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    • Edwards, Arenia

    • Edwards, Arenia--Interviews ;
      African American community organizers--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Midwifes--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Volunteers--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Public welfare--Texas--Houston ;
      Oral...
    • Arenia Edwards moved to Houston in 1941. She spent some time working in a cafe, but her true passion was volunteer work. Edwards loved volunteering, and volunteered for 20 years at the VA Hospital and at other places. In Louisiana, she took midwife...
    • 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...
    • Chambers, Vernon

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

    • Blaffer-Owen, Jane; Philanthropists -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews ; Houston (Tex.) -- Social life and customs; Houston (Tex.) -- History -- Anecdotes; Oral histories
    • Philanthropist and social activist, Jane Blaffer talks about the social life in Houston during the first half of the 20th century. She talks about the philanthropic contributions of her family as well as people like the Cullens, Imma Hogg, James...
    • 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...
    • Elkins, Thomas A.

    • Elkins, Thomas A., 1936---Interviews ;
      Police officers--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      African American police--Interviews ;
      Police--Texas--Houston ;
      Houston (Tex.). Police Department ;
      Race discrimination ;
      Oral...
    • Before coming to Houston in 1941, Thomas A. Elkins lived in Tuscon, Arizona. Elkins loved driving motorcycles and in 1958 he joined the Houston Police Department as a motorcycle officer. In his oral history, Elkins talks about the prejudice he...
    • Slater, Gene

    • Slater, Gene--Interviews ;
      Architects--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Composers--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Oral histories
    • Architect, graduated from Rice University. Under the guidance of Jimmy Chillman built Hotels, among them the Rice Hotel, Hotel Club Buildings in Houston, among others, and Oil & Gas buildings and Bank buildings in Fort Worth
    • 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.
    • 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...
    • 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...
    • 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
    • Chamberlain, L.E.

    • Chamberlain, L.E., (Lawrence Edward); Police --Texas --Houston --Interviews; African American police --Texas --Houston; Houston (Tex.) --Race relations; Oral histories
    • A 30-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, L.E. Chamberlain, talks about racial relations, the evolution of the department, and local crime.
    • Sam, DeAndre

    • Sam, DeAndre--Interviews ; African American businesspeople ; Minority business enterprises--Texas--Houston ; Oral histories.
    • Second generation owner of Houston's oldest African American owned storage and moving business discusses the history of A Rocket Moving and Storage.
    • 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.
    • 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,...
    • 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...
    • Kesselus, Richard K.

    • Kesselus, Richard K.--Interviews ;
      Ship, Harold E.--Interviews ;
      Police Chiefs--Texas--Interviews ;
      West University Place (Tex.) ;
      Oral histories
    • At the time of this interview in 1974, Richard Kesselus served as the Chief of Police of West University Place. The Assistant Chief at this time, Harold E. Ship, is also interviewed. They discuss in detail how officers were trained, daily...
    • 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.
    • Roussel, Peter

    • Roussel, Peter,(1941-)--Interviews; Journalists --Interviews; Press secretaries --United States --Interviews; Journalism teachers.
    • Born in Houston, Peter Roussel followed his parents' footsteps in becoming a journalist. He worked as a Press spokeman for several Presidents and Secretary of State. After moving to Houston from Washington, he became a TV-Radio commentator and...

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