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Colonel John W. Thomason

2 Oct 2012 : Retired Special Collections Librarian Paul Culp talks about the life of Col. John Thomason, artist, journalist and Sam Houston alumnus. Episode originally aired 01 Nov 2006. (17:36) Read the transcript.

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+ Podcasts from 2012

In the Stacks with Scott Vieira - 01 Aug 2012:

Erin Cassidy, Web Services Librarian, interviews Electronic Resources Librarian Scott Vieira about the his job, his transition from Kansas to Texas, and how electronic trends are changing libraries. (8:19)

Red Ink: An Interview with Dr. Drew Lopenzina - 01 July 2012:

Michelle Martinez, Reference Librarian, interviews Professor of English Dr. Drew Lopenzina about his new book, Red Ink: Native Americans Picking up the Pen in the Colonial Period. Hear Dr. Lopenzina chat about why he became interested in Native American studies, how indigenous peoples were engaging with literacy in early America, and where interested readers might start to read Native American literature. (40:04)

Minnie Fisher Cunningham - 15 May 2012:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about Minnie Fisher Cunningham (article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). Episode originally aired 26 Sept. 2007. (4:52) Read the transcript.

The Art and Craft of Writing: An Interview with Dr. Scott Kaukonen - 01 Apr. 2012:

Michelle Martinez, Reference Librarian, interviews Dr. Scott Kaukonen, head of SHSU's new MFA program in Creative Writing, Editing, and Publishing. Their lively discussion covers the learning and teaching of writing, how to know when you're ready for an MFA, why writers must always be readers, and more. (1:04:07).

The Economics of Life: An Interview with Hiranya Nath - 15 Mar. 2012:

Michelle Martinez, Reference Librarian, interviews Dr. Hiranya Nath, SHSU Professor of Economics and winner of the SHSU Excellence in Research Award for 2011, about growing up in India, studying economics (and, somewhat accidentally, earning 3 Master's along the way!), his research interests, and how economics is always part of our daily lives. (58:47).

March to the Grave - 01 Mar. 2012:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads a brief history of the March 2 celebration at Sam Houston's grave in Oakwood cemetery. Episode originally aired 1 March 2009. (2:40) Read the transcript.

Austin Hall - 15 Feb. 2012:

Paul Culp, Special Collections Librarian, talks about Austin Hall, one of the historic buildings of SHSU. Episode originally aired 15 Sept. 2006. (10:42) Read the transcript.

Secrets of CICADA: An Interview with Belle Whittington - 15 Jan. 2012:

In this episode, librarian Erin Cassidy interviews SHSU employee and young-adult novelist Belle Whittington about her first novel, Cicada, published in 2011. Hear Belle discuss her inspirations, her advice for young authors, and her upcoming participation in the Montgomery County Teen Book Festival. (15:29)

+ Podcasts from 2011

In the Stacks with Felicia Thomas - 01 Dec. 2011:

Erin Cassidy, Web Services Librarian, interviews recently hired Special Collections Librarian Felicia Thomas about her library specialty, her goals for the library's special collections in the Thomason Room, and what she would want with her on a deserted island. (7:40)

The Collard Cabin - 15 Nov 2011:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about the Collard family cabin (article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). Episode originally aired 4 Sept 2007. (2:59) Read the transcript.

In the Stacks with Marsha Dickens - 15 Sep. 2011:

Our "In the Stacks" series continues as we interview Marsha Dickens, Staff Associate in Reference, about her job, her pre-library career, and various quirky topics, such as whether she'd rather be a turtle or a raccoon. This series aims to introduce you to the people, out front and behind the scenes, who are responsible for providing you with the library's many resources and services. (27:31)

In the Stacks with Michelle Martinez - 15 Aug. 2011:

This interview with Assistant Professor and Reference Librarian Michelle Martinez is the first episode of the mini-series "In the Stacks," which aims to introduce you to the people (both out front and behind the scenes) who provide the Library's many resources and services to the SHSU campus. (13:19)

The Death of Sam Houston - 1 Aug. 2011:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about the death of General Sam Houston (article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). Episode originally aired 3 Aug. 2007. (3:39) Read the transcript.

