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Remembering Indiana in the twentieth century

Repository: Indiana University. Center for the Study of History and Memory

Collection Description (CRHP): See especially these interviews:

William Taylor grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana and eventually attended Indiana University majoring in art. He speaks about job opportunities for blacks during the fifties, and describes his experiences at IU especially in regard to the group he became associated with. He knew racial segregation existed, but only dawned on him in a few instances while in the military.

Lawrence and Mary Brookins speak briefly about their family history, religion, and growing up in Indiana. Lawrence joined the Navy during World War II, and talks about racial segregation in the military and his employment after his service. The last major topic they speak about is the Flanner House Homes. They describe how they got into the program, what work was required, the background checks, and how that experience shows when maintaining their home.

Clarence Wood, born 1925, grew up in Pike Township in Indianapolis. He speaks about his family history, the importance of religion, and his education at Indiana University as a result of the GI Bill. He describes the operations and goals of Flanner House Homes, where he worked almost thirteen years, before describing his employment in the banking industry.

Alberta Murphy, born 1918, grew up in Arkansas and moved to Indianapolis, Indiana during the nineteen fifties. She discusses her family history, her early life, picking cotton, and the disrespect from white students who would spit on her on the way to school. After her second marriage, she moved to Indianapolis where she speaks about getting and living in a Flanner House Home, going to night school, working at Crispus Attucks High School, and the importance of unions in her husband's employment.

Ida Edelen grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and moved to Indianapolis, Indiana just after she got married in the nineteen fifties. She originally went to work for the Flanner House Homes where she speaks about her duties as personnel director, such as recruiting new couples, educational programs, and helping obtain mortgages. Later, she speaks about the changes in Indianapolis, particularly the relocation of families when IUPUI came in and the way the city has expanded.

Collection Description (Extant): This collection of interviews looks at twentieth century life in Indiana. Topics are widely varied with emphasis based on the interviewers particular interest. The labor movement, Flanner House Homes, and the DAR are discussed in the setting of larger events such as the Great Depression, World War II, and segregation.

Access Copy Note: Interviews are housed in Weatherly Hall North, Room 122. Copies are also housed at the Indiana University Archives in Herman B Wells Library E460. For other locations housing the interviews from this project, please contact the Center for the Study of History and Memory office.

Date(s): 1995-1996

Digital Status: No

Existing IDs: ohrc090

Extent: 15 interviews. Audiotapes, transcripts, and collateral materials.

Finding Aid URL: External Link

Language: English

Interviewees: William Taylor, Lawrence Brookins, Mary Brookins, Clarence Wood, Alberta Murphy, Ida Edelen

Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights


Crispus Attucks High School (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Discrimination in housing--Indiana--Indianapolis
Discrimination in the military
Flanner House (Indianapolis, Ind.)
Indiana--Race relations
Race discrimination--Indiana


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