The Southwest Collection has a long history of documenting the history of agriculture through oral history interviews.

Recent Submissions

  • Ty Powell oral history interview 

    Marshall, David; Powell, Ty (2017-01-12)
    This interview features Ty Powell as he discusses a wide array of topics, including ranching, cattle, and weather.
  • Santana Villa McMullan oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; McMullan, Santana (2017-08-11)
    This interview features Santana McMullan as she discusses her career with NRCS. In this interview, Santana describes what got her interested in range management and her various roles with NRCS.
  • Craig McDonald oral history interview 2017-08-01 

    Wilkinson, Andy; McDonald, Craig (2017-08-01)
    This interview features Craig McDonald as he discusses his career farming. Craig describes the differences between farming in the sixties and farming in the early twenty-first century.
  • Craig McDonald oral history interview 2017-07-24 

    Wilkinson, Andy; McDonald, Craig (2017-07-24)
    Craig McDonald discusses his family and how he met his wife.
  • Craig McDonald oral history interview 2017-05-30 

    Wilkinson, Andy; McDonald, Craig (2017-05-30)
    This interview features Craig McDonald as he discusses his early life growing up. Craig describes both his and his father’s history and how his family got into farming.
  • Jim Irwin oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Irwin, Jim (2017-03-30)
    This interview features Jim Irwin as he discuss his career, vineyard, and religion. Jim describes his journey through life and how his relationship with God eventually led to him owning and operating his own vineyard.
  • John Freeman oral history interview 

    Marshall, David; Freeman, John (2017-02-21)
    This interview features John Freeman. Freeman talks about growing up in West Texas near Ralls. Freeman also discusses his time in the military.
  • Bob Bitsche oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Bitsche, Bob (2018-10-25)
    This interview features Bob Bitsche as he discusses working with pesticides and cotton crops. He also outlines his background information and World War II service.
  • Jim Hoodenpyle oral history interview 

    Marshall, David; Hoodenpyle, James (2016-05-16)
    This interview features James Hoodenpyle. Hoodenpyle discusses attending Texas Tech in the 1950s, majoring in animal husbandry, and living in the Texas Tech dairy barn. Hoodenpyle also discusses his work in the dairy ...
  • Joe Flores oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Flores, Joe (2015-09-24)
    This interview features Joe Flores. Flores talks about his involvement with rodeo at Colorado State University, his ranch, working for the Farm Bureau, and cowboying.
  • Felix and Monica Macha oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Macha, Felix; Macha, Monica (2015-01-29)
    This interview features Felix and Monica Macha, who discuss their upbringing, education, innovations in cotton breeding, and experience farming and living on the South Plains.