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Oral History Interview with Ann Barnett, November 13, 1987

Oral History Interview with Ann Barnett, November 13, 1987

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Date: November 13, 1987
Creator: Harris, Jane & Barnett, Ann
Description: Interview with schoolteacher and community activist Ann Barnett from Denton, Texas. In the interview, Barnett discusses her experiences concerning the activities of the Denton Christian Women's Inter-Racial Fellowship during the 1960s and 1970s. She also comments on her childhood in Nacogdoches, Texas, the desegregation of North Texas State College in 1950s, the student stand-in at Campus Theatre in Denton, the desegregation of restaurants and housing, social affairs, urban renewal, voter registration, the literacy program, the Denton Christian Preschool, meeting programs, and establishing dialogue between races.
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Oral History Interview with Anna Urda Busby, December 8, 1978

Oral History Interview with Anna Urda Busby, December 8, 1978

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Date: December 8, 1978
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Busby, Anna Urda
Description: Interview with Anna Urda Busby, an army nurse from German, Pennsylvania. This interview contains her experiences at Tripler General Hospital, Fort Shafter, during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Oral History Interview with Archie Gantt, August 31, 1999

Oral History Interview with Archie Gantt, August 31, 1999

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Date: August 31, 1999
Creator: Lane, Peter B. & Gantt, Archie
Description: Interview with Army veteran Archie Gantt. The interview includes Gantt's personal experiences about the European Theater during World War II, boyhood in central Texas, basic training, shipping to England, combat on the Siegfried Line, and the Battle of the Bulge. Additionally, Gantt talks about leadership problems, combat living conditions, Officer Candidate School and commissioning, and his postwar war service in Europe.
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Oral History Interview with Armaiti Shahidi Fitzgerald, March 17, 2011

Oral History Interview with Armaiti Shahidi Fitzgerald, March 17, 2011

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Date: March 17, 2011
Creator: Kilgore, Deborah & Fitzgerald, Armaiti Shahidi
Description: Interview with graphic designer, business owner, and beauty pageant winner Armaiti Shahidi Fitzgerald, Iranian-born immigrant to Plano, Texas, as part of the DFW Metroplex Immigrants Oral History Project. The interview includes Fitzgerald's personal experiences of childhood and home life in Tehran, Iran, attending Al Zahra University in Tehran, coming to America as a young bride, attending the University of North Texas and finding a career as a fine artist in Dallas. Fitzgerald talks about serving as Mrs. International 2009 and establishing the Fight Oral Cancer Foundation. The interview includes photographs and articles about Fitzgerald.
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Oral History Interview with Arthur and Louise Caillet Dieterich, August 11, 1985

Oral History Interview with Arthur and Louise Caillet Dieterich, August 11, 1985

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Date: August 11, 1985
Creator: Jenkins, Floyd & Dieterich, Arthur
Description: Interview with Arthur and Louise Caillet Dieterich, owners and operators of Hermosa Farms, Dallas, Texas. The interview includes the Dieterich's personal experiences about farming in Dallas, education, and establishing Hermosa Farms. The Dieterich's talk about their family backgrounds, Arthur's employment as operator of dairy cooperative with his brother in El Paso, Texas, the effect of the Great Depression on Dallas dairy businesses, milk processing and delivery operations, a typical day on a dairy farm, their change from retail to wholesale business, developing dairy herd, their cooperation with agricultural experiment stations, personnel practices, and civic and trade association activities. The interview includes an appendix with a family history written by Louise Caillet Dieterich.
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Oral History Interview with Arthur B. Clark, September 29, 2000

Oral History Interview with Arthur B. Clark, September 29, 2000

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Date: September 29, 2000
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Clark, Arthur B.
Description: Interview with Army veteran and member of the "Lost Battalion" Arthur B. Clark. The interview includes Clark's personal experiences about being a prisoner-of-war of the Japanese during World War II, the Fall of Java and capture, the Changi Prison Camp, building the Burma-Thailand Death Railway, and liberation by the OSS. The interview includes an appendix with a reference page and a written flight log by Col. Tom Sledge.
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Oral History Interview with Arthur Brindley, June 11, 1976

