Interview with Alta Mae Chandler, March 26, 1990

Project: University of Kentucky Oral History Project

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Alta Mae Chandler, a former University of Kentucky student, was born in 1893 in Owingsville, Kentucky 50 miles east of Lexington. She describes her family and what life was like growing up in Bath County at that time. Chandler then gives details about attending school in a one room school, and then attending a larger high school. She explains how she became a teacher when the school board asked her to teach the first and second grade after she graduated high school in 1913. Chandler attended the University of Kentucky and describes what it was like to be a student at the University of Kentucky in the early 1900s. She remembers some of her roommates at Patterson Hall and some of the people she knew in college, including Sarah Blanding. Chandler explains that she did very well in math and chemistry, and was one of the only women at the university taking such classes. She also discusses the role of women at that time from both a social and political standpoint. Chandler states that she was one of the few "independent women." She describes social life at UK including dances at Patterson Hall, and she discusses the women's dress code explaining that they had to wear dresses and skirts and often wore hats. The interview ends with Chandler briefly discussing the changes she saw both in herself and in the university after her college years.

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1990oh048_af397

Interviewee Name

Alta Mae Chandler

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1990-03-26

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Chandler, Alta Mae Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 26 Mar. 1990. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Chandler, A.M. (1990, March 26). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. University of Kentucky Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Chandler, Alta Mae, interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. March 26, 1990, University of Kentucky Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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