A tape recorded interview of William Micheels conducted in June and July of 1977 by Halsey Douglas and Chancellor Robert Swanson. Micheels graduated from Stout in 1932 and later served as President of Stout from 1961 to 1972. During his term, 14 new graduate and undergraduate majors were added and many new buildings were planned to accomodate the expanding enrollment and programs which Micheels saw as crucial to maintaining a progressive educational system. The interview includes discussion of his early career in Montana and at the University of Minnesota, his work in Taiwan and Indonesia, various Stout programs including art and vocational rehabilitation, lieral arts at Stout, student unrest, faculty governance, innovations in dealings with students, expansion of physical facilities, Barron County Campus, and merger.
Tape recorded interview conducted on April 23, 1981 by John Joseph Jax, representing the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Oral History Program, with Beulah C. Howison at her home in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Ms. Howison worked as a reference librarian for thirty-three years at the University of Wisconsin Stout (1942-1975). The interview involves discussion of the library at Stout, the Textbook Library, Lillian Froggatt, and library instruction.
A tape recorded interview of David Barnard conducted in April 1987 by Joe Jax at the UW-Stout Library Learning Center. Barnard worked at Stout for forty-one years beginning his career teaching graphic arts. He later taught audiovisual education, served as director of the Audiovisual Center and chair of the Media Technology Department. He was appointed Dean of Learning Resources in 1970 and served in that capacity until his retirement in 1987. The interview included discussion on student life at Stout in 1940; development of the audio-visual curriculum; Stout film production; the start of television at the university; development of the graduate program in Media Technology; his service as advisor to the Tower yearbook; library development; origins of Academic Computing; and comments on various Stout adminstrators including Verne Fryklund, William Micheels, Robert Swanson, and Clyde Bowman.
A tape recorded interview conducted on April 6, 1989 by John Jax with Gertrude Callahan in Madison, Wisconsin. Gertrude Callahan taught English at Stout for thirty-four years from 1927 until her retirement in 1961. Her father, John Callahan, was on the Board of Trustees of Stout Institute. The interview includes discussion on her father and his role in Wisconsin's educational history; Gertrude's early teaching career; the Daisy Kugal Incident at Stout; Stout presidents and personalities including Burton Nelson, L.D. Harvey, Clyde Bowman, Ruth Michaels, Verne Fryklund, James Huff Stout, Freda Bachman, Lillian Froggatt, Merle Price, and Robert L. Pierce; Menomonie during the depression; the suicide of Fryklund's first wife; attempts to get the American Association of University Women at Stout; growth in English and other Stout curricula; and her opinion of Stout's mission and philosophy
Tape recorded interview of Harold C. Milnes conducted by Dwight Agnew on July 28, 1964. Mr. Milnes was on the faculty of Stout for 38 years and retired in 1954. He taught machine shop, foundry, and pattern making. The interview includes discussion on early faculty members at Stout, impressions and stories about L.D. Harvey and Burton E. Nelson, Stout's change from a two-year to a four-year institution, the effect of World War I on the school, the Daisy Kugel resignation incident, and Stout during the Depression.
Tape recorded interview with Herman Arneson conducted by Ray Barello in 1976. Mr. Arneson joined the faculty at Stout in 1945 and remained as a biology teacher until his retirement thirty-one years later. During the interview Arneson discusses his education and early teaching career; his work as instructor of airplane mechanics during World War II; the situation at Stout at the time of his hiring in 1945; the post war housing situation in Menomonie; impressions of Presidents Nelson, Fryklund, Micheels, and Swanson; the Science Department, faculty committee work, student housing, curricular and administrative changes, his philosophy of teaching, and the Stout Foundation.
Tape recorded interview conducted in October of 1973 with Chancellor Robert Swanson. Swanson began at Stout in 1942 in Industrial Arts, but school was interupted when he enlisted in the army in 1943. He served until 1946. He then taught half-time while he worked on his masters which he earned in 1950. He was admitted to the faculty in 1950 as a plastics instructor. He became Asst. Dean of the School of Applied Science and Technology in 1962, and then Dean two years later. In 1966, Swanson was named head of the Graduate College where he served until chosen as Chancellor in 1972. Swanson retired in 1988.
Tape recorded interview conducted on August 20, 1981 by Paul Axelsen, representing the UW-Stout Oral History Program, with Lloyd Whydotski at his home in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Mr. Whydotski, Associate Professor Emeritus, taught for 35 1/2 years at the University of Wisconsin- Stout. During this time he served as a teacher and also as Chairman of the Printing Department from 1949 to 1966. He was an Advisor to the Stoutonia, Stout Typographical Society, Yearbook and member of Publications Committees. This interview includes discussion on his experiences as both a student and faculty member at Stout, his participation in the Second World War, Presidents B.E. Nelson and Verne C. Fryklund, Menomonie and the impact of the campus on the city, the Printing Department and Stout Typographical Society.
Also includes discussion of Mongoose parties, his work with the Stoutonia and Tower, the American Industry Project, an incident involving local discrimination against a Black student after World War II, and former collegues (William Baker, M. M. Price, B. M. Funk, and Robert Welch).
Reminiscence talk given by Dwight Agnew on November 12, 1987 at Memorial Student Center, University of Wisconsin-Stout. The talk was part of the Reminiscence Luncheon Series which was sponsored by the English Department and funded by the Stout Foundation. The talk focuses on the Stout presidency of Verne C. Fryklund and includes Stout's mission in teacher education, industrial technology program, storm of 1949, "old guard" faculty, stories about Fryklund, and the Parmer Case.
Reminiscence talk given by Eleanor Johnson on October Oct. 19, 1988 at the Memorial Student Center, University of Wisconsin--Stout. The talk includes memories of growing up in Wisconsin, what it was like being a student at Stout in the 1940s, and her experiences as a member of the School of Home Economics.