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The online home of our growing oral history interview collection.

Oral History

Our online award-winning oral history collection consists of more than 350 interviews. They are arranged alphabetically by last name under individual Alpha headings below: A, B, C, etc.  The interviews feature photographs of most interviewees, an interview description, downloadable interview transcripts, and audio files that can be streamed or downloaded. In 2007 we received the Texas Oral History Association's Mary Faye Barnes Award for Excellence in Community History Projects.

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Ingram, Mary

Ingram, Mary

April 23, 2010

Interview 191a : In this interview with Patsy Colbert, long-time Diboll teacher and counselor Mary Ingram reminisces about her years in education, particularly during the late 1960's during racial integration and desegregation in Diboll. Mrs. Ingram talks about teaching mixed race classes for the first time, teaching at H.G. Temple School as a white teacher before full integration, and the interactions between both races of students and teachers. Mrs. Ingram does not remember many difficulties between the races during the integration process.

Ippolito, John

Ippolito, John

October 15, 2019

Interview 290a: In this interview with Jonathan Gerland former National Forests and Grasslands in Texas archaeologist John Ippolito reminisces about his career.  Starting with his education at Texas A&M University, Mr. Ippolito recalls his first experiences in the field in West Texas and on the Texas coast, is path to becoming an archaeologist in East Texas, and the particular challenges of doing archaeology in the National Forests.  He discusses the balance between forest management and harvesting needs versus archaeological needs, working with other government entities like the Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas Historical Commission, and how he, and later his staff, documented archaeological finds.  He also discusses changes in forest management practices, fire prevention and use, and grazing within the National Forests. 

Ippolito, John

Ippolito, John

December 16, 2019

Interview 290b: In this interview with Jonathan Gerland, former United States Forest Service archaeologist John Ippolito answers questions about his career working in the forests of East Texas.  They discuss environmental laws and their influence of local forestry practices and archaeological efforts within the forests, particularly the National Environmental Policy Act and the National Forest Management Act.  He talks about policy shifts in 1986, 1996, and 2006 and the lawsuits that influenced these policies, as well as some of the people involved in protests. He also discusses the pine beetle, Rainbow Gatherings, the Passport in Time program, the National Record of Historic Places, and various community groups and celebrations.  Of particular interest are his mentions of Civilian Conservation Camps in East Texas and reunions of former workers in the 1990’s and 2000’s, working to register the site of the Aldridge Mill at Boykin Springs for federal protection, and working with local historians to celebration the tricentennial of Mission Tejas. 

Ivy, Roscoe

Ivy, Roscoe

February 07, 2012

Interview 246a : In this interview with Jonathan Gerland, Roscoe Ivy reminisces about playing sports in the Lufkin area, particularly high school football and baseball and softball. He played football at Lufkin High School for Coach Abe Martin, and he talks about their games, their record, and their coach's motivation style. Mr. Ivy also talks about playing football and baseball for the Army during World War II, particularly when he was based in Lake Charles, Louisiana as an aircraft mechanic. After the war, he returned to Lufkin, where he worked for the U.S. Postal Service and then for a insurance adjusting company based in Nacogdoches. Through his professional career he continued to play semi-pro baseball and recreational softball. He played for the Lufkin Merchants baseball team, the semi-pro team that played in the pro level Lufkin Foresters Park when the pros were out of town. He also played softball for the Lufkin municipal league. He mentions his fellow players, their opponents (including the Diboll Millers), and some particularly memorable games.

Ivy, Ted

Ivy, Ted

February 21, 2020

Interview 293a: In this interview with Jonathan Gerland, Angelina County native Ted Ivy reminisces about growing up in Huntington as a descendant of early Angelina County settlers.  He recounts his family history in the area, tells where his ancestors came from and how they came to Angelina County, and describes what life was like as he grew up during the Great Depression and World War II.  He also tells about his time in the military during the Korean War. Mr. Ivy remembers many of the area’s oldest families and describes the businesses, schools, and churches that filled Huntington through the years.