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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Contact information:

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.

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  • Warren Hasse oral history interview 

    Gamble, Steven; Hasse, Warren (1976-07-13)
    This interview features Pampa sports journalist Warren Hasse. Hasse discusses sports in Pampa and in West Texas more broadly. Hasse talks about the West Texas-New Mexico Baseball League and its memorable players and ...
  • Lamar Jones oral history interview 

    Sanchez, Daniel; Jones, Lamar (2014-11-18)
    This interview features Lamar Jones, who discusses his upbringing, his experiences as a retailer and citizen in West Texas, and the effects of the Lubbock tornado.
  • Don Jones oral history interview 2015-06-10 

    Marshall, David; Jones, Don (2015-06-10)
    This interview features Don Jones, who discusses his education, his time serving aboard a submarine during World War II, and his experiences as an educator.
  • Don Jones oral history interview 2015-05-18 

    Marshall, David; Jones, Don (2015-05-18)
    This interview features Don Jones, who discusses his family, upbringing, youth, and his experiences of rural life and racial oppression in East Texas.
  • Heenan Johnson oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Johnson, Heenan (2014-06-19)
    This interview features Heenan Johnson, who discusses the Lubbock Tornado, his experiences as a member of the Disaster Committee that helped to rebuild Lubbock after the tornado, and his experiences as a soldier in World War II.
  • Gail Barbara House oral history interview 

    Whitfield, Lynn; House, Gail Barbara (2015-08-11)
    This interview features Texas Tech home economics professor, Barbara Gail House. House discusses her time at Texas Tech in the home economics department, her involvement in various conferences on the topic of aging, and ...
  • Inez Russell Gomez oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Gomez, Inez Russell (2016-03-15)
    This interview features Inez Russell Gomez, a Texas Tech graduate and editor at The Santa Fe New Mexican. Gomez discusses about growing up in Las Vegas, New Mexico before moving to Lubbock, her interest in writing and ...
  • Sylvia Holmes oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Holmes, Sylvia (2014-06-12)
    This interview features Sylvia Holmes. Holmes discusses her career in radio broadcasting in various cities in West Texas.
  • Charles Hollis oral history interview 

    Peoples, Curtis; Hollis, Charles (2014-07-31)
    This interview features Charles Hollis regarding his experiences recording music in the Stillwater, Oklahoma and Austin, Texas music scenes.
  • Lahib Jaddo oral history interview 2015-08-25 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Jaddo, Lahib (2015-08-25)
    This interview features artist Lahib Jaddo. Jaddo focuses on her tattoos in this interview. As such, she discusses how she first became interested in tattoos, her incorporation of them into her artwork, and eventually ...
  • Conni Hancock oral history interview 

    Peoples, Curtis; Hancock, Conni (2015-09-17)
    This interview features musician Conni Hancock. Hancock discusses her early childhood in Lubbock, Texas and recalls memories of her parents playing at local music clubs. Hancock also recounts her experience growing up in ...
  • Lauren Hill oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Hill, Lauren (2016-08-11)
    This interview features artist Lauren Hill. Hill discusses her background in visual art and her tattoos. Hill describes her various tattoos and the life events that inspired the tattoos.
  • Jerry Ingham oral history interview 2014-04-22 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Ingham, Jerry (2014-04-22)
    This interview features Jerry and Donna Ingham, who discuss their ancestry, upbringing, and experiences living and working in Oklahoma and Texas.
  • Jerry Ingham oral history interview 2014-03-26 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Ingham, Jerry (2014-03-26)
    This interview features Jerry Ingham, who discusses his early life, Western culture, his early working life, and his experiences as soldier during the Vietnam War.
  • 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 ...
  • Sandy Henry oral history interview 

    Sanchez, Daniel; Henry, Sandy (2015-09-23)
    This interview features Sandy Henry. Sandy talks about growing up as a military child and living in different places before moving to Lubbock, Texas. Sandy married former mayor, Alan Henry, and as such, discusses her ...
  • Judith Henry oral history interview 

    Sanchez, Daniel; Henry, Judith (2016-02-25)
    This interview features Judith Henry, Senior Associate Athletics Director/Senior Women’s Administrator at Texas Tech University. Henry talks about becoming interested in athletics, attending Texas Tech, and pursuing a ...
  • Maxine Harrison oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Harrison, Maxine (2014-08-06)
    This interview features Maxine Harrison who talks about her experiences at Texas Tech and her involvement in various social clubs. Harrison also discusses San Angelo and Angelo State.
  • Ken Hite oral history interview 2014-02-21 

    Marshall, David; Hite, Ken (2013-02-21)
    This interview features Ken Hite. Hite discusses his missions in Korea and his encounters with enemy aircraft. Hite also talks about the aircraft he flew and the possible technical difficulties. Furthermore, Hite discusses ...
  • Ken Hite oral history interview 2014-02-05 

    Marshall, David; Hite, Ken (2014-02-05)
    This interview features Ken Hite. Hite discusses his experiences as a fighter pilot for the United States Army Air Corps. Hite focuses on his training in this interview and the process of becoming a pilot. Hite also ...

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