Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with O.F. Galloway, September 17, 1976

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:34 - Decision to attend the University of Kentucky / impressions of UK and the Classics department

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

Segment Synopsis: O.F. Galloway is introduced. He discusses his educational and career background before deciding to attend the University of Kentucky in 1923. He talks about his impressions of the campus, student body, the Classics department, and professors.

Keywords: Ancient languages; Athletics; Bachelors degrees; Breckinridge County (Ky.); Class size; Dean of Arts and Sciences; Elkton (Ky.); Impressions; Jeffersontown (Ky.); Kentucky Wesleyan College; Pressure; Prestige; Professors; Public schools; Quality of education; Relationships; Rural schools; Social activities; T.T. Jones; Todd County (Ky.); Vanderbilt Training School

Subjects: Campus size; College choice; College environment; College majors; Education--Kentucky; Educators; Teachers--Kentucky; Teaching; University of Kentucky. Department of Classics

00:06:33 - President McVey

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Partial Transcript: Um, while you were a, a student at UK Dr. Frank McVey was president.

Segment Synopsis: Galloway discusses his opinions of Dr. Frank McVey as president of the University of Kentucky. He talks about McVey's personality and his policies, and discusses whether McVey was respected by faculty and students. He tells an anecdote about McVey disbanding a secret society on campus called the Senior Court, which disciplined freshman students by whipping them.

Keywords: Abolished; Advice; Attitudes; Birkett Pribble; Clandestine; Commencement; Disbanded; Discipline; Dr. Frank McVey; Ed Gans; Expelled; Football players; Freshman; Politics; Respect; Scholarship; Senior Court; Student organizations; Support; T.T. Jones; Unapproachable; Whipping; Wit

Subjects: College administrators--Rating of; College discipline; College environment; College freshmen; College presidents; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

00:14:06 - Student organizations

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Partial Transcript: Um, did you join a, a social fraternity as a student at UK during your last year there?

Segment Synopsis: Galloway talks about the attitudes towards fraternities on campus, and talks about an organization created in an attempt to ban Greek organizations at UK. He talks about some of the law students he knew, including John Y. Brown who was a fellow debate team member.

Keywords: Abolishment; Activists; Age; Athletics; C.M.C. Porter; Debate team; Football; Fraternities; John Y. Brown, Sr.; Law students; Liberal; Public speaking; Resentment; Rodes Clark; Rodes Myers; Senior dues; Student organizations; Support; W.R. Sutherland; Yearbook

Subjects: College environment; College sports.; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Greek letter societies.

00:20:22 - Social life on campus

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Partial Transcript: Uh, let's talk for a minute about social life on campus. We mentioned the fraternities.

Segment Synopsis: Galloway talks about not participating in many social activities due to being older than most other students and also being married. He talks about some of the activities available for students, including parties, dances, plays, and concerts. He talks about the relationship between UK and the Lexington community, as well as the relationship between UK and Transylvania University.

Keywords: Age; Animosity; Athletics; Community; Community music series; Concerts; Contact; Cultural activities; Dances; Friendly; Guignol Theater; Lectures; Married; Off-campus living; Parties; Plays; R.E. Jaggers; Relationships; Social activities; Social events; Social life; Supporters; Transylvania University

Subjects: College environment; College sports.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; College theater; Student housing; Universities and colleges--Public relations; University towns

00:25:46 - Atmosphere of the 1920s / Dr. William Funkhouser

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Partial Transcript: Now you, you were at the university during the mid-twenties and all the way--you were associated with the university a--up until 1931.

Segment Synopsis: Galloway talks about whether the atmosphere of the "Roaring Twenties" affected the university campus. He talks about the male students beginning to stop wearing hats. He talks about Dr. Funkhouser, who was Dean of the Graduate School when Galloway was a student. He talks about Funkhouser's personality and reputation as a teacher, and his relationship with him.

Keywords: "Campus squirrels"; Dean of the Graduate School; Dr. Weist; Flappers; Hats; Personality; President of the Graduate Club; Quality; Roaring Twenties; William Funkhouser

Subjects: College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; College teachers--Rating of.; Educators; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky. Graduate School

00:30:48 - Increased enrollment

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Partial Transcript: I wanted to ask you about student government on campus.

Segment Synopsis: Galloway talks about the role of student government when he was a student. He discusses the increasing number of students at the university during his time there and how it affected the school. He talks about the function of the Graduate Club.

Keywords: Age; Banquets; Changes; Class size; Contact; Dr. James; Enrollment; Graduate Club; Graduate students; Growth; Importance; Northwestern University; Speakers

Subjects: College attendance; College environment; College student government; College students--Social conditions; Universities and colleges--Admission

00:35:53 - Professors' political views

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Partial Transcript: Uh, as you know, uh, college professors have often come under attack--

Segment Synopsis: Galloway discusses the claim that many professors are liberal, and talks about a professor at UK who faced opposition for his liberal views. He talks about students being able to disagree with professors as long as it was done in a respectful manner. He talks about the faculty's opinions of president Donovan.

Keywords: Debate team; Disagreements; Dr. Herman Donovan; Friends; Hindrances; Liberal; Non-conformist; Opposition; Political views; Politics; Radical professors; Teachers colleges; W.R. Sutherland

Subjects: College administrators--Rating of; College environment; College presidents; College students--Social conditions; College teachers--Political activity; College teachers--Social conditions; Educators; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

00:40:45 - Role of athletics

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Partial Transcript: How important a role did athletics play on campus? You alluded to some--

Segment Synopsis: Galloway discusses the importance of athletics at the University of Kentucky. He talks about student support for athletics, whether there was too much emphasis on sports, and discusses the reactions to the death of a football player which resulted from a game against the University of Cincinnati.

