DIGITAL PROJECTS

Just for the Record, "Lesbian and Gay Television," was a monthly program produced on Cox Cable Channels 42 and 49 in New Orleans from 1987 to 1993, and was the city’s first LGBT+ television show, produced by Valda Lewis. It covered both local and national topics of interest to the gay and lesbian community. As the first LGBT+ television program in the city, Just for the Record was a landmark show in terms of LGBT+ visibility.  The program provides an important record of the LGBT+ community in New Orleans in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Videos were digitized with a grant from the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana.

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This digital collection is drawn from the Robert S. and Lillie Mae Green collection of photography and small gauge films. Robert Green was an amateur photographer in New Orleans. His home movies depict aspects of African American life in New Orleans in the 1950s to 1970s. The Carnival films in the collection record the rich tradition of Carnival costuming and performance integral to the fabric of New Orleans life. The three films selected for this digital exhibition were preserved and digitized with grants from the National Film Preservation Foundation.

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This collection consists of sound recordings of oral history interviews conducted by Kim Lacy Rogers from 1978-1998 with persons involved in desegregation and civil rights in New Orleans. There include opponents and proponents of segregation. This acclaimed collection represents one of the most comprehensive resources anywhere on Civil Rights Movement activism in New Orleans, and formed the basis of Rogers’ book Righteous Lives: Narratives of the New Orleans Civil Rights Movement.

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Treme is one of the oldest neighborhoods in the city of New Orleans. It is the first to be predominantly populated by the African American community, from a time when America was still immersed in slavery. The neighborhood has acted as an epicenter of culture for the Black community of New Orleans, through the various eras of its history. Its music, food, Carnival traditions, and clubs are the very essence of “New Orleans culture” as it is perceived locally, nationally, and internationally. These interviews, sound recordings of oral history interviews conducted by the Amistad Research Center from 1993 to 1994, provide a window into daily life in this neighborhood through firsthand accounts and recollections. They are representative of a specific neighborhood, but also provide insight into the culture and history of the city of New Orleans generally and of the wider African American experience.

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Lion's Tale is a documentary produced and directed by Mary Anne Mushatt in 2000. It provides a platform for residents of Louisiana's River Road, giving voice and presence to the stories of their people. Members of the African-American community and Houma Nation tell their stories, bringing the lore and legacy of the past into their own homes.

New Orleans writer Tom Dent interviews over one hundred individuals involved in the Civil Rights Movement throughout the U.S. South. The narratives detail their activities and lives, as well as the histories of various African American communities during a volatile period in the United States.

New Orleans writer Tom Dent interviews his childhood friend Andrew Young, who talks about his involvement in the Civil Rights Movement while working with Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, as well as his time serving in Congress and as an Ambassador in the United Nations. Young also discusses his experiences growing up in New Orleans and entering religious life.

This collection contains over 300 letters and documents written by abolitionists, government officials, the Amistad Captives, and others pertaining to the events leading up to the 1841 U.S. Supreme Court case Amistad v. United States.

These photographs capture the political, economic, and social empowerment of African Americans in the South and the North during the 1960s and 1970s. The shift in the Civil Rights Movement from direct protests targeting disenfranchisement and segregation in the 1960s to federally-funded programs that were created to raise the economic viability of African Americans in the 1970s are depicted. 

Digital photo archives of more than 3000 photographs documenting schools founded by the American Missionary Association (AMA), as well as ethnic communities served by the AMA.

Black Natchez, a documentary film by filmmaker Ed Pincus, documents race relations and civil rights efforts in Natchez, Mississippi, following the murder of Wharlest Jackson in February 1965. Pincus' cinema verite style captures attempts to organize and register Black voters and the formation of a self-defense group in the Black community in Natchez.

The NOLA Hiphop and Bounce Archive documents the lively and unique sound of New Orleans hip-hop. This digital collection contains video interviews with leading hiphop and bounce artists in New Orleans, including rappers, DJs, producers, and record store owners. Interviewees include: including: Mannie Fresh, Mystikal, KLC, Nesby Phips, Dee-1, Partners-n-Crime, Leroy "Precise" Edwards, Ricky B, Black Menace, DJ Raj Smoove, Raw Dizzy, 6-shot, DJ Jubilee, Sinista, Sess 4-5, Truth Universal, DJ Quickie Mart, Impulss, Big Dyce, Skip UTP, DJ EF Cuttin, Nicky da B, DJ Rusty Lazer, Dave Soul, DJ Black n Mild, K Gates, Melaphyre, Allie Baby, Keedy Black, The Show, 10th Ward Buck, Lucky Johnson, DJ Spin, Queen Blackkold Madina, and others.

This digital collection highlights the newspapers, posters, broadsides, pamphlets, and other printed ephemera produced by student groups, leading civil rights organizations, and individuals, which document the efforts of civil rights efforts in the United States.

Images captured by socially-conscious photographer Marion Palfi. Palfi's photographs depict various scenes of people and daily life from the 1940s-1960s. The photographs include scenes from the Harlem neighborhood in New York City, the City College of New York, Columbia University, New York Hospital, Memorial Hospital, Sydenham Hospital, World War II servicemen and war plants, Pittsburgh steel mills, Dillard University in New Orleans (Louisiana) American Missionary Association (AMA) schools, as well as the daily life of African Americans living in the segregated South.

Published in 1926, The Crescent City Pictorial serves as a visual testament to African American life in New Orleans during the early 20th century. Published by former school teacher and newspaper publisher O.C.W. Taylor, the booklet contains photographs, taken by Villard Paddio, of African American homes, businesses, schools, churches, and social organizations. Taylor dedicated his publication "to the Progress of the Colored Citizens of New Orleans, Louisiana, 'America's Most Interesting City.'"

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