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Bob Quisenberry, Class of 1962, discusses his life and
career, including his time as a student at Virginia Tech and his continued involvement with…

PDF transcript of an oral history interview with Emily Pillsbury Davis. Pillsbury was the "L" Squadron commander in the Corps of Cadets in 1975-1976.…

Ida Powell graduated from Virginia Tech in 1958 with a bachelor's degree in home economics. In this hour-long interview, Powell discusses her…

In an hour and 10 minute interview of Mary Nolen
Blackwood and Willis Blackwood, Ren Harman asks about
their lives as they connect to Virginia Tech.…

Douglas Martin, Ed.D. is Director Emeritus in the
Department of Human Resources at Virginia Tech. This
nearly hour-long interview contains his…

Megan Nguyen is a Queer Vietnamese American originally from Northern Virginia. They attended Virginia Tech from 2012 to 2016 and studied Biology. They…

William Simpkins discusses his experiences as a gay man at Virginia Tech in the late 1990s, including what he knew about Virginia Tech LGBTQ+ history.

An interview with Susan Manero about Denim Day in 1979 and her life.

Charles Johnson graduated from Christiansburg Industrial Institute in 1953 and served as President of the Christiansburg Institute Alumni Association.…

Rev. Phillip Harmon Price and his sister, Anna Christine Price integrated Blacksburg High School in 1961

Mary Smith Mills attended Christiansburg Institute from 1941 to 1945. Mary grew up in Christiansburg, Virginia and later became the first black woman…

Ebony Wilson is a 2001 graduate of Virginia Tech. She grew up in Norfolk, VA and was a member of the Corps of Cadets. She continued her service in the…

graduated from Virginia Tech in December of 2000. She majored in Mechanical Engineering. She served in the Air Force at Wright-Patterson base in Ohio,…

Jessie Eaves graduated from Christiansburg Industrial Institute in 1965 and was one of the first black students to attend Radford College. Jessie grew…

Esther Jones graduated from Christiansburg Industrial Institute in 1939. Esther used the skills she acquired at CI to assist her husband in running a…

Gladys Sokolow graduated from Christiansburg Industrial Institute in 1953. Gladys grew up in Pulaski County, Virginia and later resided in…

received his Ph.D in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, with an emphasis in Higher Education Administration at Virginia Tech in December 2000.…

A staged reading of articles and letters to the editor about Denim Day from the 1979 Collegiate Times interspersed with clips from the Denim Day at Virginia Tech 40th Anniversary Oral History Collection.

Class of 1971, one of six charter members of Groove Phi Groove

Naomi Davidson graduated from Christiansburg Industrial Institute in 1954. Naomi grew up in the Wake Forest community in Montgomery County, Virginia,…

Class of 1971, first black scholarship athlete at Virginia Tech

Jacqueline “Jackie” Eaves graduated from Christiansburg Industrial Institute in 1964 and was a member of the Alumni Association. Jacqueline was born…

Elaine Dowe Carter graduated from Christiansburg Industrial Institute in 1948. Elaine grew up in Elliston, Virginia and served as president of the…

Class of 1959, one of the first three black graduates of Virginia Tech

Interview with James L. Garret. Garret was hauling hay in a truck when he was stopped by the mob and he witnessed the lynching of Cordie Cheek.

Two interviews of Dixie Stone, Fate Cheek, and Dr. Alva W. Taylor about the events of Cordie Cheek's lynching. They discuss the men who were looking…

Irving Linwood Peddrew III was the first black student at Virginia Tech

Class of 1958 first black graduate of Virginia Tech

In this interview, Sherry Wood discusses the volume of letters to the editor received by the Collegiate Times in response to Denim Day and the paper's reaction to them.

In this interview, Steve talks about his experiences as a gay man in Blacksburg beginning in the 1970s.

An interview with Sueann Brown about Denim Day in 1979 and her life.

Scott Beadle's interview covers the motivations behind Denim Day, the experience of gay students living on campus in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and how things have changed on campus and in our society in the last forty years.

An interview with Edd Sewell about his perspective on Denim Day in 1979 as a gay faculty member and some brief discussion of his life and coming out to his wife.

An interview with Andrew Alvarez about his time at Virginia Tech, Denim Day in 1979, and his experiences as a gay man in America.

Lisa Barroso and Mark Barroso discuss his editorials for the newspaper and her experience as part of the LGBTQ+ community. At the end, Mark remembers instances where the university administration attempted to censor reporting by the Collegiate Times.

An interview with Steve Noll about his life and being gay in Blacksburg.

In this interview, Helene talks about realizing her sexuality in Catholic school in the early 1970s and her time as a lesbian at Virginia Tech in the late 1970s.

An interview with Nancy Kelly about Denim Day at Virginia Tech in January of 1979 and her experiences as a lesbian at Virginia Tech.
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William (Bill) Starnes, Jr., Virginia Tech class of 1955, never seriously considered any other school. Bill always knew that he was going to college,…
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Susan Anderson got her passion for social justice and community service from her family. From a young age, she was taught by her mother to stand up…
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