Transcript of interview with Alma Whitney by Claytee D. White, March 3, 1996

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Digital ID
ohr000028
Title
Transcript of interview with Alma Whitney by Claytee D. White, March 3, 1996
Narrator
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Interviewer
White, Claytee D.
Description
Interview with Alma Whitney conducted by Claytee D. White on March 3, 1996. Seeking better employment opportunities, Whitney moved to Las Vegas from Tallulah, Louisiana, at the age of sixteen. Whitney supported Westside churches and schools and was respected as supervisor in housekeeping at Desert Inn. Whitney provides information on the African American migration to Las Vegas during the 1940s, post-war race relations in Las Vegas, the daily work of hotel maids, and the Culinary Union.
Abstract
Alma Whitney moved to Las Vegas from Tallulah, Louisiana when she was sixteen years of age. She worked at the Desert Inn for thirty-five years and received a promotion to supervisor in housekeeping after fourteen years. She and her husband purchased a beautiful home on the Westside and reared six children. Alma remembers the early Las Vegas Westside peppered with little shacks with dirt floors, unpaved streets, and tiny trailer parks. She had expected more liberal attitudes concerning race relations in Las Vegas. However, the town's burgeoning gaming industry provided opportunities to work and to move up to supervisor. Even though the lines of racial separation were clear, Alma Whitney discovered that when she demanded respect from the ladies who worked for her and from fellow white supervisors, she received it. She carved out a full life by enjoying and supporting the institutions on the Westside: the church and schools for her children. Recreation on Jackson Street provided a well-rounded, fun-filled existence for her family. This interview provides information on the African American migration to Las Vegas during the 1940s, post-war race relations in Las Vegas, the daily work of hotel maids, and the culinary union. All efforts have been made by the interviewer to provide correct spelling of names and accurate dates.
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Source
F849.L35 W55 1997
Original Collection
Original Date (interview)
1996-03-03
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This material may be protected by copyright. Personal, including educational and academic, use of this material is without restriction; but acknowledgement of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University Libraries is requested whether the use is oral, web or in print. Commercial use of any portion of this material requires permission. For further information please contact Digital Collections: http://digital.library.unlv.edu/contact. This document is an oral history. It is a spoken account of certain events and phenomena recorded at one particular moment and filtered through one individual's life experience, sensibility, and memory. As such, it should be considered a primary source rather than a final, verified, or complete narrative of the events it records.
Digital Publisher
University of Nevada Las Vegas
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Master Extent
2421 x 3161 pixels; 8.1 x 10.5 inches; 23,267,511 bytes; 51 images
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Master File Quality
24 bit color; 300 ppi

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