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Michael W. Dickens interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-11-15

Michael W. Dickens interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-11-15

Michael Dickens, longshoreman at the Port of Houston, tells Betsy Peterson about the camaraderie between workers on the waterfront. He talks about the gang system adopted during hiring, how he started off doing... more

C. A. Rousser interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2011-11-15

C. A. Rousser interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2011-11-15

C.A. Rousser, a real estate consultant, talks to Pat Jasper about his career on the waterfront and his journey from a farm in Amarillo to one of the most influential positions at the Port of Houston. He speaks ... more

Charles R. Montgomery interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-09-07

Charles R. Montgomery interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-09-0...

Charles Montgomery discusses his career on the waterfront, from longshoreman to President of the Clerks and Checkers Union. He talks about the lack of training at the waterfront, automation leading to dwindling... more

Eugene Harris interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-11-15

Eugene Harris interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-11-15

Eugene Harris talks to Betsy Peterson about his career as a longshoreman. He discusses the strike of 1967-68, working with rice and asbestos, and why the Houston ship channel is the best place in the world to w... more

Richard W. Bludworth interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2011-11-16

Richard W. Bludworth interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2011-11-16

Richard Bludworth, owner of Bludworth Marine, talks to Pat Jasper about his family's career on the ship channel. His business is fabrication, new construction, and repair of vessels. He talks about incidents wh... more

Timothy Charles Harris interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-11-16

Timothy Charles Harris interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-11-...

Timothy Charles Harris made a career for himself as a business agent and a longshoreman. He remembers watching his father work at the waterfront of the Port of Houston and being attracted to the career when he ... more

Bobby C. Kersey interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-10-21

Bobby C. Kersey interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-10-21

Bobby Kersey talks about his career as a boatman, including mooring techniques, the process of hiring, and the evolution of communication from whistle signals to FM radio. He also discusses how even though regu... more

Benny Holland interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2011-09-09

Benny Holland interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2011-09-09

Benjamin Holland, Executive Vice President of the International Longshoreman's Union, talks to Pat Jasper about working his way up from a longshoreman to his present job; and discusses automation, technology re... more

Charles H. Gage interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2011-09-08

Charles H. Gage interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2011-09-08

Charles Gage, longshoreman and ship foreman, talks to Pat Jasper about the 105-day strike, how containerization has drastically reduced man hours and segregated unions. Recorded at the Offices of the Internatio... more

Alan A. Robb interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-11-15

Alan A. Robb interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-11-15

Alan Robb, a district representative, reminisces about work on the waterfront, being a part of the International Longshoremen's Association Union, and a career in politics. He also discusses the merging of the ... more

Rivers Aristide Patout interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2010-07-26

Rivers Aristide Patout interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2010-07-26

Father Rivers Patout, chaplain and Catholic priest, talked to Pat Jasper about setting up the first secular Seafarers Center to provide seafarers with a better quality of life. He discusses learning about seafa... more

James Joseph Hensley interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-10-20

James Joseph Hensley interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-10-20

Pilot James J. Hensley discusses the highly controversial Texas Chicken maneuver, how pay for a pilot is calculated, and the underlying tension between captains and pilots. Recorded at the Offices of the Housto... more

Charlie Lou Paysse interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-09-08

Charlie Lou Paysse interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-09-08

Charlie Lou Paysse, office manager at South Atlantic & Gulf Coast District of the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA), recalls her mother, Emily Moses' career at the ILA, and how Charlie Lou began he... more

Thomas N. Lightsey interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2011-09-11

Thomas N. Lightsey interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2011-09-11

Captain Tom Lightsey talked to Pat Jasper about his long career as a Houston pilot. He discusses his journey from Biloxi, Mississippi to the Northeast, his career in the Merchant Marine, and then as a pilot in ... more

Clyde Fitzgerald interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-09-09

Clyde Fitzgerald interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-09-09

Clyde Fitzgerald, President of the International Longshoremen's Association, speaks about his experience working at the waterfront. He talks about the different people in a gang, how containerization came to be... more

Andrew L. Laws interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2011-09-08

Andrew L. Laws interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2011-09-08

Andrew Lee Laws speaks to Pat Jasper about his career on the Houston waterfront, his early days in the union, the merging of the locals, being an executive board member and the impact on the workforce during th... more

Harold L. Shaffer interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-09-08

Harold L. Shaffer interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-09-08

Harold Shaffer, longshoreman, shares with Betsy Peterson his experiences of working on the waterfront, his step father's influence on his life, his own tryst with politics and how Labor Day does not hold the sa... more

John Frazier interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-09-19

John Frazier interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M...

