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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

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African American Studies

Arts

Business

Culture

Disaster Response and Recovery

Education

Energy Development

Environmental Issues

Galveston (Tex.) History

Houston (Tex.) History

Immigration

Law

Medicine

Mexican American Studies

Native American Studies

Philanthropy

Politics

Religion

LGBTQ People

Sports

University Of Houston

Women's History



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Oral Histories - Houston History Project, 1996- | University of Houston Libraries

By Reddy Guntaka, Tanmay Wagh, Madhuri Keshavarao, Tai Luong

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Collection Overview

Title: Oral Histories - Houston History Project, 1996-View associated digital content.

ID: 07/2006-005

Primary Creator: Houston History Project

Extent: 25.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement:

Oral histories are arranged numerically. Identifers include the Houston History Archives (HHA) number, interviewee's name, and subject module. Interviews consist of typewritten transcripts and audio interviews, presently available for reading and listening in the Special Collections Department of M.D. Anderson Library.

All formats for an interview are shelved by number in appropriate storage boxes.  Transcripts (typed pages) are housed in record cartons, audiotapes and CDs are housed in specialty boxes.  Each format includes sequential numbers appropirate  boxes. Because boxes and formats are configured differently, Box 1 in one format does not hold the same set of interview numbers as Box 1 in another format. However, searching for a specific interview number across formats will  produce all available interivew materials for that interviewee.

Date Acquired: 00/00/2005

Subjects: African-American studies, Arts, Business, Culture, Disaster response and recovery, Emigration and immigration, Energy development, Environmental issues, Medicine, Mexican Americans - Study and teaching, Native American studies, Religion, Sports, Women’s history

Forms of Material: Audiocassettes, Compact discs, Interviews, Sound recordings, Transcripts

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

When UH’s Center for Public History and the University Libraries collaborated to create the Houston History Archives (UH-HHA), part of their mission included a repository for oral histories that tell stories of the growth and development of the Gulf Coast region from multiple points of view.  To that end, the Houston Oral History Project in the Center for Public History trains history graduate students to research and interview Houstonians with recollections of the city’s civil rights, women’s, cultural, political, or medical past.  In furtherance of the mission, the UH Oral History Project entered into a collaboration with the City of Houston that will bring to the UH repository interviews of one hundred of Houston’s leaders from all walks of life.  Another large collection headed for the repository is the Offshore Energy Oral History Project, a collaboration among several UH professors and other universities to document  the growth of the oil refining industry along the Gulf Coast before and after World War II.  Topics available include interviews with Katrina emergency responders in Houston, a series of interviews with African American (black) generals, interviews with members of Houston's Indo-Asian population, and interviews from the Afro-American Physicians project, as well as a number of other topics.

Related Materials:

Oral Histories from the Houston History Project digital collection (http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/houhistory)

Biographical Note

Joseph Pratt, Ph.D., in the UH Center for Public History, established the Houston History Project to expand and improve the research done on Houston and to serve as a learning laboratory for public history students.  Professor Pratt recognized the appropriateness of a publication supported by both  a research component and a repository for archival collections and oral histories to accomplish these goals.  All three elements – Houston History magazine, the UH Oral History Program, and the Houston History Archives -- reinforce one another and add to our understanding of Houston’s history by recording, reporting, and preserving the narrative of Houston’s past.  Together, the Houston History Project’s three components contribute to the University of Houston’s mission and realize the university’s strategic initiatives.

Subject/Index Terms

African-American studies
Arts
Business
Culture
Disaster response and recovery
Emigration and immigration
Energy development
Environmental issues
Medicine
Mexican Americans - Study and teaching
Native American studies
Religion
Sports
Women’s history

Administrative Information

Repository: University of Houston Libraries

Access Restrictions: Open for research.

Use Restrictions:

Special Collections owns the physical items in our collections, but copyright normally belongs to the creator of the materials or their heirs. The researcher has full responsibility for determining copyright status, locating copyright holders, and abiding by current copyright laws when publishing or displaying copies of Special Collections material in print or electric form. For more information, consult the appropriate librarian.

Photocopy decisions will be made by Special Collection staff on a case-by-case basis. Patrons are responsible for obtaining permission to publish from copyrights holders.

