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Interview with L. Winchester Jones

Jones, Winchester (1978) Interview with L. Winchester Jones. [Oral History]

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An interview in two sessions, March and April 1978, with L.Winchester Jones, dean of admissions, emeritus, in the Division of Humanities and Social Sciences. He recalls growing up in ranch country, Santa Ynez Mountains, and Montecito. Education at St. Paul’s and Princeton; marriage, early career in New York; move to Pasadena. Decision to go into teaching; interview with Clinton Judy; hired as an instructor in the English department, 1925. Describes the humanities division in the 1920s and influence of William Bennett Munro. Recollections of literary discussions at Judy’s home. Comments on Robert Andrews Millikan and Caltech’s Executive Council; Caltech in World War II; Navy V-12 program; advent of Lee Dubridge as president. He discusses his work on Freshman Admissions Committee; his gradual move into administration; his work as director of scholarships; his recruiting of students. Describes the growth of humanities division and its change in emphasis from a service to a scholarly division. He concludes with several amusing anecdotes, chiefly concerning astronomer Fritz Zwicky and Albert Einstein.

Item Type:Oral History
Keywords:Humanities, administration
Record Number:CaltechOH:OH_Jones_L
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Official Citation:Jones, L. Winchester. Interview by Mary Terrall. Montecito, California, March 24 and April 6, 1978. Oral History Project, California Institute of Technology Archives. Retrieved [supply date of retrieval] from the World Wide Web:
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Subjects:Subjects > Administration
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ID Code:285
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Deposited On:15 Apr 2019 19:59
Last Modified:04 Oct 2019 15:24

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