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Olyvia Green Papers
An Inventory of the Collection
Olyvia Green was the first African American teacher at Pease Elementary in Austin, Texas. She was born Olyvia Brown in Magnolia, Arkansas to Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Brown. Olyvia attended Agricultural, Mechanical and Normal College in Pine Bluff, Arkansas where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 1961. In 1962, Olyvia wedded Eddie Green who was a Drill Sergeant in the United States Army. During the early 1960s, Eddie's position in the army enabled Olyvia, and their two sons Bernard and Jeffrey, to travel abroad. When Eddie passed away in 1967, 26-year-old Olyvia Green and her two sons moved to Austin where she began working as a substitute teacher.
In 1968, the year the Civil Rights Act was passed, Friendly R. Rice, a member of Austin Independent School District administration (Principal of Blackshear Elementary and president of the Teachers State Association of Texas) instructed Green to speak with Pease Elementary principal Ms. Hunter about taking a position at the school to integrate the teaching staff. Green was reluctant to take the position, knowing the adversity she would face, but persevered through those difficult first years. Green known as the "hugging teacher" dedicated 26 years of her life teaching generations of families at Texas' longest operating public school. Storyhouse productions created a Portrait Video of Green in December of 2014 that includes an interview with Green and pictures of her life and career. In 2015 Green was honored during Black History Month by Pease Elementary with the unveiling a portrait now hung in her honor. Other recent honors include the Education Advocate Award, and the Award of Black Excellence.
Olyvia Green is an active member of the Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptists Church serving as chairperson with involvement in the Women's Ministry, Hannah Circle, and Senior Exercise Program. She is a member of Austin Retired Teachers Association, the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education, and the local NAACP chapter.
Olyvia Green donated a copy of the Storyhouse Video Portrait, and her Pease Elementary name badge to the Austin History Center in March of 2017. Her personal scrapbook was loaned to Austin History Center to be scanned by history center staff. The digitized files in JPEG format are now part of the collection. Those digital image files are named in accordance to the page numbers of the scrapbook and include personal photographs, correspondence from students and staff, clippings, and a biography. The Storyhouse video portrait files comprise of one shortened version with a runtime of 17:42 and two original length versions with a runtime of 26:13 (one includes credits and the other does not).
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Olyvia Green Papers (AR.2017.030). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2017/071
Donation Date: 03/27/2017
Original donation arranged by LaToya Devezin. Scanning of the scrapbook completed by AHC volunteer Shaun Hagen in 2017. Born-digital materials arranged and finding aid encoded by Nikki Koehlert in 2018.
The born-digital files were received on compact disc. The materials were processed in accordance with the AHC's digital processing guidelines including disk imaging, virus scan, and checksums.
Scrapbook was scanned by Austin History Center staff and returned to the donor. Digital files are in .JPEG format.
File names were modified during processing to enable files to be exported from the disk image and to comply with Austin History Center file naming schema. A list of the original files names is available.
The video disc was imaged on January 19, 2018 to create master preservation copies and to extract the content files.