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00:00:10 - Freshman year at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: The following is an unrehearsed interview with Mr. Angus N. Gordon for the Alumni/Faculty Oral History Project of the University of Kentucky Library.

Segment Synopsis: Angus Gorgon is introduced and talks about why he chose to attend the University of Kentucky. He talks about interim president Dr. White, and the reasons Dr. Barker was chosen as the next president of the university. He talks about his experiences with hazing during his freshman year

Keywords: Acting president; Dr. James White; Freshman caps; Haircuts; Henry S. Barker; Interim presidents; Politics; Transition period; Trouble

Subjects: College administrators--Selection and appointment.; College costs.; College environment; College freshmen; College presidents; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Economic conditions; College students--Social conditions; Lexington (Ky.).

00:04:53 - Presidents Patterson and Barker

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Partial Transcript: And how well did you know, uh, or get to know President Patterson?

Segment Synopsis: Gordon talks about his relationship with Dr. Patterson prior to attending the University of Kentucky, and describes Patterson's personality. He talks about Patterson's retirement and discusses the politics behind the choice of Barker as his successor. He gives his opinion on the ability of each president.

Keywords: Campus leaders; Fathers; Henry S. Barker; Interest; Involvement; James K. Patterson; Personal relationships; Politics; Prep schools; Quality; Retirement; Strict; Successors; Teaching; Trouble; Working

Subjects: College administrators--Rating of; College administrators--Selection and appointment.; College environment; College presidents; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Economic conditions; College students--Social conditions; College teachers--Selection and appointment.; Universities and colleges--Administration.

00:10:19 - Teaching math at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Well you know I, I find it interesting that here you were entering the University of Kentucky and your father was a graduate of, uh, Washington and Lee?

Segment Synopsis: Gordon talks about his advanced academic standing which allowed him to teach classes in mathematics while attending the university as a student. He talks about his colleagues in the math department and their frustration at the low reading ability of many students. He gives his opinion on the quality of the mathematics program at the University of Kentucky.

Keywords: Academic ability; Advanced standing; Boyd; Education; Fathers; Math department meetings; Math program; Mathematics; Montgomery; Reading level; Reese; Washington and Lee University; White

Subjects: College majors; College students--Books and reading.; College students--Economic conditions; College students--Employment.; College teachers--Selection and appointment.; College teaching.; Educators; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

00:13:53 - University of Kentucky faculty

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Partial Transcript: From the standpoint of being both a student and an instructor, uh, you must have, uh, had a rather interesting relationship with the faculty.

Segment Synopsis: Gordon talks more about the faculty at the university, including his favorite professors. He discusses a professor whose class he did not like.

Keywords: "Evolution of Literature"; A. S. Mackenzie; Boring; Bulldog; Dr. Boyd; English department; Favorite professors; George Roberts; H. H. Downing; J. T. Cotton Noe; Professor Davis; Professor Edward F. Farquhar

Subjects: College teachers--Rating of.; College teachers--Social conditions; College teaching.; Educators; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

00:18:24 - Involvement with agriculture

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Partial Transcript: A--now you mentioned that, before we began the interview that you got your mathematics degree in 1914 and then you went on to take--

Segment Synopsis: Gordon talks more about teaching before he graduated college. He talks about teaching a course in agriculture and how that led to a position with the county agent program in Henderson County, Kentucky. He talks about the beginning of the Farm Bureau Federation in Kentucky. He talks about why he eventually left his employment at UK.

Keywords: Agriculture department; Dr. Kastle; Farm Bureau Federation; Full instructors; Mathematics degree; Personality; Professor T. R. Bryant; Resignation; Speaking

Subjects: Agricultural extension work--Kentucky; Agricultural extension workers; College students--Employment.; College teachers--Leaves of absence; College teaching.; County agricultural agents; Educators; Henderson County (Ky.); Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky. College of Agriculture

00:24:55 - Social clubs and activities at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Uh, if I could, uh, take you back for a minute to, uh, some of your first recollections going back to your student days at the university.

Segment Synopsis: Gordon talks about where he lived while attending UK. He talks about working too much to have time to join many clubs or organizations, except the Union Literary Society. He talks about the beginning of student government at UK and how it handled student misconduct, including cheating on exams.

Keywords: Banning; Cheating; Dances; Debates; Dormitories; Fraternities; Hearings; Henry S. Barker; Home; Honor system; Misconduct; Patterson Literary Society; Prominence; Social activities; Social clubs; Social organizations; Turkey trot and drag; Union Literary Society; Working; YMCA

Subjects: College environment; College student government; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; College teachers.; Educators; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Examinations; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

00:33:15 - ROTC involvement

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Partial Transcript: One thing, uh, ROTC, uh, did y--were you a--I guess you had to take that for a couple years.

Segment Synopsis: Gordon talks about the requirement that male students must join the ROTC, and discusses how the students felt about this policy. He talks about a debate he participated in as a member of the Union Literary Society.

