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Title
Interview with Urania P. Cummings, artist and West Indian community in San Francisco
Creator
African American Museum and Library at Oakland
Beckford, Ruth
Date Created and/or Issued
circa 1971
1972-01
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
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Description
California Audiovisual Preservation Project (CAVPP)
Birth in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands [00:00]; Move to California in 1922 [00:55]; Life in San Francisco [01:12]; West Indians in San Francisco [01:39]; Ambition to become an artist and musician [02:18]; Marriage to Mr. Cummings and children [03:17]; Social life in San Francisco [3:37]; Cosmo debutante ball and Cricket Club [04:21]; Early West Indians in San Francisco [5:25]; Mrs. LaSalle, ancestor of Mr. Lasartemay, and the Cochran family [06:45]; Pharmacist Dr. McLean [07:56]; West Indian employment in San Francisco [08:59]; Husband worked as a printer for Mr. Watson’s California Voice [09:33]; West Indian churches in San Francisco [10:20]; No discrimination against African Americans in San Francisco schools [12:05]; Living in Berkeley [14:00]; Passion for music and art [14:27]; Patch houses and art exhibit in Virgin Islands [15:57]; Memories of reciting George Pope Morris’ poem “Woodman, Spare That Tree” [17:34]; Art exhibits in Bay Area [18:40]; Subjects for artwork [20:37]; Callaloo and calabash bowls [22:12]; Returning to school [24:49]; Private exhibition of artwork [27:53]; Three generations of artists [29:30]; Social clubs in San Francisco [31:20]; Marcus Garvey Club meetings at Hamilton Hall [33:14]; Cosmo ball at Scottish Rite Hall [34:07]; Social gatherings in homes and Golden Gate Park [35:47]; Taking Parson’s Ferry to Oakland [36:30] Arrival in Oakland in 1907 [00:01]; Social conditions and employment of African Americans in Oakland [00:24]; Jobs for African Americans in San Francisco [02:58]; San Francisco Strike of 1917 [03:30]; Working for Pacific Mail Company [05:20]; Joining the Dining Car Cooks' and Waiters' Union in 1936 [06:18]; Anderson’s affiliations with labor and housing organizations [07:50]; Lifetime membership in the NAACP [09:20]; Disadvantages African Americans faced in Oakland [09:54]; Getting the first African American, June Riley, and Chinese employee hired at hamburger restaurant and D’Arcy Cafe [10:20]; Advocating for African American cooks and waiters to be hired for the 1939 Golden Gate International Exposition [11:09]; African American housing in Oakland [11:40]; Tom Anderson Terrace Housing Complex at 421 E. 18th St. Oakland, California [13:00]; Secretary-treasurer of Dining Car Cooks' and Waiters' Union [14:33]; Retired employees in union [15:45]; Meeting with national union representatives [17:10]; New trains [18:10]; Decline of cooks and waiters on railroad trains [18:57]; African American businesses in Oakland [23:30]; Sprigs Restaurant and Sim’s Restaurant [24:15]; Retired men’s dinner at Spenger’s [25:25]; Donating to the NAACP [26:38]; Mayor Houlihan asks Anderson to join State Federation of Labor and Oakland Housing Authority [28:24]; Judge R.L. Harris trophy [33:55]; Labor Day parade in Oakland [35:48]
Type
sound
Format
Master
1/8 inch audio cassette
1 Tape of 1
01:15:50
Identifier
http://archive.org/details/caolaam_000025a
Language
English
Relation
Ruth Beckford Papers
http://www.oac.cdlib.org/findaid/ark:/13030/c8w0997v

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