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            The Gettysburg Address - Live Reading and Taping

                Students, staff and faculty are invited to participate in readings of the Gettysburg Address in the Library Resource Center on THURSDAY (Feb. 27)
                at 2:00 p.m. on the 4th floor of the Library Resource Center. A camera crew from WYES will be in the library to record the readings, which are
                being filmed as part of an audience participation project in conjunction with Ken Burns’ upcoming documentary The Address. Don't forget your
                stovepipe hat! For more info contact Elizabeth Elmwood at 520-5296 or eelmwood@xula.edu

            Black History

                Black History Month, or National African American History Month, is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time
                for recognizing the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.

                (Banner images: left to right, Andrew Young, Mother Katherine Seale, Booker T. Washington, Marcus Garvey, Arthur Ashe, Bryant Gumbel)

            XULA Library Resource Center Archives

                Xavier Archives and Special Collections houses a number of photographic and manuscript treasures relating to the history of African Americans in
                New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Gulf South.

    Arthur P. Bedou, one of the preeminent African American photographers of the 20th Century, was also the first official
    photographer for Xavier. The Arthur Bedou Collection consists of some one hundred and fifty of his photographs,
    including photos of many prominent local Creole individuals and groups, Booker T. Washington (pictured above), and the
    last photographs of Marcus Garvey taken before his deportation from the United States (pictured above). In addition to
    this collection, the Xavier University Photographs Collections includes some four hundred of Bedou’s photographs,
    making Xavier Archives the largest repository of his photographs.

                Like the Bedou Collection, the Xavier Photographs Collection consists of images of African Americans in New Orleans and the surrounding area.
                Within the collection are four photographs of Mother Katherine Seale (pictured above), a 1930’s era trombone
                playing spiritualist, whose congregation emphasized the importance of women, and held services in a tent in the Ninth Ward. Also in the collection
                of photographs of local surgeon Dr. Rivers Frederick, S. W. Green, the Chancellor of the local Knights of Pythias, floats in the Zulu parade, and
                group photographs of the People’s Life Insurance Company and the staff at Flint-Goodridge Hospital.

                The Xavier University Photographs Collection provides a treasure trove of visitors to the campus over the years. Pictured above are three of
                those visitors: Andrew Young, Bryant Gumbel, and Arthur Ashe. Among the many other notables whose images can be found in the Archives are
                President Obama, Jesse Jackson, poetess Gwendolyn Brooks, opera singer Miriam Anderson, Dr. Ralph Bunche, Olympic medalists Jesse Owens
                and Ralph Metcalfe, and entertainers such as Lou Rawls and Lionel Hampton, and many more.

                On September 18, 1842, while in Cleveland, Ohio, Frederick Douglass wrote a poem he entitled “Liberty,” in which he expounds on his newly found
                liberty which allowed him to “talk with thunders.” Xavier Archives holds Douglass’ original, hand-written poem. This piece is part of the large
                Heartman Collection, comprised of original manuscripts from the 1820’s to the 1830’s depicting the life of both free Blacks and slaves in New
                Orleans and Louisiana. Other manuscript collections include clippings from The Crusader newspapers, published in New Orleans in the 1890’s by
                Rudolphe Dedunes and others involved with the Plessy case, the papers of writer, poet, and editor of Obsidian, Alvin Aubert, and copies of the
                Josephite’s archives, and many others. Among the Rare Books and Periodicals are Les Cenelles, the first anthology of poetry written and published
                by African Americans, St. Augustine’s Messenger, and The Claverite.

                 Visit XULA LRC Archives to find out more!
                 Browse our Collections

            Library Databases

                 Oxford African American Studies Center

                Full-text articles, biographies, images, maps and tables that focus on the lives and events which have shaped African American and
                African history and culture.

            Other Resources

                 African-American History Month - Library of Congress

                The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National
                Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans
                who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.

                 African-American Sheet Music

                This collection consists of 1,305 pieces of African-American sheet music dating from 1850 through 1920. The collection includes many songs from
                the heyday of antebellum black face minstrelsy in the 1850s and from the abolitionist movement of the same period. Numerous titles are
                associated with the novel and the play Uncle Tom's Cabin...

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