Robert M. Rennick Oral History Collection

Robert M. Rennick Oral History Collection consists of interviews conducted by Robert Rennick with local historians and genealogists in the 1970s related to the origin of community names in Kentucky. The interviews were later referenced in books he authored, such as Kentucky Place Names and From Red Hot to Monkey's Eyebrow: Unusual Kentucky Place Names. Included in the collection are interviews with local historians from Indiana that Dr. Rennick conducted prior to relocating to Kentucky.

The collection is organized alphabetically by name of county.

To view Rennick's topographical maps of Kentucky see the Robert M. Rennick Topographical Maps Collection website.

To view to Rennick's manuscripts and research notes see the Robert M. Rennick Manuscript Collection website.

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Henry Giles and Nancy Bereley Interview - Part 1 (Adair County), Adair County, Kentucky; Henry Giles; Nancy Bereley; and Robert M. Rennick

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Henry Giles and Nancy Bereley Interview - Part 2 (Adair County), Adair County, Kentucky; Henry Giles; Nancy Bereley; and Robert M. Rennick

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Henry Giles Interview - Part 3 (Adair County) and May Martin/Red Harp Interview - Part 1 (Clay County), Adair County, Kentucky; Henry Giles; Mary Martin; Red Harp; and Robert M. Rennick

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Henry Giles Interview - Part 1 (Adair County), Adair County, Kentucky; Henry Giles; and Robert M. Rennick

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Henry Giles Interview - Part 2 (Adair County), Adair County, Kentucky; Henry Giles; and Robert M. Rennick

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Mildrin Eubank and Jewel Eubank Interview - Part 2 (Allen County), Allen County, Kentucky; Mildrin Eubank; Jewel Eubank; and Robert M. Rennick

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Mildrin Eubank and Jewel Eubank Interview - Part 3 (Allen County), Allen County, Kentucky; Mildrin Eubank; Jewel Eubank; and Robert M. Rennick

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Phillip Spencer Interview - Part 1 (Anderson County), Anderson County, Kentucky; Phillip Spencer; and Robert M. Rennick

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Phillip Spencer Interview - Part 2 (Anderson County), Anderson County, Kentucky; Phillip Spencer; and Robert M. Rennick

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Phillip Spencer Interview - Part 3 (Anderson County), Anderson County, Kentucky; Phillip Spencer; and Robert M. Rennick

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Red Harp Interview - Part 1 (Bell County), Bell County, Kentucky; Red Harp; and Robert M. Rennick

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Red Harp Interview - Part 2 (Bell County), Bell County, Kentucky; Red Harp; and Robert M. Rennick

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Red Harp Interview - Part 3 (Bell County), Bell County, Kentucky; Red Harp; and Robert M. Rennick

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Edward S. Wilson Interview - Part 1 (Bell County), Bell County, Kentucky; Edward S. Wilson; and Robert M. Rennick

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Bill Best Interview - Part 1 (Appalachian Studies at Berea College), Bill Best and Robert M. Rennick

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Bill Best Interview - Part 2 (Appalachian Studies at Berea College), Bill Best and Robert M. Rennick

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Bill Best Interview - Part 3 (Appalachian Studies at Berea College), Bill Best and Robert M. Rennick

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Anne Fitzgerald Interview - Part 1 (Boone County), Boone County, Kentucky; Anne Fitzgerald; and Robert M. Rennick

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Anne Fitzgerald Interview - Part 2 (Boone County), Boone County, Kentucky; Anne Fitzgerald; and Robert M. Rennick

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Pat Rafferty Interview (Boone County), Boone County, Kentucky; Pat Raffery; and Robert M. Rennick

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William Balden Interview - Part 2 (Boyle County), Boyle County, Kentucky; William Balden; and Robert M. Rennick

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C.E. Edminston Interview - Part 2 (Boyle County), Boyle County, Kentucky; C.E. Edminston; and Robert M. Rennick

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Edith Brumley Interview - Part 1 (Bracken County), Bracken County, Kentucky; Edith Brumley; and Robert M. Rennick

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Edith Brumley Interview - Part 2 (Bracken County) and Lucien Robinson Interview - Part 1 (Robertson County), Bracken County, Kentucky; Robertson County, Kentucky; Edith Brumley; Lucien Robinson; and Robert M. Rennick

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Josephine Back and Clara Jackson Interview - Part 1 (Breathitt County), Breathitt County, Kentucky; Josephine Back; Clara Jackson; and Robert M. Rennick