Oral History Interview with Arthur Brindley, June 11, 1976

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Date: June 11, 1976
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Brindley, Arthur
Description: Interview with Army Air Corps veteran Arthur Brindley. The interview includes Brindley's personal experiences at Hickam Field during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Oral History Interview with Arthur M. Sampley, 1973-1974

Oral History Interview with Arthur M. Sampley, 1973-1974

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Date: November 8, 1973
Creator: Haggard, Margurite & Sampley, Arthur M.
Description: Interview with Dr. Arthur M. Sampley, a college professor, former college administrator, and former poet laureate from Denton Texas. In the interview, Dr. Sampley describes his life growing up in Denton and attending school at the University of Texas. He talks about becoming a poet and analyzes his poetry as well as describing tenure as director of libraries and vice-president for academic affairs at North Texas State College, his philosophy of teaching, and the desegregation of the college in 1955-56.
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Oral History Interview with Arthur Manganello, October 23, 1982

Oral History Interview with Arthur Manganello, October 23, 1982

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Date: October 23, 1982
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Manganello, Arthur
Description: Interview with Army Air Corps veteran Arthur Manganello. The interview includes Manganello's personal experiences at Hickam Field with the Finance Detachment during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Oral History Interview with Artis Teer, January 10, 1977

Oral History Interview with Artis Teer, January 10, 1977

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Date: January 10, 1977
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Teer, Artis
Description: Interview with Navy veteran Artis Teer. The interview includes Teer's personal experiences while aboard the battleship USS Nevada during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Oral History Interview with B. W. Bigger, December 6, 1980

Oral History Interview with B. W. Bigger, December 6, 1980

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Date: December 6, 1980
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Bigger, B. W.
Description: Interview with Army Air Corps veteran B. W. Bigger. The interview includes Bigger's personal experiences at Hickam Field with the 31st Bombardment Squadron during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Oral History Interview with Barbara Jordan, July 7, 1970

Oral History Interview with Barbara Jordan, July 7, 1970

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Date: July 7, 1970
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Jordan, Barbara
Description: Interview with Democratic Texas Senator and attorney Barbara Jordan from Houston, Texas. In the interview, Barbara discusses her thoughts and experiences in the Sixty-first Legislature as its first African-American member since Reconstruction. She also shares her thoughts on issues such as the Kennedy-Johnson Campaign in 1960, her unsuccessful campaigns for the Texas House of Representatives in 1962 and 1964, her successful campaign for the Texas Senate as its first African-American member since 1883, and civil rights. She also comments about Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Roy Wilkins, Ralph Abernathy, Adam Clayton Powell, Muhammed Ali (Cassius Clay), Stokely Carmichael, the Black Panthers, Eldridge Cleaver, the African-American image, working within the Establishment, revenue and spending bills, Governor Preston Smith and Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes, corporate profits tax, social legislation, student unrest, and sales tax.
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Oral History Interview with Ben Barnes, 1967-1968

Oral History Interview with Ben Barnes, 1967-1968

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Date: August 14, 1967
Creator: Gantt, Fred; Kamp, H. W. & Barnes, Ben
Description: Interview with Ben Barnes, who was the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives in 1964-68, the lieutenant governor in 1968-72, and a Democrat from Austin, Texas. In the interview, Barnes shares his thoughts and opinions on several procedures, laws, and political decisions, including reapportionment, the “one-man, one vote” decision of U.S. Supreme Court, state water systems, and state employee pay raise. He also comments on federal-state relations, revisions of Code of Criminal Procedures, industrial safety law, voter registration, the reform of liquor laws and pari-mutuel betting, revenue legislation, and one-year versus two-year budgeting. Barnes comments on fellow politician Governor John Connally.
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Oral History Interview with Ben Barnes, January 5, 1970