John Frazier, born in 1932, spent a lifetime in show business, beginning with performing a boxing act with his brother in the 1930s. He has held just about every position within a circus and has worked with num... more

William Hausinger interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-10-21

William Hausinger interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2011-10-21

William Hausinger Jr. speaks about holding two jobs, one at the port and the other at the fire station. He explains how it was difficult to get a job at the port without having a connection with someone, pranks... more

Leo J. Braun interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2012-01-10

Leo J. Braun interview conducted by Betsy Peterson, 2012-01-10

Leo Braun, a maritime safety consultant, talks to Betsy Peterson about the sociological scenario at the waterfront when he began his career. Segregation was still prevalent. He also discusses Title 11, changes ... more

Dean Edward Corgey interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-02-21

Dean Edward Corgey interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-02-21

Dean Corgey talks to Pat Jasper about his family's career on the waterfront. He talks about his mentor Joe Perez, the labor unions, women in the industry and how technology has changed the industry completely. ... more

Joe L. Burkett interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-03-08

Joe L. Burkett interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-03-08

Joe Burkett talks to Pat Jasper about business at Texas Terminals and his role as General Manager. He explains the different jobs at the terminal and how they contribute to the daily work. He discusses how Texa... more

Henry Hilliard and Townsend Hilliard interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-01-17

Henry Hilliard and Townsend Hilliard interview conducted by Pat Jasper...

Hank and Townsend Hilliard talk to Pat Jasper about innovation, experimentation and creating a tank degassing system that is good for the environment. Hank also talks about consolidation and the roadblocks when... more

Jake Delhomme interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, 2012-10-24

Jake Delhomme interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, 2012-10-24

This is a short interview done at the "rail" while watching horses train in the early morning hours at the Evangeline Training Center. It is mainly a description of Jake Delhomme's perspectives on current thoro... more

James Thomas Tray interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-03-02

James Thomas Tray interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-03-02

James Thomas Tray talks to Pat Jasper about tugboats. He describes the working of a tugboat in detail and explains what exactly his company, Houston Towing Company, does. He also explains the nuances of hiring ... more

Adolph C. Postel interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-02-27

Adolph C. Postel interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-02-27

Adolph Postel, Sr. talked to Pat Jasper about growing up in Magnolia Park and making a career at the Houston Ship Channel. He discusses working as a longshoreman at a time when no technology was used. He descr... more

Donnie D. Mayville interview conducted by Harold L. Dodd, 2012-10-04

Donnie D. Mayville interview conducted by Harold L. Dodd, 2012-10-04

Donnie Mayville talks with Harold Dodd about his 33 years of work at the Port of Houston. He started as a deck hand on pilot boats, and eventually became a boat captain. He has been Port Captain in Galveston fo... more

James Patrick Cooney interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-02-27

James Patrick Cooney interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-02-27

James Patrick Cooney talks to Pat Jasper about his education at Notre Dame, and his subsequent career as an admiralty lawyer. He focuses on his cases over the years and talks about the international aspect of ... more

David Maurice Halbert interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-02-28

David Maurice Halbert interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-02-28

David Halbert talks to Pat Jasper about his "accidental" career as a dockworker on the waterfront. He talks about the view of the management during the strike of 1968, the role that technology plays in communic... more

Mark Henry interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-01-17

Mark Henry interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-01-17

Mark Henry talks about his career as a boatman, lineworker and dockworker on the Houston waterfront. He discusses what the job entails, the hazards of the job, added security after 9/11, and the flexible work t... more

