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Extant Interviews

Recordings and/or transcripts from interviews recorded by others, accompanied by appropriate documentation of ownership, will be reviewed for deposit. Please contact us at (405) 744-7685 for more information about donations of extant materials.

Extant Holdings:

  • Dave Bray, Jr. Interview with Helen Knode
    David Murl (Dave) Bray, Jr. was born in Erin Springs, Oklahoma, to David and Gladys Tye Bray in 1940. He married Jo Scoggins in 1960. After attending the University of Tulsa (1959), and Northeastern A&M in Miami, Oklahoma (1960-1961), he left school to start roughnecking for Rayna Drilling. Bray worked derricks and floors for several companies in Oklahoma and Texas, then began drilling in Alaska and Washington with Parker Drilling. He returned with his family to Oklahoma and worked with Parker Drilling in Tulsa and began pushing tools for them. He continued to drill and push tools for several other companies before retiring in 2005. He returned to pushing tools from 2006-2008 before retiring again. All interviews with Bray were conducted by Helen Knode as research for her book, "Wildcat Play."

  • Ida Saxon Campbell Smith Interview with Karen Smith Hunter
    Ida Saxon Campbell Smith was born in Leighton, Alabama in November 1896. Ida and her husband Marsh lived six miles southwest of Wewoka, Oklahoma. In 1947, the family moved from Belle City to Ponca City, Oklahoma. In Ponca City, Marsh and Ida owned the Union Food Store, which they ran for eighteen years. In 1966, Ida and Marsh moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Together, they had six children: Elvis, Ollie Mae, Jeptha, Robert, Marshall and Manus. These interviews were conducted by Ida's granddaughter Karen Smith Hunter.

  • Nellie Mae Schockman Interview with Karen Smith Hunter
    Nellie Mae Schockman was born in Ozark County, Missouri in June 1901 to John H. and Laura I. (Carroll) Manning. In 1912, her family moved to Sapulpa, Oklahoma where her father worked for the local refinery. She married Herman Schockman in 1926 and they later moved to Ponca City, Oklahoma in 1932. Nellie Mae was an active member of the First Baptist Church in Ponca City, a lifelong seamstress, loved flowers, and enjoyed conducting family research. She passed away on May 5, 1998 in Ponca City. These interviews were conducted by Schockman’s granddaughter Karen Smith Hunter.