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.

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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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  • Alfredo H. Benavides oral history interview 2015-10-06 

    Sanchez, Daniel; Benavides, Alfredo H. (2015-10-06)
    This is the second in a series of interviews featuring Alfredo Benavides. In this interview, Benavides recounts his doctoral research, his employment at different universities, and programs/initiatives he set up in those ...
  • Alfredo H. Benavides oral history interview 2015-09-28 

    Sanchez, Daniel; Benavides, Alfredo H. (2015-09-28)
    This interview features Alfredo Benavides, who discusses his family history, growing up in Texas, things that made a mark on him growing up, his college career, and his time spent in Michigan. Benavides went to Texas A&I ...
  • Larry and Karlene Davies oral history interview 2020-01-10 

    Weaver, Robert; Davies, Larry; Davies, Karlene (2020-01-10)
    This interview features Larry and Karlene Davies as they discuss farming and American Agriculture. In this interview, Mr. Davies describes protesting in Chillicothe, Illinois and his involvement with the American Agriculture ...
  • Don and Carolyn Kimbrell oral history interview 2020-01-10 

    Dixon, Katelin; Kimbrell, Don; Kimbrell, Carolyn (2020-01-10)
    This interview features Don and Carolyn Kimbrell as they discuss being farmers and being active in the American Agriculture Movement and protests. In this interview, Kimbrell describes his relationships with other farmers ...
  • John Lapp oral history interview 2020-01-10 

    Monroe, Monte; Lapp, John (2020-01-10)
    This interview features John Lapp and his family as they discuss his past service in World War II and his farm. In this interview, Lapp begins by explaining growing up during the great Depression and Dust Bowl. He then ...
  • Tom Curl oral history interview 2020-01-10 

    Weaver, Robert; Curl, Tom (2020-01-10)
    This interview features Tom Curl as he discusses his involvement with the American Agriculture Movement. In this interview, Curl describes his family background, how he got started with farming, and renting and purchasing ...
  • Arthur Chancey oral history interview 2020-01-10 

    Stroman, Elissa; Chancey, Arthur (2020-01-10)
    This interview features Arthur Chancey as he discusses his involvement with the American Ag movement and the tractorcade to Washington D.C. In this interview, Chancey begins by explaining his background with farming and ...
  • Robert Salem oral history interview 2019-07-03 

    Monroe, Monte; Salem, Robert (2019-07-03)
    This interview features Robert Salem as he discusses the Lubbock Medical community and his career in medicine. In this interview, Salem describes how he helped with the creation of the Texas Tech Medical School and starting ...
  • Robert Salem oral history interviews 1998 

    Allison, Fred; Salem, Robert (1998)
    Dr. Salem, a leading Lubbock surgeon and top administrator a Methodist Hospital, reminisces about his upbringing, his father and his career. He includes an insightful perspective on developments in Lubbock medicine, ...
  • Ted Hartman oral history interview 1997-06-26 

    Lawson, Lori; Hartman, Ted (1997-06-26)
    This interview features Ted Hartman as he discusses the medical field and how it has changed over the time that he was a medical professional. In this interview, Hartman recounts briefly his time spent in service during ...
  • H.E. Cone oral history interview 1997-07-16 

    Lawson, Lori; Cone, H.E. (1997-07-16)
    This interview features Dr. Hubert Edgar (H.E.) Cone as he discusses his profession in the medical industry. In this interview, Dr. Cone describes how he got into medicine and details some of the medical cases he worked ...
  • Jonathan Marks oral history interview 2017-08-15 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Marks, Jonathan (2017-08-15)
    This interview features Jonathan Marks as he discuss working in the world of theater. He describes the people and plays he’s worked with, and the finer details of being a dramaturg.
  • Jonathan Marks oral history interview 2017-07-31 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Marks, Jonathan (2017-07-31)
    This interview features Jonathan Marks as he discusses his career in drama. Marks describes his interest in theater and his encounters with notable actors and singers.
  • Laura LewAllen oral history interview 2017-09-14 

    Wilkinson, Andy; LewAllen, Laura (2017-09-14)
    This interview features Laura LewAllen as she continues to discuss her family. In this interview, she focuses more on her mom and her mom’s career and artist passion.
  • Laura LewAllen oral history interview 2017-09-13 

    Wilkinson, Andy; LewAllen, Laura (2017-09-13)
    This interview features Laura LewAllen as she discusses her life and her father’s life as artists. In this interview, she describes her father’s passion for art and how he became a jeweler as well as how she got interested in art.
  • Amy and Scott Faris oral history interview 2018-05-11 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Faris, Amy; Faris, Scott (2018-05-11)
    This interview features Scott and Amy Faris as they discuss making music to pair up with the silent film, Metropolis. In this interview, the Faris’s recount making the music and performing the music live with the movie ...
  • Amy and Scott Faris oral history interview 2018-02-18 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Faris, Amy; Faris, Scott (2018-02-18)
    This interview features Scott and Amy Faris as they discuss their pursuit and love of music. In this interview, Scott and Amy recount how they met, some of the events that they played music for, and their creative process.
  • W.D. Vardeman oral history interview 2013-08-15 

    Marshall, David; Vardeman, W.D. (2013-08-15)
    This interview features W.D. “Buzz” Vardeman, who discusses farming, climate, wind engineering, and agricultural planning.
  • W.D. Vardeman oral history interview 2013-07-08 

    Marshall, David; Vardeman, W.D. (2013-07-08)
    This interview features W.D. "Buzz" Vardeman, who discusses his upbringing, rural life, his experiences as a farmer, his partnership with John Deere, and his role as an agricultural innovator.
  • Ron Sosebee oral history interview 2016-06-28 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Sosebee, Ron (2016-06-28)
    This interview features Ron Sosebee, who discusses his family and background, what got him interested in agriculture, and rangeland management, and how he pursued agriculture as a career.

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