The oral history consists of eleven digital files: 2011.174.88.1a, 2011.174.88.1b, 2011.174.88.1c, 2011.174.88.1d, 2011.174.88.1e, 2011.174.88.1f, 2011.174.88.1g, 2011.174.88.1h, 2011.174.88.1i, 2011.174.88.1j, and 2011.174.88.1k.
Basketball player William "Bill" Russell remembers his childhood in Louisiana and Oakland, California, in the 1940s. After winning two Final Fours with the University of San Francisco, he won an Olympic gold medal and an NBA championship playing for the Boston Celtics, one of thirteen Russell would win, including eight in a row. Russell had a difficult relationship with the sports media in Boston, but a better one with his Celtics teammates. He defends the organization as progressive on racial matters (as opposed to the Red Sox) and describes a post-retirement reconciliation with Boston that resulted in considerable Red Sox support for his mentoring organization and a statue of him, erected in 2013.
Black & white photograph of a basketball game. This image depicts three students; two in white jerseys and one in a dark colored uniform. One student, wearing a white uniform, dribbles the ball as he runs up the court. He is guarded by a student in a dark uniform with the word "Marlins." In the background is a crowd of people seated on bleachers. On the wall above them is a large banner with the words "PURPLE POWER WILL PREVAIL." On the verso are two stamps, one reads "R.A. RALPH, Photographer/ 1470 N. Claiborne Ave./ New Orleans, LA. 70116." The other stamp is a series of numbers and letters followed by blanks that are filled in by handwriting "12943/ PG_  ___/ POS_  ___/ ID_ [R. Irving] __." There is also a string of letters and numbers "1A58G5D."
Black & white photograph of a St. Augustine sports team. In this image, six men stand in a semicircle facing the camera. Five of the men are young, one man, third from the left, is middle aged and wears a team jacket with the word "Coach" written within the large letter 'A' on the jacket's left breast. The other figures wear the same team jacket with an image of a mounted knight onver the left breast. In the margins is text "N.O. La. St. Augustine HS." On the verso are two numeral strings, one printed sticker "82475" and and a handwritten string "1A5810D."
Black and white photograph of St. Augustine High School basketball team. The image depicts eight young men exiting from a set of double doors in a brick building in the background. They wear sports team jackets with a large "A" on the right side. Two carry basketballs, five of them carry sports bags. The stride towards the camera, but turn their gazes elsewhere. In the foreground at the top of the photograph is a basketball basket and backboard. The verso has a stamp that reads "CLARION Hearld Photo/ Frank Methe/P.O. Box 53247/ New Orealans, LA 70150."