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Councilmember-At-Large Arnold D. Fielkow
Records
Date range: 2005-2012
Size of collection: 8.5 cu. ft.; 2919 digital files
Terms of Access: Available to registered researchers by appointment; in-house access only permitted
Acquisition: Transferred to the City Archives in May, 2012
                      Box 8, files 9-27 and Box 9 transferred by City Council Chief of Staff, 2013

Biographical Note

Arnold “Arnie” D. Fielkow, a native of Appleton, Wisconsin, received a Bachelor of Arts from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctor, in 1981, from the University of Wisconsin School of Law. He began his professional career as an attorney in Chicago, focusing primarily on sports management and law. Before moving to New Orleans as the Executive Vice President for the New Orleans Saints, Fielkow served as President and General Counsel of the Southern League of Professional Baseball Clubs and as President of Minor League Baseball's AA Association. Previously, Fielkow served as Deputy Commissioner and General Counsel of the Continental Basketball Association, the official developmental league of the NBA.

In May 2006, Fielkow was elected Councilmember-At-Large for the City of New Orleans and was then reelected for a second term in February 2010. On August 1, 2011, he resigned his position on the City Council to accept a position as the CEO of the National Basketball Association’s Retired Players Association.

Following his resignation, Fielkow’s term as Councilmember was completed by his former Chief of Staff, Eric Granderson.

Scope Note

Councilman Fielkow transferred both paper and born-digital records.

The paper records are subject/correspondence files. A large portion of the files are related to the New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) and Fielkow’s efforts to reform and revitalize NORD through the creation of its successor commission, the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC). Other files include projects of special interest to the Councilman, such as youth recreational activities and adoption advocacy. Finally, files and documents reflect the day-to-day operations of his office.

In transferring the records to the City Archives, Councilmember Fielkow’s staff followed a pre-approved retention schedule; therefore, nearly all documents transferred were retained. The exception is a group of routine grant applications for COPE funding (community support grants provided by Harrah's New Orleans Casino); a 10% sample of these grant applications was retained.

In addition to the paper records, two members of Councilmember Fielkow's staff -- Danielle Viguerie (Director of Communications) and Sayde Finkel (Director of Special Projects) -- transferred born-digital documents on two flash drives (1.81 GB and 117 MB). The files include correspondence (primarily outgoing), press releases and statements, speeches, meeting agendas and notes, reports, photographs, and other documents reflecting the business of the Council-At-Large office. File types are limited almost exclusively to those produced by Microsoft Office software (Microsoft Word, Power Point and Excel) and to PDF, and to jpeg and tiff image files.

Both the paper and the digital files include some records from the interim term of Councilmember Eric Granderson, Fielkow's successor.

Arrangement

The digital files have been copied to DVD for in-house use. The directory structure of each flash drive can be viewed below:

The paper files were boxed, for the most part, as sent by the Councilmember's office. The inventory below re-sorts the folders by alphabetically by the folder title used in the office.

