Lawson, William A., 1928-;
Civil rights workers -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews;
Civil rights demonstrations -- Texas -- Houston;
Houston (Tex.) -- Race relations;
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.
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
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...
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...
Weiner, Freida--Interviews ; Jewish women ; Jewish community centers ; Galveston (Tex.) ; Oral histories
Frieda Wiener was born in Kiev in 1890 and immigrated to Detroit, Michigan around 1911. She came to Houston in 1915 and settled with her family in Galveston in 1921. She speaks about the difficulties of making a living in Galveston’s small Jewish...
Municipal officials and employees -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews;
Human rights workers -- Texas -- Houston;
Mexican Americans -- Texas -- Houston;
Political activists -- Texas -- Houston;
Leonel Castillo was the first Mexican American elected to citywide office in Houston and the director of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service in Jimmy Carter's cabinet during the 1970’s. Interviewed by Kerry Wince he talks about his...
Governor Mark White came in very tough economic times. As Governor, he regulated the utility industry and cut the price of electricity. He raised taxes twice, to save schools, building roads and to provide services to people. He also raised the...
Tinsley, Eleanor, 1926-2009;
City council members -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews;
School integration -- Texas -- Houston -- History;
Houston Community College (Houston, Tex.) -- History;
School board presidents -- Texas -- Houston --...
Eleanor Tinsley talks about her years as president of the board of the Houston Independent School District, and as member of the city council.
She was involved in the school integration movement and was instrumental in the creation of the Houston...
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 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,...
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...
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...
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...
Bland, Mrs. William W. -- Interviews ; Houston Grand Opera ; Houston Grand Opera Association -- History ; Houston Opera Guild -- History; Opera -- Texas -- Houston -- History;
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...
Garcia, E. J. -- Interviews ; Mexican Americans ; Oral histories
E. J. Garcia was born in San Antonio and moved to Houston in 1919 where he began working in the oil industry. Beginning in 1925 he worked as an insurance agent for American National Insurance where he primarily sold life insurance policies to the...