About this collection
Collection consists of over 250 audio recordings held in the Jackson Purchase Oral History Collection at the Murray State University Special Collections and Archives. The topics covered include: the Land Between the Lakes, Lifestyles, Education and Desegregation, World War I, World War II, the Night Riders, Kentucky Dam Project, Duvin Mine Explosion, Kentucky Politics and Government and regional histories related to the Jackson Purchase Area of Southwest Kentucky and Northwest Tennessee. The oral histories were conducted from 1969 to 1995. Many of the recordings have not been modified or enhanced and the sound quality may vary considerably.
Included in the collection are 257 oral history interviews conducted by Ray Mofield in the 1980s for WCBL radio of Benton on the history of Marshall County, Kentucky.
The digital transfer of cassette and reel to reel audio tapes was conducted and overseen by Wesley Bolin, Project Coordinator for the Oral History Program at Murray State University Libraries, with a partial grant from the Kentucky Oral History Commission. The cataloging of the recordings was conducted by Benjamin J. Drake and Hannah O'Daniel.