Box # Folder # Folder Title Dates Notes
5 12 911 Turnaround Plan n.d.
5 13 Administrative Organizational Charts 2011 Employee Information
8 10 Adoption Bill 2009
1 29 Anthony Bean 2010 New Orleans Recreation Department
5 14 Arts Council 2010
5 15 Assessor's Office 2011
8 14 Associated Builders and Contractors 2008 Speech, 9/25/2008
3 4 At-Large Seat 2007
8 11 Attorney General 2008-2010
5 10 Audit 2008 - 2010
1 33 Baseball Clinic - 6/27 - Al Davis 2009 New Orleans Recreation Department
2 8 Baton Rouge Recreation Bylaws n.d.
1 16 Behrman - Correspondence 2009
1 20 Behrman Stadium 2010 New Orleans Recreation Department
3 1 Big Four (Folder 1) 2007 - 2008
3 2 Big Four (Folder 2) 2007 - 2008
2 10 Big League Dreams 2010 2010
5 17 Big League Dreams Sports Pack 2010
2 13 Birmingham 2011 2011
2 14 Birmingham 2012 2012
5 16 Blight Strategy Implementation 2010
5 18 Board of Review 2010
5 19 Boards & Commissions 2010
3 12 Budget Committee - Tax Fairness Committee 2010 - 2011
5 9 Budget Prep 2011 2011
1 28 Bureau of Governmental Research [BGR] 2010
5 20 CAO / Policy Memo 2010
8 25 CAP - Exec Docs 2005-2010 Deals with NORD Citizens Advisory Panel (CAP)
5 21 Capital Projects / 100 Projects 2010
8 22 Carter, Councilmember James 2006-2007
2 32 Chief of Staff Correspondence 2010 - 2012
5 22 Children & Youth Planning Board 2010
5 28 Citizen Participation Program [CPP] 2010
4 1 City Ordinance #23996 2010
4 9 City Park TIF 2007 - 2008 Tax Increment Financing
2 36 Civil Service 2011
8 19 Clarkson, Councilmember Jacquelyn Brechtel 2008, 2010
1 30 Coach Concerns 2008 - 2009 New Orleans Recreation Department
5 23 Community Groups / Neighborhood Organizations 2010
7 9 Community Meetings - 1/2011 2011/1
7 11 Community Meetings - 2/2011 2011/2
7 12 Community Meetings - 3/2011 2011/3
7 14 Community Meetings - 4/2011 2011/4
7 16 Community Meetings - 5/2011 2011/5
8 1 Community Meetings - 6/2011 2011/6
8 3 Community Meetings - 7/2011 2011/7
8 5 Community Meetings - 8/2011 2011/8
5 29 Community Participation Program 2011
8 26 Comparable Cities - Recreation n.d.
3 6 Competitive Selection Reform (Folder 1) 2008
3 7 Competitive Selection Reform (Folder 2) 2008
7 8 Constituent Affairs - 1/2011 2011/1
7 10 Constituent Affairs - 2/2011 2011/2
7 13 Constituent Affairs - 3/2011 2011/3
7 15 Constituent Affairs - 4/2011 2011/4
7 17 Constituent Affairs - 5/2011 2011/5
8 2 Constituent Affairs - 6/2011 2011/6
8 4 Constituent Affairs - 7/2011 2011/7
8 6 Constituent Affairs - 8/2011 2011/8
8 7 Constituent Affairs - 8/2011-4/2012 2011/8 - 2012/4
6 45 Correspondence, Assorted (Folder 3) various
6 36 Correspondence, Assorted (Folder 1) various
6 37 Correspondence, Assorted (Folder 2) various
6 15 Council Budget Proposal 2011 2011
5 26 Council Letters 2007
5 25 Council Ordinance 2010
6 46 Council Pay Raise 2009
6 47 Crescent City Rebuilding Corp. 2005 - 2006
2 11 Cuba 2011
4 14 Cuba - Sister City 2009
5 30 Dave Dixon Dr. 2011
6 2 David Gavlinski 2010 Miscellaneous
8 9 Demolition (Draft) and Final n.d. Draft of speech
5 32 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DPE) 2010 - 2011
2 5 Dodgertown (FL) 2010 New Orleans Recreation Department
2 4 Dodgertown (FL) - Permission Slips 2010 New Orleans Recreation Department
5 31 Downtown Development District [DDD] 2011
2 17 DREAM Act & Other Issues 2011
1 26 Each One Save One 2010
2 30 Economic Development/Special Projects, August 2010 2010
6 42 Economic Redevelopment 2006 - 2008
6 44 EDF Grants 2008 - 2009 Economic Development Fund
5 8 Employee Retirement System 2008 - 2009
2 38 Esplanade, 2535 - Bethany House 2010
5 34 Estopinal Group - Communications 2012
5 35 Ethics Review Board 2010
5 36 Executive Orders 2010
5 37 Fairgrounds 2005 - 2006
4 25 Fielkow - Middle East Trip - 7/09 2009
6 27 Fielkow - Retired Players Association 2011
3 17 Fielkow Calendar 2008 - 2009
7 5 Fielkow Calendar 2009 2009
7 6 Fielkow Calendar 2010 2010
7 7 Fielkow Calendar 2011 2011
