Oral history interview with Theda Rushing
Scope and Content
The topics of conversation focus primarily on Ann Nolan Clark, Sophie Aberle, Felix Cohen, and Theda Rushing's home-based sewing industry. Rushing worked as secretary for Dr. Sophie Aberle at the Albuquerque Indian School. The interview provides insight into Dr. Aberle's professional, and to a lesser extent, personal life, including Aberle's efforts to secure a County Indian Hospital. When her husband Jack relocated to Santa Fe, Aberle secured Mrs. Rushing a job at the Santa Fe Indian School, where she was Ann Nolan Clark's secretary and confidante for approximately 6 months. Rushing's impressions and reminiscences of Ann Nolan Clark are articulated in the interview.
Theda Rushing also speaks about working with renowned Indian rights attorney Felix Cohen, on a project to secure the right for Native Americans to vote in New Mexico state elections. She describes secret meetings and plots that led to Cohen's success.
Rushing also describes the evolution of her home-based sewing business, which included sewing fiesta dresses, designing embroidered ribbons, and creating UNM's official 75th anniversary banner.
Original audiocassettes are housed in CSWR vault. Compact disks are available in the collection for patron use.
- 2005 September 9
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Theda Douglas Rushing was born on August 27, 1915, near Eufaula, OK. She attended Chilocco Indian Agricultural School (Chilocco, OK, 1934), and Haskell Institute (Lawrence, KS, 1936). She was employed with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, working in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe Indian Schools, and traveling to the northern Pueblo schools for site visits. She also worked for the United Pueblos Agency Branch of Plant Design and Construction, Albuquerque Area Office. She served as secretary to the regional director of the Southwestern Regional Office, Bureau of Indian Affairs, where she was employed from 1965-1977. Theda Douglas married Jack Rushing who was a coach-teacher at Albuquerque Public Schools. They had 2 children, Jack D. and Bettie J. Rushing.
1 folder (3 compact discs and transcript) plus 2 boxes (2.0 cu. ft.) of unprocessed materials and two framed items.
- Finding Aid of the Oral history interview with Theda Rushing, 2005 September 9
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- B. Silbergleit
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