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    • Adair, Christia V.

    • Adair, Christia V.--Interviews ;
      African American Civil Rights Activists--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      NAACP--Texas--Houston ;
      Parks--Texas--Houston ;
      Oral histories
    • Christia V. Adair was born in Victoria, Texas in 1893. She attended Sam Houston College in Austin and Prairie View State Normal and Industrial College (now Prairie View A&M) where she received her teaching certificate in 1914. Mrs. Adair worked as...
    • Arnold, Edwin

    • Arnold, Edwin, 1881-1984--Interviews ;
      Oral histories;
      Law -- Texas -- Houston;
      Lawyers -- Texas -- Houston;
      Railroads -- United States -- Employees;
      Texas -- History -- 1846-1950;
      Depressions -- 1929 -- Texas --...
    • When he was born in 1881, his father planned to make him a butcher, but Edwin Arnold decided to work in insurance and on the railroad before becoming a well-respected lawyer in Houston. A man of many talents, Arnold also wrote a historical novel,...
    • Atkinson, Mary Jourdan

    • Atkinson, Mary Jourdan--Interviews ;
      African-Americans--Texas--Houston ;
      Educators--Houston Texas--Oral histories
    • Born in Austin in 1898, Mary Jourdan Atkinson was home schooled. At the age of 21, she enrolled in the University of Texas, where she received her Bachelor of Science and MB degree in Education. Atkinson taught at the Texas Southern University as a...
    • Barnes, Nathaniel

    • Barnes, Nathaniel--Interviews ;
      African American gospel musicians--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Blues musicians--Texas--Houston ;
      African American gospel singers--Interviews ;
      Oral histories
    • Born in D'Lo, Simpson County, Mississippi, on September 26, 1910, Nathaniel "Bill" Barnes had an inborn gift of singing. Despite having no formal education in reading or writing music, Barnes could pick up and sing songs from hearing others sing....
    • Barnstone, Gertrude

    • Barnstone, Gertrude, 1925- ; Theater -- Texas -- Houston -- History; School board members -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews; School integration -- Texas -- Houston -- History; Houston (Tex.) -- History -- Anecdotes; Oral histories
    • Gertrude Barnstone talks to Jane Ely about her life in the theatre arts, her memories of Houston and Houstonians and her election to the Houston School Board during the desegregation of the Houston School System.
    • Bass, Tom

    • Bass, Tom--Interviews ;
      County Commissioners--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Oral histories ; Legislators -- Texas ;
      Political ethics ;
      Political corruption -- Texas ;
      Apportionment (Election law) -- Texas -- Houston
    • After teaching for the Houston Independent School District, Tom Bass was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1962. During his time as a representative, Bass was a member of the "Dirty Thirty," in opposition to the corruption...
    • Bayless, Betty Lou (Mrs. James L. Bayless)

    • Bayless, Betty Lou--Interviews ;
      Oral histories ;
      Voluntarism -- Texas -- Houston ;
      Humanitarianism -- Texas -- Houston ;
      Charities -- Texas -- Houston ;
      Ballet -- Texas -- Houston -- History ;
      Junior League of...
    • Mrs. Betty Lou Bayless was a fixture in the many volunteer and charitable organizations of Houston. In this interview, Bayless describes her time as the President of the Junior League, Board Trustee of the Houston Ballet Foundation, Founding...
    • Becker, Alan J.

    • Becker, Alan J. -- Interviews; Life insurance agents--Interviews; Houston (Tex.)--Growth and development;
    • Born in Houston, Texas, and graduating from the University of Texas in Marketing and Business, Alan Becker started his career in Life insurance. In this interview, he discusses the rapid growth and development of Houston in the 1950s, and the...
    • Berman, Milton

    • Berman, Milton--Interviews ;
      Businessmen--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Federated Department Stores ;
      Oral histories ;
      Retail trade -- Management ;
      Retail trade -- Texas -- Houston -- History ;
      Department stores --...
    • After his graduation from Harvard Business School during the depression, Milton Berman began working in the retail trade in Boston, then Brooklyn, and eventually finding his way to Houston in 1964 as chairman and CEO of Foley's Department Store. In...
    • Clements, Rosalie

