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    • Brown, Jewel

    • Brown, Jewel, 1937- ;
      African American women jazz singers--Texas--Houston ; Performance artists--Texas--Houston ;
      Singers--Texas--Houston ;
      Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971 ;
      Oral histories
    • Jewel Brown discusses her career as a jazz singer in Texas. She talks about the bands, the clubs, and the people associated with her career.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • Long, Bert, 1940-2013.

    • Long, Bert L.-- Interviews; Artists, African American -- Houston (Tex.)-- Interviews; Artists -- Awards; African American sculptors; Cooks, African American.
    • Eldest of four children,Bert L. Long born in 1940, was raised in the Fifth Ward, Houston, Texas. He is a born artist with no formal education in arts, and a born chef. As artist and sculptor, he won many, many awards. Specially notewothy among...
    • DeAnda, Raul

    • DeAnda, Raul--Interviews ;
      Mexican American educators--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Mexican American Educational Council ;
      Human rights workers--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Mexicans--Texas--Houston ;
      School...
    • Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Raul DeAnda came to Houston in 1967. Having obtained a degree in Business Administration, DeAnda worked at several large companies. His interest in social work led him to get...
    • 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,...
    • Marks, Jo Alessandro

    • Marks, Jo Alessandro -- Interviews; Actresses -- Houston (Tex.)-- Interviews; Women in the theater; Alley Theatre (Houston, Tex.)
    • The founding member of the Alley Theater, Jo Alessandro Marks was inspired into acting through a speech given by Margot Jones. Her father was the Director of all bands of the Houston Independent School Distict schools. After graduating from the...
    • Gottlieb, Dick

    • Gottlieb, Dick--Interviews ;
      City council members--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Houston (Tex.)--Politics and government ;
      Houston (Tex.)--Race relations ;
      Television personalities--Texas--Houston ;
      Television...
    • Dick Gottlieb was a former TV entertainer who decided to run for city council in 1969. He beat the incumbent in a run-off election achieving an upset victory. He credited his TV image and prior experience as a fundraiser for local and national...
    • Pleasant, Florence

    • Pleasant, Florence, 1933--Interviews ;
      Pianists--Texas--Interviews ;
      African American jazz musicians--Texas--Interviews ;
      African American women musicians--Texas --Interviews ;
      Cobb, Arnett, 1918-1989 ;
      Oral histories
    • Florence "Bu" Pleasant talks about her career as a professional musician in Texas, New York, and California; her style; and the people she has met and played music with.
    • Marzio, Peter

    • Marzio,Peter C. (1943-2010); Museum directors -- Texas -- Houston; Museum of Fine Arts (Houston, Tex.) Museum outreach programs -- Houston -- Texas;
    • Peter Marzio,the Director of the Museum of Fine Arts,Houston, Texas, from 1982 to 2010,transformed and guided the dramatic growth of the Museum, and expanded its collection from 14,000 to over 63,000. He envisioned presenting a global view of art...
    • Johnson, Conrad

    • Conrad, Johnson, 1915-2008; African American jazz musicians -- Interviews; African American music teachers --Texas -- Houston; Jazz musicians -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews; Houston (Tex.) -- History -- Anecdotes; Oral histories
    • Conrad Johnson talks with David Goldstein about his career as a musician and music educator in Houston. Conrad was a proficient jazz musician. His high school orchestra at Kashmere High School where he taught for many years won numerous awards. He...
    • 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),...
    • 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...
    • Hill, Ray

    • Hill, Ray, 1940- ; Gay rights -- Texas -- Houston; Gay broadcasters -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews; Oral histories
    • Houston's best known gay and prison activist talks about his life as a son, evangelist, burglar, prisoner, student, organizer, radio station manager, and social worker.
    • Choice, Lloyd and Robert Bigmill

    • Choice, Lloyd--Interviews ;
      Bigmill, Robert--Interviews ;
      Art museum curators--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      African American school administrators--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      African American artists ;
      Black Arts...
    • The Black Art Center was established in Fifth Ward as a venue for the African American community of Houston “to express whatever kind of artistic talents they might have.” The organization received grant money from the Menil Foundation, among...
    • 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...
    • Barnes, Betty

    • Barnes, Betty--Interviews ;
      Feminists--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Women's rights ;
      National Organization for Women ;
      Discrimination in employment ;
      Harris County Women's Political Caucus ;
      Oral histories
    • An active member of NOW (National Organization for Women) since 1970, Betty Barnes was an advocate for women's rights and equal employment opportunities for Women. Barnes was an Instructor of Government at San Jacinto College, in Houston, Texas.

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