An Interview with Dr. Louise Plaisance: A Nursing Program is Born - 1 July 2011:

Lynn McMain, Head of Reference and Instructional Services, interviews Dr. Louise Plaisance, Associate Dean of Nursing, about how the new nursing program was created at SHSU. (18:07)

Captain James W. Gillaspie Monument - 15 June 2011:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about the Captain James W. Gillaspie Monument commemorating his service as commander of forces during the battles for Texas Independence, Indian Wars and the War Between the States (article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). Episode originally aired 20 June 2007. (3:29) Read the transcript.

An Interview with Paul Culp, Retiring Special Collections Librarian - 15 May 2011:

Erin Cassidy, Web Services Librarian, interviews Mr. Paul Culp, Special Collections Librarian, as he retires after 38 years at Sam Houston State University's Newton Gresham Library.

An Interview with Dr. Helena Halmari: Linguistics, "Finnishness," and the Journal of Finnish Studies - 01 May 2011:

Michelle Martinez, Reference Librarian, interviews Dr. Helena Halmari, Chair of the English Department, about her linguistics research, Finnish heritage, perceptions of "Finnishness," and editorship of the Journal of Finnish Studies. (38:08)

An Interview with Dr. Thomas Chasteen: Explorations in Chemistry - 15 Apr 2011:

Lynn McMain, Head of Reference & Instruction at Newton Gresham Library, shares an enlightening and entertaining dialogue with Dr. Thomas Chasteen, Professor of Chemistry. They discuss his "academic genealogy," his research activities in chemoluminescence and atmospheric chemistry, the acclaimed chemistry websites that he maintains, his approach to teaching and embracing of new educational technologies, and his international collaborative work with other chemists. Learn more about Dr. Chasteen's work at http://www.shsu.edu/~chm_tgc/. (25:59)

An Interview with Dr. Jim Olson: The History of the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center - 01 Apr 2011:

James Britsch, Reference Librarian, interviews Dr. Jim Olson, Distinguished Professor of History, about his 2009 book Making Cancer History: Disease and Discovery at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. (8:25)

The Roberts-Farris Cabin: An Interview with Dr. Caroline Crimm - 01 Mar 2011:

Michelle Martinez, Reference Librarian, interviews Dr. Caroline Crimm, Professor of History, about the book Cabin Fever: The Roberts-Farris Cabin: A Campus, a Cabin, a Community. The book was written by Dr. Crimm and her Summer 2001 students as part of their hands-on project to restore the Roberts-Farris cabin, now located on Huntsville's town square. (20:20)

A Short History of SHSU's Bearkat Mascot - 15 Feb 2011:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads a short history of the Bearkat mascot at SHSU. (4:44) Read the transcript.

The Bedias Indians - 01 Feb 2011:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about the Bedias Indians who resided in Walker County in the time of General Sam Houston.(article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). Episode originally aired July 2, 2007. (2:36) Read the transcript.

+ Podcasts from 2010

Mamie Wynne Cox - 15 Nov 2010:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about teacher and writer Mamie Wynne Cox of Huntsville, TX. (article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). Episode originally aired June 1, 2007. (3:11) Read the transcript.

"Wish I'd known that when I was a freshman": Understanding research basics - 01 Nov 2010:

Reference and Instruction Librarian James Britsch shares a few research basics about how to get help from the Library, how to find books, and how to find articles. (11:48)

Graphic Novels - 01 Oct 2010:

Listen to Michelle Martinez, Reference Librarian, read a short introduction to graphic novels in the Library. (0:45) Then watch the graphic novels video on YouTube, created by and featuring Dr. Michael Demson, Assistant Professor of English at SHSU. Dr. Demson will be teaching courses in the Department of English about this literary genre. (6:37)

Dan Rather: A Brief Biography of a Distinguished Alumnus - 01 Sep 2010:

Cheryl Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads a brief biography of broadcast journalist and SHSU alumnus Dan Rather. (7:06) Read the transcript.

SAM 136 and the Library - 15 Aug 2010:

What is SAM 136? James Britsch, Reference Librarian, chats with Kay Angrove, Director of the First Year Experience, about the SAM 136 class, SAM 136 learning communities, and the Library's role in supporting SAM 136 research assignments. (5:10)

"The One-to-One Program?" A Short Skit. - 01 Aug 2010:

Are you working on or planning to start work on a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation? Today's podcast skit will introduce you to a valuable free service from the Library, called the One to One program. (2:45) Read the transcript.

