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An Interview With Thelma L. Hollowell
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TitleAn Interview With Thelma L. Hollowell
AbstractMrs. Thelma Hollowell was born in Lawrence, Kansas on July 4, 1909. She graduated high school at Lawrence and was a 1929 Home Economics graduate from the University of Kansas. At the time of the interview, she was married to retired Army officer Harry H. Hollowell, a member of the 10th Cavalry, Buffalo Soldiers. In the interview she recounts her ancestry starting with her grandparents, military life, and incidents of racial discrimination that she remembers.

Interviewer: Edward Scott. Interview recorded: February 4, 1976 (at Leavenworth, Kansas).
Notes1 sound cassette (ca. 30 min.): analog, stereo.; 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in., 1/8 in. tape; 1 sound disc; digital; 4 3/4 in. No outline prepared at time of interview. This interview was recorded on Side B of the cassette tape interview of Amand Ala-adeen, Part 2. It is CD 57 on the sound disc recordings.
SourceKansas City Public Library; Black Archives of Mid-America, Inc.
LocationSC69-2, Tape 1, Part 2, B side, CD 57
CollectionBlack Archives of Mid-American Oral History Collection (SC69-2)
See finding aid: http://www.kchistory.org/u?/Local,37109
Military life
Local SubjectOral History
Hollowell, Thelma L.
Buffalo Soldiers
African Americans
Hollowell, Harry H.
Item TypeArchival Material
TranscriptionOutline of interview:

Mrs. Hollowell was born in Lawrence, Kansas, on July 4, 1909. She describes herself as a "Yankee Doodle Dandy." She relates information about her family back to her grandparents. Her father was a furrier or fur inspector and worked at Shugart's fur company in Kansas City and her mother was a housewife.

When asked about her education, she says that she attened Wendall Phillips school and Lincoln High School in Kansas City, graduating from high school in Lawrence, Kansas. She graduated from Kansas University and went to Leavenworth to teach where she met her husband whom she married in 1941. They have two daughters.

Mrs. Hollowell relates some of her husband's family history that she can recall. She then describes experiences of being a part of military life including the traveling the family did. Beside tours of duty in the United States, they lived in Germany, the Far East, and Liberia. She gives details of a racial incidence involving trying to find a place to spend the night while in Indiana on the way home from a tour of duty.

Most of the rest of the interview relates to racial discrimination incidences that Mrs. Hollowell recalls from her own life's experiences. She also mentions education and some social aspects of her life. (Synopsis of interview written 11/24/2008 by Missouri Valley Special Collections staff.)
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Item ID218577
CONTENTdm number38277
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