Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Kathleen Carter, April 26, 1979

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:00 - Introduction to the Frontier Nursing Service

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Partial Transcript: This is an interview with Mrs. Kathleen Carter for the Frontier Nursing Service Oral History Project by Dale Deaton...

Segment Synopsis: Kathleen Carter is introduced. She talks about being introduced to the FNS through her husband, Congressman Tim Lee Carter. She talks about her other connections to the FNS through various committee members.

Keywords: Film; Louisville Committee; Mary Breckinridge; Mrs. Patterson; Patterson family; Visiting; Washington Committee

Subjects: Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.; Washington (D.C.)

GPS: Washington (D.C.)
Map Coordinates: 38.904722, -77.016389
00:02:42 - Congressman Tim Lee Carter

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Partial Transcript: A, as a medical doctor, your husband is, have you discussed with him very much or has he discussed very much the use of nurse midwives in rural areas?

Segment Synopsis: Carter talks about her husband, Congressman Tim Lee Carter, and his path from being a "country doctor" to a congressman.

Keywords: "Country doctors"; Circuit judges; Congressional districts; Congressman Carter; Fathers; Nurse midwives; Rural medicine; Tompkinsville (Ky.); Training

Subjects: Frontier Nursing Service, Inc.; Kentucky--Politics and government; Medical care--Appalachian Region; Medicine, Rural; Nursing--Study and teaching; Physicians--Kentucky; Politicians--Kentucky; Rural health services

GPS: Tompkinsville (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 36.699444, -85.691944
00:05:09 - Former President Richard Nixon's visit to Hyden, Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Well last year, uh, President Nixon--former President Nixon made his first public appearance really since leaving office.

Segment Synopsis: Carter talks about her husband's involvement in bringing former President Nixon to Hyden after his resignation as president. She talks about Nixon's doctor stating that the visit would be beneficial to Nixon, and talks about his positive reception by the local people of Leslie County.

Keywords: "Mountain people"; Congressman Carter; Congressman Tim Lee Carter; Depression; Doctors; Health conditions; Health issues; Mrs. Nixon; Mrs. Patterson; Politicians' wives; President Richard Nixon; Reception; Visiting; Washington Committee

Subjects: Appalachian Region--Social conditions; Appalachian Region--Social life and customs; Hyden (Ky.); Leslie County (Ky.); Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994; Politicians--United States

GPS: Hyden (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.163333, -83.375
00:11:40 - President Nixon's resignation

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Partial Transcript: Now you said that Congressman Carter was at, at President Ni, Nixon's last--the final meeting before his resignation.

Segment Synopsis: Carter talks about hearing of President Nixon's resignation through her husband, Congressman Tim Lee Carter.

Keywords: Congressman Carter; Congressman Tim Lee Carter; Doctors; Recordings; Resignation

Subjects: Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994; United States--Politics and government--Moral and ethical aspects

00:14:20 - Local people of Leslie County, Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Well a, as a member of the Washington Committee, uh, being a person from Kentucky who has visited Leslie County and, and the Frontier Nursing Service...

Segment Synopsis: Carter talks more about the local people of Leslie County and their reception of former President Nixon. She talks about the stereotypes held by outsiders about the people of Leslie County, and the hesitance of a local judge to allow outside press during Nixon's visit.

Keywords: "Mountain people"; Committee members; Congressman Carter; Congressman Tim Lee Carter; Former President Richard Nixon; Impressions; Judge Allen Muncy; Kate Ireland; Local people; Media; Outsiders; Press; Stereotypes; Understanding; Washington Committee

Subjects: Appalachian Region--Social conditions; Appalachian Region--Social life and customs; Hyden (Ky.); Leslie County (Ky.); Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994; Politicians--United States; Regionalism--Appalachian Region

GPS: Leslie County (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.09, -83.38
00:18:31 - Concerns prior to Nixon's visit to Hyden

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Partial Transcript: Well n--being in Leslie County at the time, and I went to the dedication ceremony and taped the speeches that were made and so forth.

Segment Synopsis: Carter discusses the rumors of anti-Nixon demonstrators and other fears prior to Nixon's visit to Hyden. She talks more about the local people's positive reception of Nixon. She briefly mentions her husband's involvement in the funding of the new Mary Breckinridge Hospital. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: "Mountain people"; Anti-Nixon demonstrations; Concerns; Congressman Carter; Congressman Tim Lee Carter; Donations; Fears; Former governors; Funding; Happy Chandler; Local people; Louie Nunn; Mary Breckinridge Hospital; Reception; Rumors; Visiting

Subjects: Appalachian Region--Social conditions; Appalachian Region--Social life and customs; Governors--Kentucky; Hyden (Ky.); Leslie County (Ky.); Medical centers--Finance; Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994; Politicians--United States

GPS: Hyden (Ky.)
Map Coordinates: 37.163333, -83.375