Kentucky: By The Numbers
Kentucky: By The Numbers

Interviews with Rural Sociologists

Interviews with Rural Sociologists

Interviews with Rural Sociologists

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Interviews with Rural Sociologists

The following is a list of interviews with rural sociologists and others associated with the Rural Sociological Society.

The entries are presented in no particular order. Most often, it is the order in which they were found.

This list is a continual work in progress. If you know of other interviews with rural sociologists (even if they are not available on the internet), please email the RSS Historian.


Arthur Raper

Oral History Interview with Arthur Raper, January 30, 1974. Interview B-0009-2. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007). (Can listen online with transcript)

Doug Ensminger


Oral History Interview with Douglas Ensminger Harry S. Truman Library and Museum (Typed transcript available online)

Conrad Taeuber

PAA Oral History Project (Population Association of America). Look in "Interviews with Presidents of the PAA from 1947 to 1960"

C. Horace Hamilton

PAA Oral History Project (Population Association of America). Look in "Interviews with Presidents of the PAA from 1947 to 1960"

Charles Loomis

Julian Samora Research Center. Michigan State University

LA FRONTERA and its People: The Early Development of Border and Mexican-American Studies (Interviews with Dr. Charles Loomis, Dr. Julian Samora and Dr. Gilbert Cárdenas) Barbara Driscoll. 1993.

Conversation with one of SfAA’s Founders: An interview of Charles P. Loomis (Society for Applied Anthropology)


Al Bertrand

Bertrand, Alvin Lee, 1918-, interviewee. Oral history interview, 1995. 5 sound cassettes (7.5 hours), Transcript (276 p.). Location: L:4700.0524. LSU alumnus and Boyd professor of Sociology/Rural Sociology. Bertrand discusses growing up in rural La. and the French language and Cajun culture. He also discusses rural sociology and La. agriculture. He describes the LSU campus in 1936 and details his long association with LSU and the Sociology Department. For further information see online catalog.

Louisiana State University Libraries

Use search box on Oral History webpage:

Abstracts of the tapes

Willis Gouldy

"Rural Sociology." Essays on the College of Agriculture's History. Iowa State University.

Jess Gilbert

"Agricultural History" Talks to Jess Gilbert. Published in the journal Agricultural History, Vol. 82, No. 4 (Fall, 2008), pp. 439-444

Please send suggestions, ideas, or changes to: 

Julie N. Zimmerman
Historian, Rural Sociological Society
Dr. and Mrs. C. Milton Coughenour Professor of Rural Sociology
Department of Community and Leadership Development
Graduate Faculty, Department of Sociology
500 Garrigus Building
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40546-0215
(859) 257-7583


Contact Information

Julie N. Zimmerman
Professor, Rural Sociology

500 Garrigus Building Lexington, KY 40546-0215

(859) 257-7583