Oral History Interview with Mrs. Joseph W. Strong, 1979  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Strong, Joseph W., Mrs.
Oral History Interview with Mrs. Joseph W. Strong
1979 (inclusive)
1 sound cassette.
Collection Number
SPC 980-0106 (collection)
Eastern Washington University
Archives and Special Collections
Archives & Special Collections
Eastern Washington University Libraries
320 Media Lane - 100 LIB
Cheney, WA
Telephone: 509-359-2475
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Lillian Strong who was born to Fanny and Augustus Smith in Kansas City, Missouri on April 14, 1898. The Lillian moved to northeast Washington in 1910 to live with her uncle Charles Willis, who cared for her after the death of Smith's parents. Smith attended the Hamilton School and North Central High School before marrying Joseph W. Strong, an active member of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, in 1920. Lillian became a home maker during marraige and raised three children, Lewis, Charlotte, and Robert. Lillian Strong died on August 28, 1994.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains an interview with Lillian Strong (Mrs. Joseph W. Strong). In the interview, Mrs. Strong discusses her experiences as an African American woman living in Spokane since 1910. Topics discussed include housing, religion, discrimination in the workplace, education in Spokane, and black-owned businesses. The interview was conducted by Dr. Joseph Franklin.

This collection is part of the Inland Northwest Black History Collection. See "Related Materials" note for related collections.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Use of this collection is subject to the rules concerning access to archival and manuscript collections at Eastern Washington University. For more information, see: http://www.ewu.edu/Library/Services/Archives.xml

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions may apply. For more information or permission to publish, contact Eastern Washington University Libraries, Archives & Special Collections at (509) 359-2475, or archives@ewu.edu.

Preferred Citation

Oral History Interview with Mrs. Joseph W. Strong; SPC 980-0106; box number; folder number; Archives & Special Collections, Eastern Washington University.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • African American women--Washington (State)--Spokane
  • African Americans--Washington (State)--Spokane
  • African Americans--Washington (State)--Spokane--Social conditions
  • African Americans--Washington (State)--Spokane--Social life and customs
  • Personal Names :
  • Strong, Joseph W.--Mrs.--Interviews
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Interviews (Sound recordings)
  • Oral histories
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Franklin Joseph--1936--interviewer (creator)