Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Social Work

First Advisor

Dr. Betty Brown-Chappell


I, like most of my family, never valued pictures, documents and artifacts from the past. Whether they were placed in a cheap photo album or simply cast away in a box, their value went unknown. This project is an attempt to make up for lost time by archiving. Archiving pertains to the preserving and storing of documents or records relating to the activities, business dealings, etc., of a person, family, corporation, association, community, or nation (Archiving, 2012). As I chronicled the lives of my wife and me, many memories were re-discovered. I inserted valuable photos, documents and personal correspondence. This project also serves to educate the reader about how we attained our values and morals and who were the driving forces behind them. It is my wish to convey these memories to my grandchildren as well as instill in them the value of archiving. I hope I have spurred those that peruse this work to archive their own history. Vivian Brown and I have seen many sights in our lives. During our lifetime, we have observed an ongoing fight for racial rights as well as the assassination of a President and a Pacifist. We witnessed a city set on fire (Detroit); a city saturated by water (New Orleans) and a city assaulted by terror (New York). It was my attempt to bring to life the things that were most important in our lives as children, parents and eventually grandparents. I traced our lives to the best of my ability and make reference to where we lived, where we learned and where our hearts lie.