3 3 Fielkow Communications 2010
5 24 Fielkow Consular Corps - 2011 2011
4 21 Fielkow Website 2010 - 2011
5 5 Firefighter Pension (Folder 1) 2010
5 6 Firefighter Pension (Folder 2) 2005, 2010
5 7 Firefighter Play Plan 2008
2 25 Fleur de Lis Ambassador 2010
6 38 Fleur de Lis Ambassador 2007
5 1 Fleur De Lis Ambassadors (Folder 1) 2007
5 2 Fleur De Lis Ambassadors (Folder 2) 2007
5 39 Food Policy Advisory Committee 2010 - 2011
2 23 Foundation for Historical Louisiana 2010
5 38 French Market Corporation 2010
2 18 Gay Adoption Advocacy 2011
6 32 Granderson Resignation 2006
4 6 Gun Registry 2011
7 2 Harrah's - Grant Funds Available 2006 - 2007
7 3 Harrah's - Second Quarter, 2011 2011
7 1 Harrah's Grant 2008 - 2012
7 4 Harrah's Grant Applications 2011 - 2012 Sampling - 10% of Original 30 Documents Retained
5 40 Hazard Mitigation 2011 - 2012
2 15 HB 288 - Children / Adoption 2011
8 21 Head, Councilmember Stacy 2006
2 29 Healthcare Committee 2010 - 2011
8 23 Hedge-Morrell, Councilmember Cynthia 2008
6 34 Heston Group - Housing & Human Needs 2006 - 2007
6 33 Homeless Shelter 2007
2 12 Hornets - Children's Trip 2010
5 41 Iberville - 2009/10 2009 - 2010
2 24 IG Community Forum 2010
4 4 Immigration Issues 2010 - 2011
5 42 Industrial Development Board 2006 - 2007, 2010 - 2011
2 33 Inter Office Memos & Letters 2010 - 2011
4 24 Internal Memorandum 2009
5 43 International Trade n.d.
2 31 Intra Office - 2010/11 2010 - 2011
2 6 Job1 - Summer Youth Program 2011 New Orleans Recreation Department
2 16 Job1 - Workforce 2011 New Orleans Recreation Department
4 17 Job1 (Summer Jobs) & Adult Literacy 2010 - 2011 New Orleans Recreation Department
1 15 KaBoom Playground 2010 New Orleans Recreation Department
5 44 Lafitte Greenway / New City 2010 - 2011
4 13 Lake Forest TIF 2007 - 2008 Tax Increment Financing
8 17 Landrieu, Mitch 2006-2007, 2010
2 37 Law Enforcement 2011
5 45 Levees 2007 - 2007
2 22 Lobo (Honduras) 2010
6 9 Louisiana Open Meetings Law 2009
5 46 LSU/VA 2007 - 2009
8 13 Lutheran Youth Gathering 2009 Talking Points, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Brunch, 8/29/2009
4 10 Map of New Orleans Parks n.d. Folded, Oversize Map
2 19 McDonogh 19 2008, 2011
4 20 Media - Statement Speeches 2007
6 1 Mentoring - Learning Center n.d
8 20 Midura, Councilmember Shelley S. 2006-2008
9 1 Miscellaneous Unfiled Correspondence 2006-2010
9 2 Miscellaneous Unfiled Correspondence 2006-2010
1 34 MLK Basketball Tournament 2008 - 2009 New Orleans Recreation Department
5 47 MQVN 2010 - 2011 Mary, Queen of Vietnam
5 27 Municipal Court 2010
2 34 MWH Invoices - Employee Travel 2008
8 18 Nagin, Mayor C. Ray 2006-2007, 2009-2010
1 27 NCJW - Recreation Partnership 2011 New Orleans Recreation Department
6 6 Neighborhood Participation Program -- NPP 2011
5 33 New Orleans Education Summit 2007
8 12 NFL YET (Youth Education Town) n.d.
3 10 NOLA Business Alliance 2010
6 3 NOLA Business Alliance 2011
3 9 NOLA Business Alliance - Public Private Partnership 2010
6 4 NOPD - Police Department 2010
6 5 NORA - Redevelopment Authority 2010
1 31 NORD - Advice Request 2008 New Orleans Recreation Department
1 9 NORD - Draft Documents 2011 New Orleans Recreation Department
1 14 NORD - Golf 2011 New Orleans Recreation Department
2 7 NORD - Information 2010 New Orleans Recreation Department
2 9 NORD - Program Planning n.d. New Orleans Recreation Department
1 4 NORD - Proposals 2011 New Orleans Recreation Department
1 5 NORD - Reform Campaign 2010 New Orleans Recreation Department
1 32 NORD - Sand Volleyball 2007 - 2009 New Orleans Recreation Department
1 2 NORD (Folder 1) 2010 New Orleans Recreation Department
1 3 NORD (Folder 2) 2010 New Orleans Recreation Department
8 27 NORD CAP (Citizens Advisory Panel) Master File 2007-2019
1 13 NORD Commission - Bus Tour 2011 New Orleans Recreation Department
1 6 NORD Commission (Folder 1) 2011 New Orleans Recreation Department
