Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Jacqueline P. Bull, July 20, 1981

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:01:11 - Beginning her career at the University of Kentucky Library

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Partial Transcript: The following is an unrehearsed interview with Dr. Jacqueline P. Bull for the Alumni/Faculty Oral History Project.

Segment Synopsis: Dr. Jacqueline P. Bull talks about beginning her career at the University of Kentucky Library while studying as an undergraduate student in library science. She talks about her first jobs at the library, taking a year off while working on her doctorate, and why she returned to the library the next year.

Keywords: Assistant reference librarian; Cataloging department; Dissertations; Doctorate; Dr. Thomas D. Clark; Government documents; Graduate reading room; History; Jobs; Margaret I. King; Medical journals; Norma Cass; Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship; Scholarly journals; Teaching; Typist; Wages

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College students--Employment.; Educators; Universities and colleges--Employees; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky. Libraries

00:04:43 - Creating the University Archives

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Partial Transcript: And at--when I came back to the--I did not go back to reference.

Segment Synopsis: Bull talks about the beginning of the University Archive. She talks about the materials kept and collected by the archive, and talks about some of the people who were instrumental in building the collections. She talks about the beginning of the Rare Books Collection.

Keywords: Bruce Denbo; Bureau of Social Materials; Carolyn Hammer; Country store records; Dr. Thomas D. Clark; Ezra Gillis; Frances Dugan; History of education; Interviews; Laura Clay papers; Manuscript collections; Personnel; Rare books collection; Retirement; University archives; Works Progress Administration (WPA)

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; Educators; Universities and colleges--Employees; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky. Libraries; University of Kentucky. Libraries. Division of Special Collections and Archives

00:07:32 - Development and growth of the University of Kentucky Library

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Partial Transcript: Now, uh, then I want to ask you something about your experiences.

Segment Synopsis: Bull talks about the growth of the library from the original Carnegie Library, eventually taking over a floor of the Administration Building. She talks about when the new Margaret I. King Library was built, and discusses faculty and administrative support of the library. She discusses whether the women's rights movement affected funding for the library.

Keywords: Administration Building; Budget; Carnegie Library; Columbia University; Development; Dr. Amry Vandenbosch; Dr. Frank McVey; Dr. Herman Donovan; Dr. Thomas D. Clark; Feminism; Funding; Growth; Improvements; King Addition; Library collections; M. I. King Library; Margaret I. King; Professional; Quality; Rare books; Reading room; Support; Volumes; Women; Women's rights

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College administrators; College facilities.; College presidents; College students--Books and reading.; College textbooks; Educators; Library science.; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Employees; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--Finance; University of Kentucky. Libraries; Women in education--Kentucky--Lexington; Women in higher education.; Women in library science; Women--Education (Higher)

00:16:00 - Government documents collection

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Partial Transcript: Well now when did, uh, Lawrence Thompson--

Segment Synopsis: Bull talks about the people who were instrumental in developing the library's collection of government documents, and talks about her experiences gathering documents from a dark, dusty room in the state library.

Keywords: Cataloging; Centre College; Court of Appeals records; Development; Document collections; Dr. Frank McVey; Dr. Thomas D. Clark; Duplicates; Growth; J. W. Martin; Lawrence Thompson; Library collections; Margaret I. King; Serials; State Librarian Ethel Gist Cantrill; State Library; State documents; Storage space; Support; U.S. government documents

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College administrators--Rating of; Educators; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Employees; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky. Libraries; University of Kentucky. Libraries. Division of Special Collections and Archives; University of Kentucky. Libraries. Government Publications Department

00:22:58 - Judge Samuel Wilson library collection

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Partial Transcript: And Mr. Gillis was always a tremendous help.

Segment Synopsis: Bull talks about the library annex that was built to house the library's growing collections. She talks about how the library came to own Judge Samuel Wilson's private library collection, and talks about her experience gathering the books from his home.

