Alvarez, Elvia 1989-08-28

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Elvia Alvarez, a Lubbock resident for several years, explains the economic and social coniditons she has experienced as a Mexican-American living in Texas. She also explains some personal family issues.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name:Elvia Alvarez

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: August 28, 1989

Location: Lubbock, Texas

Interviewer:Yolanda Romero

Length: 00:36:37 (36 minutes, 37 seconds)


Tape 1, Side 1: born 1935 Dolores Texas, parents both from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, one sister, two brothers, mother housewife, father worked in a dairy, later as machine operator on railroad. Moved to Lubbock, Texas in 1949, studies, left Lubbock in 1955; segregation in Lubbock and La Mesa: no Mexicans in restaurants, cinemas segregation, Lubbock Hispanic population, harvest time; work conditions, transportation of workers, contractor terms, unhealthy living conditions, migrant labor camps; medical care, Elvia's visits to migrant labor camps, workers and medical insurance, employer negative attitude, children work; workers from El Valle, San Benito, Donna; Elvia's work, labor camp in Lubbock, labor camp in Michigan, factory worker in Chicago, less discrimination in Chicago, 1954, medical insurance agent; school education and school in Laredo; living in Lubbock before and after; Migrant labor camps, old rooms, no electric service, no drinkable water; hospital's service, discrimination at hospitals, Methodist hospital; Guadalupe Barrio, poor area, drinking habits, men negative behavior; education and work, education in Laredo, work obligation, work in Chicago, work in San Benito, Texas; workers, Mexican-American workers, Mexican workers; entertainment, social activities; changes in Lubbock; migrant labor camp, children care, medical insurance, medical insurance agents

Tape 1, Side 2: Elvia and Justo, marriage, Laredo Texas, children; Mexican population in 1956, segregation, work, workers from other small cities; Tahoka, Texas sheriff, incident in a restaurant; motel discrimination

Range Dates: 1935-1989

Bulk Dates: 1950-1989

Access Information

Original Recording Format: audio cassette

Recording Format Notes: recording digitized, CD available in reading room

Transcript: no

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