Related Materials: Oral Histories from the Houston History Project digital collection For more information please see http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/houhistory.

Preferred Citation: Oral Histories-Houston History Project. Courtesy of Special Collection, University of Houston Libraries.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Series:

[Series 1: African American Studies],
[Series 2: Arts],
[Series 3: Business],
[Series 4: Culture],
[Series 5: Disaster Response and Recovery],
[Series 6: Education],
[Series 7: Energy Development],
[Series 8: Environmental Issues],
[Series 9: Galveston (Tex.) History],
[Series 10: Houston (Tex.) History],
[Series 11: Immigration],
[Series 12: Law],
[Series 13: Medicine],
[Series 14: Mexican American Studies],
[Series 15: Native American Studies],
[Series 16: Philanthropy],
[Series 17: Politics],
[Series 18: Religion],
[Series 19: LGBTQ People],
[Series 20: Sports],
[Series 21: University Of Houston],
[Series 22: Women's History],
[All]

Series 5: Disaster Response and Recovery
Box 9
Item 529: 00529_Alvarez, Gloria_Hurricane Katrina (2006) [available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.

Interviewer(s): Ernesto Valdez

Project: University of Houston

Item 531: 00531_Day, Jamison M._Hurricane Katrina (2006) [available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.

Interviewer(s): Ernesto Valdez

Project: University of Houston

Dr. Jamison M. Day was interviewed on June 20, 200 at his office in Melcher Hall, Room 290B, University of Houston, Houston, Texas.  He helped organize the Neighbors-2-Neighbors Program that was instituted by the Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston, a through a computer model that endeavored to house evacuees with private citizens.  In addition, Dr. Day analyzed the necessities of a clear chain of command within each segment of the disaster relief efforts 

The interview was conducted by Ernesto Valdés, Center for Public History, University of Houston where the tape is deposited in M.D. Anderson Library on the main campus of the university.

Item 532: 00532_Dozier, J. David_Hurricane Katrina (2005) [available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.

Interviewer(s): Ernesto Valdez

Project: University of Houston

Mr. J. David Dozier is the Director, Congregational Liaison Disaster Preparedness, Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston, 3217 Montrose Blvd., Houston, Texas 77006.  During the rescue efforts of victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Mr. Dozier was involved with the planning and execution of housing evacuees in private homes and shelters through joint efforts with faith-based congregations throughout the Houston area.

The interview was conducted by Ernesto Valdés, Center for Public History, University of Houston where the tape is deposited in M.D. Anderson Library on the main campus of the university.

Done on Houston, Texas, December 19, 2005

Item 533: 00533_Hystad, Rev., John Eric_Hurricane Katrina (2006) [available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.

Interviewer(s): Ernesto Valdez

Projects: University of Houston

This interview with Rev. Hystad was conducted on August 3, 2006 at his office at the Second Baptist Church, 6400 Woodway Dr, Houston, Texas 77057.

The pastors of the church selected Rev. Hystad to ascertain what assistance the church could offer the countywide effort that was being mobilized to assist the New Orleans evacuees.  After several inquiries it was determined that there was a need to provide cooked meals for the people who were housed at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.

To successfully conduct this effort, Rev. Hystad called upon the Texas Baptist Men, which is a group that is experienced in providing hot meals in such times of disasters.  However, this required the gathering and training of volunteers.   Once the word went out, Second Baptist Church called upon all denominations to assist in this endeavor code named Operation Compassion.  Over the three weeks of active relief work, a multi-denominational response to the call for help netted  tens of thousands of trained volunteers who helped with all aspects of food reparation for the evacuees and the army of workers.   

The interview was conducted by Ernesto Valdés, Center for Public History, University of Houston where the tape is deposited in M.D. Anderson Library on the main campus of the university.

Item 534: 00534_Mattox, Dr.Kenneth_Hurricane Katrina (2006) [available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.

