Austin History Center

Power, Money & the People: The Making of Modern Austin Research Materials

An Inventory of the Collection

Collection Summary

Creator: Orum, Anthony M., 1939-
Title: Power, Money & the People: The Making of Modern Austin Research Materials
Dates: 1981-1986
Abstract: Anthony M. Orum conducted a series of oral history interviews in Austin, Texas, from 1981 to 1986 while researching for his 1987 book Power, Money & the People: The Making of Modern Austin. The collection contains over 100 interview recordings and notes on a small portion of those interviews.
Identification: AR.1991.064
Quantity: .2 linear feet (1 box) and 220 audiocassettes (1 oral history cabinet shelf)
Location: Archives Stacks, Oral History Cabinet
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

Anthony M. Orum was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on November 20, 1939. He received his BA at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio, in 1962, his MA at the University of Chicago in 1965, and his PhD in Sociology at the University of Chicago in 1967. His research interests include social movements, political participation, and urban politics.

Orum has taught courses in politics, urban history, immigration, and sociology at several universities including Emory University, University of Illinois at Chicago, and University of North Carolina. He taught at the University of Texas at Austin from 1972 to 1986. While in Austin he did research for a book that would be published in 1987 as Power, Money & the People: The Making of Modern Austin. Orum has authored and co-authored several other books including A Case for the Case Study, City-building in America, and many sociology textbooks on urban studies and politics.

He is a member of the American Sociological Association and the founding editor of City & Community, a journal of the Community and Urban Sociology Section of the ASA. He has received various recognitions and honors for his work, including teaching as a Fulbright Scholar in Shanghai, China.

Scope and Contents

The Power, Money & the People: The Making of Modern Austin Research Materials collection dates from 1981 to 1986 and contains the recordings from over 100 individuals that Orum interviewed for his book Power, Money & the People: The Making of Modern Austin. The topics of the interviews include city planning, civil rights, segregation, housing, and transportation. The interviews were originally recorded on cassette tape. This index contains a list of the interviews with their corresponding description and tape number. If a transcript exists for the recorded interview it is indicated in the inventory and the transcript is located in the Biography File of the person interviewed.

Also included are typed interview questions on index cards for the following people interviewed by Orum:

  • Taylor Glass
  • Ruby Lee Ransom
  • Mrs. Jim Tatum
  • Betty Baker
  • Emma Long
  • Emmitt Shelton, Sr.
  • Ada Simond
  • Harry Nolen
  • Truemann O'Quinn
  • Jean Lee
  • Helen Spear
  • Edgar Perry III
  • Ralph Yarborough
  • Lorraine Barnes
  • John Scanlan
  • Bill Alsop
  • Carl White


The collection is arranged into two series:
I. Interview Materials
II. Interviews


Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Alley, Ben.
Anderson, Lynn.
Babcock, John.
Baker, Betty.
Barnes, Lorraine.
Bartz, Joan.
Bechtol, Hub, 1926-2004.
Binder, Bob.
Bodine, Guy III.
Bradfield, Tom.
Bradley, Gary.
Brunson, Howard.
Butler, Dan.
Castlebury, Glen.
Clark, Edward.
Cochridge, Lloyd.
Conner, Dr. B.E.
Crenshaw, Roberta.
Crow, Joe.
Cuney, Pat.
Cunningham, Minnie Fisher, 1882–1964.
Dale, Al.
Davidson, Dan.
Davis, Stormy
DeWitty, Arthur
Duncan, Roger
Felton, Conrad
Felton, Sheila
Ferguson, Tom
Firey, Walter
Fish, Janet
Frederick, Jim
Friedman, Jeffrey Mark, 1945-2007.
Gamble, Roland
Gideon, Sim
Glass, Taylor
Gordon, Jim
Gordon, Wendell
Gray, John
Gutow, Steve
Hancock, R.L.
Harrison, Janie
Hicks, Edith
Holman, Henry
Holman, Mary
Holman, Henry
King, Dr. John
King, Kathlene
Kirk, W. Astor
Ladendorf, Kirk
Lee, Jean
Lillie, Dick
Lloyd, John
Long, Emma Jackson, 1912-2011.
Long, Stuart Morrison.
Long, Walter Ewing, 1886–1973.
Mathias, Vic.
McAdams, Clair.
McCully, John.
Miles, Charles.
Miller, David.
Miller, Orville.
Miller, Robert Thomas, 1893-1962.
Montgomery, Robert.
Morgan, Guiton.
Mosby, Eva Marie.
Mosby, James.
Nolen, Harry Warren, 1892-1989.
O'Quinn, Trueman E., 1905-1990.
Orum, Anthony.
Osborne, Hoyle.
Overton, Volma Robert, Sr., 1924–2005.
Perry, Edgar Howard III, 1930-
Petri, Bill.
Purcell, Fred.
Randolph, Ben.
Ransom, Ruby Lee.
Rindy, Dean.
Robinson, Rudy.
Rosenbaum, Steve.
Sandlin, George.
Scanlan, John.
Schmidt, Venola.
Schwartz, Ann.
Schwartz, Lou.
Shanks, David.
Shelton, Emmett, Sr., 1905-2000
Simond, Ada DeBlanc Askey, 1903-1989
Simpson, Marilyn.
Smith, C. B.
Spear, Helen.
St. John, Ed.
Stahl, Chuck.
Stockton, John.
Ternus, Joe.
Thompson, J. Neils.
Thornberry, Homer, 1909-1925.
Tinstam, Bob.
Tinstam, Leila Jane.
Vacker, Walter.
Weber, Francis.
Wendler, Edward.
White, Philip.
Wilson, Logan.
Witherspoon, Joe.
Wood, Sam.
Woodson, Herb.
Wooley, John.
Wright, James.
Yarborough, Ralph Webster, 1903-1996.
Young, Peck.
Youngblood, Bill.
Subjects (Organizations)
IBM Corporation.
Southwestern Bell Telephone Company.
Texas. Highway Department.
Huston-Tillotson College.
Lower Colorado River Authority.
Travis County Commissioners Court.
Austin (Tex.). City Council.
Austin Chamber of Commerce.
Austin (Tex.). Planning Department.
Austin American-Statesman.
University of Texas at Austin.
Anderson High School (Austin, Tex.).
Oral history--Texas--Austin.
Local history--Research.
Banks and banking--Texas--Austin.
Real estate development--Texas--Austin.
Civil rights--Texas--Austin.
Judaism--Texas--Austin--Customs and practices.
Neighborhood groups--Texas--Austin.
African Americans--Civil rights--Texas--History--20th century.
Country clubs--Texas--Austin.
World War II.
City planning--Texas--Austin.
Power resources--Texas--Austin
Water supply--Texas--Austin
Austin (Tex.)--Social conditions.
Austin (Tex.)--Race relations.
Austin (Tex.)--Economic conditions.
Austin (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Town Lake (Austin, Tex.).
Austin (Tex.)--Politics and government.
Clarksville (Austin, Tex.).
Westlake Hills (Austin, Tex.).
East 6th Street (Austin, Tex.).
Steiner Ranch (Austin, Tex.).
Fiesta Gardens (Austin, Tex.).
Town Lake (Austin, Tex.).
East Austin (Austin, Tex.).
Document Types

Related Material

A 307.760973 OR Orum, Anthony. City-building in America, 1995

A 976.431 OR Orum, Anthony. Power, Money & the People: The Making of Modern Austin, 2002

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Power, Money & the People: The Making of Modern Austin Research Materials (AR.1991.64). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/1984/148

Donation Date: 1986 December 5

Processing Information

Initial Inventory and Finding Aid By/Date: Ruth Baker/January 2001

Finding Aid Updated and Encoded By/Date: Kelly Hanus/February 2017

Detailed Description of the Collection

Interview Materials, 1981-1984

Box Folder
1 1 Interview questions for Ruby Lee Ranson, Mrs. Jim Tatum, and Taylor Glass, undated
2 Interview questions for Betty Baker, Emmitt Shelton, Sr., Ada Simond, and Emma Long, 1981 June, 1983 April, undated
3 Interview questions for Harry Nolan and Trueman O'Quinn, undated
4 Interview questions for Jean Lee, Helen Spear, and Edgar Perry, undated
5 Interview questions for Ralph Yarborough, undated
6 Partial list of interviewees - number of tapes, undated
7 Interview questions for Lorraine Barnes, undated
8 Note-re: John Scanlan, undated
9 Various interview notes, 1984
10 Interview questions for Bill Alsop and Carl White, undated
11 Interview questions and notes for Emma Long, undated

Interviews, 1981-1986

Location TapeNo.
Oral History Cabinet 0979-0999, 1051-1207 View an index of the oral history interviews here.