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    • Eckels, Judge Robert

    • Eckels, Robert ;
      County judges-Texas--Harris County--Interviews ;
      Harris County (Tex.)--Politics and government ;
      Hurricane Katrina, 2005 ;
      Emergency management--Texas--Harris County ;
      Disaster relief--Gulf States ;
    • Robert Eckels served as Harris County judge from 1995 to 2007. Eckels shares his memories growing up in Bellaire and spending time with his family in the summers at Baycliff. He discusses his career, politics in Harris County and Houston, and his...
    • Houston Oral History Project
    • Wong, Martha

    • Wong, Martha, 1939-; Legislators--Texas--Interviews; Texas--Politics and government; Houston (Tex.)--Politics and government; Asian Americans--Social conditions--Texas--Houston; Oral histories
    • In 1993 Martha Wong was the first Asian American elected to the Houston City Council, and in 2003, she became the first Asian American woman elected to the Texas Legislature. In this interview, Martha answers questions about her career and her life...
    • Houston Oral History Project
    • Phillips, O.A. "Bum"

    • Phillips, Bum, 1923- --Interviews; Football coaches--Texas--Houston--Interviews; Houston Oilers (Football team); Oral histories ; Phillips, Wade
    • Bum Phillips was born in Orange, Texas in 1923. He and his family moved to Beaumont when he was in 7th grade, and he started to play football. He was a guard at Lamar Junior College for a season. He joined the Marines in 1941. After his service,...
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • Bolden, James

    • Bolden, James--Interviews ;
      African American musicians ;
      Oral histories ;
      Musicians ;
      Blues musicians
    • James Bolden was born in Houston in 1945. He taught himself how to play the guitar when he was twelve, and learned chord structure out of a book. Bolden started singing when he was 19. He relies on his musical knowledge, his life experiences, and...
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • Bryant, Thelma Scott

    • Bryant, Thelma Scott, 1905-; Centenarians--Texas--Houston--Interviews; Segregation--Texas--Houston--History; African Americans--Texas--Houston--Social life and customs--History; Oral histories
    • Thelma Scott Bryant, a centenarian from Houston, talks about her life as an African American growing up at the beginning of the 20th century. She describes the black community where she grew up; the churches, schools, theaters and businesses; and...
    • Houston Oral History Project
    • Smith, Ed

    • Smith, Ed.-- Interviews; Foley's (Firm)
    • Ed Smith discusses his career and his fondest memories with Foley's. He started with Foley's as Manager of Credit promotion, and gradually rose to the rank of Vice-President of Public Relations, Special events and Community Affairs and Visitor...
    • Houston Oral History Project
    • Del Valle, Felix

    • Del Valle, Felix--Interviews ;
      Mexican Americans ;
      Southern Pacific Railroad Company ;
      Oral histories
    • Felix Del Valle came to Texas from La Paz, Mexico at age 19. He found work in San Antonio with the Southern Pacific Company building rail lines in 1927. Later that year he moved on to Sanguine and continued work on the rail despite the Depression....
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • Hill, L. L. and Ripley Woodard

    • Hill, L. L.--Interviews ;
      Mayors--Texas--Southside Place;
      Oral histories ;
      Southside Place (Tex.) ;
      Woodard, Ripley--Interviews ;
      Skelton, Elizabeth--Interviews ;
      Elliad, Evelyn--Interviews
    • A former mayor of Southside Place, Texas, L.L. Hill and a former city attorney, Ripley Woodard, discuss the history of Southside Place. The beginnings of this city started in 1931. In 1932, several houses were raffled off as a sales promotion. In...
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • Jacquet, Illinois

    • Jacquet, Illinois, 1922- --Interviews ;
      Haynes, George ;
      Jazz musicians--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Jazz musicians--Texas--Houston--Biography ;
      African American jazz musicians--Interviews ;
    • Illinois Jacquet, jazz musician, discusses his early life and education, his life as a musician in Houston and Los Angeles, and his experiences with celebrities in the music business.
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • Anderson, Lauren

    • Anderson, Lauren, 1965- ;
      Ballerinas--Texas--Houston ;
      African American dancers--Texas--Houston ;
      Houston Ballet ;
      Oral histories
    • When she was named Principal Dancer for the Houston Ballet in 1990, Lauren Anderson became the first African American to hold such a position in a major ballet company. Anderson talks with Linda Lorelle about growing up in Houston, her ballet...
    • Houston Oral History Project
    • Blackburn, Sadie Gwin

    • Blackburn, Sadie Gwin ;
      Landscape gardening--Texas--Houston ;
      Horticulturalists--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Bayou Bend (Houston, Tex.) ;
      Herman Park (Houston, Tex.) ;
      Oral histories
    • Sadie Blackbrun, horticulturalist and environmentalist, talks about her life and her work designing and beautifying Houston’s parks and gardens.
    • Houston Oral History Project
    • 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...
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • Ely, Jane

    • Ely, Jane; Women journalists -- Texas -- Houston; Houston Post (Houston, Tex.); Oral histories
    • Jane Ely describes her career as a journalist working for the Houston Post. She talks about gender discrimination in her field, the coverage of the J.F. Kennedy assassination, and other events that made news at the time.
    • Houston Oral History Project
    • Galvan, Irma

    • Galvan, Irma; Restaurateurs -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews; Hispanic American businesswomen -- Interviews; Oral histories
    • In this interview, restaurateur Irma Galván examines her life as a Mexican American woman growing up in Houston and being raised by a single mother and raising her children as a single mother herself. She also talks about how she started and...
    • Houston Oral History Project
    • Orta, Carmen

    • Orta, Carmen; Hispanic American businesswomen --Interviews; Houston (Tex.) --Race relations; Oral histories
    • In 1995 Hispanic businesswoman and social activist Carmen Orta was appointed by President Bill Clinton as a delegate to the White House Conference on Small Business. In this interview she talks about her family, the events that shaped her life,...
    • Houston Oral History Project
    • McLane, Drayton

    • McLane, Drayton (1936-)-- Interviews; Entrepreneurs -- Houston -- Texas --Interviews; Houston Astros (Baseball team)
    • Born in Cameron, Texas, Drayton McLane Jr., followed his father's footsteps in learning various aspects of the wholesale grocery business. Having an MBA in marketing, he moved into management and became the CEO and Chairman of the McLane Company in...
    • Houston Oral History Project
    • Garcia, E.J.

    • Garcia, E. J.--Interviews ;
      Mexican Americans ;
      Oral histories
    • E. J. Garcia was born in San Antonio and moved to Houston in 1919 to work in the oil industry. Starting in 1925, he worked as an insurance agent for American National Insurance where he primarily sold life insurance policies to the Mexican-American...
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • Lawson, William (Rev)

    • Lawson, William (Rev.)--Interviews ;
      African American religious leaders--Interviews ;
      African American Ministers--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      African American churches ;
      African Americans--Religion ;
      Civil...
    • In his interview, Rev. William Lawson explains what he means by the "Black Church" and the role of the Church in the Black community, and their contributions. He was involved in the PUSH (People for the Upgrading of schools in Houston)
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • Dreyer, Thorne

    • Dreyer, Thorne--Interviews ;
      Journalists--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Underground press publications--Texas--Austin ;
      Newspapers ;
      Underground press publications--Texas--Houston ;
      Radicalism--United States ;
    • Thorne Dreyer (son of Houston artist, Margaret Webb Dreyer) attended the University of Texas for a short time in 1963 where he became involved with the Students for Democratic Society (SDS) and established the underground newspaper, The Rag. Dreyer...
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • 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...
    • Houston Oral History Project

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