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Title
Interview with Bill Williams, Oakland firefighter
Creator
Beckford, Ruth
Date Created and/or Issued
circa 1971
Contributing Institution
Oakland Public Library, African American Museum and Library at Oakland
Collection
California Light and Sound from African American Museum and Library at Oakland
Rights Information
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Description
California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Testing [00:00]; Introduction [00:09]; Born at 6th and Jefferson [00:22]; St. John’s / Augustine Church [00:52]; Joining the St. John Church [01:21]; Moved around with family and returned to Oakland [02:27]; Stream trains on 7th St. [3:16]; Worked in building at 14th and Clay as an elevator operator [03:32]; Took Oakland fire department examination in 1919 [04:56]; Firemen’s working hours [05:30]; Firefighting platoons [06:18]; Firemen’s pay [06:32]; Engine #3 at 8th and Willow St. [06:54]; Firefighter’s horses [07:13]; Firefighter’s steam pump [07:50]; Worked as fire engine driver [08:33]; First motorize fire engines [09:56]; Fire pole and alarm [10:28]; Taking a fire call [11:59]; Facing discrimination in fire department [13:04]; Working at fire engine in Chinatown [15:15]; Bath tubs and poles in old fire houses [16:20]; Fire engine #3 [16:45]; African American firemen in Oakland in the 1920s [17:25]; Three men working per shift [18:12]; Firemen and children in neighborhood [18:36]; Distributed flour sacks at fire station during Great Depression [19:21]; Fire department organization [20:20]; African American firemen wouldn’t talk about discrimination [20:58]; Fire injuries [21:47]; Firemen’s uniforms [22:17]; [23:03]; Firemen’s tools [23:58]; First large fire - church at 12th and Clay St. [24:27]; First reaction to fire [24:40]; Gas masks [25:13]; Fire hoses [25:26]; Joking among firemen and fire spectators [26:03]; Bothered by dead bodies after fires [27:52]; Fires on skid row on Webster St. [28:36]; Horse show fire [29:21]; Lt. Towns and Engine #22 and punishing firemen [30:15]; C.L. Dellums and NAACP fight to integrate the fire department [31:18]; Work day routine and supplying gas to fire engines [32:13]; Supply house [35:19]; Retirement [36:57]; Encouraging men to become firemen, prohibiting card playing [37:45]; Number of African Americans employed in Oakland Fire Department [38:55]
Type
sound
Format
Master
1/8 inch audio cassette
1 Tape of 1
00:39:43
Identifier
http://archive.org/details/caolaam_000028
Language
English
Relation
Ruth Beckford Papers
http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8w0997v

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