Interview with Thomas D. Clark, January 13, 1986

Project: University of Kentucky Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

In this interview, Thomas D. Clark discusses events at the University of Kentucky during the late 1930s and throughout the 1940s. He recalls the retirement of President Frank L. McVey and transition to President Herman L. Donovan. Clark discusses the abolishment of the faculty senate and its effect on the environment within the university. He also touches upon various internal conflicts at UK during this time such as the transfer of Pat O'Bannon to the College of Agriculture.

When Donovan was first appointed as president, Clark took a leave of absence to conduct research for his book "Pills, Petticoats, and Plows." Yet, Clark recalls that he was critical of Donovan's appointment. When Clark returned to the university, the atmosphere was tense but there was also a "period of renaissance" within the field of Southern history. Clark notes the founding of the Southern Historical Association, The Journal of Southern History, and university presses.

Clark also talks about Charles Merriam Knapp, Huntley Dupre, and other members of the history department. He describes the difficulties of developing an outstanding history department and faculty. Clark mentions the influx of students during World War II, adjusting to the military programs on campus, and sustaining the department with little funding and staff.

Interview Accession

1986oh042_af282

Interviewee Name

Thomas D. Clark

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1986-01-13

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Clark, Thomas D. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 13 Jan. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Clark, T.D. (1986, January 13). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. University of Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Clark, Thomas D., interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. January 13, 1986, University of Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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