Oral History Interview with Ben Barnes, January 5, 1970

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Date: January 5, 1970
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Barnes, Ben
Description: Interview with former Democratic Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Lieutenant Governor Ben Barnes. The interview includes Barnes' personal experiences while serving as a member of the Sixty-first Legislature, as well as his thoughts on issues such as one-year versus two-year budgets, the creation of four-year colleges, the influence of beer and liquor lobbyists, sales tax exemptions, revenue legislation, annual legislative sessions, and future political ambitions. The interview also includes the former governor's comments about Speaker Gus Mutscher.
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Oral History Interview with Ben Dei Santi, April 21, 1978

Oral History Interview with Ben Dei Santi, April 21, 1978

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Date: April 21, 1978
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Dei Santi, Ben
Description: Interview with Navy veteran Ben Dei Santi. The interview includes Dei Santi's personal experiences while aboard the destroyer USS Schley during the Japanese attack at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
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Oral History Interview with Ben H. Wooten, 1969

Oral History Interview with Ben H. Wooten, 1969

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Date: February 19, 1970
Creator: Marcello, Ronald E. & Wooten, Ben H.
Description: Interview with Ben H. Wooten, a banker, public servant, and philanthropist. The interview includes Wooten's observations on the growth and development of banking and finance in the Southwest. The interview also includes his experiences in service during World War I as well as his multiple positions within the banking industry, including: assistant cashier of the Alba National Bank in Alba, Texas, cashier of the Farmers and Merchants Bank in Farmersville, Texas, state bank examiner, Federal Home Loan Banking System, vice-president and member of the executive committee of Republic National Bank in Dallas, president of First National Bank, Dallas, chairman of the board of Dallas Federal Savings and Loan Association and multiple philanthropic activities.
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Oral History Interview with Bennie G. Snider, June 10, 2002

Oral History Interview with Bennie G. Snider, June 10, 2002

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Date: June 10, 2002
Creator: Lane, Peter B. & Snider, Bennie, G.
Description: Interview with banker and Navy veteran Bennie G. Snider. The interview includes Snider's personal experiences about the Pacific Theater during World War II, youth and education in Denton, Texas, joining the Navy, and boot training and electrical engineering school. Snider talks about duties aboard the USS Hancock, his assignment to Task Group 58 and the invasion of the Philippines, as well as the invasions of Iwo Jima and Okinawa, kamikaze attacks and the Hancock being hit by a kamikaze, burials at sea, and his postwar duties aboard the Hancock as part of Operation MAGIC CARPET.
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Oral History Interview with Bertha Rosenzweig, November 15, 1979

Oral History Interview with Bertha Rosenzweig, November 15, 1979

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Date: November 15, 1979
Creator: Jenkins, Floyd & Rosenzweig, Bertha
Description: Interview with Bertha Rosenzweig, co-founder of Tex-Glass, Inc. in Decatur, Texas. The interview includes Rosenzweig's personal experiences about her education in New York, and having a teaching career. Rosenzweig talks about her family background, her knowledge of her husband's family background and his life in Europe during the Hitler era, his technical training, work in glass factories, starting his own glass factory in Vienna, fleeing Nazis and migrating to Greece, the Jewish underground in Central Europe, fleeing to Egypt, Palestine, and his migration to the U.S. Additionally, Rosenzweig talks about their meeting and marriage, work in Canada and Mexico, opening a glass factory in Athens, Texas, moving to Decatur, employee relations, products and the production process, the distribution system, financing methods, her managing the business, sale of the business, and reparations from the Austrian government.
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Oral History Interview with Beryl Barton Womack, July 3, 2002