First Lady Visits Huntsville - 15 July 2010:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about the day Eleanor Roosevelt came to Huntsville. (article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). Episode originally aired 15 May, 2007. (3:38) Read the transcript.

Critical Thinking and Inquiry: An Interview with Dr. Frank Fair - 01 June 2010:

Michelle Martinez, Reference Librarian, chatted on June 1 with Professor of Philosophy Dr. Frank Fair about Inquiry, a critical-thinking journal that recently found a home at SHSU. (50:15)

Gibbs Brothers - 15 May 2010:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about the Gibbs Brothers and their business enterprises in Hunstville during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. (article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). (3:12) Episode first aired 01 May 2007. Read the transcript.

President Elliott Bowers Interview (Part III of III) - 01 May 2010:

In the third and final installment of this 1997 interview, former SHS President Elliott T. Bowers talks to Dr. Bess Osburn, Professor of Education, and Mr. Paul Culp, Special Collections Librarian, about the Bowers Stadium, SHSU's first doctorate degree in Criminal Justice, and his life and activities since his retirement. (19:20). Hear Part I and Part II.

President Elliott Bowers Interview (Part II of III) - 01 Apr. 2010:

In the second part of this 1997 interview, former SHS President Elliott T. Bowers talks to Dr. Bess Osburn, Professor of Education, and Mr. Paul Culp, Special Collections Librarian, about the construction and beautification of the campus that occurred during his tenure at Sam and the campus master plan. (35:20). Hear Part I.

Henry Carr Pritchett - 15 Mar 2010:

Cheryl Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about Henry Carr Pritchett (1852 -1908). He was president of Sam Houston Normal Institute from 1891 - 1908. The Peabody Library was added to the campus while he served as president. Episode originally aired 2 April 2007. (3:02) Read the transcript.

The History of Bubble Gum - 01 Mar. 2010:

In honor of Bubble Gum Week, the second week of March, Reference Librarian Michelle Martinez shares a history of this familiar, sticky pink candy. (3:28) Read the transcript. Get audio only.

A Brief History of Early African American Schools in Walker County - 15 Feb. 2010:

Cheryl Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads a brief history of the establishment of African American education in the Huntsville and Walker County area. (5:18) Read the transcript.

President Elliott Bowers Interview (Part I of III) - 01 Feb. 2010:

In the first part of this 1997 interview, former SHS President Elliott T. Bowers talks to Dr. Bess Osburn, Professor of Education, and Mr. Paul Culp, Special Collections Librarian, about how he became president, major additions to the physical plant in the 1960s, notable achievements of his predecessor and mentor, President Harmon Lowman, and what it was like living on the SHS Country Campus. Stay tuned for Parts II and III of the interview, coming in podcast episodes later this year! (29:36)

Information Literacy: Identify Your Sources (from Otis College) - 15 Jan. 2010:

For this week's podcast, we invite you to watch this video created by the instruction librarians at Otis College of Art and Design. Art History professor Dr. Parme Giuntini explains how to tell the differences between various kinds of information sources and how to determine which kinds of sources will be most helpful for your research papers. (9:55)

+ Podcasts from 2009

Samuel Walker Houston - 01 Dec. 2009:

Richard Kimball Watkins reads a short biography about Samuel W. Houston (1864 - 1945) from Naomi W. Lede's Pathfinders: A History of the Pioneering Efforts of African Americans, Huntsville, Walker County, Texas. Samuel W. Houston was an early African American educator in Huntsville, TX who founded the Sam Houston Industrial and Training School. Episode originally aired 14 March 2007. (7:35)

Harmon L. Lowman - 15 Nov. 2009:

Cheryl Spencer reads an article about Dr. Harmon Lowman, one of Sam Houston's most beloved presidents. Dr. Lowman was president of Sam Houston State Teacher's College from 1941 - 1964. Episode originally aired 1 March 2007. (2:30) Read the transcript.

Dia de la Muertos - 01 Nov. 2009:

Erin Cassidy, Reference Librarian, reads a short essay about Dia de los Muertos (the Days of the Dead), written by Norma Beth Williamson, Spanish pool faculty member in the Department of Foreign Languages. (4:19) New format! See more images while listening! (4:35) Read the transcript. Get audio only.

