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OH151 Frank Roberts Oral History

Frank Roberts Oral History

Collection Title: Jackson Purchase Oral History Project – World War II

Series Number: OH151

Interviewee: Roberts, Frank, 1908-

Interviewer: Hoyt, Michael

Date interviewed: December 10, 1974

Processed by: Benjamin J. Drake

Date processed: November 9, 2011

Description: 1 sound disc (55 minutes)

Abstract: Frank Roberts recounts his experiences during the Second World War. He discusses effects of the Second World War in Calloway County, Kentucky. He then explains the changes which occurred at the Ford Motor Company at Detroit, Michigan during the war. He also describes rationing, prominent individuals and political organizations during the era. He concludes by describing racial attitudes and relations in Calloway County during and after the war.

Biographical / Historical note: Frank Roberts was born May 10, 1908 in Calloway County, Kentucky. He was one of the first graduates of the Murray Training School (presently Murray State University) in 1927.  Prior to the Second World War, he worked for the Ford Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan. After the war he constructed homes in Murray from 1944 until 1952, when he began working for the Pennsalt Chemical Company (currently Arkema Inc.) in Calvert City, Kentucky. He retired in 1970.

General information: No user access to original recordings. Use audio user copies, digital derivatives, transcripts, and/or tape indexes. This collection may be protected from unauthorized copying by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code). Permission for reproduction must be requested from Murray State University.

Subject Headings / Descriptors:

Roberts, Frank, 1908-

Ford Motor Company – History – 20th century.

Pennsalt Chemicals Corporation.

World War, 1939-1945 – Michigan – Detroit.

Kentucky – Race relations.

Calloway County (Ky.) – History.

Murray (Ky.) – History.