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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  • Ralph Leggett oral history interview 

    Morton, Cosby; Leggett, Ralph (2013-10-29)
    This interview features Lubbock barber, Ralph Leggett. Leggett discusses his career as a barber in East Lubbock. Leggett talks about the neighborhoods and the various businesses in East Lubbock and how urban renewal has ...
  • Cathy Jung oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Jung, Cathy (2014-03-11)
    This interview features Cathy Jung, Public Relations/Marketing Director at Texas Tech University. Cathy discusses her early life in Crosbyton, Texas and how she got started in Public Relations. She recounts moving to Los ...
  • Clyde Jones oral history interview 2003-11-06 

    Marshall, David; Jones, Clyde (2003-11-06)
    This interview features Clyde Jones, Horn Professor Emeritus and Curator of Mammals Emeritus at Natural Science Research Laboratory. Jones discusses his early life and his experiences as a biologist, mammologist, and ...
  • Edward Hernandez oral history interview 

    Sanchez, Daniel; Hernandez, Edward (2013-07-18)
    Edward Hernandez is the founder and head coach of the Lubbock Warriors Boxing Program. In this interview he discusses the founding of the program, its history, mission, and future. Edward discusses the importance of the ...
  • Donald Haragan oral history interview 

    Marshall, David; Haragan, Donald (2011-08-23)
    This interview features Donald Haragan. Haragan primarily discusses his career in administration at Texas Tech in which he served in a variety of roles, including university president beginning in 1996. Moreover, Haragan ...
  • Lawrence Guyton oral history interview 

    Morton, Cosby; Guyton, Lawrence (2013-07-24)
    This interview features Lawrence Guyton who discusses growing in East Lubbock. Guyton recalls segregation and crime in Lubbock in the 1940s, his struggles to graduate from high school, as well as how people in his ...
  • Chastity Grider oral history interview 

    Sanchez, Daniel; Grider, Chastity (2014-04-17)
    This interview features Chasity Grider, who discusses her life and concentrates in her collegiate career at Baylor University. In particular Grider discussed her personal experiences with Robert Griffin III & Brittney Griner.
  • Jim Goss oral history interview 2014-10-15 

    Sanchez, Jim; Goss, Jim (2014-10-15)
    This interview features Jim Goss, who discusses his experiences in graduate school at the University of Chicago and among the Native American tribes of the Great Basin.
  • Jim Goss oral history interview 2014-10-08 

    Sanchez, Daniel; Goss, Jim (2014-10-08)
    This interview features Jim Goss, who discusses his life after military service and his time at the University of Oregon.
  • John Dillon and Vivian Nesbitt oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Dillon, John (2013-11-14)
    This interview feature John Dillon and Vivian Nesbitt, creators of Art of the Song and founders of The Standing “O” Project. Dillon and Nesbitt discuss their creative careers and time spent working in radio. Dillon ...
  • Jim Goss oral history interview 2014-10-01 

    Sanchez, Daniel; Goss, Jim (2014-10-01)
    This interview features Jim Goss, who discusses his early life growing up on a ranch in Oregon, his early career choices, encounters with Jim Crow laws, and his time with the U.S. Air Force.
  • Jim Goss oral history interview 2014-09-24 

    Sanchez, Daniel; Goss, Jim (2014-09-24)
    This interview features Jim Goss, who discusses his ancestry, the settlement of the West, his childhood growing up on a ranch in Oregon, and his early education.
  • Lucky Floyd oral history interview 

    Wilkinson, Andy; Floyd, Luck (2012-10-11)
    This interview features Harold “Lucky” Floyd, drummer of the rock and roll band “The Sparkles.” A native of Seagraves, Texas, Lucky discusses his early life and how he became involved in music. He recounts his career ...
  • Estella "Stella" Courtney oral history interview 

    Morton, Cosby; Courtney, Estella "Stella" (2014-02-27)
    This interview features Stella Courtney recalling her experiences growing up in the Chatman Hill Community of Lubbock and being in the first integrated class at Texas Tech University. Courtney also discusses her career ...
  • Paul Bush oral history interview 2014-06-05 

    Marshall, David; Bush, Paul (2014-06-05)
    This interview, a follow-up to the May 12, 2014 interview, features Paul Bush discussing working at Lubbock Electric for the past seventy years. Bush also describes his love of vintage cars and the various social ...
  • Paul Bush oral history interview 2014-05-12 

    Marshall, David; Bush, Paul (2014-05-12)
    This interview features Paul Bush and his daughter Barbara Bush discussing growing up in Clovis, New Mexico and Lubbock, Texas.
  • James Brink oral history interview 2011-12-19 

    Marshall, David; Brink, Jim (2011-12-19)
    This interview features James E. Brink, his education, service in the Peace Corps, and academic career at Texas Tech University as a professor and administrator.
  • Lon Sitton oral history interview 

    Marshall, David; Sitton, Lon (2014-01-24)
    This interview features Lon Sitton, who discusses his experiences as a blind musician, life at Texas Tech and in Big Spring.
  • Judy Sitton oral history interview 

    Marshall, David; Sitton, Judy (2014-05-15)
    This interview features Judy Sitton and her experiences as a records manager and being married to Jon Sitton, who is blind.
  • Frank E. McCulloch Jr. oral history interview 

    McCulloch, Frank; Wilkinson, Andy (2013-11-13)
    Frank McCulloch discusses his early life, his career in teaching, as well as his careers as a singer of Mexican and New Mexican folk songs and as a visual artist.

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