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The Interviewee's Story -- Employment

Subject Source: Local sources
Scope Note: Oral History

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Segment 01: Introductions

Identifier: OH E 0179
Scope and Contents [00:00:00-00:02:31] Roberto Trevino begins his interview by testing the recording. He then begins to speak in Spanish, with a bit of English, by asking Sister Mary Dolores Cardenas to state her name and the church that she served under while living in the Houston area. Sister Cardenas tells Trevino that she was a part of St. Patrick’s Church after a priest petitioned to her superiors to have her come to Houston and be in charge of the “barrios”. She began her work in the 1940s but did not...
Dates: Other: April 17, 1990

Segment 02: Sister Dolores and Houston

Identifier: OH E 0179
Scope and Contents [00:02:32-00:22:49] Sister Dolores recounts her 22 years of service in the city of Houston as she recalls the work that she put in at the church and the various positions she held by being a director, teacher, superior, and even a janitor, in order to keep the church and school in order. During her time, she wrote to the Department of Agriculture to state that she would be feeding her kids regardless if they had money to pay for food. She was given cans of food, peanut butter, and tortillas....
Dates: Other: April 17, 1990

Segment 03: Working in Houston

Identifier: OH E 0182
Scope and Contents [00:12:26 - 00:19:42] Guillen’s family did not know anyone when they settled in Second Ward. Her uncle had come to Houston by way of the Humble Oil Refinery in Baytown in 1918. He sent her family money so that they would be able to come to Baytown. She thinks that this was common practice among the workers. After a short time in Baytown her family then moved to Houston because of Southern Pacific Railway. Guillen comments on the Depression Era and admits that she never felt like there...
Dates: Other: October 22, 1990
The African American Library at the Gregory School
1300 Victor Street
Houston, Texas 77019
Houston Metropolitan Research Center
Houston Public Library
550 McKinney St.
Houston, Texas 77002