Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with T.R. Moseley, November 10, 1976

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:04 - Decision to attend the University of Kentucky and first impressions

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Partial Transcript: Mr. Moseley when did you first enroll at the University of Kentucky?

Segment Synopsis: T.R. Moseley is introduced. He discusses why he chose to attend UK. He talks about visiting the campus during his childhood to attend sporting events. He talks about where he lived while attending UK and talks about soldiers taking over some of the dorms on campus during World War II. He talks about his experiences with freshman hazing.

Keywords: Apartments; Basketball games; Beanies; Childhood; Draft; Dudley Road (Lexington, Ky.); Duke University; Football games; Fraternities; Hats; Hazing; Home; Impressions; Lexington (Ky.); Military training; Military troops; Peaceful; Pep rallies; Purdue University; Relaxed; Shelbyville (Ky.); Soldiers; South Limestone Street (Lexington, Ky.); WWII; World War II

Subjects: Campus visits; College campuses.; College choice; College environment; College freshmen; College sports.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Student housing

00:05:04 - Favorite professors / president Donovan

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Partial Transcript: Do you recall some of your--(coughs)--favorite professors, uh, a, as an undergraduate at the university?

Segment Synopsis: Moseley talks about some of his favorite professors and classes at UK. He talks about the size of the classes and whether he was able to form relationships with the professors. He talks about university president Herman Donovan and compares him to the previous president, Frank McVey.

Keywords: Appearance; Class size; Contact; Criminology; Dr. Best; Dr. Eaton; Dr. Frank McVey; Dr. Hamilton; Dr. Herman Donovan; Dr. Thomas D. Clark; Dr. Webb; Efficient; Experimental psychology; Favorite professors; History; Margaret I. King; Relationships; Respect; Teas

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

00:10:47 - Social life and events

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Partial Transcript: Now you were a member of which fraternity while y--

Segment Synopsis: Moseley talks about his involvement with the Sigma Chi fraternity and discusses the importance of Greek organizations on campus. He talks about attitudes toward the Greek system. He talks about some of the social events available for students, including dances and parties.

Keywords: Animosity; Confidence; Dances; Enrollment; Exclusive; Fraternities; Importance; Parties; Roles; Sigma Chi Derby; Sigma Chi Sweetheart Dance; Sigma Chi fraternity; Social events; Social life; Sororities

Subjects: College administrators; College environment; College presidents; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Greek letter societies.; Universities and colleges--Administration.

00:15:26 - Local hangouts / cultural activities

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Partial Transcript: What were some of the popular student hangouts around town?

Segment Synopsis: Moseley discusses the places where students would spend time off campus. He talks about the cultural events available for students, including plays at the Guignol Theater and the amphitheater on campus.

Keywords: Amphitheater; Attendance; Basketball team; Beer; Cultural activities; Drinking; Guignol Theater; Local hangouts; Plays; Restaurants; Rose Street Confectionery; The Fireplace; The Paddock; The Tavern

Subjects: College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; College theater; Lexington (Ky.); University towns

00:19:42 - Politics on campus

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Partial Transcript: How effective do you think student government was at that time?

Segment Synopsis: Moseley talks about the role of student government during his time on campus. He talks about a policy he would have liked to change. He discusses the claim that many college professors are too liberal or too often give their own opinions during class.

Keywords: Community; Fraternities; History department; Interest; Liberal; Missing classes; Opinions; Policies; Political; Political issues; Professors; Psychology department; Reputations; Rules; Student leadership

Subjects: College credits; College discipline; College environment; College student government; College student government--Elections; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; College teachers--Political activity; College teachers--Social conditions; Educators; Greek letter societies.; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

00:24:45 - Kentucky Kernel newspaper / M.I. King Library / World War II

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Partial Transcript: How influential was the campus newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel?

Segment Synopsis: Moseley talks about students' attitudes about the campus publication, the Kentucky Kernel. He gives his opinion of the M.I. King Library on campus and discusses whether students were taught how to use the library. He says that the main political discussion on campus surrounded WWII and the draft.

Keywords: Adequate; Conversations; Draft; Editorials; Gossip columns; Instructional services; Interest; Journalism; Kentucky Kernel newspaper; Library science; M. I. King Library; Military; Politics; Students' needs; WWII; World War II

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College environment; College facilities.; College publications; College student newspapers and periodicals; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Journalism, College; Universities and colleges--Curricula.; World War, 1939-1945

00:28:22 - Role of women

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Partial Transcript: How active a role did women play in campus activities at that time?

Segment Synopsis: Moseley talks about the women he knew on the faculty at UK. He discusses whether people were concerned about discrimination against women at the time, and gives some examples of discrimination that he knew of.

Keywords: Active; Awareness; Chauvinism; Dances; Dean Doris Seward; Dean Sarah Holmes; Doctorate; English department; Enrollment; Family background; Guignol Theater; Influences; Margaret I. King; Mothers; Role of women; Salary discrepancies; Teachers; WWII; World War II

Subjects: Academic librarians; College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; College teachers--Social conditions; Educators; 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); World War, 1939-1945

00:33:08 - Role of athletics

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Partial Transcript: How important a role did athletics play in campus life?

Segment Synopsis: Moseley discusses the role of athletics at the University of Kentucky. He talks about the difficulty of being successful academically as an athlete and discusses whether professors gave athletes special treatment. He talks about the size of the gym and the number of people who were able to attend basketball games. The interview ends abruptly.

Keywords: Academic eligibility; Academics; Adolph Rupp; Alumni Gym; Athletics; Attendance; Attitudes; Basketball players; Basketball practice; Basketball team; Emphasis; Favoritism; Grades; Helping; High school basketball; Professors; Road trips; Spectators; Trains; Tutors

Subjects: College athletes; College buildings.; College environment; College facilities.; College sports--Corrupt practices; College sports.; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Kentucky Wildcats (Basketball team)