Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Mary Sheehan Jones, John Paul Jones, November 29, 1977

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:02 - First impressions of the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: The following is an unrehearsed interview with Mr. and Mrs. John Paul Jones, Jr., 1941 graduates of the University of Kentucky.

Segment Synopsis: John Paul Jones and Mary Sheehan Jones are introduced. They discuss why they each chose to attend the University of Kentucky. J. Jones discusses his experiences with hazing. They talk about where they lived as students.

Keywords: Alumni Gym; Ashland (Ky.); Brothers; Dormitories; Engineering; First impressions; Hats; Hazing; Isaac Murphy; Lexington (Ky.); Living at home; Living situations; Meals; Off-campus living; Shaving heads

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

00:04:44 - Atmosphere of the late 1930s

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Partial Transcript: In the, uh, the late thirties when you, uh, were freshmen and sophomores, uh, at that time there was the, the growing threat of Hitler in Europe and the spread of Nazism.

Segment Synopsis: J. Jones and M. Jones discuss students' concerns about the impending war in Europe during the late 1930s. They talk about male students' required participation in ROTC training. They discuss radicals and communist students on campus.

Keywords: Adolf Hitler; Communists; Concerns; Kentuckians; Land grant colleges; Military draft; Military training; Nazism; Otto Koppius; Peace movements; Political science; Professors; Radicals; Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC); United States Army; WWII; World War II

Subjects: College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Political activity.; College students--Social conditions; College teachers--Political activity; Educators; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky. Army ROTC; World War, 1939-1945

00:08:55 - College of Business / College of Engineering

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Partial Transcript: Now your major fields of study were, uh, commerce for you, Mrs. Jones?

Segment Synopsis: M. Jones talks about majoring in commerce at UK. She talks about some of her professors and the quality of her education. J. Jones discusses majoring in engineering. He talks about the reputation of the college, and discusses the relationship between the students and the professors.

Keywords: Beers; Boonesboro; College of Commerce; Dean Cecil Carpenter; Dean James Graham; Drinking; Professor Lewis Robinson; Professors; Quality of education; Relationship with students; Reputations; Socializing; Softball

Subjects: College environment; College majors; College students--Alcohol use; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; College teachers--Rating of.; College teachers--Social conditions; Educators; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--Ratings and rankings.; University of Kentucky. College of Business and Economics; University of Kentucky. College of Engineering; University of Kentucky. College of Mines and Metallurgy

00:13:50 - President McVey

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Partial Transcript: Now Dr. Frank McVey was president of the university during at least the first three years, I believe, that you were there.

Segment Synopsis: M. Jones and J. Jones talk about university president Frank McVey and his wife Frances Jewell McVey and their relationships with the students.

Keywords: Dr. Frank McVey; Mary Frances Jewell McVey; Personality; Professors; Relationship with students; Teas

Subjects: College administrators--Rating of; College presidents; College presidents' spouses; College students--Social conditions; Universities and colleges--Administration.

00:16:00 - Greek life

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Partial Transcript: Were either of you, uh, members of a fraternity or sorority, uh, while you were students at the university?

Segment Synopsis: M. Jones and J. Jones discuss the role of fraternities and sororities at the University of Kentucky. They talk about the opportunities for leadership positions in other organizations on campus. They tell a story about a male student being elected as May Queen.

Keywords: Bill Duncan; Campus organizations; Fraternities; Greek letter organizations; Independents; Leadership; May Queen; Membership; Sororities; Voting

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

00:18:44 - Social life

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Partial Transcript: How would you describe the social and cultural life in general on campus during the late thirties and early forties?

Segment Synopsis: M. Jones and J. Jones discuss the social activities available for students. They talk about some of the popular student hangouts in downtown Lexington.

Keywords: Attendance; Canary Cottage; Concerts; Cultural activities; Dates; Local hangouts; Phoenix Hotel; Rose Street Grill; Social activities; Social events; Social life; Student Union Building; The Paddock; Woodland Auditorium

Subjects: College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; University towns

00:21:43 - Politics on campus

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Partial Transcript: Were students very much concerned with politics at that time?

Segment Synopsis: M. Jones and J. Jones talk about Governor Happy Chandler influencing students to become interested in politics. They talk about the role of student government on campus.

Keywords: Basketball games; Effectiveness; Elections; Football games; Governor Happy Chandler; Members; Men's Student Council; Officers; Politicians; Sales tax; Student Government Association; Women's Self Government Association

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

00:25:11 - Role of women

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

Segment Synopsis: M. Jones and J. Jones describe some of the female faculty members they knew. They discuss whether discrimination was an issue at the time.

Keywords: Cleo Dawson Smith; English professors; Honey Smith; Role of women; Sallie Pence

Subjects: College environment; College teachers--Salaries, etc.; 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)

00:27:18 - Role of athletics

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

Segment Synopsis: M. Jones and J. Jones discuss the importance of athletics at the University of Kentucky. They talk about the success of the football and basketball teams, and talk about student attendance at games.

Keywords: Adolph Rupp; Attendance; Basketball tickets; Emphasis; Football teams; Role of athletics; Scores; Winning

Subjects: College environment; College sports--Coaching; College sports.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Kentucky Wildcats (Basketball team)

00:29:26 - Kentucky Kernel newspaper

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

Segment Synopsis: M. Jones and J. Jones talk about the influence of the Kentucky Kernel. J. Jones tells a story about an article written in the paper that caused trouble between the reporter and the engineering students.

Keywords: Construction; Engineers; Kentucky Kernel newspaper; Lexington Herald Leader; Louisville Courier-Journal; Mailboxes; McVey Hall; Ponds; Reactions; Representative; Weekly newspapers

Subjects: College environment; College publications; College student newspapers and periodicals; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; College teachers--Social conditions; Educators; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky. College of Engineering

00:32:07 - M. I. King Library / more on the atmosphere of the late 1930s

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Partial Transcript: The King Library, while you were students there, uh, increased its, its holdings by something like fifty percent in, in three or four years until by 1941 it was--(coughs)--about the fifth largest library in all of the South.

Segment Synopsis: M. Jones and J. Jones talk about the quality of the M. I. King Library at the University of Kentucky. They talk more about the students' attitudes during the late 1930s.

Keywords: Complacent; Generations; Instructional services; Library holdings; M. I. King Library; Quality; Sons; Usefulness; Volumes

Subjects: Academic libraries.; College environment; College facilities.; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Books and reading.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; University of Kentucky. Libraries

00:34:21 - Impact of a college education

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Partial Transcript: --(coughs)--It is often said that a college education and experience changes a person greatly.

Segment Synopsis: M. Jones and J. Jones discuss how attending the University of Kentucky changed their lives. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Changes; College education; College experiences; Diversity; Meeting people

Subjects: College environment; College graduates; College students--Social conditions; Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae.