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    • Lanier, Mayor Bob

    • Lanier, Robert, 1925-; Mayors -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews; Oral histories
    • Former Houston Mayor Bob Lanier is interviewed by Jim Barlow. Mr. Lanier discusses his years as a businessman in the real estate business, his law practice, and the highlights of his public career. He served three consecutive terms as Mayor of...
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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
    • 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; Intergovernmental...
    • Robert Eckels describes his experiences as former Harris County judge. He discusses politics in Harris county and in the city of Houston, as well as his involvement in handling the influx of the evacuees from New Orleans during hurricane Katrina,...
    • 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...
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • Cavitt, O'Neta

    • Cavitt, O'Neta, 1914 --Interviews ; African American teachers ; African American librarians ; Houston College for Negroes ; Paul Quinn College ; Prairie View University ; Prairie View A & M University--Alumni and alumnae ; Sigma Gamma Rho...
    • Mrs. O'Neta "Pink" Cavitt discusses growing up in Houston and serving 29 years as a teacher and librarian in both the Aldine and Houston Independent School Districts. She also was the owner of Neta's Hat Shop and Accessories located in The Pilgrim...
    • Bustamante, Daniel

    • Bustamante, Daniel; Political activists -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews; Hispanic Americans -- Social conditions -- Texas -- Houston; Human rights workers -- Texas -- Houston; Houston (Tex.) -- History; Houston (Tex.) -- Race relations; Mexican...
    • Community organizer and civil rights activist, Daniel Bustamante, talks about his life in community development, labor unions, and youth initiatives in Houston.
    • Welch, Louie

    • Welch, Louie--Interviews ;
      Mayors--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      City council members--Texas--Houston ;
      Holcombe, Oscar, 1888-1968 ;
      Cutrer, Lewis Wesley ;
      Oral histories
    • In this interview from 1975, Louie Welch discusses his history as a politician in Houston. He began his career as a council member and served under Mayors Oscar Holcombe and Lewis Cutrer. Welch was then elected as Mayor to the City of Houston first...
    • 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...
    • Navarro, Yolanda

    • Navarro, Yolanda, 1947-; Restaurateurs--Texas--Houston--Interviews; Hispanic American businesswomen--Texas--Houston--Interviews; Community activists--Texas--Houston--Interviews; Race relations--Texas--Houston; Oral histories
    • Hispanic American entrepreneur, restaurateur, and community activist, examines her involvement with the Hispanic community in Houston, and talks about race relations in the 1960s and 1970s, and about her restaurant business.
    • Brown, Texas Johnny

    • Brown, Texas Johnny--Interviews ;
      Blues musicians--Texas--Houston ;
      African American guitarists--Texas--Houston ;
      Oral histories
    • Texas Johnny Brown first played with his father on street corners in Texas and other southern states and then began playing professionally in Houston starting in 1946 at age 18. He is most well known for playing the blues on electric guitar and for...
    • 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.
    • Gandy, Patricia

    • Gandy, Patricia--Interviews ;
      Politicians--Texas--Harris County--Interviews ;
      Women--Political activities--Texas--Houston ;
      Political Party Organizers--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Texas--Harris County--Houston--Politics and...
    • Patricia Gandy describes her experiences as a Democratic party organizer in the Pasadena and Deer Park areas of Texas. She was chairperson of the Harris County Democrats and also ran for Deer Park city council where she was subsequently elected to...
    • Young, Hazel

    • Young Hazel Hainsworth, 1905-2009; Teachers, Black -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews; Houston (Tex.) -- History -- Anecdotes; School integration -- Texas -- Houston -- History; Houston (Tex.) -- Race relations; Oral histories
    • Interviewed by Elma Barrera, Hazel Young, a centenarian that lives in Houston, examines her life as a young girl growing up in the Fifth Ward, and as a teacher in the public school system.

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