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Institute of oral history

Repository: University of Texas at El Paso. Special Collections

Collection Description (CRHP): The Institute of Oral History has an ongoing project on African Americans in El Paso, and many other interviews related to the civil rights movement. See especially the following interviews:

Molly Shapiro discusses her involvement in the Southern Conference for Human Welfare.

Harold. D. Frakes discusses his work as a U.S. Marshall during James Meredith's entry into the University of Mississippi in 1962.

Dick Gregory gives a talk on campus on modern American society, politics, and the assassinations of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King.

Drusilla Nixon discusses experiences of blacks before desegregation; the Mexican and Black communities in El Paso; El Paso compared to other parts of the United States; her husband's career and his civil rights suit; Lord Beresford and Lady Flo.

Collection Description (Extant): Welcome to the Institute of Oral History. The Institute was established in 1972 for the purpose of "preserving the history of the region adjacent to the Rio Grande both in the United States and in Mexico." Since that time, the Institute has built one of the largest border-related oral history collections in the United States. While an emphasis has been on the El Paso-Ciudad Juárez region, the collection also contains interviews dealing with the history of communities all along the U.S.-Mexico border. Current holdings include over 1000 interviews, representing over 1600 hours of tape recorded interviews and more than 20,000 pages of transcript.

These materials cover a wide range of subjects, spanning social, economic, political, cultural and artistic concerns.

Copies of the oral history tapes, transcripts, indexes, and summaries are housed in the
Special Collections Department, University Library, UTEP. The public is invited to read transcripts and listen to tape recordings there.

Access Copy Note: Some transcripts are available online at

Collection URL: External Link

Date(s): 1972-

Digital Status: Partial

Language: English and Spanish

Interviewees: James F. Hulse, Rosa Guerrero, Dennis Marquez Bixler, Ruth Kern, R. Milton Leech, Tom Chism, Edna McIver, Bishop Emeritus Sidney M. Metzger, Julio Santoscoy, Drusilla Nixon, Richard Estrada, Harold. D. Frakes, Molly Shapiro

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


African Americans--Texas
Civil rights--Cases
Meredith, James, 1933-
Southern Conference for Human Welfare
United States. Marshals Service


Sound recordings


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