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Rayford Fowler describes the carbon black process and his experiences as manager of the Seagraves Carbon Black Plant.

General Interview Information

Interviewee Name: Rayford Fowler

Additional Parties Recorded:

Date: February 2, 1982

Location: Brownfield, Texas

Interviewer: Richard Mason

Length: 1 hour, 50 minutes


Tape 1, Side 1: Born, Wheeling, Louisiana (1912), Childhood, Food supply, Farming, Columbian Carbon Company, Carbon black, Uses, Production process, Channel-type plant, Furnace-type plant, Quality, Research improvements (1943-44), Carbon black companies (1940s), Phillips, Cabot, United, Columbian, Haber, To Seagraves, Texas (1945), Seagraves Carbon Black Plant, Reasons for move, Housing, Moving, Carbon black production, Air pollution, Employees

Tape 1, Side 2: Electricity, Mexican-American laborers, Wages (1940s), Seagraves Carbon Black Plant, Production (1945-750, Efficiency upgraded, Labor relations, Profitability, Natural resources, Shortages, Seagraves Plant, Employees, Production process, Furnaces, Carbon black, Types, Markets, Carbon black plants, Locations, Production fluctuations, Influence of automobile industry, Seagraves Plant, Union organized (1946), Columbian Carbon Company, Expansion

Tape 2, Side 1: Seagraves Carbon Black Plant, Union elections, Contract negotiations, Employee productivity, Columbian Carbon Company, City Services takeover (1965), Carbon black industry, Transporting, Packaging, Damage to crops, Columbian Carbon Company, Seagraves location

Tape 2, Side 2: Oil boom, Construction (1946-56), Town growth, Denver City, Texas, Seagraves, Texas, Life philosophy, Sam Fowler, father, Nellie Presley, mother, Jobs (1930s), Grocery prices (1930s)

Range Dates: 1912-1975

Bulk Dates: 1930-1950s

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