Behind 'Banned Books Week' - 15 Oct. 2009:

Michelle Martinez, Reference Librarian, details the history and philosophy behind the annually-celebrated Banned Books Week. New format! See more images while listening. (4:35) Read the transcript. Get audio only.

The Pipe Organ - 01 Oct. 2009:

Cheryl Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads a history of SHSU's historic pipe organ. (8:04) Read the transcript.

The Philanthropist and the Normal - 15 Sep. 2009:

Special Collections Librarian Paul Culp discusses the founder of modern philanthropy, George Peabody, and the library he funded for the Sam Houston Normal Institute in 1902. Episode originally aired 15 Feb 2007. (13:50) Read the transcript.

Remembering Old Main - 01 Aug 2009:

Special Collections Librarian Paul Culp describes the first buildings on the Sam Houston campus, Old Main and Austin Hall. Excerpts from an article in Texas Highways are used with permission. Episode originally aired 2 Feb 2007. (11:30) Read the transcript

Adina De Zavala, Angel of the Alamo - 1 July 2009:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads a biography of Adina De Zavala, "Angel of the Alamo." She was a member of Sam Houston Normal Institute's first graduating class, and she worked to preserve and commemorate historic places and events in Texas, most notably the Alamo. (8:28) Read the transcript.

President Harry F. Estill - 15 Jun. 2009:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about Harry F. Estill (1861 - 1942). He was a graduate of and a professor at Sam Houston Normal Institute. Estill authored and co-authored several history textbooks. He was president of Sam Houston Normal Institute from 1908 - 1937. (article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). Episode originally aired 16 Jan. 2007. (3:03) Read the transcript.

Joseph L. Clark, Historian - 1 June 2009:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads a biography of Joseph L. Clark, a distinguished History professor from SHSU's past. (7:26) Read the transcript.

POW Camp / Country Campus - 15 May 2009:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about the Walker County POW Camp (1942-1946) which later became the Sam Houston Country Campus used by the school's agriculture department and for vocational training. The site also provided dormitories for students. (article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). Episode originally aired 3 Jan. 2007. (5:11) Read the transcript.

Class Gifts at SHSU - 1 May 2009:

Paul Culp, Special Collections Librarian, discusses the past tradition of senior class gifts at SHSU. (11:06) Read the transcript.

A History of the SHSU Libraries - April 2009:

Paul Culp, Special Collections Librarian, reveals the history of the libraries at Sam Houston State University from the earliest location in Austin Hall. Episode originally aired 18 April 2007. (6:09) Transcript forthcoming.

Texas History Month: History in Huntsville - 15 Mar. 2009:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads a short article highlighting museums and historical sites in Huntsville. (5:05) Read the transcript.

March to the Grave - 01 Mar. 2009:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads a brief history of the March 2 celebration at Sam Houston's grave in Oakwood cemetery. (2:40) Read the transcript.

Place Names of Walker County - 01 Feb. 2009:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about the origins of some interesting place names in Walker County (article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). (5:07) Read the transcript.

+ Podcasts from 2008

Bertha Kirkley - 15 Dec. 2008:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads a biography of Bertha Kirkley, one of SHSU's honored faculty. (biography courtesy of the Huntsville Item). Episode originally aired 15 Dec 2006. (2:47) Read the transcript.

Augusta Lawrence - 15 Dec. 2008:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads a biography of Augusta Lawrence, one of SHSU's honored faculty (biography courtesy of the Huntsville Item). Episode originally aired 15 Nov 2006. (3:23) Read the transcript.

Manuscripts and Local History - 15 Nov. 2008:

Special Collections Librarian Paul Culp talks about some of the manuscripts in our Special Collections and their connection to local history. Episode originally aired 01 Dec 2006. (19:08) Read the transcript.

Colonel John W. Thomason - 01 Nov. 2008:

Special Collections Librarian Paul Culp talks about the life of Col. John Thomason, artist, journalist and Sam Houston alumnus. Episode originally aired 01 Nov 2006. (17:36) Read the transcript.

