African American Railroad Workers of Roanoke: Oral Histories of the Norfolk & Western
Roanoke, Virginia, is one of America's great historic railroad centers. The Norfolk & Western Railway Company, now the Norfolk Southern Corporation, has been in Roanoke for more than a century. Since the company has employed many of the city's African Americans, the two histories are intertwined. The lives of Roanoke's black railroad workers span the generations from Jim Crow segregation to the civil rights era to today's diverse corporate workforce. Older generations toiled through labor-intensive jobs such as janitors and track laborers, paving the way for younger African Americans to become engineers, conductors and executives. I interviewed Roanoke's African American railroad workers and chronicled stories that are a powerful testament of personal adversity, struggle and triumph on the rail.
Blanton Museum of Art: Guide to the Collection
I had the honor of editing this this handsome book presenting for the first time a comprehensive overview of the Blanton Museum of Art's notable and distinguished permanent collection. The collection comprises more than 17,000 works of art and is recognized for its Old Master paintings, modern and contemporary American and Latin American art, and an encyclopaedic collection of prints and drawings. Since its founding in 1963, the museum has experienced significant growth and become particularly strong in the following areas: modern and contemporary American art, featuring the Mari and James A. Michener Collection of American art; twentieth-century Latin American art, including the Barbara Duncan Collection; fifteenth-century to contemporary prints and drawings, featuring the recently acquired Leo Steinberg Collection; and European paintings, including works from the Suida-Manning Collection of Renaissance and Baroque art. Through 235 stunning colour illustrations, the handbook features some of the most important holdings in the Blanton's collection, including works by Albrecht Durer, Correggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Manet, Picasso, Joaquin Torres-Garcia, Marsden Hartley, Hans Hofmann, Helen Frankenthaler, Jacob Lawrence, Sol LeWitt, Cy Twombly, Jasper Johns, Fernando Botero, Antonio Segui, and Cildo Meireles.
Solomon Island Sketches
I wrote the foreword, and conducted an oral history with author Vance W. Torbert, Jr. for the Library of Congress. Working with talented graphic designer Ellen Buckmaster, I managed the publication of this beautiful, oversized book of drawings by a PT Boat Captain in the South Pacific during World War II (published in 2004). Torbert was an architecture student at Yale, who joined the navy after graduation. He served for a year (May 1943-May 1944) and served for a period of time with future president John F. Kennedy. Torbert used his downtime to draw "what he saw around him." The book includes 54 drawings with annotations produced by Lieutenant Vance W. Torbert.
From Gutenberg to Gone With The Wind: Treasures from the Ransom Center
I edited and managed the publication of this keepsake book, produced to commemorate the exhibition of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin, at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum, May 3, 2001 - May 3, 2002. It includes images of some of the key pieces in the show and in the Ransom Center's collection: the Gutenberg Bible, the World's First Photograph, Frida Kahlo's Self-portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird, Gloria Swanson's sunglasses, and the Gone With the Wind movie poster.
My Texas Family: An Uncommon Journey to Prosperity
I wrote the foreword, "Against All Odds," to this book of oral history and photographs by Rick Hyman and Ronda Hyman (2000). The book tells the story of Rick Hyman's ancestors who came to Texas from Virginia, by way of wagon train, after the Civil War. They settled in Fayette County, south of Austin, and became educated land-owners and part of an African American middle-class, under difficult circumstances and against all odds.