Xavier Archives is located in Suite 319 of the Xavier University Library
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Voice - (504) 520-7655
FAX - (504) 520-7917
Michele Woods, Head, Digital Archives, Special Collections, Media & Copyright Issues
Irwin Lachoff, Associate Archivist
Eric Joseph, Research Associate
Xavier Archives is open for research to all
|Xavier Archives is pleased to announce the acquisition of the records of St. Mary’s Dominican College, 1910-2009
Services to the public:
Research assistance in person and by telephone, FAX, mail, and e-mail.
Photocopies can be made for patrons at a cost of five cents per sheet.
Patrons are not allowed to make their own photocopies from materials in the Archives.
Copy photographs can be provided of materials beyond copyright or for which the University holds the copyrights.
Service charge, exclusive of postage, for photocopies to be mailed: $1.50
Service charge for photographs to be made: $7.00.
5 x 7 black and white photograph(s): $7.50 each.
8 x 10 black and white photograph(s): $15.00 each.
Slide(s) (35mm positive color): $2.00 each.
Commercial use fee(s) (single use) for items to be published: $40.00 per image.
Costs of other types or sizes of photographs, for copies on computer diskette, and for other forms of reproduction are available on request.
All researchers wishing to publish images and requesting a waiver of commercial use fees must justify such a request to the satisfaction of the repository in writing and must agree to donate a copy of the publication to Xavier Archives. Waivers will be granted only for non-profit, scholarly, monographic publications, not for publications produced for the textbook market. Publication on the Internet or on Local Area Networks (LANs) lacking copy protection is under no circumstances permitted.
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Correct form of citation: Xavier University Archives and Special Collections, New Orleans.
Xavier Archives collects unpublished and rare published items on four topics, the history of Xavier University of Louisiana, African-American history and culture, Roman Catholicism in the United States, and the Southern U. S. and the Gulf-Caribbean region, with special emphasis on the history of Louisiana and New Orleans. By June 30, 2008, the repository held 1,721.8 linear ft. of unpublished materials. The University records measured 1,324.6 linear ft., the manuscript special collections 397.2 linear ft. Xavier Archives also holds the University’s collection of non-circulating rare books and periodicals. The oldest monograph is Flavius Josephus’s De Antiquitate Judaica, published in 1486. The rarest is Les Cenelles [The Mayhaws], published in New Orleans in 1845, the first anthology of poetry by people of African descent in the U. S., which is held in OCLC (the Online Computer Library Center, which covers some 45,000 libraries in 84 countries) by only four libraries. African-American and Southern U. S. writers are especially well represented in Rare Books, and the repository is noted for having one of the most comprehensive collections of works by African-American protest and crime fiction writer Chester Himes, with most titles represented in every English-language edition and translation into foreign languages that has been published.
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Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Dean of Arts and Sciences
University and Media Relations
Institute for Black Catholic Studies
In addition to incorporating all of the public relations records of the University, including all of the old vertical files of press clippings and photographic files, the records of University and Media Relations also include the records of the Drexel Center for Continuing Learning. Of particular note are the materials generated by the Drexel Center when it produced a television documentary in the 1980s. A brief description follows:
A House Divided. Records, 1983-1987. Ca. 40 linear ft.
Correspondence, planning documents, and videotape of interviews of civil rights leaders and others recorded for the one-hour documentary about African Americans and race relations in New Orleans politics in the 1960s and '70s. Most of the material was not used in the documentary, and many of the interviewees are now deceased.
Others administrative subdivisions of the University represented in the University Archives are as follows: Admissions, Alumni Affairs, Board of Trustees, Bush Grant Office, Campus Ministries, Career Services, Center for Environmental Programs, Center for Intercultural and International Programs, Center for the Advancement of Teaching, Cooperative Education, Commission on Governance, Counseling and Wellness Center, Employees’ Federal Credit Union, Family Life Center, Financial Aid, Fiscal Affairs, Health Services, Human Resources, Humanities Endowment Committee, Information Technology Center, Placement, Registrar, Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament Corporation of Louisiana Minutes, Magazine Street Convent Annals and Related Correspondence, Upward Bound, War Production Training Unit, Xavier Cluster, and Yearbook.
Among academic programs, the Division of Education and the Social Science Department have transferred the greatest volume of records. Other academic programs represented are as follows: African-American Studies, Art, Biology, Business and Economics, Chemistry, Communications, English, Graduate School, History, Languages, Mathematics, Medical Technology, Music, Pharmacy, Philosophy, Physics, Pre-Engineering, Pre-Medicine, Psychology, and Sociology. Xavier Archives also holds records about athletics and student groups, including the Student Government Association, African-Americans with a Responsibility to Enlighten (AWARE), and the Beta Tau Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
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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.