Oral History Interview with Beryl Barton Womack, July 3, 2002

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Date: July 3, 2002
Creator: Alexander, William J. & Womack, Beryl Barton
Description: Interview with Beryl Barton Womack. The interview includes Womack's personal experiences about England during the Blitz in World War II, courtship and marriage to Lieutenant Travis Womack, early education, wartime rationing, attending the Domestic Science Teachers College, and coming to the United States. Additionally, Womack speaks about Winston Churchill's inspirational speeches during the Battle of Britain, the bombing of her parents' home in Nottinghamshire, the coming of American troops, and adjustments to American life.
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Oral History Interview with Bessie Harden, April 7, 1988

Oral History Interview with Bessie Harden, April 7, 1988

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Date: April 7, 1988
Creator: Lohr, Mary & Harden, Bessie
Description: Interview with Bessie Harden, a community activist from Dallas, Texas. In the interview, Bessie primarily discusses her experiences concerning the activities of the Denton Christian Women's Inter-Racial Fellowship during the 1960s and 1970s. She explains what it was like growing up in a segregated and racist society. Bessie also comments on the early days of the Fellowship, social activities of the Fellowship, street paving in the African-American section of Denton, urban renewal, the integration of neighborhoods, the desegregation of Denton public schools and facilities, and various political activities. Biographical information is also included in the interview.
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Oral History Interview with Betty Kimble, December 8, 1987

Oral History Interview with Betty Kimble, December 8, 1987

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Date: December 8, 1987
Creator: Harris, Jane & Kimble, Betty
Description: Interview with community activist Betty Kimble from Denton, Texas. In the interview, Kimble discusses her experiences concerning the activities of the Denton Christian Women's Inter-Racial Fellowship during the 1960s and 1970s. She recalls memories from her days as a student both in East Texas and at North Texas State College. Kimble recollects the many events that concerned the desegregation of the North Texas State College and the City of Denton alike, which included student and citizen protesting that mostly supported Denton's strong white power presence. She recalls the desegregation of public restaurants, the street-paving of the African-American section of Denton, and voter registration changes. Kimble also comments on influential civil rights activists including Tennyson Miller and Abner Haynes
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Oral History Interview with Billie Joyce Towles, February 18, 2010

Oral History Interview with Billie Joyce Towles, February 18, 2010

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Date: February 18, 2010
Creator: Liles, Debbie & Towles, Billie Joyce
Description: Interview with Billie Joyce Towles, longtime resident of Weatherford, Texas, as part of the Weatherford Oral History Project. The interview includes Towles' personal experiences of childhood and education in Weatherford, Depression-era struggles, and living in Weatherford during World War II. Towles also discusses her father's work with the Works Progress Administration, marriage to Norman Towles, her family's switch from Democratic loyalty to Republican, her personal evolution on race issues, and religious devotion.
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Oral History Interview with Billie Mohair, February 25, 1988

Oral History Interview with Billie Mohair, February 25, 1988

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Date: February 25, 1988
Creator: Byrd, Richard & Mohair, Billie
Description: Interview with librarian Billie Mohair from Denton, Texas. In the interview, Mohair discusses her experiences concerning the activities of the Denton Christian Women's Inter-Racial Fellowship during the 1960s and 1970s. She also comments on coping with segregation in Denton, street paving in the African-American section of Denton, the desegregation of North Texas State College, her college experiences, her decision to join the Fellowship, and the demise of the Fellowship.
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Oral History Interview with Billy Barker, September 3, 1977

Oral History Interview with Billy Barker, September 3, 1977

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Date: September 3, 1987
Creator: Renner, Steve & Barker, Billy
Description: Interview with homemaker Billie Simpson Barker. The interview includes Barker's personal experiences about rural life in Denton County, Texas from 1925-1985. Barker talks about her father's sawmill operation, creek flooding, threshing operations, changes in land ownership, her husband's death, effects of the Great Depression, social life, the county's longtime residents, recreational activities, epidemics, wildlife problems, the tornado of June 8, 1937, her childhood, and homemade clothing.
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