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KLRU-TEMP Videotape Collection

The KLRU-TEMP [Texas Educational Media Program] initiative was a collaboration between Walter Prescott Webb and Joe Frantz of the University of Texas Department of History and the Radio/Television Department, who did all the production work. The basic idea was to bring to Austin all the greatest names in various fields of American history and tape them in two or three 30-minute lectures that could then be used in classes at UT and other Texas schools.

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A Civil War in the Making
Source:KLRU-TEMP Video Collection
Lecture given by Dr. Craven for the "American Civilization By Its Interpreters" video series. Black and white picture with sound. Tape is dated 1974/11/09, indicating that it is a dub of an earlier recording. Notes from technician: Some slight vertical shifting in scenes. Break up before end credit, at 00:29:38. Tape was baked twice and cleaned 3 times before playback.
A Revision of the Civil War
Source:KLRU-TEMP Video Collection
First of a series of three lectures given by Dr. Craven for the "American Civilization By Its Interpreters" video series. Black and white picture with sound. Tape is dated 1974/11/09, indicating that it is a dub of an earlier generation recording. Notes from digitization technician: Audio is 2 channels mono. There is break up in the beginning of the program, tracking is drifting. Slight RF noise in the picture, recorded into program, example at 00:17:10. The program was recorded with wide horizontal blanking, causing black bars to the sides of the picture. There is a little tearing on the teachers hands and collar, as recorded. There is break up at the edit points at the top and end of program, on the theme song and slide.
Billy Yank and Johnny Reb
Source:KLRU-TEMP Video Collection
Lecture given by Dr. Wiley for the "American Civilization By Its Interpreters" video series. Black and white picture with sound. Tape is dated 1974/11/12, indicating that it is a dub of an earlier recording.
Finding a Fence
Source:Webb (Walter Prescott) Papers
Lecture given by Dr. Webb for his "Great Frontier" video series.
Growth of American Thought
Source:KLRU-TEMP Video Collection
Lecture given by Dr. Curti for the "American Civilization By Its Interpreters" video series. Black and white picture with sound. Tape is dated 1974/11/20, indicating that it is a dub of an earlier recording. Notes from technician: Poor recording, second generation. Poor tracking first 4 minutes. Scratches and low RF on heads 3 and 4 throughout. Tape was baked twice and cleaned 8 times before playback.
The Common Soldiers of the Confederacy - North and South
Source:KLRU-TEMP Video Collection
Lecture given by Dr. Wiley for the "American Civilization By Its Interpreters" video series. Black and white picture with sound. Tape is dated 1974/10/28, indicating that it is a dub of an earlier recording.
The Environment and the Historian
Source:KLRU-TEMP Video Collection
Lecture given by Dr. Woodward for the "American Civilization By Its Interpreters" video series. Woodward gives a personal account of his beginnings in provincial Arkansas and early hesitance to focus his work on Southern history, critiquing historical relativism along the way. He cites three inspirations for becoming a Southern historian: William Faulkner and creative writers of the 1930s Southern Renaissance, Walter Prescott Webb, and ignorance about the South that he encountered in his travels. Black and white picture with sound. From Media Preserve transfer notes: Tape has physical damage at the head. Unable to get picture lock for the first 30 seconds, as well as from 00:02:44 to 00:04:37. Tape was tried on several machines to obtain best playback. Tape was baked 3 times. Each baking was followed by 5 cleaning passes. Best possible playback was achieved.
The Great Depression & American History
Source:KLRU-TEMP Video Collection
"Professor Hofstadter relates that his generation, born in the twilight of Progressivism, was deeply affected by the Great Depression, a catastrophe which cannot be imagined by the present generation. The depression made him rethink the premises of American liberalism, and evaluate why traditional individualism lasted so long and was only exploded in 1929.The lasting power of individualism is analyzed in his influential "Social Darwinism in American Thought," where he describes how Herbert Spencer's evolutlonary thought captivated and influenced American thinkers, and gave individualism a new lease on life. His reading of the arguments between Social Darwinists and their opponents also led to a new appreciation of the vital force in redefined American liberalism. He finds that the pragmatic temper is the key conceit, a denial of monolithic explanations, where Spencer's or Marx's,and a flexible sense of the possibilities of human experimentation and potential.Writing about Social Darwinism in this framework was also a stage in his education as an historian. His work after this first book aspired to go beyond history as art or science, toward history as analysis. Although he frankly admits weaknesses in this approach, he feels that they are outweighed by the benefits, novelty of concept, and provocative synthesis, that can be achieved in essays on long trends in American history."-Synopsis from "The History of American Civilization By Its Interpreters; A Student Guide to the Television Series" by James A. Bonar, Roger E. Willson
The Making Of An Historian
Lecture given by John Hope Franklin for the videotaped series, "American Civilization: By Its Interpreters."
The Militant South
Source:KLRU-TEMP Videotape Collection
Lecture given by Dr. Franklin for the "American Civilization By Its Interpreters" video series. Black and white picture with sound.