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Interview with University of Kansas social welfare professor Elvira Ramirez about her life and work. Born in 1937, she recalls her parents' settling in Kansas City after immigration from Mexico, living in the Central Industrial District near her father's job at the Armour packing house, attending Riverview Grade School, and speaking Spanish at home. She also discusses her family's relationship with area Catholic churches, rivalries and conflict between different neighborhoods, being a minority at Wyandotte High School, and her memories of the 1951 Flood.

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Interview with Harry Infante about his life and his career in architecture. Born in 1931, Infante discusses his early life in Kansas City's Westside neighborhood, businesses and neighbors in the area, memories of the 1951 flood, and his experiences with the Boy Scouts in his youth and his adulthood. He also discusses his marriage, his career in architecture, and his interest in helping develop areas of the Westside then in decline.

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Interview with Josephine Lopez about her life in the Kansas City area. Born in 1915, she recounts her immigration from Mexico to the United States on foot as a toddler with her family, her father's work for the railroad, leaving school to work around the age of 12 after her father's death, and her social life in the local Mexican American community. She discusses working at the Hotel Baltimore where she met her husband, staying home with their baby during her husband's army service in World War II, moving to the Armourdale neighborhood in Kansas City, Kansas in the late 1930s, and returning to Kansas City, Missouri, after the 1951 Flood. She also shares stories about going to work at Parkview Drugstore, her husband attending school and becoming a chiropractor, his work with the Department of Labor, moving to Lee's Summit, Missouri, and her and her husband's social, civic, and family activities.

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Interview with Dr. Salomon Flores about his life in Kansas City, Kansas, during the Great Depression and his career. He discusses his parents' immigration to Kansas from Mexico in 1918 and growing up in La Colonia, an area of Kansas City, Kansas made up of Mexican immigrant families near Rosedale from 1928 to the 1950s. He recalls attending a segregated school, going on to attend Ottawa University, and being drafted to serve in Japan during the Korean War before returning to work as a teacher in Humboldt, Kansas, Kansas City, Missouri, and later moving into higher education. He also shares his recollections of the 1951 Flood, as well as thoughts about discrimination, his academic work and community activism, and his hopes for his children.

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Series of interviews with Kansas City, Kansas residents of Mexican descent about daily life and the predominantly Mexican-American neighborhoods of Kansas City in Missouri and Kansas. Topics discussed include railroad, ice house, and packinghouse jobs, family life, cooking, community events and fiestas, Mexican-American baseball teams, small businesses, and encountering segregation and discrimination. Interview subjects also share stories about service in World War II, tension between speaking English and Spanish, and playing in local bands and orchestras.

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Series of interviews with Kansas City, Kansas residents of Mexican descent about the 1951 Flood and its aftermath. Interview subjects recall having little time to save items from their homes or escape the flood waters, losing houses and businesses, taking refuge in locations including including Memorial Hall, Riverview School and with families in Kansas City, Missouri's West Side neighborhood, the wreckage that was left behind after water receded, and families choosing to rebuild in Kansas or permanently moving to Missouri.

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Series of interviews with Kansas City, Kansas residents of Mexican descent about their family backgrounds and early history in the area. Topics discussed include life in Mexico, immigration, the Mexican Revolution, working beet harvests and at meatpacking and railroad jobs in the United States, and life in the Kansas City area, including food, housing, and family life.

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Interview with UMKC chemistry professor Dr. Antonio Sandoval about his life. Born in 1931, he recalls his early childhood on a New Mexico ranch in a Mexican American community, moving to Colorado to be able to attend high school, doing agricultural work, and notes that of his graduating class of 100, he was the only one to go on to earn a PhD. He discusses his mother's hope that he would become a priest but instead majoring in chemistry, enlisting in the army where he worked to support nuclear testing at locations including Los Alamos, going on to earn his PhD from Kansas State University where he almost met his microbiologist wife, and coming to Kansas City where he was on faculty at UMKC and his wife taught at Avila, Rockhurst, and Donnelly colleges. He also discusses his participation in United Mexican American Students (UMAS) and working with his wife in the Catholic church's Marriage Encounter program.

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Interview with Harry Brown about his family, childhood, and education in Kansas City, Missouri, working for the William Volker Company, and later being joining the civilian war effort by working for North American Aviation and Technicraft assembling and inspecting aircraft and aircraft components at their Fairfax Airport facilities. Mechanical aspects of the job and test flights are discussed in detail. He also discusses his day-to-day life as an adult, his rejection from the draft, and the 1951 Flood.

