A typed letter from Vice President Richard Nixon to Richard W. Howard extending his congratulations on Howard's performance in the 400M hurdles at the 1960 Rome Olympics. The letter is typed on Office of the Vice President letterhead and signed by Nixon on the bottom right. Along the top in the center is the seal of the United States with thirteen (13) stars surrounding a bald eagle.
A typed letter from Vice President Richard Nixon to Richard W. Howard extending his congratulations on Howard's performance at the Olympic track and field trials at Stanford University. He also wished Howard success at the 1960 Rome Olympics. The letter is typed on Office of the Vice President letterhead and signed by Nixon in the bottom right corner. Along the top in the center is the seal of the United States with thirteen (13) stars surrounding a bald eagle.
A black and white contact print of an image of Richard W. Howard wearing a New Mexico Track sweatshirt and running shorts. He stands with his arms akimbo and smiles, looking to the right. His middle and ring fingers of his right hand are wrapped in tape. Printed on his sweatshirt in dark letters are the words [NEW MEXICO / TRACK]. "New Mexico" curves in an arch at the top of his shirt with "track" positioned horizontally at his lower sternum. The image itself is in the lower portion of the whole piece of paper. The dimensions of the original image and sheet are clearly visible. Two red crayon arrows were drawn at the top of the sheet. The back of the photograph has a printed date stamped on it in ink.
The oral history consists of six digital files: 2011.174.77.1a, 2011.174.77.1b, 2011.174.77.1c, 2011.174.77.1d, 2011.174.77.1e, and 2011.174.77.1f.
Ben Caldwell shares his family's history in the Southwest and his childhood experience in New Mexico. Caldwell describes his military service during the Vietnam War and how his experiences made him reflect on racial prejudices in the United States. He began studying art, and he eventually moved to Los Angeles, where he has been part of a black arts movement since the 1970s. He discusses the L.A. Rebellion, a collective of black filmmakers from UCLA, as well as various art projects in which he has been involved and documentary films he has produced.