1 7 NORD Commission (Folder 2) 2011 New Orleans Recreation Department
1 10 NORD Committees (Folder 1) 2011 New Orleans Recreation Department
1 11 NORD Committees (Folder 2) 2011 New Orleans Recreation Department
1 8 NORDC 2010 New Orleans Recreation Development Commission
2 1 NORDC - Meeting, May 2, 2009 2009 New Orleans Recreation Development Commission
6 8 Office of Neighborhood Engagement n.d.
3 14 Office of the Inspectors General (Folder 1) 2006 - 2008
3 15 Office of the Inspectors General (Folder 2) 2010 - 2009
3 16 Office/Council Policy 2011
6 11 Orleans Levee District - Non Flood Assets 2010 - 2011
3 11 Orleans Paris Prison -Jail size 2010
5 11 P&N Financial Statements 2008 - 2010
1 23 Park - Barrow (Folder 1) 2010-2011 New Orleans Recreation Department
1 24 Park - Barrow (Folder 2) 2011 New Orleans Recreation Department
1 18 Park - Sampson / St. Roch 2008-2010 New Orleans Recreation Department
6 12 Pedicabs / Pedal Taxis (Folder 1) 2009, 2011
6 13 Pedicabs / Pedal Taxis (Folder 2) 2009 - 2010
6 7 Permit Process Redesign 2011
6 43 Pittsburgh, PA 2007
1 17 Playground - Cuccia Byrnes / Carrollton 2009 New Orleans Recreation Department
1 21 Playground - Mickey Retiff 2010 New Orleans Recreation Department
4 15 Port/Trade 2008 - 2009
4 26 Proclamations 2009
6 14 Quadracycles 2011
6 10 Recovery School District 2011
3 18 Redistricting (Folder 1) 2011
3 19 Redistricting (Folder 2) 2011
4 22 Resolutions and Related Information (Folder 1) 2009 - 2010
4 23 Resolutions and Related Information (Folder 2) 2009
1 22 Rosenwald / YET Center 2010 New Orleans Recreation Department
6 21 RTA - Bus & Streetcar 2010 Regional Transit Authority
6 22 RTA - Environmental Study 2011 Regional Transit Authority; Includes cd: "2003 EIS, 'The Desire Line'"
5 3 Salary Information n.d.
6 16 Sanitation 2010
6 17 Save the Twin Span 2010
6 18 Scrap Metal n.d.
6 23 Sewerage and Water Board 2010
4 3 Sheriff - ICE Holds / Retainers 2010 - 2011 Immigration and Customs Enforcement
6 24 Sheriff's Office 2010
6 19 Smoke Free New Orleans 2010 - 2011
6 25 SPCA 2009 - 2010 Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
4 19 Speeches, Op Ends - Fielkow 2006 - 2011
6 35 Staff Information 2006
4 16 State Appropriations Request 2011
4 8 State Legislative Issues 2010
3 13 Steno Books, Assorted n.d.
6 20 Street Closures n.d.
2 27 Streetcars 2009 - 2010
2 26 Streetcars - Schwartz 2009
4 2 Subcontractor 2010
4 18 Summer Youth 2011 Summer NOLA Experience
6 26 Talking Points 2008
5 4 Tax Levies 2009
8 16 Temple Sinai 2008 Speech by Michael Hecht, President of Greater New Orleans, Inc., 10/13/2008
1 25 Tennis - Atkinson -Stern 2011 New Orleans Recreation Department
1 19 Tennis - Audubon 2009 New Orleans Recreation Department
4 11 TIF (Folder 1) 2008 - 2009 Tax Increment Financing
4 12 TIF (Folder 2) 2007 Tax Increment Financing
6 28 Trade Schools 2010
2 35 Transportation Committee - Taxi 2011 - 2012
6 39 Travel Reimbursement (Folder 1) variety
6 40 Travel Reimbursement (Folder 2) variety
6 30 U.S A.C.E. 2009 - 2010 Army Corps of Engineers; Includes cd: "Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System"
6 29 UMC 2010 - 2011 University Medical Center
8 15 United Jewish Communities National Young Leadership Conference 2009 Talking Points, Closing Plenary Session, 3/17/2009
4 7 Urban Development Action Grants (UDAG) 2010
3 5 Vacant At-Large 2011
8 8 Various Activity Announcements variety
6 41 Veronica White/ Trace Washington Email Exchange 2009
4 5 Wage Theft 2010 - 2011
2 20 Washington DC -Trip 2011
2 21 Weekend of Peace 2010
8 24 Willard-Lewis, Councilmember Cynthia 2006
6 31 X-Mas Party 2008
1 1 Youth & Recreation 2010
1 12 Youth & Recreation - June 2010
2 2 Youth & Recreation Committee (Folder 1) 2009
2 3 Youth & Recreation Committee (Folder 2) 2009
2 28 Youth & Recreation Committee Meeting 2010 - 2011
3 8 Zone Planning Requests 2011

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