Patrick Seeba interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, 2012-07-19

Patrick Seeba interview conducted by Anthony G. Potoczniak, 2012-07-19

Born in 1986 in Houston, Texas, Patrick Seeba recalls how he joined the Greater Houston Port Bureau, which has developed into an important information resource for private industries within the Port of Houston.... more

Eric Carl Olsen interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-02-23

Eric Carl Olsen interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-02-23

Eric Olsen talked to Pat Jasper about his career. He graduated from the Unites States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York, as a deck officer, traveled the world, became a cargo expediter for oil co... more

William Meaux interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, 2012-10-24

William Meaux interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, 2012-10-24

An interview with WIlliam Meaux about the regimen of training horses and some of the concerns of a horse trainer. William Meaux also defines specific terms and talks about the importance of gradually easing a h... more

Gilbert B. Martinez interview conducted by Harold L. Dodd, 2012-09-26

Gilbert B. Martinez interview conducted by Harold L. Dodd, 2012-09-26

Gilbert Martinez talks to Harold Dodd about his work as a Houston pilot. He graduated from Tongue Point Maritime Training School in Astoria, Oregon as an able bodied seaman, and then worked on tankers and barge... more

William Justin Diehl interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-05-15

William Justin Diehl interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-05-15

Capt. William Diehl talks to Pat Jasper about his career in the coastguard and at the Houston Port Bureau. He recollects how the coastguard handled Hurricane Ike and what it means to save lives. He also talks a... more

Robert L. Thompson interview conducted by Harold L. Dodd, 2012-09-10

Robert L. Thompson interview conducted by Harold L. Dodd, 2012-09-10

Robert L. Thompson talks to Harold Dodd about his work 26 years of work as a Houston. He started on tugboats at Patton Barge Lines and eventually became vice-president of the company. He served several terms ... more

Matthew Hance Glass interview conducted by Harold L. Dodd, 2012-09-12

Matthew Hance Glass interview conducted by Harold L. Dodd, 2012-09-12

Matthew Hance Glass talks to Harold Dodd about his career as a Houston Pilot. He received his BS degree from Texas A&M Galveston Maritime School. He worked "blue water jobs" on tankers on the east and west coa... more

Steven R. Bennett interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-01-12

Steven R. Bennett interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-01-12

Steve Bennett, boatman, talks to Pat Jasper about his family's career on the waterfront from his father's and mother's start there to his grandson's interest in working at the Port of Houston. He talks about ma... more

Saul Castellanos interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, 2012-09-02

Saul Castellanos interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, 2012-09-02

This interview was held in the stable area of Mark Hennig Racing with one of Mark Hennig's assistant trainers, Saul Castellanos. He spoke about his journey from Mexico as a young adult and his role today as an ... more

Gilda Ramirez interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-06-19

Gilda Ramirez interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-06-19

Gilda Ramirez, vice president for small business development at the Port of Houston Authority, talks to Pat Jasper about her life and influences, her journey from being adopted and brought up by her grandparent... more

Leonard Glass interview conducted by Harold L. Dodd, 2012-08-21

Leonard Glass interview conducted by Harold L. Dodd, 2012-08-21

Leonard Glass talks to Harold Dodd about his 22 years as a Houston Pilot. He was a tugboat boat captain before becoming pilot. His philosophy as a pilot was that he was a guest in peoples' home the moment he ca... more

William Benjamin Patton interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-03-01

William Benjamin Patton interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-03-01

William Benajamin Patton talked to Pat Jasper about his career on the waterfront including how he reluctantly took a job with his father and ended up heading the company before joining the Houston Pilots Associ... more

Oran Trahan interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, 2012-10-24

Oran Trahan interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, 2012-10-24

Oran Trahan is a trainer from Lafayette Parish, Louisiana, who has devoted his life to horse racing. He talks about Louisiana and the culture of horse racing in the state, especially in Cajun communities. Recor... more

Dana Marie Blume interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-08-06

Dana Marie Blume interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-08-06

