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Preliminary Guide to the James A. Roston Oral History Interview



Manuscript Collection No.: 4874
Accession No.: 4874-001
Creator: Roston, James A. , creator
Title: James A. Roston oral history interview
Date Span: 1969
Quantity: 1 sound cassette (ca. 25 min.)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Biographical Note

African-American Seattle community member.

Scope and Content

Tape-recorded interview conducted by S. Leonard Bell on May 27, 1969.

Roston, Jr. discusses his father, James A. Roston Sr., including his early background and his occupations before he came to Seattle. In Seattle, he organized the Longshoremen Association and later the Colored Marine Employees Benevolent Association. Roston, Jr. also discusses race relations on Seattle docks and areas where blacks lived ca. 1914-1915. There is some mention of conditions during the Depression including the employment situation on the docks during the years 1927-1930. A later influx of blacks into Seattle is talked about, as is its affect on race relations. More discussion on employment follows.

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Access to archival recordings: Due to the fragility of archival tape recordings, potential users may be required to arrange for transfer to digital format before the material can be accessed. Please contact Special Collections for further information.

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Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

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Personal Names:
Roston, James A.--Archives.
Last modified: January 11, 2008
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