New Orleans Public Library
Louisiana Division

Friends of the Cabildo
Oral History Program

The Friends of the Cabildo, the support group for the Louisiana State Museum, has been conducting oral history interviews since 1972. In 1992 the FOC and the New Orleans Public Library agreed to a transfer of the duplicate user tapes from the Museum's Louisiana Historical Center to the Library's Louisiana Division. Numerous additions to the collection have been made since the original 1992 transfer. Typed or handwritten index cards summarizing each interview were also transferred to the Louisiana Division with the tapes.

In 1997 Dorothy Schlesinger and Dorothy Mahan, then Director of the Oral History Program, edited a new directory of the collection. Below is a transcription of the FOC's Directory, with additional information -- the interviewer's name and length of the interviews (when available), and relevant notes about the quality of the audio -- taken from the summary cards. Interviews added to the collection since the publication of the FOC's Directory have also been included in the online directory.

The masters of the FOC interviews and transcriptions of the some of the tapes remain at the Louisiana Historical Center. Transcriptions of some of the earlier interviews are also available at Tulane University's Special Collections. Permission to copy any of the interviews (for any purpose other than personal use) must be obtained in writing from the Friends of the Cabildo. (Staff members of the Louisiana Division can provide contact information upon request.)

Names Beginning with . . .

[A] [B] [C] [D] [E] [F] [G] [H] [I,J] [ K] [L] [M] [N,O] [P,Q] [R] [S] [T] [U,V] [W,X,Y,Z]

Additions received since transcription of the 1997 Directory above:

Davenport, Brother Walter (C.S.C.) (1928- )
Kearney, E. N., Jr. (1900- )
McCarthy, Justine Godchaux (1909- )
Rothschild, Dr. Herbert (1904- )
Rothschild, Leonie (1912- )
Kolb, Carolyn (1942- )

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Updated 10/30/2006