Dana Blume talks to Pat Jasper about the environmental affairs department at the Port of Houston authority, the role it plays in the working of the port, the different departments and how it relates to the larg... more

Joseph Rideau interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, 2012-10-24

Joseph Rideau interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, 2012-10-24

A short interview with Joseph Rideau, a farm worker on Don Stemmons' farm, who has been working for him since he was a child. He talks about the cycle of duties and his long career working solely for Don Stemmo... more

Michael Gene Usher interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-07-16

Michael Gene Usher interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-07-16

Michael Gene Usher talks to Pat Jasper about his career on the waterfront including his unfulfilled dream of becoming a Houston pilot and his tireless efforts at carving a place for himself in many different ar... more

Niels Anders Aalund interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-03-19

Niels Anders Aalund interview conducted by Pat Jasper, 2012-03-19

Niels Aalund talks to Pat Jasper about the changes he has seen during his career at the waterfront. He describes how challenging it is to find well-trained personnel and the West Gulf Maritime Association's eff... more

Jerry Delhomme interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, 2012-10-23

Jerry Delhomme interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, 2012-10-23

An interview with Jerry Delhomme, who has had over 55 years of experience with horse racing in Louisiana, and who is currently serving as a trainer for his grown son, Jake. They stable their horses at the Evang... more

Wiley Shirey interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, 2013-10-24

Wiley Shirey interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, 2013-10-24

Wiley Shirey is a retired land developer who now trains horses for his wife, who is registered as the owner. This is a short interview which focuses on the finances of training. He also speaks of his long time ... more

George R. Arnold interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, 2013-08-30

George R. Arnold interview conducted by Ellen E. McHale, 2013-08-30

An interview with horse trainer, George "Rusty" Arnold outside of his training stables at the Saratoga Racetrack. Besides his biography, the interview includes Arnold's thoughts about luck, the future of horse ... more

Robert L. Carter oral history interview conducted by Patricia Sullivan in New York, New York,

Robert L. Carter oral history interview conducted by Patricia Sullivan...

Robert L. Carter recalls growing up in Newark, New Jersey, and attending Lincoln University, Howard University Law School, and Columbia University. He discusses hearing Marian Anderson sing at the Lincoln Memor... more

Mary Rawls interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-06-13

Mary Rawls interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. ...

Mary Frazier Rawls, born in 1927, shared experiences of her life-long circus career. She began trouping with her parents at a young age and would go on to perform on the high wire for much of her career. Mary t... more

Mary Rawls interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-06-30

Mary Rawls interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. ...

Mary Frazier Rawls, born in 1927, shared experiences of her life-long circus career. She began trouping with her parents at a young age and would go on to perform on the high wire for much of her career. Mary t... more

James Oscar Jones oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Austin, Texas,

James Oscar Jones oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier i...

James Oscar Jones remembers growing up on a farm in Arkansas, the integration of Central High School in Little Rock, and attending the Arkansas Agricultural, Mechanical, and Normal College in Pine Bluff. He dis... more

Greg Vaught interview conducted by Charlie Seemann, 2011-10-07

Greg Vaught interview conducted by Charlie Seemann, 2011-10-07

Interview with Greg Vaught, "Safety Troubadour," from Newmont mining. Talked about his various jobs at Newmont, his work in mine safety, and about writing safety songs. Also see afc2011064_awp00189_ms02 for lis... more

Kristin Parra interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-11-19

Kristin Parra interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana ...

Kristin Byrd Parra, born in 1975, talked about her grandparents D.R. and Isla Miller and about growing up in the family's circus. She shared memories of performing the swinging ladder and working with the anima... more

Ernest Adolphus Finney oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Columbia, South Carolina,

Ernest Adolphus Finney oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosn...

Ernest Finney recalls his father's teaching career and attending law school at South Carolina State College. He remembers defending the "Friendship Nine," a group of college students who protested segregation i... more

William McGleam interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-26

William McGleam interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-2...