SHSU, Did You Know? - 15 Oct. 2008:

As SHSU Homecoming 2008 approaches, enjoy this collection of university trivia and tidbits. Special Collections Librarian Paul Culp discusses points of interest in the history of Sam Houston State University. Episode originally aired 08 Sept 2006. (4:54) Read the transcript.

Early Churches of Walker County - 15 Aug. 2008:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about the construction and history of early churches in Walker County (articles courtesy of the Huntsville Item). (12:09) Read the transcript.

Florence King: Lady Dean - 1 Aug. 2008:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about Florence King, former Dean of Women at Sam Houston State Teachers College (article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). (3:47) Read the transcript.

Henderson King Yoakum - 6 May 2008:

6 June 2008 : Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about Henderson King Yoakum, early Texas historian and friend of Sam Houston. (4:04) Read the transcript.

History of the Texas Department of Corrections - 6 May 2008:

23 May 2008 : Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an excerpt from Walker County, Texas: A History, about the history of the Texas Department of Corrections (by permission of the Walker County Historical Commission). (3:35) Read the transcript.

History of the Huntsville Item - 6 May 2008:

6 May 2008 : Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an an excerpt from Walker County, Texas: A History, about the history of the Huntsville Item newspaper (by permission of the Walker County Historical Commission). (3:47) Read the transcript.

History of the San Jacinto School - 14 April 2008:

14 April 2008 : Evelyn McDaniel, Secretary to the Department of Communication Studies, reads an an excerpt from Walker County, Texas: A History, about the historic San Jacinto Schoolhouse, and she recounts some of her experiences in helping to preserve it (by permission of the Walker County Historical Commission). (4:48) Read the transcript.

Riverside's Swinging Railroad Bridge - 25 March 2008:

25 March 2008 : Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an excerpt from History of Walker County about Riverside's Swinging Railroad Bridge (by permission of the Walker County Historical Commission). (4:28) Read the transcript.

A Brief Biography of Sam Houston- 25 Feb. 2008:

25 February 2008 : Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an excerpt from History of Walker County about the life of General Sam Houston (by permission of the Walker County Historical Commission). (5:12) Read the transcript.

Major Eula Fails Borneman, Army Nurse and POW - 24 Jan. 2008:

24 January 2008 : Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an excerpt from History of Walker County about Major Eula Fails Borneman, a native of Huntsville and a World War II army nurse and prisoner of war (by permission of the Walker County Historical Commission). (4:04) Read the transcript.

Tripod: Unofficial Mascot of SHSU - 3 Jan. 2008:

3 January 2008 : Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about the unofficial mascot of Sam Houston State University (article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). (2:36) Read the transcript.

+ Podcasts from 2007

Texas Prison Rodeo History - 6 Dec. 2007:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article written by Jim Willet, Director of the Texas Prison Museum, about the history of the Texas Prison Rodeo (by permission of the author). (4:59) Read the transcript.

Greek Theater at SHSU - 14 Nov. 2007:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an excerpt from History of Walker County about the Greek amphitheater that once graced the SHSU campus (by permission of the Walker County Historical Commission). (3:05) Read the transcript.

The Founding of Huntsville - 1 Nov. 2007:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an excerpt from History of Walker County about the founding of Huntsville (by permission of the Walker County Historical Commission). (2:52) Read the transcript.

Minnie Fisher Cunningham - 26 Sept. 2007:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about Minnie Fisher Cunningham (article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). (4:52) Read the transcript.

The Collard Cabin - 4 Sept. 2007:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about the Collard family cabin (article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). (2:59) Read the transcript.

The Death of Sam Houston - 3 Aug. 2007:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about the death of General Sam Houston (article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). (3:39) Read the transcript.

Captain James W. Gillaspie Monument - 20 July 2007:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about the Captain James W. Gillaspie Monument commemorating his service as commander of forces during the battles for Texas Independence, Indian Wars and the War Between the States.(article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). (3:29) Read the transcript.

The Bedias Indians - 02 July 2007:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about the Bedias Indians who resided in Walker County in the time of General Sam Houston.(article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). (2:36) Read the transcript.

Mamie Wynne Cox - 01 June 2007:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about teacher and writer Mamie Wynne Cox of Huntsville, TX. (article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). (3:11) Read the transcript.

