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Oral Histories - Houston History Project

Overview

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 18: Religion
Box 12
Item 684: 00684_Wade, Eudelia "Cookie" Morales_Catholic Church/East End [available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.
Marie Southern begins by discussing her education at the various schools she attended, growing up in Corpus Christi, and then coming to Houston, where she attended St. Nicholas School. Moving to Houston, Southern tells about the change she experienced from leaving her boarding school at St. Peter and coming to St. Nicholas. Southern recalls her experience as a widow at age 22, after her first husband passed and reaching out to her mother, who helped raise her children. Southern tell about her children and various grandchildren and her experience joining the Altar Roses Society and the St. Nicholas Choir and getting her voice back after she began singing.  Southern then describes her enchantment with the parish and the bonds she made there.  Southern tells about various members of her family, including her grandparents, and the struggles they dealt with speaking Creole, how her education was financed, and her job at Bama Pie Company. After discussing how she met her second husband, Southern tells about her children and the activities in which they were involved and their marriages. Ms. Southern concludes by discussing black priests and her upbringing in the church.
Item 685: 00685_Santiago, Vincent_Catholic Church/East End [available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.
Item 686: 00685_Donna, Walker_Catholic Church/East End [available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.
Box 13
Item 727: 00727_Mezzino, Mary [available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.
Mary Mezzino is the granddaughter of an Italian Protestant missionary who was invites to come to the United States, specifically Galveston, to prove Protestant services for Italian Protestants. This interview lends insight to early life among different denominations in Galveston and its environs.
Box 14
Item 824: 00824_Case, Lowell[available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.

Interviewer: Ernesto Valdéz

Project: University of Houston

Reverend Lowell Case is one of thirteen siblings born in a historically agricultural area of southern Maryland. Lowell discusses his youth and the education he received in the Catholic schools he attended and how competitive scholarship placement tests became after integration. Lowell lists the big-time employers like Bethlehem Steel and his own experiences working thirty-three hours a week with the Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company while a student at Coppin State Teacher’s College. In 1980 after a year of spiritual formation and studies at Xavier University, Reverend Case was ordained priesthood and worked with parishes in Texas around the Houston area. All the churches are dedicated to the Blessed Mother, and Reverend Case goes into detail about the network of the community’s parishes and how they resulted in stability in the Fifth Ward.

Box 15
Item 00829: 00829_Southern, Marie [available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.

Interviewer:  Natalie Garza

Project: University of Houston

Marie Southern begins by discussing her education at the various schools she attended, growing up in Corpus Christi, and then coming to Houston, where she attended St. Nicholas School. Moving to Houston, Southern tells about the change she experienced from leaving her boarding school at St. Peter and coming to St. Nicholas. Southern recalls her experience as a widow at age 22, after her first husband passed and reaching out to her mother, who helped raise her children. Southern tells about her children and various grandchildren and her experience joining the Altar Roses Society and the St. Nicholas Choir and getting her voice back after she began singing.  Southern then describes her enchantment with the parish and the bonds she made there.  Southern tells about various members of her family, including her grandparents, and the struggles they dealt with speaking Creole, how her education was financed, and her job at Bama Pie Company. After discussing how she met her second husband, Southern tells about her children and the activities in which they were involved and their marriages. Ms. Southern concludes by discussing black priests and her upbringing in the church.

Item 00834: 00834_Jackson, Lucy [available online - see Digital Library]View associated digital content.

Interviewer : Natalie Garza

Project : University of Houston

Lucy Jackson begins with her early education at St. Nicholas School, her family’s background information, and her parent’s decision to send her to Catholic school. Walking every day to mass and then school, she describes the curriculum, extracurricular activities and teachers, a mixtures of laypeople and clergy. Lucy compares the use of punishment then to present-day, saying that whippings were common by parents, teachers, and neighbors. After attending Texas Southern University, Lucy Jackson went back to St. Nicholas to teach third grade for a small payment, and recalls the hardships of being a single mother. Lucy names various organizations of the Catholic Church and the charitable works they participate in around their community. Ms. Jackson ends with a few thoughts on the current state of St. Nicholas Church, the decline of parishioners, and the importance of preserving the church.


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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