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Audio recording clip of interview with Ida Bowser by Claytee D. White, August 30, 2007

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Part of an interview with Ida Bowser by Claytee White on August, 30 2007. Bowser describes how she came to work for the UNLV library.

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Ida Bowser oral history interview, 2007 August 30. OH-00159. [Audio recording] Oral History Research Center, Special Collections and Archives, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.


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And then, for about a month or so, I didn't do anything. At that time civil rights was starting. Things were starting to really happen with the civil rights. Ruby Duncan and the mothers, you know, they started to march and I mean really get things heated up here in Las Vegas, and along come the federal government with this on-the-job-training program. I heard about this on-the-job-training program, so I called. And at that time you had to call the welfare office. So I called the welfare office and they told me that the program had just ended; that they 7 weren't taking any more applications. But you know what they say. It's the squeaky wheel that gets the attention. I wouldn't take the "no." I just couldn't take that for an answer. So I called them every day. They told me the same thing every day. I guess they got tired of me calling them, so they finally said okay; we're going to send you; we're going to find someplace; we're going to send you, we're going to send you out to the university. And they sent me out to the university. I didn't know until a few years ago when they told me that as far as they know that I am the first African-American to work in a library in the state of Nevada. I didn't know that. I didn't know that. But that's how I ended up at UNLV.