Keywords: Acceptance; Anti-war sentiment; Bachelors; Captains; Cowardice; Requirements; Resentment; Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC); Union Literary Society; Unmarried women; WWI; World War I

Subjects: College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Political activity.; University of Kentucky. Army ROTC; World War, 1914-1918

00:38:07 - Relationship between the University of Kentucky and the Lexington community

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Partial Transcript: Course, uh, the university was situated very close to downtown Lexington, and now of course it's surrounded by d--Lexington.

Segment Synopsis: Gordon talks about how the Lexington community felt about the university and the students, including examples of trouble caused by the students after football games and a student's disappearance which was rumored to be related to hazing.

Keywords: Bricks; Downtown Lexington; Football games; Hangouts; Hazing; Henry S. Barker; Killed; Lexington Herald Leader; Limestone Street (Lexington, Ky.); Missing; Police; Relationships; Streetcars; Trouble; Wilbur Smith

Subjects: Campus violence; College administrators; College discipline; College environment; College presidents; College sports.; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; Lexington (Ky.).; Universities and colleges--Public relations; University towns

00:42:30 - Campus newspaper

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Partial Transcript: Uh, course you had the Kentucky Kernel, the newspaper on campus when you were there.

Segment Synopsis: Gordon talks about the student newspaper, which was not called the Kentucky Kernel at the time. He talks about occasionally writing for the paper and the types of articles he wrote.

Keywords: "Mighty Maxim"; Articles; Campus news; Editorials; Issues; Representation; Working; Writing

Subjects: College publications; College student newspapers and periodicals; Journalism, College; Universities and colleges--Periodicals.

00:46:51 - University library / Dr. and Mrs. McVey

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Partial Transcript: If we could talk a minute then about the library facilities on campus at the time you were there.

Segment Synopsis: Gordon talks about the quality of the library and whether it met his needs as a student. He says the library was often used for "dating and courting" rather than studying. He talks about his opinions of Dr. Frank McVey and Francis Jewell McVey.

Keywords: Checking out books; Confusing; Courting; Dating; Dean of Women; Dr. Frank McVey; Friendly; Henry S. Barker; Mary Frances Jewell McVey; Needs; Personality; Public library; Quality; Studying

Subjects: Academic libraries.; College administrators; College facilities.; College presidents; College presidents' spouses; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Employment.; College students--Social conditions; College teachers.; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky. Libraries

00:51:19 - Role of athletics on campus

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Partial Transcript: Well let me ask you about your recollections of the athletic teams.

Segment Synopsis: Gordon talks about the importance of athletics to the students, especially football. He talks about football players being academically ineligible to play and a fire in Dean Anderson's office which may have been related. He talks about helping a student who was academically ineligible when he was an instructor at the university.

Keywords: Athletics; Centre College; Coaches; Dean F. Paul Anderson; Fires; Football teams; Ineligibility; Loyalty

Subjects: College athletes; College football players; College sports--Corrupt practices; College sports.; College students--Conduct of life.; College teachers.; College teaching.; Educators; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

00:54:46 - Role of politics on campus

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Partial Transcript: Uh, did local, state, and national politics play an important role on the campus when you attended UK?

Segment Synopsis: Gordon talks about several speakers that visited Lexington when he was a student at the university, including William Jennings Bryan and Franklin and Teddy Roosevelt. He talks about speaking to Franklin Roosevelt at his speech.

Keywords: Agriculture department; Debates; Evolution; Railroad station; Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC); Scopes Trial; Speakers; William Jennings Bryan

Subjects: College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Political activity.; Politics and government; Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945; Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.; University of Kentucky. Army ROTC

00:58:33 - Role of women on campus

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Partial Transcript: Uh, one thing I wanted to ask you about was, uh, uh, the role of women on campus.

Segment Synopsis: Gordon talks about women on campus as students and teachers. He talks about the average male student's opinion of women at the university and talks about why his own opinion may have differed. He talks about his wife being the only female student in the engineering department at the time.

Keywords: Ability; College of Engineering; Dating; Ezra Gillis; Home economics; Male students; Mary Sweeney; Mothers; Respect; Role of women; Sisters; Wife; Women teachers

Subjects: College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Social conditions; College teachers--Social conditions; Sex discrimination in higher education.; Sexism in higher education; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Women in education--Kentucky--Lexington; Women in higher education.; Women--Education (Higher)

01:03:55 - Political views of the faculty / university's relationship with alumni

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Partial Transcript: Well one question that arises a lot of times when talking about a university or college, is, uh, uh, the fact that college professors over the years have often come under attack for being to the left politically and socially.

Segment Synopsis: Gordon discusses the claim that professors are often liberal, and talks about a professor on campus that students accused of spreading propaganda. He talks about his relationship with the university as an alumni. The interview concludes abruptly.

Keywords: "Monkey Miller"; Class reunions; Contact; Geology; Liberal; Mail; Non-existent; Propaganda; Relationships; Straw man; Work

Subjects: College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College teachers--Political activity; College teachers--Social conditions; Educators; Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.