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Document Details


Title: Christine S. McCreary
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: U.S. Congress. Senate. Historical Office
Collection: Senate Oral History Project
Description: In her 45 years of service on Capitol Hill, Christine McCreary saw great changes in both the Senate and in Washington, D.C. She left Bethune-Cookman College to come to the capital as a secretary during World War II. While working in the Federal Security Administration typing pool, she was called to take dictation for the chairman of the National Security Board, Stuart Symington. Symington was impressed with her work and invited her to join his staff when he became director of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and when he was elected to the Senate as a Missouri Democrat in 1952. McCreary was one of the first African American staff members to challenge the de facto segregation that existed by dining regularly in the staff cafeterias. Remaining with Senator Symington until his retirement, she then joined the staff of Ohio Senator John Glenn.
Extent: 19 pages
URL: http://www.senate.gov/artandhistory/history/resources/pdf/McCreary_interview.pdf
Original Language: English
Time span: 1926 to 1998
Speaker: McCreary, Christine S., 1926-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 1926
Speaker place of birth: New York, NY - Manhattan; New York; United States; North America
Speaker race: Black
Speaker occupation: Administrative assistant; Secretary
Age at speaking: 72
Document date: 19-May-1998
Interviewer: Ritchie, Donald A.
Organizations discussed: U.S. Congress. Senate
Locations discussed: District of Columbia; Florida; New York; New York, NY - Manhattan; North America; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: African Americans; African Americans--Segregation; District of Columbia; Education; Family; Florida; New York; New York, NY - Manhattan; North America; Oral history; Political science--United States; U.S. Congress. Senate; United States; United States--Officials and employees; United States--Politics and government; Work; Work environment
Topics discussed - Other terms: U.S. Capital
ASP release: 2005-06
Document code: OHI0022066-22970