Brooks, Frank 1974-06-26

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On Tape 1, attorney Frank Brooks discusses Depression relief programs and his association with the Southwestern Cotton Compress and Warehouse Association. On Tape 2, he continues to discuss the universal density bale and the interior-port conflict, relating it to the disbanding of that Association.

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Interviewee Name: Frank Brooks

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Date: June 26, 1974

Location: Dallas, Texas

Interviewer: Jeff Townsend

Length: 1 hour


Tape 1, Side 1: Family background, early life, Westward movement of cotton from East Texas traced, Education recalled, Texas Relief Commission during Depression noted, Work with state congress mentioned, "Re-settlement" Depression program described, Anecdotes concerning bureaucratic complications, Depression programs discussed, Change of attitude toward welfare claimed, Work with law firm discussed, Connection with Southwestern Cotton Compress and , Warehouse Association explained, Character of the association given

Tape 1, Side 2: State-wide expansion of compresses traced, Compress insurance problems and policy development recalled, Outdoor storage problem examined, Wage and hour case of 1938 noted, Various attempts to organize labor recalled, Significance of "universal density bale" discussed, Barriers to "universal density" given, Discrepancy in textile policy toward bale density noted

Tape 2, Side 1: Universal density bale (continued), Continuing need for storage justified, Interior-port conflict explained, Incidents of merchant-warehouse conflict noted, Warehouse procedures and nature of interior-port conflicts related, Other conflicts examined: "Tucking" or "sewing" question, "Tagging" or "marking" question, Function, origin of Texas Cotton, Association Liaison Committee, Reasons for disbanding the compress association

Tape 2, Side 2: Reasons for disbanding (continued), Reasons for expansion of Port Association, Attempts to reconcile interior and port compresses related, Speculation on changes in the warehouse industry, Complaints against cooperative organizations, Origin of Texas Compress Association, Association's operation of "private police force" explained, Discussion of association papers

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