William "Bill" McGleam, IWU Local 63, talks about his background, his start as an iron worker, his career in the trade, labor unions, important building sites, and changes in the trade. The Local IWU 63 headqua... more

Harold Clausen interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-07-21

Harold Clausen interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-07-21

Interview with Harold "Pork" Clausen focuses on his experiences as an ironworker. His wife, Sharon, joins in at the end of the recording session. The audio interview is in two parts: file afc2011062_00168_sr01 ... more

Dorothy Foreman Cotton oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Ithaca, New York,

Dorothy Foreman Cotton oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosn...

Dorothy Foreman Cotton discusses growing up in rural North Carolina, attending Shaw University and Virginia State College, working as a housekeeper for the president of these colleges, Dr. Robert Prentiss Danie... more

Gayle D. McCoy interview conducted by Charlie Seemann, 2011-12-02

Gayle D. McCoy interview conducted by Charlie Seemann, 2011-12-02

Interview with Gayle D. McCoy, who discussed his first employment as uranium miner in Wyoming and eventual move to gold mining in Nevada. Interview includes the nature of the work, workplace, co-workers, safety... more

Robert Ledwith interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-08-13

Robert Ledwith interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-08-13

Ledwith is the business manager for IWU #46 in New York City. During the interview, we discuss his personal background, entry into the iron trade, the history of the Local and iron workers in New York City, his... more

Augustine Peplinski interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-07-12

Augustine Peplinski interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-0...

Interview focuses on Gus Peplinski's experiences as an ironworker and member of Local 383 Recorded at Gus Peplinski's home, Custer, Wisconsin, July 12, 2011. Cultural Traditions of Ironworkers in America's Uppe... more

Brian Diskin interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-08-14

Brian Diskin interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-08-14

Brian Diskin, business manager for IWU Local #380, reviews his personal background, his history as an iron worker, his union activities, the current state of the trade, and Local #380, as well as the iron worke... more

Jim Royal interview conducted by Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-06-15

Jim Royal interview conducted by Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-06-15

Jim Royal, born in 1948, became interested in circus work as a teenager and 1967 he joined a circus sideshow. He talked about his experiences as fire-eater, a sword swallower apprentice, and his work in magic a... more

Richard Sisson and Sharon Sisson interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-10-11

Richard Sisson and Sharon Sisson interview conducted by Clark Douglas ...

Sharon, a 25-year veteran iron worker and an Iron Workers Union (IWU) #63 member. Her husband, Richard Sisson, is an even more experienced veteran iron worker. They review their personal background, entry into ... more

Freeman A. Hrabowski oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Baltimore, Maryland, 2011-08-14

Freeman A. Hrabowski oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnie...

Freeman A. Hrabowski recalls growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, and attending the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church. He remembers being arrested for marching in the Birmingham Children's Crusade in 1963, and the bomb... more

William W. Kerwin interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-07-08

William W. Kerwin interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-07-...

Interview focuses on Bill Kerwin's experiences as an ironworker with Local 383. Recorded at Bill Kerwin's home, Waunakee, Wisconsin, July 8, 2011. Cultural Traditions of Ironworkers in America's Upper Midwest :... more

Edgar L. Smith interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-07-07

Edgar L. Smith interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-07-07

Concerns Smith's life and career as an ironworker, especially as a member of Wisconsin-based Local 383. Car and trucks whoosh by since Smith lives next to a highway, also birds twitter while enjoying feeders ne... more

Everett J. Erstad interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-07-13

Everett J. Erstad interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-07-...

Interview with ironworker Everett J. Erstad at his home in Oregon, Wisconsin. The audio is in 2 parts: Part 1 (sr01) includes the bulk of the interview with Everett Erstad and his experiences as an ironworker w... more

Robert Rawls interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-07-02

Robert Rawls interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M...

Robert Bob Rawls, born in 1949, shared his childhood memories of being with the circus, performing a rolling globe act with his father, a trampoline act with his brother, and learning tight wire walking from hi... more

Dudley Hamilton interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-06-30

Dudley Hamilton interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Julian...

