SPOKEN: Ardon Judd Oral History Project

SPOKEN: Ardon B. Judd, Jr. Oral History Project has been established to record the stories and life histories of the people of Albany, Texas and its surrounding region. In memory of Old Jail Art Center Board member and archives supporter Ardon Judd, the project will preserve this rich history and make it accessible to visitors, students, and researchers. This wealth of information will be both a source of enjoyment and education for current and future generations.

The oral histories will be administered through the OJAC’s Robert E. Nail, Jr. Archives. Topics will be as varied as the people telling their stories of local history, frontier times, ranching, oil and gas, ethnic influences, philanthropy, OJAC history, art and artists, and more. Full-length interviews will be created and available for research and reference. Edited interviews will be accompanied by narration, music, and images relevant to the subject and content.

The first round of interviews and films have been completed, and the short films are available for all museum guests to view in the museum’s Stasney Center. The films and full interviews are also being made available to the public online at the OJAC’s Vimeo channel! Please click Here to see these videos and more from the OJAC.

A list of Interviewees from our first round of filming are:

  • Shirley Caldwell

  • Watt (Palo) Matthews Casey

  • Nancy Green

  • A.V. Jones, Jr.

  • Jon Rex Jones

  • John Matthews

  • Wilma Jo Tucker Mitchell

  • Betsy Black Parsons

  • Julia Putnam

  • Clifford Teinert

  • Winifred Waller

This exciting project is not complete, but will continue recording interviews and making films for as long as funding remains. If you would like to donate to the future of the project, please click the button below. Your generosity is much appreciated!

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