First Lady Visits Huntsville - 15 May 2007:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about the day Eleanor Roosevelt came to Huntsville. (article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). (3:38) Read the transcript.

Gibbs Brothers - 01 May 2007:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about the Gibbs Brothers and their business enterprises in Hunstville during the late 19th and early 20th Centuries. (article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). (3:12) Read the transcript.

History of the Libraries - 18 April 2007:

Paul Culp, Special Collections Librarian, reveals the history of the libraries at Sam Houston State University from the earliest location in Austin Hall. (6:09)

Henry Carr Pritchett - 2 April 2007:

Cheryl Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about Henry Carr Pritchett (1852 -1908). He was president of Sam Houston Normal Institute from 1891 - 1908. The Peabody Library was added to the campus while he served as president. (3:02) Read the transcript.

Samuel Walker Houston - 14 March 2007:

Richard Kimball Watkins reads a short biography about Samuel W. Houston (1864 - 1945) from Naomi W. Lede's Pathfinders: A History of the Pioneering Efforts of African Americans, Huntsville, Walker County, Texas. Samuel W. Houston was an early African American educator in Huntsville, TX who founded the Sam Houston Industrial and Training School. (7:35)

Harmon L. Lowman - 01 March 2007:

Cheryl Spencer reads an article about Dr. Harmon Lowman, one of Sam Houston's most beloved presidents. Dr. Lowman was president of Sam Houston State Teacher's College from 1941 - 1964. (2:30) Read the transcript.

The Philanthropist and the Normal - 15 Feb. 2007:

Special Collections Librarian Paul Culp discusses the founder of modern philanthropy, George Peabody, and the library he funded for the Sam Houston Normal Institute in 1902. (13:50) Read the transcript.

Old Main - 02 Feb. 2007:

Special Collections Librarian Paul Culp describes the first buildings on the Sam Houston campus, Old Main and Austin Hall. Excerpts from an article in Texas Highways are used with permission. (11:30) Read the transcript.

Harry Estill - 16 Jan. 2007:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about Harry F. Estill (1861 - 1942). He was a graduate of and a professor at Sam Houston Normal Institute. Estill authored and co-authored several history textbooks. He was president of Sam Houston Normal Institute from 1908 - 1937. (article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). (3:03) Read the transcript.

POW Camp / Country Campus - 03 Jan. 2007:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads an article about the Walker County POW Camp (1942-1946) which later became the Sam Houston Country Campus used by the school's agriculture department and for vocational training. The site also provided dormitories for students. (article courtesy of the Huntsville Item). (5:11) Read the transcript.

+ Podcasts from 2006

Bertha Kirkley - 15 Dec. 2006:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads a biography of Bertha Kirkley, one of SHSU's honored faculty. (biography courtesy of the Huntsville Item). (2:47) Read the transcript.

Manuscripts and Local History - 01 Dec. 2006:

Special Collections Librarian Paul Culp talks about some of the manuscripts in our Special Collections and their connection to local history.(19:08) Read the transcript.

Augusta Lawrence - 15 Nov. 2006:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads a biography of Augusta Lawrence, one of SHSU's honored faculty (biography courtesy of the Huntsville Item). (3:23) Read the transcript.

Colonel John W. Thomason - 01 Nov. 2006:

Special Collections Librarian Paul Culp talks about the life of Col. John Thomason, artist, journalist and Sam Houston alumnus. (17:36) Read the transcript.

Art in the Newton Gresham Library - 16 Oct. 2006:

Special Collections Librarian Paul Culp conducts an audio tour of works of art in the Newton Gresham Library. (13:10) Read the transcript.

Caroline Belvin - 01 Oct. 2006:

Cheryl G. Spencer, Library Associate in Special Collections, reads a biography of Caroline Belvin, one of SHSU's honored faculty, and namesake of Belvin Hall (biography courtesy of the Huntsville Item). (2:37) Read the transcript.

Austin Hall - 15 Sept. 2006:

Paul Culp, Special Collections Librarian, talks about Austin Hall, one of the historic buildings of SHSU. (10:42) Read the transcript.

SHSU, Did you know? - 08 Sept. 2006:

Special Collections Librarian Paul Culp discusses points of interest in the history of Sam Houston State University. (4:54) Read the transcript.


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