Interview with Charles E. Barnhart, October 8, 1996

Project: Charles Elmer Barnhart, Jr. Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Charles Barnhart describes UK's comprehensive graduate program in agriculture. He recalls the attempts made to offer graduate level courses through the developing community college system and the successes and difficulties with this plan. He talks about the national agricultural library system, and mentions the importance of education to the economic development of a state. Barnhart notes Dr. William Demmick's and Dr. E.S. Good's early research to develop a hog cholera vaccine.

Barnhart remembers the controversy regarding the expansion of both the College of Agriculture and the Medical Center, and the subsequent disagreement between Dr. Herman Donovan, Governor A.B. "Happy" Chandler, and Dr. Frank Dickey over the location of each. He discusses the various plans implemented during Dr. John Oswald's tenure. He describes functions of the various agricultural labs in Scovell Hall and remembers the remodeling of the building for Agricultural Economics. Barnhart discusses the various state and federal funds used for building projects. He recalls the formation of the Blueprint Committee for Kentucky Agriculture. He states that this committee was created around the Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation, and boosted funding by visualizing long-term facility needs.

Barnhart talks about the transition from Dean Cooper to Dean Frank J. Welch. He discusses the argument over Kentucky 31 Fescue, a type of forage. He also talks about his graduate work at Iowa State and being granted sabbatical leave for research work towards his dissertation. After taking an extended leave of absence, Barnhart returned to UK and received his degree in June of 1954. He was named to the graduate faculty in August 1955. He talks about maintain his connections with Iowa State and Purdue.

Interview Accession

1996oh137_af559

Interviewee Name

Charles E. Barnhart

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1996-10-08

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Barnhart, Charles E. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 08 Oct. 1996. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Barnhart, C.E. (1996, October 08). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. Charles Elmer Barnhart, Jr. Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Barnhart, Charles E., interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. October 08, 1996, Charles Elmer Barnhart, Jr. Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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