July 23, 2018

Tucked away in the Amistad Research Center’s offsite storage facility is a collection you might not know about. The temperature and humidity controlled environment is home to ARC’s audiovisual collections. Among the reels of film and audio tapes, you’ll find shelf afte...

July 15, 2018

New Orleans traditionally slows down during the summer months, but Amistad Research Center is busier than ever, with work underway on several grant-funded projects this year. This year is a landmark year for the city, and the Keller Family Foundation has kindly provide...

June 4, 2018

 On September 30, 1935, soprano Anne Wiggins Brown stepped onto the stage at the Colonial Theatre in Boston. It was the much anticipated world premiere of George Gershwin’s new “folk opera,” and a big moment for the young vocalist. Far from just a lucky break, this was...

April 2, 2018

April marks the final month of Amistad’s HBCU school newspaper blog series, and after a winter when much of the United States has been slammed by what feels like never-ending storms and freezes, it has been a pleasure to page through old issues of Hampton Institute’s A...

May 8, 2017

Amistad has recently added the film Lion’s Tale (2000) to its online digital collections. The film was written, directed and produced by Mary Anne Mushatt. For her MFA thesis project, Mushatt collected the oral histories of residents along Louisiana’s River Road, betwe...

March 27, 2017

The social activism of sisters Oretha Castle Haley and Doris Jean Castle began when they were still young women. They came from a working class family. Born in Tennessee, the young sisters moved to New Orleans with their parents and brother around 1947. The girls’ fath...

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