Interview with Jacqueline P. Bull, June 18, 1986

Project: University of Kentucky: Libraries Oral History Project

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In this interview, Jacqueline P. Bull discusses her professional career as a librarian and as Head of Special Collections and Archives at the University of Kentucky. After her graduation in 1934, Bull became Ms. Margaret I. King's secretary and a typist in the cataloging department. After three years, Bull became the assistant reference librarian while she continued to work on her master's degree. She recalls that Dr. Thomas D. Clark encouraged her to obtain her doctorate instead and was able to find Bull a fellowship. Through this fellowship, she was able to travel to other universities to see their depositories. Bull was able to visit Vanderbilt, University of Georgia, Duke, and the University of Virginia. After finishing her degree, Bull became Head of the new Department of Archives which later became known as the Department of Special Collections and Archives.

Bull describes many of the collections she encountered while working in the library and how they were obtained. The Henry Clay letters and the Thomas D. Clark county store records were the first collections that Bull started working with, although her first big collection was Judge Samuel Wilson's library. Bull also describes how Professor Gillis tried to preserve the history of the university by interviewing retired professors and former students. She recalls other important collections and artifacts like the Alben Barkley collection, various state documents from the state library, Judge Lindsay's library, and the Pratt diary.

Bull reflects on the advancement of UK's Special Collections and Archives. She states that during the Great Depression the library had no money in their book budget. Bull talks about her strong appreciation for the library and states that she believes that good primary research materials are needed to create great graduate students. She also describes how UK's Special Collections and Archives were able to promote the university and save the history of the state of Kentucky.

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1986oh163_af295

Interviewee Name

Jacqueline P. Bull

Interviewer Name

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Interview Date

1986-06-18

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Bull, Jacqueline P. Interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. 18 Jun. 1986. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Bull, J.P. (1986, June 18). Interview by T. L. Birdwhistell. University of Kentucky: Libraries Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Bull, Jacqueline P., interview by Terry L. Birdwhistell. June 18, 1986, University of Kentucky: Libraries Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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