Keywords: Academics; Alumni Gym; Athletics; Attitudes; Centre College; Death; Dr. Frank McVey; Dr. Herman Donovan; Eligibility requirements; Emphasis; Football players; Ill-feeling; John Y. Brown, Sr.; Legislation; Pep rallies; Reactions; Rivals; Sadness; Student support; University of Cincinnati; Washington and Lee University; William Funkhouser

Subjects: College administrators; College athletes; College environment; College football players; College presidents; College sports.; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Social conditions; Universities and colleges--Administration.

00:45:35 - Campus publications / role of women

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Partial Transcript: Do you recall a, a humor magazine or paper called the Kampus Kat?

Segment Synopsis: Galloway talks about several newspapers published anonymously by students at the university. He discusses the role of women on campus, as athletes, students, and faculty members. He talks about whether women were respected on campus and discusses whether there was any interest in the women's rights movement at the time.

Keywords: "Injun's Ear"; "Old Gym"; Anonymous; Basketball team; Buell Armory; Campus publications; Crowds; Dean Sarah Blanding; Football players; French department; Kampus Kat newspaper; Political science; Professor Minor; Professors; Quality; Respect; Role of women; Support; Ted Brewer; Women's athletics; Women's rights movement

Subjects: College environment; College facilities.; College publications; College sports for women; College student newspapers and periodicals; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Social conditions; College teachers--Social conditions; Educators; Journalism, College; Universities and colleges--Periodicals.; Women in education--Kentucky--Lexington; Women in higher education.; Women--Education (Higher)

00:52:35 - University libraries / College of Education

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Partial Transcript: The, uh, university library was located in the old Carnegie Library behind the Administration Building at the time, I believe.

Segment Synopsis: Galloway talks about the quality of the Carnegie Library on campus and the excitement when the King Library was built. He talks about his decision to obtain his master's degree in education. He talks about his relationship with Dean Taylor, head of the College of Education, and Leo Chamberlain, his thesis advisor.

Keywords: Advisors; Carnegie Library; Dean William Taylor; Decisions; Dissertations; Fellowship; Inadequate; Leo Chamberlain; M. I. King Library; Margaret I. King; Masters degrees; Masters thesis; New library; Pressure; Quality; Reference librarians; Relationships; Studying; Suggestions; Teaching; Wife; Working

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College buildings.; College facilities.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; College teachers--Rating of.; Educators; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--Graduate work.; University of Kentucky. College of Education

00:59:52 - Bureau of School Services

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Partial Transcript: Uh, now in 1930 and '31 when you came back to work on your doctorate, uh, you served as assistant in the Bureau of School Services.

Segment Synopsis: Galloway talks about working as an assistant in the Bureau of School Services. He talks about his job conducting surveys in schools across Kentucky, and about how he obtained the position.

Keywords: Bureau of School Services; Classes; Directors; Doctorate; Harlan (Ky.); Leo Chamberlain; School surveys; Teaching; Writing

Subjects: College graduates; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Employment.; College teachers.; College teaching.; Educators; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

01:04:03 - Doctoral program and dissertation

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Partial Transcript: When you decided to pursue your work for your doctorate, again you were one of the early graduate students at the university in this program.

Segment Synopsis: Galloway talks about obtaining his doctorate in education from the University of Kentucky. He talks about why he and his fellow students were in the program. He talks about his dissertation on "Higher Education for Negroes", which he says at the time was a unique topic. He talks about the research he conducted for his dissertation, and talks about the attitudes of other academics towards the topic he chose. He discusses his opinion on the effects of segregation on the quality of education in Kentucky. He talks about helping another PhD student with their dissertation.

Keywords: Age; Asbury College; Attitudes; Berea College; Black colleges; Dean William Taylor; Dissertations; Doctoral programs; Education program; Hindrances; Kentucky State University; Leo Chamberlain; Lincoln Institute; Lunch; Opposition; PhD; PhD faculty; Pressure; Professors; Quality of education; Recommendations; Revisions; University presidents; Yates

Subjects: African American college students--Social conditions; African American college students.; African Americans--Education--Kentucky--Lexington; College environment; College integration; College students, Black; College students--Social conditions; College teachers, Black; College teachers--Social conditions; Discrimination in higher education; Education, Higher--Kentucky; Educational change--Kentucky; Educators; Minorities in higher education; Segregation in higher education; Universities and colleges--Evaluation; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--Research; University of Kentucky. College of Education

01:15:04 - How his college experiences changed his life

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Partial Transcript: Um, is there anything that we haven't talked about in your work at UK or the experiences that you had there that you feel would be important or interesting to researchers trying to understand the university?

Segment Synopsis: Galloway talks about teachers being required to obtain masters degrees and PhDs in order to teach. He talks about how his college experiences broadened his view of the world. He talks about working at MacMurray College in Illinois for 28 years after obtaining his PhD. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Broadened outlook; Changes; College education; College experiences; Columbia University; Dean William Taylor; Department of Education; George Colvin; Head of department; Illinois; Jobs; MacMurray College; Provincial; R.E. Jaggers; State superintendent of education

Subjects: College department heads; College graduates; College teachers--Selection and appointment.; College teaching.; Educators; Universities and colleges--Faculty.