Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History

Interview with Jasper B. Shannon, July 11, 1973

Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries
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00:00:05 - University of Kentucky President Frank McVey--Personality

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Partial Transcript: --view with Dr. Jasper Shannon, professor of political science, University of Kentucky, 1936 to 1956, July 11th, 1973.

Segment Synopsis: Professor Jasper Shannon is introduced. He talks about introducing Frank McVey at a banquet before being hired at the University of Kentucky. He tells several anecdotes about his interactions with McVey that demonstrate McVey's personality and sense of humor.

Keywords: Banquets; Communism; Dogs; Dr. Frank McVey; Instructors; International Relations Club; Introductions; Mary Frances Jewell McVey; Russia; Sense of humor; Transylvania University

Subjects: College administrators; College presidents; College presidents' spouses; Universities and colleges--Administration.

00:06:35 - University of Kentucky President Frank McVey--Selection of his successor

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Partial Transcript: Um--(coughs)--then on the witticism, he--his faculty were absolutely just scared to death of him because he had a hard tongue.

Segment Synopsis: Shannon talks about the creation of a curriculum committee and McVey's opinions on the committee's selection of his successor. He briefly discusses McVey as an instructor.

Keywords: Curriculum committee; Dean Paul P. Boyd; Dean William Taylor; Dr. Claiborne Latimer; Dr. Frank McVey; Dr. Ralph Weaver; Edgar Palmer; International law; Professor Cohen; Successors; Witticism

Subjects: College administrators--Selection and appointment.; College presidents; College teachers.; College teaching.; Educators; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

00:10:45 - Censorship of student newspapers

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Partial Transcript: Um, I got off in a, a bad, uh, light I suppose, uh, with him after I'd been here about, uh, oh I don't suppose over two months.

Segment Synopsis: Shannon talks about a censorship issue at Transylvania University, as well as a concurrent censorship issue at the University of Kentucky regarding an article about sending the school band to a football game in Boston, Massachusetts.

Keywords: Boston (Mass.); Censorship; Dr. Frank McVey; Elmer Sulzer; Football games; Freedom of the press; Jobs; Kentucky Kernel newspaper; Local newspapers; Professor Enoch Grehan; Student editors; Student newspapers; Transylvania University; University band

Subjects: College administrators; College environment; College presidents; College publications; College student newspapers and periodicals; College students--Social conditions; Journalism, College; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Periodicals.

00:17:07 - University of Kentucky President Frank McVey--Politics

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Partial Transcript: So, uh, those are some of my more, uh, ------?? recollections of him.

Segment Synopsis: Shannon talks about a committee created by the state legislature to investigate the University of Kentucky, and how McVey sending Ezra Gillis as a representative cleared up the issue. He talks about Governor Keen Johnson's involvement with UK.

Keywords: Dr. Claiborne Latimer; Dr. Frank McVey; Dr. Herman Donovan; Ezra Gillis; Governor Keen Johnson; Investigation committee; Mary Frances Jewell McVey; State legislature

Subjects: College administrators--Selection and appointment.; College environment; College presidents; Kentucky--Politics and government; Universities and colleges--Administration.

00:22:52 - Publications committee / the McVeys' house

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Partial Transcript: Uh, I had another uh------?? contact with him. He made himself chairman of the publications committee.

Segment Synopsis: Shannon talks about the publications committee at the University of Kentucky and their opinions on his book about Henry Clay. He talks about negative opinions of the McVeys' house.

Keywords: Comments; Committee chairman; Dr. Amry Vandenbosch; Dr. Edward Wiest; Dr. Frank McVey; Henry Clay; Houses; Introductions; Manuscripts; Personality; Professor Edward Farquhar; Publications committee; William Funkhouser

Subjects: College administrators; College environment; College presidents; College presidents--Dwellings; College publications; College teachers--Social conditions; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

00:27:58 - Conflicts at the University of Kentucky

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Partial Transcript: Have you got any, anything much upon Colonel Graham and how he was appointed?

Segment Synopsis: Shannon talks about some of the issues that have arisen at the University of Kentucky, including the issues surrounding the hiring of James Hiram Graham, and the conflict between Frank McVey and Pat O'Bannon.

Keywords: Acting president; American Association of University Professors (AAUP); Apologies; Charles Knapp; Dean James Graham; Dean Thomas Cooper; Dr. Frank McVey; John Booker; Lester "Pat" O'Bannon; Regrets

Subjects: College administrators; College environment; College presidents; College teachers--Selection and appointment.; College teachers--Social conditions; Educators; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

00:31:46 - Herman Donovan's selection as president

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Partial Transcript: And the other thing, uh, had nothing to do with McVey in particular.

Segment Synopsis: Shannon talks about the opinions of the faculty regarding Herman Donovan's appointment as president of the University of Kentucky. He talks about the political aspects of his appointment.

Keywords: Board of trustees; Concerns; Dean James Graham; Dean William Taylor; Dr. Herman Donovan; Governor Keen Johnson; Jesse Adams; Nell Donovan

Subjects: College administrators--Selection and appointment.; College environment; College presidents; College presidents' spouses; College teachers--Social conditions; Kentucky--Politics and government; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

00:36:46 - University of Kentucky and Happy Chandler

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Partial Transcript: Now who is this man here who's writing on Happy Chandler?

Segment Synopsis: Shannon discusses Happy Chandler's influence on the University of Kentucky, and mentions the difficulty some of the university presidents had in working with him.

Keywords: Athletics; Dr. Albert Kirwan; Dr. Frank McVey; Dr. Herman Donovan; Dr. John Oswald; Governor Happy Chandler; John Manning; Politics; Retirement; University of Kentucky Medical Center

Subjects: College administrators; College environment; College presidents; College sports--Coaching; Kentucky--Politics and government; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.

00:41:37 - Professor Wellington Patrick

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Partial Transcript: Well there, uh, a lot of colorful stories.

Segment Synopsis: Shannon talks about the trouble Frank McVey had regarding a professor named Wellington Patrick, who he says was involved in a trial to determine his sanity. The interview concludes abruptly.

Keywords: Dr. Frank McVey; Drugs; Mental illnesses; Sanity trials; Wellington Patrick

Subjects: College administrators; College presidents; College teachers--Social conditions; Educators; Universities and colleges--Administration.; Universities and colleges--Faculty.