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    • Del Valle, Felix

    • Del Valle, Felix--Interviews ;
      Mexican Americans ;
      Southern Pacific Railroad Company ;
      Oral histories
    • Felix Del Valle came to Texas from La Paz, Mexico at age 19. He found work in San Antonio with the Southern Pacific Company building rail lines in 1927. Later that year he moved on to Sanguine and continued work on the rail despite the Depression....
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • 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...
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • Garza, Lorenzo

    • Garza, Lorenzo--Interviews ;
      Mexican Americans ;
      Mexican American business enterprises--Texas--Houston ;
      Mexican American musicians ;
      Oral histories
    • In this follow-up interview, Lorenzo Garza continues discussing his occupation as a barber in the Magnolia Park neighborhood of Houston and playing in his band, the Rancheros, at night. Garza also reminisces about the businesses he owned and...
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • Flores, Juan N.  Rosa (Barrera) Flores

    • Flores, Juan--Interviews ;
      Mexican Americans--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Oral histories ;
      Galveston (Tex.)--Emigration and immigration--Social aspects ;
      Mexican Americans--Texas--Houston--History ;
      League of United...
    • Juan Flores came to Galveston, Texas from Mexico in 1924, at the age of 16, to make a better life for himself away from the difficult circumstances that existed in his home country after the Mexican Revolution. In this interview, Flores recounts...
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • 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 ;
    • Robert Eckels served as Harris County judge from 1995 to 2007. Eckels shares his memories growing up in Bellaire and spending time with his family in the summers at Baycliff. He discusses his career, politics in Harris County and Houston, and his...
    • Houston Oral History Project
    • 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...
    • Houston Oral History Project
    • 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...
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • Cobb, Arnett

    • 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 Cobb answers questions about the...
    • HMRC Oral History Interviews
    • Villagomez, Augustin

    • Villagomez, Augustin--Interviews ;
      Mexican Americans--Social conditions--Texas--Houston ;
      Immigrants--Mexico ;
      Oral histories
    • Augustin Villagomez came to Houston in the 1920s. His first job was in the V.A. Hospital, working as an Order for cleaning rooms for 38 cents per hour. After saving some money, he went to Morelia to marry his girlfriend, Anavelia Rivera. They had 3...
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • 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,...
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • Garrett, James V.

    • Garrett, James V.--Interviews ;
      Public prosecutors--Texas--Harris County--Houston ;
      Lawyers--Texas--Houston--Interviews ;
      Oral histories
    • James V. Garrett, originally from Atlanta, Texas, was an assistant district attorney and prosecutor in Houston, Harris County, Texas. Garrett shares his experiences in law school, his reflections on his time in the District Attorney's office, and...
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • Reyes, Frumencio

    • Reyes, Frumencio; Hispanic American lawyers -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews; Lawyers in politics -- Texas -- Houston; Political activists -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews;
    • Hispanic American lawyer and political activist, Frumencio Reyes talks about some of his most famous cases, his involvement in local politics and the city of Houston political scene.
    • Houston Oral History Project
    • King, Otis

    • King, Otis, 1935-; African American law teachers--Houston--Interviews; African American civil rights workers--Texas--Houston; Segregation--Texas--Houston; Oral histories
    • Otis King, an African American law professor talks about his career, the social conditions for African Americans in Houston during the 1950's and 1960's, and the political scene of the time.
    • Houston Oral History Project
    • Herskowitz, Mickey

    • Herskowitz, Mickey--Interviews ;
      Sportswriters--Houston (Tex.)--Interviews ;
      Reporters and reporting ;
      Sports journalism ;
      Oral histories
    • The passion for sports writing was imbued in Mickey Herskowitz from an early age. Growing up in Houston, he started writing for the Houston Post when he was only 14 years old. When The Houston Chronicle purchased The Post, he started writing for...
    • Houston Oral History Project
    • Campos, Tony

    • Campos, Tony--Interviews ;
      Mexican Americans--Interviews ;
      Baytown (Tex.) ;
      Segregation in education--Texas ;
      League of United Latin American Citizens ;
      Parachute troops ;
      Oral histories
    • Tony Campos was born in Baytown in 1923. Twenty-two days after graduating from high school he was drafted to serve in World War II with the 82nd Airborne Division as a paratrooper. He discusses growing up in Baytown and the segregation faced by the...
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • Alessandra, Dorothy and Rose Radoff Frenkil

    • Alessandra, Dorothy--Interviews ;
      Galveston (Tex.) ;
      Jews--Social life and customs ;
      Immigrants--Russia ;
      Oral histories
    • Dorothy Alessandra was born in Galveston, Texas to parents who emigrated from Russia in the late 1800s. In this interview Mrs. Alessandra reminisces about family life and bygone days in Galveston. She also discusses what it was like to be Jewish in...
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • Gomez, Refugio

    • Gomez, Refugio--Interviews ;
      Mexican Americans ;
      Discrimination against Mexican Americans ;
      Discrimination in employment ;
      Oral histories
    • Refugio Gomez discusses the discrimination that he and his children experienced in Houston schools. Gomez first describes his own experiences prior to World War II and the Savalas School in Second Ward, which was built for Mexican American...
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • 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.
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • 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),...
    • HMRC Oral History Collection
    • Jones, Dr. Edith Irby

    • Jones, Edith Irby, 1927- African American women physicians -- Texas -- Houston -- Interviews ; African American women physicians -- Texas -- Houston -- Biography ; Southern states -- Race relations -- Anecdotes ; African Americans -- Social...
    • Dr. Jones talks about growing up in Hot Springs, Arkansas as a poor but ambitious girl, the events that shaped her life, her years in medical school, her career as a physician in Houston, and her life as a civil rights activist.
    • Houston Oral History Project

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