African Americans and the Roman Catholic Church. Collection, ca. 1920s-present. 5 linear ft.
Extensive collected items.
Backlash. Records, ca. late 1980s-present. 1.4 linear ft.
Collection contains videotape (VHS and BetaMax) raw and unused footage for a one-hour documentary titled, "Backlash! Race and the American Dream." The documentary covered white backlash and the platform of David Duke in the early 1990s.
The Basile Barès Collection contains sheet music, photographs, and correspondence relating to African-American Composer, and New Orleans Native, Basile Jean Barès (Jan. 4, 1845-Sept. 4, 1902). Barés is the only known composer to have a copyright for his sheet music illegally assigned to him while a slave. This Collection contains one of the only known unpublished works in manuscript by Barès titled, "Los Campanillas." The collection is the only grouping of Barès materials to include items other than sheet music, and the only one to include actual signatures of the composer. In short, the collection is small but Extremely Rare.
The Arthur P. Bedou Photographs Collections contains images taken by the leading black photographer of New Orleans in the first half of the twentieth century, including the last pictures taken of Marcus Garvey in the United States and extensive documentation of Booker T. Washington's last speaking tours. You will find photographs of famous figureheads, such as Presidents Theodore Roosevelt, William McKinley, and William Howard Taft, as well as African American Republican Politician Walter L. Cohen, Bishop Isaiah B. Scott, and Emmett J. Scott, the highest ranking African American in President Woodrow Wilson's administration.
Bouise, Oscar, Papers, ca. 1930s-present. 3.6 linear ft.
Mostly writings and collected items of a longtime professor of English and African-American history at Xavier University upon whom the school conferred an honorary doctorate.
Contains biographical information, speeches given by Cahn when she served as an officer of the National Urban League and the New Orleans Urban League, and records of the National Convention of the National Council of Jewish Women, which she served as National President (1955-1959).
The Creole Controversy Records, 1989. 1 linear ft.
Typescripts and raw video for a show produced by WYES-TV, New Orleans, about the meaning of the word "Creole" in Louisiana.
Desdunes Family - New Orleans Crusader Clippings Collection, 1891-1909, 1 linear ft.
The New Orleans Crusader was a Black Republican newspaper founded by politican, attorney, and journalist Louis André Martinet (1849-1917), and descendents of Free Persons of Color in New Orleans, in 1889. The newspaper served to inform the African American public on local and national issues like racial injustice, inequality, and segregation. Most notably, author Rodolphe Lucien Desdunes (1849–1928) who was a civil rights activist, poet, historian, journalist, and customs officer primarily active in New Orleans, Louisiana, contributes many articles held in this collection. In 1890, he was a founder of the Comité des Citoyens which fought the 1890 Separate Car Act through legal challenges, leading to the US Supreme Court Case, Plessy vs. Ferguson.
This collection includes Board of Directors Minutes, Administrative Minutes, Academic Department Records, Alumni Records, Yearbooks, and other university publications. Also included are scrapbooks and plaques commemorating and remembering the students, faculty, and achievements of the university. The attached inventory was prepared by the archivist at Dominican College in preparation for removal of the collection to Xavier Archives
The Charles F. Heartman Manuscripts of Slavery Collection consists of over 6000 pieces dating from 1724 to 1897, and relate directly to the social, economic, civil, and legal status of enslaved Negroes and Free People of Color in Louisiana, especially in New Orleans. The Collection includes the poem "Liberty" written and signed by Frederick Douglass in his own hand.The manuscripts are written in French, Spanish, and English.
Original correspondence to and from the African-American social protest and crime fiction writer and related research materials. Compliments one of the world's most complete collections of publications by Himes.
I've Known Rivers, Inc. Records, 1983-1984. ca. 2.4 linear ft.
Mostly design materials (principally by Xavier professor John Scott, recipient of the MacArthur "Genius" Award) and planning documents for the Afro-American Pavilion at the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition in New Orleans.
Papers of author and political commentator William Maddox. Collection includes published and unpublished works and correspondence. Among the correspondence are letters to and from his brother, Everette Maddox.
The collection consists of papers and collected items of John A. Pecoul, Jr., former Associate Vice- President for Development at Xavier University and former Special Assistant to New Orleans Mayor Ernest N. “Dutch” Morial.
The collection consists of serial publications by the Knights of Peter Claver, religious orders, and for church and religious school anniversaries
Roussève, Charles B., Papers, ca. 1920s-1970s. 25 linear ft.