Interviewer(s): Ernesto Valdez

Projects: University of Houston

Dr. Mattox was interviewed in his office at Ben Taub General Hospital on July 20, 2006.  This interview sheds light on the sophisticated network of disaster and trauma that exists among first responder units irrespective of the types of disasters:  earthquakes, storms, floods, explosions, or terrorists attacks.  It was from this body of knowledge and experience that Houston and Harris County personnel were able to prepare virtually seamless medical and mental health services to the New Orleans evacuees of Hurricane Katrina.    

The candor of the interview also lends the historian a view “from the top” of the necessity of clear command channels, training, a need to remain respectful of those being assisted, and the value of community preparedness.

The interview was conducted by Ernesto Valdés, Center for Public History, University of Houston where the tape is deposited in M.D. Anderson Library on the main campus of the university.

Item 535: 00535_McBride, Frank Edgar_Hurricane Katrina (2006) [available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.

Interviewer(s): Ernesto Valdez

Project: University of Houston

Mr. Frank E. McBride was interviewed on June 16, 2006 in Room #524, Agnes Arnold Hall, University of Houston, Houston, Texas.  Mr. McBride was one of the first television cameramen that viewed the devastation in New Orleans with the added perspective of having recently lived in that city for four years.  This interview depicts the early rescue efforts by local people and one state agency immediately after the storm, while some of his experiences suggest the advent of the overwhelming need for basic necessities including gasoline.   

The interview was conducted by Ernesto Valdés, Center for Public History, University of Houston where the tape is deposited in M.D. Anderson Library on the main campus of the university.

Item 536: 00536_Palacio, Herminia_Hurricane Katrina (2006) [available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.

Interviewer(s): Ernesto Valdez

Project: University of Houston

Dr. Herminia Palacio, Executive Director, Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services, Houston, Texas, was interviewed on August 8, 2006, in her offices at 2223 West Loop South, Houston, Texas.  Her role in the Katrina rescue represented a broad spectrum of public health issues that arose in the Astrodome and the Reliant Center complex, which in turn required her to deal with municipal to federal government agencies.  This interview gives insight from the perspective of a major responder and the effects that a disaster has on the community, the families, and the individuals on both sides of an evacuation event. 

The interview was conducted by Ernesto Valdés, Center for Public History, University of Houston where the tape is deposited in M.D. Anderson Library on the main campus of the university.

Item 537: 00537_Roby, Dr. Paul_Hurricane Katrina (2005) [available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.

Interviewer(s): Ernesto Valdez

Project: University of Houston

Dr. Roby is the Director of Neighbors-2-Neighbors Program, Office of Disaster and Preparedness and Response, a program designed to match up evacuee families with local Houstonian families.  This interview looks at the analysis of a disaster and the philosophy of reestablishing the physical and emotional needs of the victims by matching evacuee families with local ones who introduce them to neighborhood stores and facilities.

He was interviewed on December 14, 2005 at his office in the Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston, 3217 Montrose Blvd., Houston, Texas 77006.  The interview was conducted by Ernesto Valdés, Center for Public History, University of Houston where the tape is deposited in M.D. Anderson Library on the main campus of the university. 

Done on Houston, Texas, August 31, 2006.

Item 538: 00538_Rodriguez, Diana_Hurricane Katrina (2006) [available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.

Interviewer(s): Ernesto Valdez

Project: University of Houston

Ms. Diana Rodriguez was interviewed in her office, City of Houston Emergency Medical Services, 15th Floor, 500 Jefferson, Houston, Texas 77002, on August 17, 2006.  While most of the other interviewees in this collection were selected because they were in command echelons of the hurricane relief efforts, Ms. Rodriguez was selected because in her position as Administrative Coordinator to Dr. David Persse, Director, Houston Fire Department Emergency Medical Services, she was able to observe on an intimate level the aura of emotions that pervaded the various sites she visited.  To history’s great advantage, she took her camera and recorded the drama of the incomprehensible and unprecedented event known as Hurricane Katrina. Through her eye we see vignettes of the relief efforts, and through her words we hear and read not only the emotions she experienced, but also those of the bewildered, lost, confused, scared, and saddened people of New Orleans that Ms. Rodriguez encountered on a daily basis.         

The interview was conducted by Ernesto Valdés, Center for Public History, University of Houston where the tape is deposited in M.D. Anderson Library on the main campus of the university.

