Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Phil Miles, November 1, 1978

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:01 - Agriculture and Industrial Development Board / United States Geological Survey

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Partial Transcript: Huh, look at that, stopped exactly at twelve.

Segment Synopsis: Miles discusses Clements' successes in establishing the Agriculture and Industrial Development Board and the United States Geological Survey, and how those organizations' strong establishment kept Clements' vision in tact even through successive administrations. He describes the Agriculture and Industrial Development Board as a non-political organization that was of keen interest to Clements, and one that he staffed very effectively. They then briefly discuss some particular roads projects in Frankfort and Versailles.

Keywords: Agriculture and Industrial Development Board (A&IDB); Happy Chandler; Lawrence Wetherby; Roads program; State maintenance; State parks program; United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Subjects: Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985; Geological surveys--Kentucky

00:08:15 - Unites States Geological Survey water program

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Partial Transcript: But, but coming back to Clements though, you see the A&ID Boarders as operating pretty much, uh, on its own without the heavy hand of politics--

Segment Synopsis: The conversation returns to the Agriculture and Industrial Development Board, and the water program with the Unites States Geological Survey determining the quality of water in the lines and streams in Kentucky.

Keywords: Agriculture & Industrial Development Board (A&IDB); Data programs; Politics; Unites States Geological Survey (USGS); Water programs

Subjects: Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985; Industrialization; Water quality--Kentucky

00:13:48 - Mineral resources

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Partial Transcript: This may be a tough question, uh, but d, during the years '47-'50 as you were mapping, uh, did you learn a lot of information about mineral resources?

Segment Synopsis: Miles seems to be looking at a map, while he comments and answers questions about mineral resources and the geological makeup of the region.

Keywords: Concrete; Limestone; Maps; Mineral resources; Minerals; Revenue; United States Geological Survey (USGS)

Subjects: Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985; Geological surveys--United States

00:19:27 - Industrial development

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Partial Transcript: Well, uh, according to my research, Kentucky had, had fallen very far behind in the, say the fifty year period from 1900 onward.

Segment Synopsis: It is pointed out that Kentucky used to be the leading southern state in industrial development, but by 1947 had fallen almost to the bottom. Miles discusses technical issues surrounding iron ore and geological mapping.

Keywords: Iron ore; Maps

Subjects: Geological mapping; Industrialization; Kentucky

00:27:31 - Advising the governor

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Partial Transcript: Did you or anyone, uh, directly associated with you, use the mapping information to advise Governor Clements on the construction of locks on, say, the Green River, or, uh, the, uh, program for creating locks?

Segment Synopsis: Miles answers some questions about mapping information and its use to the Clements administration. Some miscellaneous questions follow concerning Clements as governor, and questions about other legislators. The segment seems to end one interview session, to be followed by another.

Keywords: Advisers; Advising; Engineering; Garrett Withers; Geological mapping; Governors; Legislators; River locks

Subjects: Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985

00:36:32 - Aeronautics

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Partial Transcript: Mr. Miles, can you tell me if, uh, this information was used by the depart--Kentucky Department of Aeronautics...

Segment Synopsis: Beginning a new interview session, Miles describes the process of selecting and developing airport sites in Kentucky.

Keywords: Aeronautical charts; Aeronautics; Air Force; Air traffic; Airports; Louisville (Ky.); Roads; State Department; Strip mining; Urban planning

Subjects: Aeronautics; Airports--Appalachian Region; Community development--Kentucky--Louisville

00:45:26 - Geological surveys / competition

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Partial Transcript: Did, did you feel any, uh, pressure from any specific, uh, municipalities or counties to immediately do surveys?

Segment Synopsis: Though faint and difficult to hear through most of it, Miles discusses counties' interests in having their respective lands surveyed, and of the competition in his field.

Keywords: Competition; Geologists; Municipalities; Public pressure

Subjects: Geological surveys--Kentucky

00:50:15 - Program publicity / Harry Lee Waterfield

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Partial Transcript: This was not a widely publicized program, this mapping program, I gather. It was done rather quietly, would that be correct?

Segment Synopsis: Miles explains why the mapping program didn't gain a lot of attention. He also talks about his experience navigating politics and dealing with politicians.

Keywords: Harry Lee Waterfield; Politicians; Politics; Publicity

Subjects: Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985; Geological mapping; Geological surveys--Kentucky

00:55:08 - Miscellaneous closing questions

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Partial Transcript: Were you involved in the Tidelands, uh, thing?

Segment Synopsis: Miles discusses the local legislation proposed in response to the Tidelands Oil case in Texas, and subsequent issues raised about the Kentucky-Ohio state boundaries.

Keywords: Farm land; Ohio River; State boundaries; State ownership; State rights; Tidelands Oil

Subjects: Clements, Earle C. (Earle Chester), 1896-1985