Mostly videotape outtakes for a one-hour documentary about white backlash and the platform of David Duke in the early 1990s.
Barès, Basil Jean Collection, 1866-1947, 0.4 linear feet.
Barés is the only known composer to have a copyright for his sheet music illegally assigned to him while a slave. The collection consists of the only known unpublished sheet music by the composer, the only known photographs of Barès, and his actual signature. PDF of Holdings (223KB)
Bedou, Arthur P. Photographs, 1900-1988. 0.8 linear ft.
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 U. S. and extensive documentation of Booker T. Washington's last speaking tours. PDF of Holdings (128KB)
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.
Cahn, Gladys Freeman. Papers, 1939-1963. 0.6 linear ft.
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). PDF of Holdings (23KB)
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. Ca. 1 linear ft.
From the extremely rare newspaper founded by Louis Martinet in 1889 that later became the official organ of the group that brought the Plessy v. Ferguson case. The paper ceased publication in 1898. The collection contains a few other items.
Dominican College, St. Mary’s, Records, 1910-2009, 120 linear ft.
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. PDF of Holdings (2.94MB)
Dubus, Andre Collection, 1980-2006. 1.6 linear ft. ca. 1916-1970s. 6 linear ft. PDF of Holdings (8KB)
Collection includes handwritten original drafts by Dubus, as well as interviews, articles, reviews, clippings, and photographs.
Graves, Charles Leonidas. Papers, ca. 1916-1970s. 6 linear ft.
On offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. PDF of Holdings (26KB)
Heartman, Charles F. Collection, 1724-1897. 9.5 linear ft.
Mostly antebellum records about slavery and free black people in Louisiana. Includes the poem "Liberty" by Frederick Douglass in his own hand.
Chester Himes. Collection, ca. late 1930s-present. 0.6 linear ft.
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.
Jackson, David Joseph, Press Clippings. Collection, 1927-1987. 4.8 linear ft. exico. PDF of Holdings (4KB); PDF of Holdings (28KB)
Clippings mainly from black-interest newspapers begun by the head of Xavier University's Negro History Department from 1933 to 1939 and then continued by Library staff members.
Jupiter, Clarence. Papers, 1969-1997. 8.2 linear ft.
Personal papers of the Xavier alumnus and longtime head of Development at the University.
Juvenile Co-Operators Fraternals Benevolent Mutual Aid Association Records, 1894-1969, 1.2 linear feet.
Records include correspondence, journals, and minutes of the association, whose members encompassed the Third District of New Orleans and the Creoles of Color. PDF of Holdings (121KB)
William Stuckey Maddox Papers, 1938-1998, 1.6 linear feet.
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. PDF of Holdings (247KB)
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New Orleans Black Benevolent Associations Collection, 1872-1940, 0.4 linear feet. PDF of Holdings (250KB)
Collection consists of charters, acts of incorporation, forms, and minutes of local benevolent associations.
New Orleans Poetry Forum. Records, 1974-present, 18.0 linear ft.
Principally manuscript poems, along with correspondence and collected printed items.
Ninth Ward Citizens Voter’s League Records, 1960-1995, 0.4 linear feet.
The records Ninth Ward black political and social include correspondence, records, and flyers. PDF of Holdings (356KB)
Pecoul, John A., Jr., Collection, 1954-1994. 9.6 linear ft. PDF of Holdings (31KB)
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.
Religious Jubilee Collection, 1922-1975, 0.4 linear feet.The collection consists of serial publications by the Knights of Peter Claver, religious orders, and for church and religious school anniversaries. PDF of Holdings (130KB)
Roussève, Charles B. Papers, ca. 1920s-1970s. 25 linear ft.
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.
St. Mary’s Dominican College Records, 1910-2009, 120 linear ft.
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. PDF of Holdings (2.87MB)
Treasury Department War Bond Literary. Collection, 1940-1946, 1978. 1 linear ft.
Includes manuscripts by Langston Hughes, Robert Hayden, Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., and Frances Parkinson Keyes.
The Workshop Way, Inc. Records, 1967-present. 65 linear ft. PDF of Holdings (9KB)
Audio and video tape, correspondence, notes, drafts, and publications of the system of education developed by Sister Grace Pilon, S.B.S., widely used in the United States and many other countries.
Wright, Richard. Papers, 1940-1941, 1950, 1984. 0.2 linear ft.
Small but valuable holding of correspondence, photographs, and collected items.
Xavier Archives. Photographs, 1909-1970s and n.d. 1 linear ft. PDF of Holdings (149KB)
Documentation mainly of people of African descent in New Orleans.
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.
Your 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).
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