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00:00:03 - First impressions of the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: The following is an unrehearsed interview with Ann Ford, a 1939 graduate of the University of Kentucky.

Segment Synopsis: Ann Ford is introduced. She talks about why she chose to attend the University of Kentucky. She talks about her first impressions of the campus and the experience of registering for her classes.

Keywords: Alumni Gym; Busy; Fears; Impressions; Nicholasville (Ky.); Physicals; Registering; Scared

Subjects: Campus visits; College choice; College costs.; College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions

00:02:48 - Classes and professors

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Partial Transcript: Now what was your major at the university?

Segment Synopsis: Ford talks about majoring in library science at UK and talks about the quality of her education. She discusses some of her favorite professors at the university.

Keywords: Bachelors degrees; Dr. George Brady; Dr. Thomas D. Clark; English classes; Favorite professors; Frank McFarland; Library science; Masters degrees; Preparation; Professor Walter Jennings; Relationship with students

Subjects: College environment; College majors; 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 Library Science

00:06:51 - Students' attitudes during the 1930s

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Partial Transcript: In the late 1930s, well in the, uh--from 1933 on, uh, there was a threat of Hitler in Europe and the spread of Nazism.

Segment Synopsis: Ford talks about whether students during the 1930s were concerned about the possibility of war in Europe and talks about whether she was aware of a peace movement on the campus prior to World War II.

Keywords: Adolf Hitler; Buses; Commuters; Commuting; Concerns; Demonstrations; Great Depression; Nazism; Nicholasville (Ky.); Off-campus living; Pacifism; Peace movements

Subjects: College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Political activity.; College students--Social conditions; College students--Transportation; Depressions--1929--Kentucky; Student protesters; World War, 1939-1945

00:09:17 - University president Frank McVey

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Partial Transcript: Dr. Frank McVey was president of the university during--

Segment Synopsis: Ford describes President McVey and his wife Frances Jewell.

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

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

00:10:40 - Greek life and social events

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Partial Transcript: Were you a member of a, uh, sorority?

Segment Synopsis: Ford talks about her experience joining the Delta Delta Delta (Tri Delt) sorority at UK and discusses the process of pledging a sorority. She talks about the social activities available for students, including dances and sporting events.

Keywords: Alumni Gym; Attitudes; Bid process; Commuters; Commuting; Concerts; Cooperation; Criticism; Cultural events; Dances; Delta Delta Delta sorority; Football games; Great Depression; Greek letter organizations; Greek system; Hell Week; Homecoming; Inadequate; Lectures; Little Kentucky Derby (LKD); Open houses; Opportunities; Parties; Plays; Pledging; Relationships; Rushing; Social events; Social life; Sophomores; Sororities

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

00:18:39 - Politics

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Partial Transcript: Do you recall whether students were very much interested or concerned about, uh, local or state or national politics in the late '30s?

Segment Synopsis: Ford discusses students' level of interest in politics during the 1930s. She discusses the effectiveness of student government at the time and the attitudes of the university faculty and administration towards the organizations.

Keywords: Communication; Effectiveness; Elections; Influence; Interest; Men's Student Council; Policies; Woman's Self Government Association

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

00:21:18 - Role of women

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Partial Transcript: How active a role did women play in campus activities in those days?

Segment Synopsis: Ford discusses the role of women as faculty members at the university. She talks about the restrictions on female students and discusses whether she felt discriminated against at the time.

Keywords: Dean Sarah Blanding; Dean of Women; Dormitories; English department; Library science department; Margaret I. King; Regulations; Role of women; Rules

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College discipline; College environment; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Social conditions; College teachers--Social conditions; Educators; Sex discrimination in higher education.; Sexism in higher education; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky. College of Library Science; Women in education--Kentucky--Lexington; Women in higher education.; Women--Education (Higher)

00:23:17 - Role of athletics

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

Segment Synopsis: Ford talks about the importance of athletics at UK during her time as a student. She talks about whether students felt that athletes received special treatment. She talks about the facilities available for basketball games.

Keywords: Academic eligibility; Academics; Alumni Gym; Attendance; Basketball games; Basketball tickets; Emphasis; Favoritism; Grades; Role of athletics; Rumors; Special treatment

Subjects: College athletes; College facilities.; College sports.; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Social conditions; Kentucky Wildcats (Basketball team)

00:26:22 - Effects of the Great Depression

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Partial Transcript: Were, were there still a lot of, of evidences in the late '30s of, of the effects which the Depression had had upon the university?

Segment Synopsis: Ford briefly discusses how the university was affected by the Great Depression.

Keywords: Class size; Great Depression

Subjects: College buildings.; College environment; College facilities.; College students--Economic conditions; College students--Social conditions; Depressions--1929--Kentucky; Universities and colleges--Finance

00:27:53 - University of Kentucky Library

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Partial Transcript: What about the university library while you were there?

Segment Synopsis: Ford talks about the quality of the library during her time as a student. She talks about the libraries she worked in after graduation. She talks about some of her coworkers at the UK Library. She briefly talks about the student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel.

Keywords: Adequate; Circulation department; Jefferson County (Ky.); Jobs; Kentucky Kernel newspaper; Margaret I. King; Quality; Retirement; Students' needs; Views; Working

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College publications; College student newspapers and periodicals; College student orientation.; College students--Attitudes.; Journalism, College; University of Kentucky. Libraries

00:32:18 - College experience

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Partial Transcript: It's often said that a college education experience changes a person greatly.

Segment Synopsis: Ford talks about how her college experience affected her life. She discusses whether she would change anything about her college experience. She talks about her contact with the UK Alumni Association. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Changes; College education; College experiences; Contact; Interest; Involvement; Jobs; Participation; Personality

Subjects: College environment; College graduates; College students--Attitudes.; College students--Conduct of life.; College students--Social conditions; Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae.; University of Kentucky Alumni Association