Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Jacqueline P. Bull, June 18, 1986

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:07 - Early career at the University of Kentucky Library

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Partial Transcript: Well, Dr. Bull, as, as you know we, we did an interview back in, what was it? 1978, I believe--

Segment Synopsis: Dr. Jacqueline Bull talks about the beginning of her career at the University of Kentucky Library as a student assistant in 1934. She talks about her job duties, earning her masters degree in history, becoming assistant reference librarian, and working toward her doctorate.

Keywords: Archives Department; Assistant reference librarians; Catalog department; Department of Library Science; Doctorate; Dr. Thomas D. Clark; Fellowships; Graduate school; Great Depression; M. I. King Library; Margaret I. King; Masters degrees; Norma Cass; Repositories; Salary; Secretary; Traveling; Typists; University archives

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College students--Employment.; Universities and colleges--Employees; Universities and colleges--Professional staff; University of Kentucky. Libraries; University of Kentucky. Libraries. Division of Special Collections and Archives

00:04:47 - Becoming head of the Archives Department

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Partial Transcript: And Ms. Cass wanted me to come back to reference and work on--at this on the side.

Segment Synopsis: Bull talks about being named head of the newly formed Archives Department in the UK Library. She describes her office, talks about the support the department received from the library and faculty, and talks about the original collections held by the Archives Department.

Keywords: Attitudes; Bureau of Source Materials; Country store records; Dr. Thomas D. Clark; Ezra Gillis; Henry Clay letters; Interest; James K. Patterson; James W. Martin; Judge Samuel M. Wilson; Library collections; Library materials; M. I. King Library; Manuscripts; Margaret I. King; Offices; Support; Typewriters; Wilson Collection; Wilson Library; World War II

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College environment; Library resources.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.; University of Kentucky. Libraries. Division of Special Collections and Archives

00:10:44 - Wilson Collection

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Partial Transcript: I wondered if--I was going to ask you about that.

Segment Synopsis: Bull talks about how the library came to possess Judge Samuel M. Wilson's private collection after his death. She talks about moving the collection into the library. She talks about the funds that were available for the library at that time.

Keywords: Acquisitions; Book budget; Books; Dr. Herman Donovan; Dr. Thomas D. Clark; Funding; Funds; Judge Samuel M. Wilson; Library collections; M. I. King Library; Quality; University of Kentucky Medical Center; Wilson Collection; Wilson Library

Subjects: Academic libraries.; College benefactors; Library resources.; Private libraries; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Finance; University of Kentucky. Libraries. Division of Special Collections and Archives; Wilson, Samuel Mackay, 1871-1946

00:17:08 - Acquiring the state government documents collection

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Partial Transcript: And I remember once when Mr. Coleman was out at the library he said that he and Dr. Donovan and Dr. Clark had been talking about an addition to the, then wasn't called the King Library, but to the university library building.

Segment Synopsis: Bull talks about the discussion of a new addition being built for the library, which occurred in 1959. She talks about how the Archives Department came into possession of many Kentucky state government documents, and talks about the dirty work of moving the documents to the library. She talks about organizing the collections.

Keywords: Core stacks; Dr. Herman Donovan; Dr. Thomas D. Clark; Eleanor Young; Government documents; J. Winston Coleman; King Addition; Librarians; Library additions; M. I. King Library; Margaret I. King; Organization; State Department; State Library; State capitol; State document collection; Wilson Collection; Wilson Library

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College administrators; College facilities.; Library resources.; University of Kentucky. Libraries

00:23:41 - Support for the Archives Department

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Partial Transcript: In looking back over your annual reports you seem to be a very, if not effective, persistent lobbyist for the cause of archives.

Segment Synopsis: Bull talks about lobbying to obtain funding for the Archives Department, as well as the support given by Ezra Gillis and Margaret King. She talks about renaming the library after Margaret King.

Keywords: Archives Department; Community outreach; Dedications; Dr. Frank McVey; Ezra Gillis; Funding; Library staff; M. I. King Library; Margaret I. King; Mrs. Wilson; Personality; PhD; Recognition; Registrar; Renaming; Retirement; Salary; Society of American Archivists; Speaking engagements; Support; Wilson Collection; Wilson Library; World War II

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College administrators; College benefactors; College facilities.; College presidents; Library resources.; Universities and colleges--Finance; University of Kentucky. Libraries; University of Kentucky. Libraries. Division of Special Collections and Archives; World War, 1939-1945--Women

00:32:10 - Collecting to support the UK graduate programs

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Partial Transcript: In, uh, September of 1948 in, in your report then you, you listed, uh, four major problems in the department.

Segment Synopsis: Bull talks about the connection between the Archives Department and the graduate programs at the university. She talks about collecting with graduate students in mind, and discusses the goals of various collectors at the library.

Keywords: Archives Department; Collecting; Collectors; Dr. Bennett Wall; Goals; Graduate school; Herb Finch; Historical manuscripts; James G. de Roulhac Hamilton; Kentucky heritage; Kentucky history; Library collections; M. I. King Library; Problems; Records; Regional history; University of North Carolina (UNC)

Subjects: Academic libraries.; College benefactors; College students--Books and reading.; Kentucky--History; Library resources.; University of Kentucky. Libraries; University of Kentucky. Libraries. Division of Special Collections and Archives

00:39:29 - Collections acquired by the Archives Department

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Partial Transcript: Of course, uh, there were other major collections that began to, to be, uh, uh--come in the library.

Segment Synopsis: Bull talks about several specific collections acquired by the library, including Judge William Lindsay's papers, Alben Barkley's papers, and the rare books donated by Hugh Peal. She talks about collections of women's papers and Dr. Clark's attitude about them. She talks about forming relationships with donors and their families.
[An interruption in taping occurs during this segment.]

Keywords: Alben Barkley; Burton Milward; Donor relations; Dr. Bennett Wall; Dr. Thomas D. Clark; Foundation; Governor Augustus O. Stanley; Graduate students; Judge William Lindsay; Laura Clay papers; Lawrence Thompson; Library collections; M. I. King Library; Margaret I. King; Ms. Underwood; Political collections; Pratt diary; Publishing; Relationships; Unloading trucks; W. Hugh Peal; Women

Subjects: Academic libraries.; Library resources.; Private libraries; Rare books.; University of Kentucky. Libraries. Division of Special Collections and Archives

00:48:25 - Changes in the University of Kentucky Libraries

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Partial Transcript: And I think it--you know, at the time you retired you were quoted as saying how much you enjoyed dealing with the variety of researchers that, uh--

Segment Synopsis: Bull talks about how the library has changed since her days as a student assistant, including new technology, higher wages, and improvements in the quality of library resources. She talks more about the remodeling of the library in 1959. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: Careers; Changes; Computers; Development; Image; Improvement; King Addition; Library addition; Library staff; M. I. King Library; Moving; Quality; Rare book room; Reference librarians; Remodelling; Researchers; Salary; Student assistants; Wages

Subjects: Academic librarians; Academic libraries.; College facilities.; College students--Books and reading.; Library resources.; Universities and colleges--Research; University of Kentucky. Libraries; University of Kentucky. Libraries. Division of Special Collections and Archives