Keywords: Board of trustees; Cataloging; Dr. Herman Donovan; Ezra Gillis; Judge Samuel Wilson library; Library annex; Library collections; Marjorie Hornsby; Mary Esther Cooper; Retirement

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College administrators; College facilities.; College presidents; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Employees; University of Kentucky. Libraries

00:27:25 - Quality of college libraries

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Partial Transcript: And I don't believe that the university could have b--could have a, achieved the status that it has achieved, uh, without the support of a good library.

Segment Synopsis: Bull compares the quality of the University of Kentucky Library to other libraries at land grant colleges.

Keywords: Efforts; Funding; Historical documents; Land grant colleges; Library collections; Quality; Tennessee Historical Society; Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA); University of Georgia; University of North Carolina (UNC); University of Virginia

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; Educators; Universities and colleges--Employees; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--Finance; Universities and colleges--Ratings and rankings.; University of Kentucky. Libraries; University of Kentucky. Libraries. Division of Special Collections and Archives

00:31:46 - Lawrence Thompson's administration of the library

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Partial Transcript: Well, uh, shall we move on then into the Thompson era?

Segment Synopsis: Bull discusses Lawrence Thompson's abilities as director of the library. She talks about the lack of support for library staff, and says that university faculty had more authority over library policies than the staff did. She talks about changes that occurred during each university president's administration. She discusses the library's accomplishments during Thompson's time as director.

Keywords: Accomplishments; Achievements; Alben Barkley; American Association of University Professors (AAUP); Attitudes; Barkley collection; Collectors; Dr. Herman Donovan; Dr. John Oswald; Faculty committees; Instructors; Lawrence Thompson; Library administration; Library collections; Library committee; Library staff; Organizations; PhD; Policies; Political collections; Professional; Salary; Status; Support; Wages

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College administrators--Rating of; College environment; College presidents; College teachers--Salaries, etc.; College teachers--Social conditions; Educators; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Employees; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky. Libraries

00:38:16 - Stuart Forth's administration of the library

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Partial Transcript: Yeah well now, let's talk about Stuart Forth then.

Segment Synopsis: Bull talks about Stuart Forth's abilities as director of the library. She talks about policies regarding library staff and the organization of the library.

Keywords: Acquisitions; Carolyn Hammer; Cooperation; Dr. John Oswald; Funding; Library administration; Library staff; Organization; Participation; Personnel; Policies; Quality; Stuart Forth

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College administrators--Rating of; College environment; College presidents; Educators; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Employees; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--Finance; University of Kentucky. Libraries

00:41:51 - Cataloging the one millionth volume

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Partial Transcript: And some point during that time they, uh, accessioned--cataloged the one millionth volume.

Segment Synopsis: Bull says that although the one millionth volume was said to have been cataloged during Lawrence Thompson's administration, the count may have been miscalculated.

Keywords: Association of Research Libraries (ARL); Cataloging; Collection building; Counting; Document collection; Lawrence Thompson; Library collections; Standings; Status; Stuart Forth; Volumes; Weeding collections

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College administrators; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Employees; Universities and colleges--Ratings and rankings.; University of Kentucky. Libraries

00:43:57 - Quality of the University of Kentucky Library

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Partial Transcript: Jacqueline, uh, to kind of sum up, uh, what would you say in general the--well first, what's the distinctive character and qualities of the King Library and what has it done over the years, uh, good, bad, or indifferent?

Segment Synopsis: Bull talks about how the quality of the King Library has changed over the years. She talks about the types of people who use the library. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Comparisons; Contributions; Development; Dr. Thomas D. Clark; Graduate students; Growth; Historical research; Library staff; M. I. King Library; Quality; Regional; Scholars; Scope of service; Status

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College facilities.; College students--Books and reading.; College teachers.; Educators; Universities and colleges--Employees; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; Universities and colleges--Research; University of Kentucky. Libraries