    • Clements, Rosalie--Interviews ;
      Shamrock Hotel (Houston, Tex.) ;
      Hotels--Employees--Interviews ;
      Women tailors--Interviews ;
      Oral histories
    • By answering an ad in the Houston Press, Rosalie Clements became an employee of the Shamrock Hotel, which opened on Saint Patrick’s Day, 1949. She began working as an assistant to the hotel’s developer, Glenn McCarthy, and later ran a successful...
    • Denkler, Joan

    • Denkler, Joan--Interviews ; Fourth Ward (Houston, Tex.) ; Housing and authorities ; Housing--Texas--Houston ; Neighborhoods--Texas--Houston ; League of Women Voters of Houston ; Oral histories
    • Mrs. Joan Denkler is a self-proclaimed "activist" for affordable housing in Houston and has been included in many areas as an advocate for affordable housing in the Houston area, especially Fourth Ward and Allen Parkway Village. In her interview...
    • Edwards, Arenia

    • Edwards, Arenia--Interviews ;
      African American community organizers--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Midwifes--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Volunteers--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Public welfare--Texas--Houston ;
      Oral...
    • Arenia Edwards moved to Houston in 1941. She spent some time working in a cafe, but her true passion was volunteer work. Edwards loved volunteering, and volunteered for 20 years at the VA Hospital and at other places. In Louisiana, she took midwife...
    • Elkins, Thomas A.

    • Elkins, Thomas A., 1936---Interviews ;
      Police officers--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      African American police--Interviews ;
      Police--Texas--Houston ;
      Houston (Tex.). Police Department ;
      Race discrimination ;
      Oral...
    • Before coming to Houston in 1941, Thomas A. Elkins lived in Tuscon, Arizona. Elkins loved driving motorcycles and in 1958 he joined the Houston Police Department as a motorcycle officer. In his oral history, Elkins talks about the prejudice he...
    • Falls, Robert M.

    • Falls, Robert M.--Interviews ;
      Clergy--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Metropolitan Community Church ;
      Gay rights ;
      Gay rights--Religious aspects--Catholic Church ;
      Homosexuality--Religious aspects--Catholic...
    • An advocate for same-sex rights, Reverend Robert "Bob" Falls was the first Pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church of the Resurrection, Houston, Texas. Before coming to Houston in 1975, Rev. Falls served as a District Coordinator for the...
    • Fitzpatrick, Bettye

    • Fitzpatrick, Bettye; Actresses -- Texas --Houston -- Interviews; Theater -- Texas --Houston; Alley Theatre (Houston, Tex.) --History; Vance, Nina, 1914-1980; Oral histories
    • In 2008 Bettye Fitzpatrick celebrated her 52nd year with the Alley Theater as a company member. Throughout her impressive career she has played numerous roles. In this interview she talks about her life as stage manager and actress; the theater...
    • Gerlach, Ed

    • Gerlach, Ed.--Interviews ;
      Saxophonists--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Band musicians--Texas--Houston ;
      Jazz musicians--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Oral histories
    • Ed Gerlach began playing piano at the age of 5 before switching his focus to soprano saxophone and later tenor saxophone. Gerlach discusses his career as a saxophonist, including his time with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Gerlach also share his...
    • Goldstein, Albert

    • Goldstein, Albert S.--Interviews ;
      Jewish Community Council (Houston, Tex.) ;
      Jewish community centers ;
      Jews--Charities--Interviews ;
      Charity organizations--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Oral histories
    • Albert Goldstein worked with the Association of Jewish Charities at Bolivar, Maryland, and from 1946 to 1975 worked as the Director of the Jewish Community Council in Houston. Among his accomplishments were the award-winning Housing project for the...
    • Grant, Paulette

    • Grant, Paulette Williams; Gregory School (Houston, Tex.); Race relations--Texas--Houston; Engineering--Financial Services; Oral histories
    • Paulette Williams Grant talks about attending Gregory elementary school, a school that tended to black children during desegregation years, and race relations in Houston during those times.
    • Griffin, Rodney

    • Griffin, Rodney--Interviews ; African American students ; Segregation--1960-1970 ; Jack Yates High School (Houston, Tex.) ; Houston Independent School District (Tex.) ; Chess--Tournaments ; Oral histories
    • Mr. Griffin discusses his experiences in the first desegregated Houston high school chess tournament in the 1960s. He discusses the different attitudes and the relationships he shared with other tournament participants.

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