Biographical Note

Scope and Content

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Restrictions on Use

Acquisition Info

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Preliminary Guide to the Vivian Spearman Oral History Interview



Manuscript Collection No.: 4905
Accession No.: 4905-001
Creator: Spearman, Vivian , creator
Title: Vivian Spearman oral history interview
Date Span: 1968
Quantity: 1 sound cassette (60 min.)
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Biographical Note

African-American Seattle community member.

Scope and Content

Tape recorded interview conducted by Larry Gossett on 5 Mar 1968.

Mrs. Spearman discusses her childhood in Seattle (ca. 1906-1915) where she lived at 2427 Day Street with her parents, sister and two brothers. Her father was a street paver. There is a lot of discussion of Mrs. Spearman's experience in elementary and high school with predominantly Italian and white student bodies. She also discusses her heavy involvement in church life at Afro-Methodist Church and other volunteer work. She talks about relationships between Jews and Blacks, and Southern Blacks who immigrated to Seattle during the Depression. Her husband discusses stevedore work and unions during World War I. Mrs. Spearman talks about her feelings towards current Black national figures such as Adam Clayton Powell, Joe Lewis, and Martin Luther King.

The second side of the tape is not very audible due to speed malfunction.

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

Creator's literary rights not transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info

Donated by Vivian Spearman, 3/5/1968.

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Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Spearman, Vivian--Archives.
Subjects:
African Americans--Washington (State)--Seattle--Interviews.
Last modified: January 10, 2008
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