Greaves, Gary Labor and Civil Rights Oral History Project
Interviews recorded by Gary Greaves in the late-1980s and early-1990s.
The recordings all relate to post-war Seattle history and cover a diverse array of topics -- such as transportation, race relations, housing, city planning and labor -- narrated by an equally diverse group, including well-known politicians such as Cheryl Chow, Martha Choe and Paul Schell; community activists such as Aaron Dixon (founder of the local Black Panthers chapter) and Hazel Wolf (social and environmental activist); and also including everyday people whom Greaves quizzed about the changing face of the neighborhoods. The collection consists of analog audiocassettes and CDs, indices or interview transcripts of each interview, brief biographies of many of the interviewees, manuscript drafts, notes, outlines, timelines, correspondence, and ephemera. The recordings share the behind-the-scenes and inside stories of issues that have shaped Seattle, reaching beyond the headlines to provide details of subjects such as the free breakfast program run by the Black Panthers, the personal story of a homeless man living on Seattle's streets, relations among different Asian ethnic groups as told by politicians and business leaders, and the planners who have seen roads and bridges approved -- and then rescinded. Greaves' knowledge of Seattle engaged the narrators and his warmth drew them to speak openly. The recordings are marked by frankness and depth, which make the stories interesting and smart.