Dudley Hamilton, born in 1929, joined the circus in 1982. He shared his life experiences that brought him to the circus as well as what various jobs he has held within the circus. Dudley described the life of a... more

Alfredo Curiel, Moira Loter Curiel, Faye Marie Loter, William Earl Loter, and Terry Loter Parkinson interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-06-14

Alfredo Curiel, Moira Loter Curiel, Faye Marie Loter, William Earl Lot...

The Loter family has been in show business for generations. Siblings, Faye, Terry, and William, born in the 1940s and 50s, shared stories of their childhood and described the various jobs they had in the circus... more

Joel Mashburn interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-06-14

Joel Mashburn interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana ...

Joel Mashburn, born in 1947, described his interactions with members of the circus community from attending high school with children of circus owners and performers to employing children of circus owners in hi... more

William C. Tanneberg interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-07-11

William C. Tanneberg interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-...

Concerns Tanneberg's experiences as an ironworker and, subsequently, a blacksmith, with some brief information about his labor in the engine room of a Great Lakes freighter. Recorded at Bill Tanneberg's worksho... more

Courtland Cox oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Washington, D.C.,

Courtland Cox oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Wa...

Courtland Cox recalls growing up in Trinidad and New York City, and attending Howard University. He remembers organizing student protests in Washington, D. C., with the Nonviolent Action Group, which later merg... more

Roy Williams interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-20

Roy Williams interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-20

Roy Williams from IWU Local #63 discusses his background and family history, entrance to the iron worker trade, his career as an iron worker, and his time as a labor official, as well as safety and changes in t... more

B.K. Silverlake interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-07-01

B.K. Silverlake interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Julian...

B.K. Silverlake was born in 1946 to Emma and Raymond Duke, a circus family. She outlined their history with various circuses and her life with Melvin Silverlake, who was also from a circus family. B.K. explaine... more

Henry Arnold Martens interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-26

Henry Arnold Martens interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011...

Two interviews were done with Henry "Bud" Martens. Both were recorded on July 26, 2011. Part 1 (38:39) is longer and more general and concerns his upbringing, early iron worker career, welding, the trade, and s... more

Gordon W. Miller interview conducted by Charlie Seemann, 2011-10-20

Gordon W. Miller interview conducted by Charlie Seemann, 2011-10-20

Interview with Gordon Miller, miner and former truck driver. He talked about former jobs as truck driver before going to work for Barrick Goldstrike, driving trucks and operating a variety of large machinery in... more

Luciana Loyal interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-09-19

Luciana Loyal interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana ...

Luciana "Lucy" Loyal, sixth-generation of the renowned Loyal Repensky family, was born in 1949 in Sarasota, Florida and performed a horseback riding act for much of her circus career. Lucy shared memories of be... more

Phil Hutchings oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Oakland, California,

Phil Hutchings oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in O...

Phil Hutchings recalls growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, his parents' involvement in many civic organizations, and attending Howard University. He remembers joining the Nonviolent Action Group (a precursor to the ... more

Richard Rowe interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-08

Richard Rowe interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-08

Richard Rowe, a business agent for Iron Workers Union (IWU) Local #63, discusses his background, his entrance into the iron working trade, his involvement in the IWU, labor history, and the current state of org... more

Henry Lichte interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-20

Henry Lichte interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-20

Henry Lichte was one of the older iron workers interviewed for this project. He recounts his personal background in the city, his career as an iron worker, and some commentary on particular building sites in th... more

Charles H. Baggett interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-07-01

Charles H. Baggett interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Jul...

Charles Baggett, born in 1941, talked about his father Herman, who owned car dealerships in Hugo, Oklahoma, and the relationship Herman developed with the circus community; in particular with D.R. Miller. Charl... more

William Sattler interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-27

William Sattler interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-2...

William "Bill" Sattler, Iron Workers Union Local 63, discusses his background, early work as an iron worker, his career in the trade, life as union leader, memorable jobs, and also provided photographs of some ... more

Jillian Jones interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum, 2011-06-15

Jillian Jones interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum, 2011-06-15

Jill Jones, a 1995 graduate of Hugo High School in Hugo, Oklahoma, shared her memories of attending school with children involved with the town's circus community. Jill also explained how she came to work in th... more

Geraldine Crawford Bennett, Toni Breaux, and Willie Elliot Jenkins oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Bogalusa, Louisiana,

Geraldine Crawford Bennett, Toni Breaux, and Willie Elliot Jenkins ora...

