Interview with Jacqueline P. Bull, July 20, 1981

Project: University of Kentucky Oral History Project

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Jacqueline P. Bull, former head of UK Libraries' Special Collections and Archives, became a typist in the library in 1934. In 1937, she became Assistant Reference Librarian under Norma Cass and she worked in reference and the graduate reading room. Then, in 1942, Bull decided to obtain a doctorate in history. After completing her coursework, she was employed in the library while writing her dissertation. In 1948, Bull began working in the University Archives.

She describes the development of the University Archives. She recalls that the archives brought together the manuscript collections that the library already had, including the Laura Clay papers, country store records that Thomas D. Clark had donated, and material on the history of education in the state of Kentucky collected by Mr. Gillis. Bull describes Ms. Margaret I. King as someone who had the vision of a true professional and remembers that Ms. King was dedicated to improving the quality of service and the quality of the collection at the library.

Bull remembers moving into the new King Library building in 1931, and changes in the use of the library by the students at this time. She talks about directors of the library after Margaret King, including Lawrence Thompson and Stuart Forth. She describes how Forth was anxious to allow the faculty participate further in the administration of the library. She also mentions the acquisition of the Barkley papers, and the controversy over the library's one millionth volume.

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1981oh082_af139

Interviewee Name

Jacqueline P. Bull

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Bruce Denbo

Interview Date

1981-07-20

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Bull, Jacqueline P. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 20 Jul. 1981. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Bull, J.P. (1981, July 20). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. University of Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Bull, Jacqueline P., interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. July 20, 1981, University of Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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