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    • 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
    • Chambers, Vernon

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

    • David, Dianne--Interviews ;
      Art museum directors--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Art museums--Texas--Houston ;
      Art dealers--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Oral histories
    • Dianne David was born in Corpus Christi and raised in Houston. In 1964, after seeing a need for more art galleries in Houston, she started to open her own art galleries. As a gallery director, she envisioned art galleries as vibrant places,...
    • Mitchell, George

    • Mitchell, George Phydias, 1919-; Gas industry -- Texas -- Houston; Businessmen -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews; Businessmen -- Texas -- Houston -- Biography; Houston (Tex.) -- History -- Anecdotes; Galveston (Tex.) -- History; Oral histories
    • George Phydias Mitchell, oil and gas businessman and developer of an unincorporated planned community 25 miles north of Houston called The Woodlands, is interviewed by Jim Barlow.
    • Sakowitz, Robert

    • Sakowitz, Robert, 1938-; Businessmen--Texas--Houston--Interviews; Retail trade--Texas--Houston; Sakowitz Department Store -- History; Family-owned business enterprises -- Texas -- History; Oral histories
    • Robert Sakowitz talks about his family business in Houston, the Sakowitz stores; about the city of Houston at the time the stores were established and developed; and the personalities he met while doing business.
    • Buck, E.O.

    • Buck, E. O.--Interviews ;
      Petroleum engineers ;
      Geologists ;
      Oral histories
    • Mr. Buck was born in Arkansas, grew up in Beaumont, Texas, and later attended Texas A&M University where he studied electrical and petroleum engineering. Upon graduation in 1926 he went to work for the Gulf Oil Company as a geologist on an...
    • Cramer, Edsel

    • Cramer, Edsel, 1924-2010--Interviews ;
      African American artists--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      African American painters--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Arts--Texas--Houston ;
      Oral histories
    • Edsel Cramer went to High school in Houston, and studied art at the Art Institute in Chicago. He was known for his classically inspired portraits and landscapes. Among his portraits are that of Adelaide de Menil (daughter of John and Dominique),...
    • Fraga, Félix

    • Fraga, Félix, 1929- ; Hispanic American social workers -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews; Mexican American politicians -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews; Ripley House (Houston, Tex.); Houston (Tex.) -- Race relations; Houston (Tex.) -- History --...
    • Félix Fraga discusses his life as a Hispanic growing up in Houston; race relations; his work as a social worker; and his long career at Ripley House, a recreational, educational and health center in Houston founded in 1940.
    • 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,...
    • 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...
    • Lawson, Rev. "Bill"

    • Lawson, William A., 1928-; Civil rights workers -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews; Civil rights demonstrations -- Texas -- Houston; Houston (Tex.) -- Race relations; Oral histories
    • Bill Lawson, a political activist and civil rights organizer examines his life as a religious leader, and his participation in racial desegregation efforts in the Houston communities during the Civil Rights Movement.
    • Johnson, Gaylord

    • Johnson, Gaylord--Interviews ;
      Athletics Directors--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Rice University ;
      Athletic training--Business management--Interviews ;
      Coaches--Training ;
      Oral histories
    • Discusses how after getting a PhD. from Rice University and teaching there, he got into the position of Business Manager for the Rice Institute Athletic Activities.
    • Bernhard, James

    • Bernhard, James--Interviews ;
      Actors--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Oral histories ;
      International Society of Performing Arts Administors ;
      Performing arts--Texas--Houston ;
      Alley Theatre (Houston, Tex.) ;
      Jesse...
    • James Bernhard was the Arts Manager of the International Society of Performing Arts Administors (SPA). In this interview, he discusses the performing arts in Houston and the many ways SPA is involved. He talks about how the SPA goes about booking...
    • 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...
    • Lyons, E. A.

    • Lyons, E. A. (Everett Augustus)--Interviews ;
      County officials and employees--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      County council members--Texas--Harris County--Interviews ;
      Oral histories
    • E. A. (Everett Augustus) Lyons was first elected as Harris County commissioner in 1942, when road conditions were a major issue in the county because 85% of the roads were unpaved. Throughout the war, the county could not get parts and materials...
    • Glassell, Alfred

    • Glassell, Alfred C. (Alfred Curry), 1914-2008; Gas industry--Texas--Houston; Businessmen--Texas--Houston--Interviews; Businessmen--Texas--Houston--Biography; Houston (Tex.)--History--Anecdotes; Oral histories
    • Alfred Glassell, the founder of Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Corp -the first gas transmission system from Texas to New York- and founder of the Glassell School of Art, talks about his life in the military during World War II, and his...
    • Wells, Herbert

    • Wells, Herbert, 1924- ; Designers -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews; Houston (Tex.) -- History -- Anecdotes; Oral histories
    • Designer Herbert Wells talks about the nationally recognized architects he worked with, the local stores he used to shop at, and about some of his most prominent clients.
    • Lack, Abe

    • Lack, Abe--Interviews ;
      Businessmen--Texas -Houston--Interviews ;
      Lack's Wholesalers ;
      Oral histories ;
      Small business--Texas--Houston ;
      Immigrants--Texas--Houston--Interview
    • Abe Lack, a Latvian immigrant, came to the United States in 1910. He and his family eventually settled in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by 1914. His early business ventures included a grocery store and an auto supply store. After a brief period in Florida real...

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