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    • Love, Miron

    • Love, Miron--Interviews ;
      Judges--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Courts--Officials and employees--Texas--Houston ;
      Criminal courts--Texas--Houston ;
      Oral histories
    • Judge Miron Love was a former civil lawyer without criminal practice experience. He eventually became the Democratic nominee to fill a vacancy for the criminal bench in 1958 and then later got elected in the general elections. Judge Love discusses...
    • Slater, Gene

    • Slater, Gene--Interviews ;
      Architects--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Composers--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Oral histories
    • Architect, graduated from Rice University. Under the guidance of Jimmy Chillman built Hotels, among them the Rice Hotel, Hotel Club Buildings in Houston, among others, and Oil & Gas buildings and Bank buildings in Fort Worth
    • Chambers, Vernon

    • Chambers, Vernon--Interviews ;
      African American Educators--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Theatrical producers and directors--Biography ;
      Distributive education--Marketing--Interviews ;
      Race...
    • Trained at the Pasadens Playhouse School of the theater in California, Vernon Chambers directed plays and was a Broadcaster. He later became Program Director at KCOH Television station. Originator of the Distributive Education program at Houston,...
    • Soliz, Roy

    • Soliz, Roy--Interviews ;
      Mexican American political organizers--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Oral histories
    • Roy Soliz was born in Houston where he graduated from Jefferson Davis High School and attended the University of Houston before fighting briefly in World War II. He was a well-known civic activist in the Hispanic, Mexican American, and Chicano...
    • Jefferson, Andrew

    • Jefferson, Andrew L.,1934---Interviews ;
      African American Judges--Texas--Harris County--Interviews ;
      Attorneys, General ;
      Oral histories
    • Attorneys at Law, Partner, 1960-61; Assistant Criminal District Attorney, 1961-61, U.S. Attorney, Harris County Judge.Served on the Constitutional Revision Commission for the State of Texas, and as Vice-Chairman of the Committee on the judiciary.
    • Cobb, Arnett

    • Cobb, Arnett, 1918–1989--Interviews ;
      African American jazz musicians--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Saxophonists--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Arnett Cobb and His Mobb (Musical group) ;
      Oral histories
    • Arnett Cobb, a saxophonist and band leader started playing music professionally in the 1930s. After playing with several groups including Lionel Hampton's, he formed his own band in 1947. In this interview Arnett answers questions about the...
    • Green, Ronald

    • Green, Ronald--Interviews; African American politicians ; African American laywers ; University of Houston ; Texas Southern University ; African American students--Texas--Houston--20th century ; City council members ; Oral histories
    • Houston's first African American City Controller discusses growing up in Third Ward, attending University of Houston and Texas Southern University, founding his own law firm and serving the city of Houston as a Councilman and City Controller.
    • Jamail, Joe

    • Jamail, Joseph D., 1925- ; Lawyers -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews; Lawyers -- Texas -- Houston -- Biography; Houston (Tex.) -- History -- Anecdotes; Oral histories
    • Joseph "Joe" Jamail talks about growing up in Houston in the 1930s and his career as one of the top lawyers in America. He is considered one of the wealthiest lawyers in the nation and is often referred to as the King of Torts. Joe has given...
    • Eckels, Bob

    • Eckels, Robert, 1957---Interviews ;
      Houston Independent School District (Tex.). Board of Education--Interviews ;
      County commissioners--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Oral histories
    • Bob Eckel's interest in politics started early, when got involved in the political aspect of teachers' organizations. In 1960 he was elected to the HISD Board. He ran for the Commisioner's Court and got elected. According to Eckels, his proudest...
    • Carr, Billie

    • Carr, Billie, 1928-2002--Interviews ;
      Politicians--Texas--Harris County--Interviews ;
      Texas--Harris County--Houston--Politics and government ;
      Democratic Party (U.S.)--Texas--Harris County ;
      Political...
    • Billie Carr came from a family interested in politics. Her interest in politics started in 1950s, when she went to a meeting of the Steel Workers' Union of which her husband was the President, and saw the appalling living conditions of the Chicano...
    • Heard, Jack, (1918-2005)

    • Heard, Jack--Interviews ;
      Sheriffs--Texas--Harris County ;
      Police Chiefs--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Police professionalization ;
      Police women--Houston--Texas ;
      Oral histories
    • Jack Heard earned many historic firsts during his career. He served both as Houston Police Chief and Harris County Chief. He advocated and promoted college education and updated professional training for all officers. His many firsts,included...
    • Kempner, Harris L. (1903-1987)

    • Kempner, Harris L., (Harris Leon),1903-1987--Interviews ;
      Businessmen--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Industrialists--Texas--Interviews ;
      Imperial Sugar Company ;
      Kempner Trust ;
      Oral histories
    • Born in an industrial family in Galveston, Texas, had a large share in the development of the Imperial Sugar Company in Sugar Land, Texas, and the development of industries there. Also was involved in the cotton industry and US Bank
    • Bland, Mrs. William W.

    • Bland, Mrs. William W.--Interviews ;
      Houston Grand Opera ;
      Houston Grand Opera Association--History ;
      Houston Opera Guild--History ;
      Opera--Texas--Houston--History ;
      Oral histories
    • Not a native Houstonian, Mrs. William W. Bland came to Houston when she was 20 years old. She loved music and the opera. The Houston Grand Opera and the Opera Guild was founded in 1955, and she was asked to head the Guild. Very active in...
    • Elkins, Thomas A.

    • Elkins, Thomas A., 1936---Interviews ;
      Police officers--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      African American Police--Interviews ;
      Police--Race discrimination ;
      Houston Police Department ;
      Oral histories
    • Before coming to Houston in 1941, Thomas A. Elkins lived in Tuscon, Ariz. He loved driving motor cycles. In 1958, he joined the Houston Police Department as a motor cycle officer. He talks about the prejudice some people had about Black Police...
    • Castillo, Raul

    • Castillo, Raul--Interviews ;
      Mexican Americans--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Local transit--Texas--Houston--Affirmative action programs--City of Houston--Texas--Discrimination in employment--City of Houston--Texas ;
      Oral histories
    • From San Antonio, Texas, Raul Castillo worked for the City of Houston in the Affirmative Division. His interest in the Mass Transit problems in Houston goes back in 1970, when he tried to delve into the problems of the bus system. He was the Media...
    • 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...
    • 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 lived in Houston since 1941. Born poor, she worked in a cafe. She loved volunteering, and volunteered for 20 years at the VA Hospital and other places. In louisiana, she took midwife training from two doctors and helped the needy...
    • Smith, Gerald

    • Smith, Gerald--Interviews ; African American bankers--Texas--Houston ; Investment bankers ; Minority business enterprises--Texas--Houston ; Oral histories
    • Native Houstonian Gerald Smith discusses how he grew up to be chairman, CEO and co-founder of Smith, Graham & Co. Investment Advisors -- one of the nation's largest minority owned institutional investment managers.

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