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Guide to the Crossing Borders, Bridging Generations oral history collection 2011.019

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Julia Lipkins with assistance from Elena Locascio

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Vilray Bolles, 2012 February 9; 2012 February 29

Biographical note

Vilray Bolles was born to a Nicaraguan American mother and a white American father and raised in New York City. Bolles attended the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He worked as a musician and also for Edison Price Lighting, a lighting fixture company in Queens, New York.

Scope and Contents

In the interviews, Bolles discusses his family; parents' courtship and marriage; maternal grandfather's involvement in the Nicaraguan military; paternal grandparents' interfaith marriage; educational experiences; involvement in the music community; and an experience of arrest with false accusations of terrorism. Interviews conducted by Manissa Maharawal.

Related Archival Materials note

Oral history interview with Vilray Bolles's friend, Hansraj Maharawal, 2011.019.034.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the interview is available onsite at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library. The Brooklyn Historical Society does not have permission to license oral history audio recordings or transcripts to third parties.

Subject Topics

  • Arrest -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Education -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Education, Higher -- Massachusetts -- Boston
  • Interfaith families
  • Nicaraguan Americans -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Race identity
  • Racially mixed families
  • Racially mixed people
  • War on Terrorism, 2001-2009

Subject Places

  • Nicaragua
  • Park Slope (New York, N.Y.)