This collection contains the bulk of the papers of the longtime black public school principal, in New Orleans, who was the author of "The Negro in Louisiana, the first attempt at a black history for the state", published by Xavier University during the Great Depression. Complements a smaller holding at the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University.
Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament Collection, ca. 1930s-present. 3 linear ft.
On the founders of Xavier University, who have missions among African Americans and Native Americans.
Society of St. Joseph [Josephites] Records, ca. 1888-present. 1.6 linear ft., 29 reels, and 101 CD-R's.
Computer printouts, collected printed items, 29 reels of microfilm, and 101 CD-R's principally on black Catholic missions in the South.
Spencer, Joseph "Joe", Collection, 1913 - 1991. 0.2 linear ft.
Mr. Joe Spencer, known affectionately as “Papa Joe,” “Joe Xavier,” or “Mr. Joe,” began working at Xavier University of Louisiana on December 8, 1927 after being hired by St. Katherine Drexel, who Mr. Joe referred to as “The Big Wheel.” During his tenure, Mr. Spencer worked as a postman, custodian, and key-master for the University until his death on December 17, 1990. He was known for being a skilled harmonica player, which he learned from his uncle at age 12 to play by ear.
The Collection contains photographs, press clippings, interview transcripts, funeral program, copies of eulogy read by Dr. Norman C. Francis, and copies of his birth & death certificates. Also of note are 5 Hohner brand harmonicas owned and used by Mr. Spencer.
Includes manuscripts by Langston Hughes, Robert Hayden, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and Frances Parkinson Keyes.
Voter Documents of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, 1929-1952. ca. 0.2 linear ft.
The Voter Documents Collections contains voter registration certificates and poll tax receipts from the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament who served on the Xavier University of Louisiana campus. The registration and poll tax receipts cover the years 1929-1952
White, Dr. Michael G., Collection, 1975-2001. 0.2 linear ft.
Dr. Michael G. White has explored concurrent careers in both education and jazz music. He has been playing the clarinet professionally since 1975 in bands such as: Danny Barker’s Fairview Baptist Church Brass Band, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Doc Paulin’s Brass Band, and John Casimir’s Young Tuxedo Brass Band. He has played in notable venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and the Apollo Theatre. Dr. White has previously taught Spanish at Xavier University of Louisiana, and current teaches African American Music, having taught the course since 1988. He has held the Rosa and Charles Keller, Jr. Endowed Chair in the Arts and Humanities since 2003.
Dr. White's Collection contains contains a biographical sketch and discography, primarily detailing Dr. Michael G. White’s accomplishments as a musician from 1975 - 2000. This includes festival and concert performances, publications, honors and awards, and musical influences. The Collection also holds publications by and of Dr. White, press clippings, flyers, a photograph of Dr. White, and a single business card.
The Xavier Archives Photographs Collection consists of photographs held within the XULA Archives and deals directly with people of African descent in and around New Orleans. Here you will find notable members and institutions of the community, local persons and events, as well as fraternal organizations and local churches.
Xavier University of Louisiana's Small Collections hold a wide range of materials including photographs, manuscripts, newspaper clippings, articles, and other various documents.
Xavier University of Louisiana War Production Training Unit, 1942–1945. 0.2 linear ft.
The collection consists of photographs, correspondence, administrative records, forms, and announcements relating to the War Production Training Unit, located on the Xavier University of Louisiana campus, which ran from 1942-1945. This WWII serving unit provided training courses for African-Americans in the areas of welding, ship-fitting, and metal/machine work. These courses led to employment in these industries, including the local New Orleans company, Higgins Industries Inc.
Xavier University Preparatory School, New Orleans. Records, 1916-present. 3.5 linear ft.
Records of what originally was the high school department of Xavier University.
Young Metropolitan Business Civic Club, New Orleans. Records, 1918-present. ca. 35.2 linear ft.
The integrally-kept archives of the former Young Men's Business Club, many of the officers of which became prominent civic leaders and politicians, including several mayors of New Orleans. Includes minutes of the Board of Directors (1919-1973), president's reports (1920-1941), a list of administrators (1919-1958), financial reports (1924-1955), financial statements and audits (1947-1976), photographs of presidents and board
members (1924-1974), other photographs, account cards, application cards, the group’s annual Blue Book (1922-1978), and its periodical Action (1923-1980).