interview features sportswriter Gaylon White. White talks about how he developed his interest in sports and the trajectory of his career as a writer. White discusses working for several newspapers and his different ...
  • Alice Virginia White oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; White, Alice Virginia (2014-04-10)
    This interview features Alice Virginia White, former Director of Public Relations at Texas Tech University. Alice discusses the various jobs she has had over the years, and how she ended up on her particular career path. ...
  • Ella Mae Ward oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Hoelting, Lacee; Ward, Ella Mae (2015-08-28)
    This interview features Ella Mae Ward. Ward discusses her experiences living in Ropesville as part of the resettlement project. Ward talks about farming methods, housing, social clubs, and the comradery between community members.
  • Ernest E. Walker oral history interview 

    Sanchez, Daniel; Walker, Ernest E. (2017-08-24)
    This interview features Ernest Walker, the former owner of the Amarillo Dragway. Ernest discusses creating and managing the Amarillo Dragway.
  • Sherman Vinograd oral history interview 

    Weaver, Robert; Vinograd, Sherman (2012-07-14)
    This interview features physician and NASA researcher, Sherman Vinograd. Vinograd discusses growing up in Milwaukee, his Jewish heritage, and attending the University of Chicago before transferring to the University of ...
  • Lary Vigar oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Vigar, Larry (2018-11-02)
    This interview features Larry Vigar as he discusses George West’s Storyfest.
  • Bill Tynan oral history interview 

    Sanchez, Daniel; Tynan, Bill (2017-09-30)
    This interview features William (Bill) Tynan and his wife Alyce (Lolli) Tynan as they discuss Bill’s life and service in the US Military. The pair describes Bill’s family, deployment, and the people of international ...
  • William Tydeman oral history interview 2018-11-29 

    Marshall, David; Tydeman, William (2018-11-29)
    This interview features William “Bill” Tydeman as he discusses his academic life and careers. In this interview, Bill recounts his high school years and interest in basketball and baseball, as well as his pursuit of a ...
  • William Tydeman oral history interview 2018-11-28 

    Marshall, David; Tydeman, William (2018-11-28)
    This interview features William “Bill” Tydeman as he discusses his hometown of Roosevelt, New York.
  • William Tydeman oral history interview 2018-11-17 

    Marshall, David; Tydeman, William (2018-11-17)
    This interview features William “Bill” Tydeman as he recounts his childhood. In this interview, Bill discusses his involvement with the Boy Scouts and his interests in birds and the American West.
  • William Tydeman oral history interview 2018-03-23 

    Marshall, David; Tydeman, William (2018-03-23)
    This interview features William Tydeman who discusses coming to Texas Tech and his work at the Southwest Collection. Bill describes the programming that he started at the Southwest Collection and the publications that ...
  • Kenneth “Tuggie” Tuckness oral history interview 

    Sanchez, Daniel; Tuckness, Kenneth (2017-06-29)
    This interview features Kenneth “Tuggie” Tuckness as he recounts his participation with drag racing. In this interview, Tuggie describes Amarillo as the drag racing center of West Texas, his local TV show, and Raymond Beadle.
  • Charles Townsend oral history interview 2018-05-16 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Townsend, Charles (2018-05-16)
    This interview features Charles “Bud” Townsend who discusses writing a book about Bob Wills. Charles discusses what it takes to be a writer and his inspiration for writing a book about Bob Wills.
  • Mabel Loving Brown oral history interview 

    Marshall, David; Brown, Mabel Loving (1999-06-30)
    This interview features Mabel Loving Brown. Mabel describes her background and family history, being raised on a ranch, and interacting with the cowboys that worked in the area. Moreover, Mabel discusses her great grandfather ...
  • Charles Townsend oral history interview 2018-04-04 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Townsend, Charles (2018-04-04)
    This interview features Charles “Bud” Townsend as he discusses his adventures in his youth and pursuing a history PhD. In this interview, Charles describes the pranks that he would pull when he was a child and how that ...
  • Charles Townsend oral history interview 2018-04-03 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Townsend, Charles (2018-04-03)
    This interview features Charles “Bud” Townsend as he discusses a variety of topics that relate to his life experiences. In this interview, Charles discusses his time announcing rodeos, working for boot companies, and meeting ...
  • Charles Townsend oral history interview 2018-03-06 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Townsend, Charles (2018-03-06)
    This interview features Charles “Bud” Townsend who discusses country music stars and the earlier years of his life. Charles explains the Joe Hancock horses and racing those horses. He also talks about his biography on Bob Wills.

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