Oral history interview with James A. Roston, 1969

Overview of the Collection

Roston, James A
Oral history interview with James A. Roston
1969 (inclusive)
1 sound cassette (ca. 25 min.)
Collection Number
4874 (Accession No. 4874-001)
Tape-recorded interview of an African-American Seattle community member discussing his father, early background and coming to Seattle
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African-American Seattle community member.

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Tape-recorded interview conducted by S. Leonard Bell on May 27, 1969.

Roston, Jr. discusses his father, James A. Roston Sr., including his early background and his occupations before he came to Seattle. In Seattle, he organized the Longshoremen Association and later the Colored Marine Employees Benevolent Association. Roston, Jr. also discusses race relations on Seattle docks and areas where blacks lived ca. 1914-1915. There is some mention of conditions during the Depression including the employment situation on the docks during the years 1927-1930. A later influx of blacks into Seattle is talked about, as is its affect on race relations. More discussion on employment follows.

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Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

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Personal Names

  • Roston, James A.--Interviews

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Subject Terms

  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)