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Interview with Alice Nast Statland about her husband Nat Nast. She recounts her husband's history, their move to Kansas City, and his desire to go into the sport shirt business, and his later shift to specializing in bowling shirts. She discusses the business's popularity through the 1950s and '60s, and diversified into caps, jackets and other promotional apparel, and was sold by the family in the early '70s. The brand was revived as Nat Nast Luxury Originals menswear line by their daughters several decades later and garnered a lot of media exposure. She also notes that original Nat Nast shirts could command two to three hundred dollars at the time of the interview.

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Interview with Marvin Robinson. Robinson discusses his family background, memories of his childhood community, attending Sumner High School and Emporia State University, his experience within his church, enlisting in the navy, and his service in Asia.

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Series of interviews with Kansas City, Kansas residents of Mexican descent about the aftermath of the 1951 Flood. Topics discussed include the impact on the community as many residents moved away permanently from the KCK neighborhoods, the loss of local employers, rebuilding homes and businesses, assistance from governmental and community resources, and how community members stayed in touch afterwards, including the 1951 Flood reunion committee. Irene Gonzalez shares the story of meeting her husband, musician Lupe Gonzalez, at her quinceañera, and John Mendez discusses furthering his education and his involvement in Wyandotte County politics and development.

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Interview with Larry Hancks, writer and former planner for the city of Kansas City, Kansas. Hancks discusses the history of the Quindaro townsite, stories about its role in the Underground Railroad, the current state of the town ruins, and proposals for restoration and commemoration.

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Interview with funeral director Marion Watkins. Watkins discusses her childhood, visiting family members in Parkville, Missouri, attending Catholic schools, her family's focus on community service, and getting involved in the family's funeral business from an early age. 

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Interview with retired engineer and boxing coach Lawrence Abdalla. Abdalla discusses working for General Motors in Warren, Michigan, and later the Kansas City, Kansas, Fairfax Plant, working as a page for Kansas State Senator George Haley and United States Senator Bob Dole, and becoming a boxing coach who was a member of the 1996 Team USA Olympics staff before returning to coach in Kansas City at the East Side Gym and Community Boxing and Fitness in Kansas and the Guadalupe Center in Missouri. He also discusses his volunteer work and prominent athletes he's worked with.

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Interview with James Anderson, owner of Kansas City's Smallest Free Museum and E & J's Everything Store. Anderson discusses his childhood, his experiences living throughout the Kansas City region and across the country, operating Anderson's Chicken Shack in Edwardsville and later his antique store and storefront museum of Black history, as well as his memories and views of Kansas City history and assorted notable individuals.

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Interview with pharmacist and former Missouri state representative James McKinley Neal. Neal discusses his path to Kansas City and the pharmacy business, his service in the state legislature from 1946 to 1964, his sponsorship of civil rights bills, being elected by a primarily white electorate, and witnessing and promoting the desegregation of many public facilities during that time. He notes that he was the first Black person permitted to stay in a white hotel in the state of Missouri, having previously been required to stay in Lincoln University dormitories while in Jefferson City. He also discusses the accomplishments of his family members, his involvement in the Urban League and Martin Luther King Jr. Hospital, and shares thoughts about the Model Cities program, employment, and education.

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Interview with Paseo Baptist Church pastor Charles J. Briscoe. Briscoe discusses his childhood, his experience at R. T. Coles Vocational High School, his theological education and early experiences as a pastor, and returning to Kansas City and eventually the Paseo Baptist Church. He also discusses his views on race relations and the Black community in Kansas City, the role of the church in community building and politics, the history of Paseo Baptist, its mission work, and his views of other religions.

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Interview with retired Army Lieutenant Albert Bly. He discusses his father's and his own experiences as Black soldiers in the Army, the history of military segregation and integration, the limitations on advancement for Black officers, and shared stories about fellow soldiers Jackie Robinson and Joe Lewis.

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Interview with union leader and Missouri state representative Leo McKamey. McKamey discusses his early life in the St. Louis area, working at a variety of jobs, moving to Kansas City, serving a brief stint in the army, the lack of Black leadership in labor unions, and his work in union leadership. He also discusses Freedom, Inc., his work as a state representative, the importance of job training and the value of unions to the Black community, and shares his plans for his own future and hopes for the future of young people.

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