Biographical Note

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Guide to the Charles Russell Oral History Interview
1968



Manuscript Collection No.: 4876
Accession No.: 4876-001
Creator: Russell, Charles, 1917- , creator
Title: Charles Russell oral history interview
Date Span: 1968
Quantity: 1 sound cassette (ca. 60 min.)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Biographical Note

Mr. Russell was born in Seattle in 1917 and was one of 4 children.

Scope and Content

Tape-recorded interview conducted by Larry Gossett, March 24, 1968.

His father was a chef on Great Northern Railroad for 44 years. The only available jobs for black in Seattle were running on the boats, railroad jobs, maintenance jobs and shoeshine jobs. Charles Russell attended Garfield High School and UW, where he was noted as a star football player. He left the UW because of discrimination on the part of his coach, James Falen and other teammembers. He was only allowed on the football team because of pressure, largely on the part of Clarence Dirks, a Seattle Post Intelligencer sportswriter. Russell left Seattle after 2 years at the UW and worked as a waiter in Sacramento, Calif. Finding conditions there even worse, he returned to Seattle and worked as a porter/waiter on the Northern Pacific Railroad. He was treated very fairly by the superintendent, William Swifell. Russell mentions the influx to the Northwest of blacks in the early 40s due to the industrialist Edgar Kaiser and increased job opportunities with better pay. After working on the railroad for 15 years, he worked on the airlines. He also mentions the role of Stokely Carmichael in creating racial pride in Seattle and the beginnings and development of Seattle's Central area in 1955.

Restrictions on Access

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.

Restrictions on Use

Informant's/creator's rights dedicated to the public. May be used for research, instruction, publication or similar purposes.

Acquisition Info

Donated by Charles Russell.


Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Russell, Charles, 1917- --Archives.
Subjects:
African Americans--Washington (State)--Seattle.
African Americans--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews.
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