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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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Thomas Lax, 2012 June 16

Biographical note

Thomas Lax was born to a mixed race French mother and a white American Jewish father and raised on the Upper West Side, Manhattan. Lax received a B.A. in Africana studies and art from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and an M.A. in modern art from Columbia University in New York City. He worked as a curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.

Scope and Contents

In the interview, Lax discusses his gender, racial and sexual identities; educational experiences; romantic relationships; paternal grandparents' flight from Nazi-occupied Europe; maternal grandparents' medical careers, interracial marriage, and separation; and parents' courtship, marriage, and divorce. Interview conducted by Svetlana Kitto.

Conditions Governing Access

Access to the interview is restricted. The Brooklyn Historical Society does not have permission to license oral history audio recordings or transcripts to third parties.

Subject Topics

  • African Americans -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
  • Homophobia
  • Interfaith families
  • Queer identity
  • Race identity
  • Racially mixed families
  • Racially mixed people

Subject Places

  • United States |x Emigration and immigration
  • Upper West Side (New York, N.Y.)