Sometimes a simple question can lead you down a rabbit hole. That’s the enjoyment of reference, your ability to learn something new while helping a patron in their own research. In this case, someone looking for a speech led to a little-known organization, the New Orleans Improvement League, whose story had a far-reaching impact on the Civil Rights Movement in New Orleans. The mid-1950s saw great strides in federal de-segregation, but not everyone agreed with it. For those wh
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’ father, John Castle, took a job as a longshoreman, and their mother, Virgie Castle, found employment as a bartender and waitress at Dooky Chase restaurant, which operated as a hub for civil rights activism in New Or
Evelyn Cunningham embodied many labels in her lifetime: journalist, columnist, editor, feminist, and civil rights activist. These roles are heavily reflected in her papers that she donated to the Amistad Research Center in 2003. The Center received an addendum to Cunningham’s papers in 2011. These materials were donated by the niece she raised, Gigi Freeman. Evelyn Cunningham was born on January 25, 1916 in Elizabeth City, North Carolina to Mary and Clyde Long. Her mother was
The Connie Harse papers at the Amistad Research Center provides a pictorial history of the Civil Rights Movement in New Orleans during the 1960s. The collection, donated by Harse in 1999, contains some of the Center’s most widely circulated photographs that depict lunch counter protests at McCrory’s and Woolworths on Canal Street in 1961. The photographs have been used in our physical and digital exhibitions on civil rights print culture and in publicity materials for the Cen
In this entry for our 50 Years/50 Collections blog series, former staff member and project archivist, Amber Moore recalls her time spent organizing one of Amistad’s most significant civil rights-related collections, the papers of Ronnie Moore, which were donated to the Center in 1997.
During my time at the Amistad Research Center, I had the pleasure of processing the personal papers of Ronnie Moore (no relation), a civil rights veteran. He collected photographs that documen
The Amistad Research Center has added a new digital collection to Tulane University’s Digital Library thanks to funding from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation. This collection consists of photographs from the Ronnie Moore papers located at the Amistad Research Center. Moore is a civil rights activist and community development consultant who trained leaders in community organization, youth development, cultural diversity, and team building. Moore was the field secretary in the