Item 539: 00539_Sloan, Mark_Hurricane Katrina (2006) [available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.

Interviewer(s): Ernesto Valdez

Project: University of Houston

This interview was conducted on August 14, 2006, in Mr. Solan’s office located at 2318 Atascosita Rd., Humble, Texas 77396.  The essence of this narration focuses on the response of Harris County, Texas to the tens of thousands of evacuees from New Orleans, La. who were victims of Hurricane Katrina.  The execution of disaster preparedness plans that was initiated and completed within a matter of hours represents the apex of community and governmental cooperation.  As Harris County’s Director of Homeland Security and Special Projects, Mr. Sloan was assigned the task of engineering this endeavor.  The intrinsic value of this narrative is a view of an organizational infrastructure that minimized error and maximized success in this unprecedented event. 

The interview was conducted by Ernesto Valdés, Center for Public History, University of Houston where the tape is deposited in M.D. Anderson Library on the main campus of the university.

Item 540: 00540_Vallbona, Carlos_Hurricane Katrina (2006) [available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.

Interviewer(s): Ernesto Valdez

Project: University of Houston

This interview was conducted in the office of Dr. Vallbona, 3701 Kirby, Houston, Texas, on July 29, 2006.  Dr. Vallbona’s medical services were performed in the Astrodome-Reliant Center, where he examined recent evacuees from Hurricane Katrina.  He enumerates the various medical services available on site and the procedures used in order to expedite those services.

The interview was conducted by Ernesto Valdés, Center for Public History, University of Houston where the tape is deposited in M.D. Anderson Library on the main campus of the university.

Box 12
Item 687: 00687_Cooper, Tim_Hurricane Ike [available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.
Tim Cooper defined the damage done to the Anahuac Wildlife refuge. His commitment to the area and description of the struggle to repair the damage, offers a unique picture that tells the story of the damage caused to the refuge complex by Hurricane Ike. The damage had far reaching effects that demanded far-reaching solutions.
Item 688: 00688_Nalls, Sharon A. and Terry W. Moore_Hurrican Ike [available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.
Sharon A. Nalls and Terry W. Moore are the managers of the Emergency Management Office and were involved in helping evacuees for Hurricane Ike, had a window into the process of how Hurricane Ike was handles in Houston. Sitting in the emergency center for two weeks with 400 people either on duty or sleeping in the halls and offices the storm and it after math was manages. They tell the inside stories about what they feared most in terms of future hurricanes and their effects. They describe a coordination effort that is one of the best in the country. From a command center like the Pentagons they marshaled the resources and responded to every challenge until the lights came on and the flood subsided. The interview covers them and their start, the center as it is now, the experiences of hurricane Ike and the future for Houston and the Emergency Management Center.
Item 689: 00689_Watson, Jimmy_Hurrican Ike [available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.

This interview’s focus was towards to destruction and rebuild efforts of the state parks along the Gulf coast that were struck by Hurricane Ike. This information is intended to be useful for the researcher who wishes to write the story about Hurricane Ike and its impact on our area.

He gives a very personal description of the effect of Hurricane Ike on the Park. He provides information relative to the devastation and the heroic work of the Park Service to bring back the parks and recreational areas to their original beauty and functionalism. His role as a Maintenance Supervisor gave him a unique insight onto the efforts made and works needing to be done, damage from Ike.

Box 15
Item 00976: 00976_Hurricane, Panel [available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.

Browse by Series:

[Series 1: African American Studies],
[Series 2: Arts],
[Series 3: Business],
[Series 4: Culture],
[Series 5: Disaster Response and Recovery],
[Series 6: Education],
[Series 7: Energy Development],
[Series 8: Environmental Issues],
[Series 9: Galveston (Tex.) History],
[Series 10: Houston (Tex.) History],
[Series 11: Immigration],
[Series 12: Law],
[Series 13: Medicine],
[Series 14: Mexican American Studies],
[Series 15: Native American Studies],
[Series 16: Philanthropy],
[Series 17: Politics],
[Series 18: Religion],
[Series 19: LGBTQ People],
[Series 20: Sports],
[Series 21: University Of Houston],
[Series 22: Women's History],
[All]

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