Geraldine Crawford Bennett, Toni Breaux, and Willie Elliot Jenkins remember their mother and sister Gayle Jenkins, a leader of the civil rights movement in Bogalusa, Louisiana. They discuss their family history... more

Traci Cavallini interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-11-19

Traci Cavallini interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Julian...

Traci Byrd Cavallini, born in 1972, talked about her grandparents D.R. and Isla Miller, and about growing up in the family's circus. She shared memories of performing the swinging ladder, and later performing w... more

Gerald Truty interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-10-19

Gerald Truty interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-10-19

Retired Local #63 iron worker Gerald "Jerry" Truty describes his background, entering iron working, important sites he worked on, working in other states, other jobs, jokes, the labor movement, and the current ... more

Freeman A. Hrabowski oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in Baltimore, Maryland,

Freeman A. Hrabowski oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnie...

Freeman A. Hrabowski recalls growing up in Birmingham, Alabama, and attending the Sixth Avenue Baptist Church. He remembers being arrested for marching in the Birmingham Children's Crusade in 1963, and remember... more

Michael Richards interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-08-13

Michael Richards interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-08-...

Richards reviews his own background and his entrance into the trade, iron working in California, working as an organizer in Oklahoma, teaching iron workers, his dad, and music. This interview was conducted at t... more

The "Big Top" Show Goes On: production materials, 2011-2012

The "Big Top" Show Goes On: production materials, 2011-2012

Supplementary materials for 'The "Big Top" Show Goes On:An Oral History of Occupations Inside and Outside the Canvas Tent' interviews conducted by Tanya D. Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszen of circus workers a... more

Michael Fulton interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-08-12

Michael Fulton interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana...

Mike Fulton, born in 1957, entered the circus industry at a young age and discussed how that came about. After high school graduation, the family moved to Hugo, Oklahoma. He held various jobs within the circus ... more

John Ryan interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-27

John Ryan interview conducted by Clark Douglas Halker, 2011-07-27

John Ryan discusses his background, his entrance into the ironworkers trade, important sites he has worked on in Chicago, unions, strikes, the labor-management situation in Chicago, jokes and ritual. The audio ... more

Barbara Miller Byrd interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-11-19

Barbara Miller Byrd interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Ju...

Third-generation circus owner Barbara Miller Byrd was born in 1946. She talked about her parents, D.R. and Isla Miller, and the history of the Carson & Barnes Circus, and the future of traveling tent shows. Bar... more

Jack Greenberg oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in New York, New York,

Jack Greenberg oral history interview conducted by Joseph Mosnier in N...

Jack Greenberg remembers attending Columbia University Law School, working for the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, and arguing the Brown v. Board of Education case. He discusses working on many other ci... more

Thomas Sink interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M. Nykolaiszyn, 2011-07-02

Thomas Sink interview conducted by Tanya Ducker Finchum and Juliana M....

Popcorn the Circus Comic was born "somewhere in the east" and he talked about his early interest in magic and how that led to his career as a circus clown. Popcorn described the life of a circus clown, how he d... more

Walter J. Cheney interview conducted by Margaret A. Glaser and Charlie Seemann, 2011-09-07

Walter J. Cheney interview conducted by Margaret A. Glaser and Charlie...

Interview with Walter "Bimbo" Cheney, former cowboy, now surface miner with Newmont Mining Corporation in Elko, Nevada, one of the world's largest gold mining companies. He discussed his previous occupation as ... more

George L. Bunders interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-07-07

George L. Bunders interview conducted by James Patrick Leary, 2011-07-...

Interview concerns Bunders' working life as an ironworker with Local 383. Recorded at Bunders' home, Madison, Wisconsin, July 7, 2011. Cultural Traditions of Ironworkers in America's Upper Midwest : Archie Gree... more