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Oral Histories - Houston History Project

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Scope and Contents

Biographical Note

Administrative Information

Finding Aid/Inventory

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 21: University Of Houston
Box 13
Item 754: 00754_Pratt, Joe_Diversity

Interviewer(s): Natalie Garza

Project: University of Houston

Dr. Joe Pratt is the NEH Cullen Professor of History and Business at the University of Houston.  In this interview Dr. Pratt talks about diversity amongst the faculty and graduate students at the University of Houston.  As a faculty member of the History department, he provides examples of what the History department has done to improve diversity of both its faculty and its training of African American and Mexican American graduate students.  Dr. Pratt talks about the importance of diversity in academia because it translates into diversity of thought.  He also begins the interview explaining how he first got involved with issues of diversity at the University of Houston, and finally the importance of funding in improving and maintaining diversity.

Box 14
Item 817: 00817_Taylor, William_Military[available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.

Interviewer: James Wang

Project: University Of Houston

William “Bill” Taylor was a member of the 1955 Houston ROTC Quartermasters Regiment and a cadet 1st lieutenant in command of the Cullen Rifles, which were named after long-time UH benefactor Hugh Roy Cullen. Taylor attended the University of Houston from January 1952, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, and also received his commission in the US Army as a second lieutenant in June 1956. He was medically retired by the Army after nine years of service at the rank of captain as an armored officer. The Interview centers around Taylor’s recollection of his time in the Cullen Rifles, its daily routines and annual traditions, uniforms, and a few of the events where they were privileged to perform, such as serving as the Honor Guard to President Dwight D. Eisenhower when he was in Houston. It also features his insights into how the anti-war sentiments of the Vietnam War era led to the Rifles’ decline and informal disbanding in the 1970s as well as his optimistic thoughts on the Rifle’s resurrection in 2014.

Item 821: 00821_Zweig, Peter_Architecture_Environmental Issues[available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.

Interviewer: Jackson Fox

Project: University Of Houston

Jackson Fox is a student leader of the Three Continents Program at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture at University of Houston. As a student of Peter Zweig at the time of the interview, he asks his professor to describe the focus and goals of his career as an architect, researcher, and educator in Houston. This interview offers a unique perspective of Houston’s relationship with the natural environment. As an architect, Zweig has worked professionally for over forty years. He has myriad awards and grants, eighty patents, and an impressive client list. Recently charged with directing the Three Continents Program at the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture, Zweig explains how he and his students are researching the effects of urbanized coastlines, focusing especially on Houston. From the politics to the pollution, his research is attempting to “capture a snapshot” of Houston in an era of transition. This interview also includes Zweig’s own personal, optimistic reflections on the studio, the research, and the city.


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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