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MSS 284 - New Orleans Community - Oral History: Inventory

New Orleans Community – Oral History COLLECTION

(Mss 284)


Earl K. Long Library

University of New Orleans





Size:                          1 box



locations:                 New Orleans, La.


Inclusive dates:      1984, 1996


Summary:                Audiocassette copies of interviews with members of the New Orleans community



collections:              Judge John Minor Wisdom Collection (Mss 197)


Source:                     Collection created by Beatrice Rodriguez Owsley, Archivist, 1996


Access:                     No restrictions


Copyright:                Physical rights are retained by the Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans.


Citation:                    New Orleans Community – Oral History Collection, Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans

Container List


Box 1      Rosa Keller

                        Interviewed by unidentified interviewer

                        Tape 1 of 2, includes childhood reminiscences; New Orleans politics, World War II to the 1970s; participation in Friends of New Orleans Public Library, League of Women Voters, Urban League; Flint-Goodrich Hospital; United Fund; construction of Pontchartrain Park subdivision; desegregation of New Orleans Public Schools; Xavier University.

                        Tape 2 of 2, side 1, Xavier University, Catholic Church in New Orleans.


Box 1      Judge John Minor Wisdom

                        Interviewed by Beatrice Rodriguez Owsley.  January 12, January 18, January 24, 1996.

                        Tape 1 of 1, side 1, January 12.  Family background; education; early law career; link between Charleston, New Orleans and Savannah; free people of color; marriage to Bonnie Wisdom and background of wife's family.

                        Tape 1 of 1, side 2.  Wife's interests, their son and daughter; WWII Service; Schwegmann v Calvert Distillers; Louisiana Constitution of 1898; Democratic Party primaries in Louisiana; work in presidential campaign of Dwight D. Eisenhower.

                        Tape 1 of 2, side 1, January 18.  Republican party in Louisiana; Johnny Jackson, Chairman of Louisiana Republican Party, ca. 1950s; Americans for Eisenhower; selection of vice president.

                        Tape 1 of 2, side 2.  Brown v Board of Education; Labat v Bennett; remarks on civil rights; threats to family; awards received by family; 5th District Court majority opinion in favor of James Meredith; Mississippi and civil rights; work in Children's Bureau and Protestant Home for Babies.

                        Tape 2 of 2, side 1.  Awards received; Tulane University, qualifications needed to be a good judge.

                        Tape 1 of 1, side 1, January 24.  Additional details on his work in the Republican Party in Louisiana.

Index Terms


Keller, Rosa

Louisiana—Politics and government—20th century

Owsley, Beatrice Rodriguez

Republican Party in Louisiana

Wisdom, Bonnie

Wisdom, John Minor