The Civil Rights History Project: Survey of Collections and Repositories
Repository: Harris County Archives
Collection Description (CRHP): See the following interviews:
Vera Dial Harris
A retired employee of the Home Demonstration Service reminisces about growing up in a rural community near Palestine, Texas, attending Prairie View College, conducting home demonstrations for Southern Newspapers (1935 - 1937), working for the Negro Extension Service in Austin County (1937 - 1941) and Harris County (1941 - 1973), leading 4-H groups, integration of the extension service and 4-H. 69 pp. including 4 photographs.
Ernest K. Shaw
A retired employee of the Agricultural Extension Service, Shaw talks about growing up in Terrell, Texas, his service in the United States Army during the Korean War, attending Tuskegee Institute, working for Firestone Rubber in Liberia, and his years as an extension agent in Milam, Angelina, Freestone, and Harris Counties in Texas. Abridged. 69 pp. including Subject Index to the recorded interview.
A 31 year employee of the Harris County Tax Office as of August, 2010, McLemore discusses pre-computer systems and routines, working under Carl Smith and Paul Bettencourt, and training and certification of tax office employees. Born in Alice, Texas, she discusses growing up in South Texas and perceptions of segregation in the 1950s and 1960s. 36 pp.
Collection URL: http://www.hctx.net/archives/Page.aspx?PageID=11
Interviewees: Vera Dial Harris, Ernest K. Shaw, Sarah McLemore
Rights (CRHP): Contact the repository which holds the collection for information on rights
African American veterans
Civil rights movements--Texas
United States. Civil Rights Act of 1964
United States. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission