Judge John Minor Wisdom COLLECTION

 

 

(Mss 197)

 

 

Inventory

 

 

Earl K. Long Library

University of New Orleans

 

May 2000

 

 

Contents

 

 

Summary

 

Biographical Note

 

List of Series and Subseries

 

Container List

 

Index Terms

 

Procedures for Requesting Special Collections Materials

 

 

 

Summary

 

 

Size:                          3 linear feet

 

Geographic

locations:                 New Orleans, La.; Houston, Tex.

 

Inclusive dates:      1870-1987

 

Summary:                Principally Carnival ball invitations, admit cards, dance cards, and programs; newspaper editions illustrating carnival parades; souvenir booklets; memorabilia of the Young Men’s Gymnastic Club and other non-carnival miscellany.

 

Related

collections:              Carnival Ball Programs Collection (Mss 88), Richard Dixon Collection (Mss 94), New Orleans Carnival Collection (Mss 122), Telling-Grandon Collection (Mss 128); New Orleans Athletic Club Collection (Mss 232); New Orleans Community—Oral History Collection (Mss 284), Charles V. Booth Collection (Mss 292)

 

Source:                     Gift, 1987

 

Access:                     No restrictions

 

Copyright:                Physical rights are retained by the Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans.

 

Citation:                    Judge John Minor Wisdom Collection, Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans

 

 

 

Biographical Note

 

 

            John Minor Wisdom (1905-1999) was hailed as “a giant among federal judges during the tumultuous years that saw official segregation end in the South and civil rights at last extended to black Americans.”  Born in New Orleans, he attended Isidore Newman School and graduated from Washington and Lee University.  In 1925 Wisdom went to Harvard University to study English literature, but a year later he returned to New Orleans and entered Tulane University Law School.  He graduated first in his class in 1929 and was admitted to the bar.  Later he and a former classmate, Saul Stone, founded the law firm which eventually became Stone, Pigman, Walther, Wittman and Hutchinson.  While in private practice, he distinguished himself as an expert on trusts and was largely responsible for the adoption of Louisiana’s new trust code.

 

            During World War II, Wisdom served as a captain in the Army and later as lieutenant colonel in the Office of Legal Procurement.  President Harry Truman rewarded his war service with the Legion of Merit.  An active member of the Republican Party, he was instrumental in securing Dwight D. Eisenhower’s nomination for the presidency in 1952.  In 1957 Eisenhower appointed him to the 5th Circuit, which then included Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, as well as Louisiana.  Wisdom aligned himself with three other 5th Circuit judges to form “The Four,” a coalition that pressed consistently for black rights.

 

            In 1977 Wisdom changed his status from active judge to senior judge, which relieved him of administrative duties but allowed him to continue to hear cases and write opinions.  From 1975 until his death, he was a judge for the special court created under the Regional Rail Reorganization Act of 1973.  He received many accolades, including honorary degrees from Tulane, Harvard, and San Diego universities and Oberlin and Middlebury colleges.  Despite his support for civil rights, Wisdom maintained his memberships in the all-white Boston Club and Louisiana Club, explaining, “I can’t change their minds, and they can’t change my mind.  They respect me, and I probably help the situation a little by not getting out of those clubs.”

 

            Wisdom’s association with those organizations may have stimulated his interest in the New Orleans Mardi Gras memorabilia found in the Judge John Minor Wisdom Collection.  Mardi Gras has been commemorated in Louisiana at least since 1699.  In the 1850s the celebration fell into disrepute, but on February 24, 1857, the Mistick Krewe of Comus staged its first street parade, giving rise to the New Orleans carnival that we know today.  During the last quarter of the nineteenth century, carnival organizations vied with each other to produce colorful, elaborately illustrated invitations to their balls and other ephemera.

 

Source:         Pope, John.  “Judge John Minor Wisdom Dies.”  New Orleans Times-Picayune, May 16, 1999, p. A-1+.

 

 

 

List of Series and Subseries

 

 

Series I.    Carnival Material

 

                        Subseries I.1      Ball invitations, admit cards, dance cards, and programs

 

                        Subseries I.2      Newspaper editions illustrating Carnival parades.

 

                        Subseries I.3      Souvenir Booklets.

 

Series II.        Non-Carnival Material

 

 

 

Container List

 

 

Series I.    Carnival Material

 

                        Subseries I.1.  Ball invitations, admit cards, dance cards, and programs (organized alphabetically by krewe).

 

197-1                          Apollo.

                                                Program, 1956.

 

                                    Argonauts.

                                                Invitation, 1909.

 

                                    Atlanteans.

                                                Programs, 1955, 1956, 1964, 1967.

                                                Ribbon, 1940.

 

                                    Comus.  See also 197-9; 197-11.

                                                Admit cards, 1896, 1926, 1927, 1978.

                                                Dance cards, 1891, 1902, 1903, 1910.

                                                Invitations, n.d., 1870, 1882, 1884, 1890, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896, 1899, 1900, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1906, 1907, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1914, 1916, 1930 (includes admit cards), 1932, 1974 (includes admit card), 1976 (includes admit cards), 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983.

                                                Souvenir booklets, 1897, 1898, 1931.  See also 197-10.

 

                                    Consus.

                                                Dance card, 1906.

                                                Invitation, 1898.

 

197-2                          Elves of Oberon.

                                                Admit cards, 1911, 1932.

                                                Dance cards, n.d., 1897, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1912, 1913, 1914.

                                                Invitations, n.d., 1896, 1897, 1898 (includes admit cards), 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905 (includes admit cards), 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1911, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1932.

 

197-2                          Empyreans.

                                                Invitation, 1904.

 

197-3                          Falstaffians.

                                                Dance cards, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914 (includes admit cards), 1915.

                                                Invitations, n.d., 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914 (includes admit cards), 1915.

 

197-4                          High Priests of Mithras.

                                                Dance cards, 1899, 1901, 1903, 1904, 1906, 1908, 1912.

                                                Invitations, 1903, 1906.

 

                                    Knights of Momus.

                                                Dance cards, 1884, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1896, 1908, 1909, 1910.

                                                Invitations, n.d., 1884, 1891, 1908 (includes admit cards), 1910, 1972, 1977, 1978 (includes admit card), 1981 (includes admit cards), 1982, 1984 (includes admit cards), 1985 (includes admit cards).

                                                Louisiana Literary and Debating Society and Louisiana Club Ball and Parade Instructions.  February 18, 1949.

 

                                    The Mystic Club.

                                                Invitations, 1929, 1935, 1941.        

                                                Programs, 1927, 1929, 1933, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1940, 1941, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1961, 1963, 1965, 1966, 1976, 1972.

 

197-5                          Nereus.  See also 197-9.

                                                Admit cards, n.d.

                                                Dance cards, 1896, 1897, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1913, 1914.

                                                Invitations, 1897 (includes admit cards), 1898, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1913, 1914, 1916.

 

                                    No-Tsu-Oh (Houston, Texas, Carnival Organization)

                                                Invitations, 1902.

 

197-6                          Olympians.

                                                Admit cards, 1916, 1917.

                                                Dance cards, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1914, 1915.

                                                Invitations, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908 (includes admit card), 1909, 1910, 1911 (includes admit card), 1912 (includes admit card), 1913, 1914 (includes admit card), 1915, 1916.

 

197-6                          Phunny Phorty Phellows.  See also 197-9.

                                                Invitations, 1883, 1896.

 

197-7                          Proteus.  See also 197-9.

                                                Admit cards, 1928, 1931.

                                                Dance cards, n.d., 1884, 1886, 1887, 1892, 1899, 1900, 1901, 1902, 1903, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1912, 1914.

                                                Invitations, n.d., 1884, 1886, 1887, 1888, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1895, 1896, 1899, 1900 (includes admit cards), 1901, 1902, 1903, 1904, 1905, 1906, 1908, 1909, 1910, 1911 (includes admit card), 1912, 1913, 1914, 1915, 1974, 1980.

 

197-8                          Rex.

                                                Invitations, n.d., 1976, 1977, 1982, 1983, 1987.

                                                Program, 1986.

                                                Queen’s At Home Invitation, n.d.

                                                Souvenir cards, n.d., 1980.

 

                                    Twelfth Night Revelers.

                                                Invitations, 1884, 1949.

                                                Programs, 1952, 1954, 1956, 1957, 1964.

 

197-11                        Invitation from Mayor Martin Behrman for viewing Comus parade from City Hall, n.d.  See also 197-1.

 

                        Subseries II.  Newspaper editions illustrating Carnival parades.

 

197-9                          Comus.  See also 197-1; 197-11.

                                                M[istick] K[rewe of] C[omus] Edition Weekly Budget, March 11, 1876.

                                                Comus Edition The Times-Democrat, February 26, 1884.

                                                Comus Edition The Daily Picayune, February 14, 1893.

                                                Comus Edition The Daily Picayune, February 6, 1894.

                                                Comus Edition The Daily Picayune, February 26, 1895.

                                                Comus Edition The Daily Picayune, March 2, 1897.

                                                Comus Edition The Daily Picayune, February 22, 1898.

                                                Comus Edition The Daily Picayune, February 14, 1899.

                                                Comus Edition The Daily Picayune, February 27, 1900.

                                                Comus Edition The Daily Picayune, February 19, 1901.

                                                Comus Edition The Daily Picayune, February 11, 1902.

                                                Comus Edition Carnival Bulletin, March 7, 1905.

                                                Comus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 12, 1907.

                                                Comus Edition Carnival Bulletin, March 3, 1908.

                                                Comus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 23, 1909.

                                                Comus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 8, 1910.

                                                Comus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 20, 1912.

                                                Comus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 4, 1913.

                                                Comus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 24, 1914.

                                                Comus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 16, 1915.

                                                Comus Edition Carnival Bulletin, March 7, 1916.

                                                Comus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 20, 1917.

                                                Comus Edition Carnival Bulletin, March 4, 1924.

                                                Comus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 16, 1926.

                                                Comus Edition Carnival Bulletin, March 1, 1927.

                                                Comus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 21, 1928.

                                                Comus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 12, 1929.

                                                Comus Edition Carnival Bulletin, March 4, 1930.

                                                Comus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 25, 1936.

                                                Comus Edition Carnival Bulletin, March 1, 1938.

                                                Comus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 21, 1939.

                                                Comus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 25, 1941.

 

                                    Knights of Hermes.  See also 197-10.

                                                Knights of Hermes Carnival Edition, February 21, 1941.

 

197-9                          Nereus.  See also 197-5.

                                                Nereus Edition The Daily Picayune, February 21, 1900.

 

                                    Phunny Phorty Phellows.  See also 197-6.

                                                Phunny Phorty Phellows Edition Daily Item, February 18, 1896.

 

                                    Proteus.  See also 197-7.

                                                Proteus Edition The Daily Picayune, February 25, 1895.

                                                Proteus Edition The Daily Picayune, February 17, 1896.

                                                Proteus Edition The Daily Picayune, March 1, 1897.

                                                Proteus Edition The Daily Picayune, February 21, 1898.

                                                Proteus Edition The Daily Picayune, February 13, 1899.

                                                Proteus Edition The Daily Picayune, February 26, 1900.

                                                Proteus Edition The Daily Picayune, February 18, 1901.

                                                Proteus Edition The Daily Picayune, February 10, 1902.

                                                Proteus Edition The Daily Picayune, February 23, 1903.

                                                Proteus Edition The Daily Picayune, March 6, 1905.

                                                Proteus Edition The Daily Picayune, February 26, 1906.

                                                Proteus Edition The Daily Picayune, February 11, 1907.

                                                Proteus Edition The Daily Picayune, February 7, 1910.

                                                Proteus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 19, 1912.

                                                Proteus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 3, 1913.

                                                Proteus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 23, 1914.

                                                Proteus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 15, 1915.

                                                Proteus Edition Carnival Bulletin, March 6, 1916.

                                                Proteus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 19, 1917.

                                                Proteus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 12, 1923.

                                                Proteus Edition Carnival Bulletin, March 3, 1924.

                                                Proteus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 15, 1926.

                                                Proteus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 20, 1928.

                                                Proteus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 12, 1934.

                                                Proteus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 24, 1936.

                                                Proteus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 28, 1938.

                                                Proteus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 20, 1939.

                                                Proteus Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 24, 1941.

 

197-14                        Rex.   See also 197-8.

                                                Rex Edition Weekly Budget, February 26, 1879.

                                                Rex Edition Official Journal of Rex, March 1, 1881.

                                                Rex Edition The Daily Picayune, February 26, 1895.

                                                Rex Edition The Daily Picayune, February 18, 1896.

                                                Rex Edition The Daily Picayune, March 2, 1897.

                                                Rex Edition The Daily Picayune, February 22, 1898.

                                                Rex Edition The Daily Picayune, February 14, 1899.

                                                Rex Edition The Daily Picayune, February 19, 1901.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 11, 1902.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 16, 1904.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, March 7, 1905.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 12, 1907.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, March 3, 1908.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 23, 1909.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 8, 1910.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 28, 1911.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 20, 1912.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 4, 1913.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 24, 1914.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 16, 1915.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, March 7, 1916.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 20, 1917.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 28, 1922.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 13, 1923.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, March 4, 1924.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 16, 1926.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 21, 1928.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 12, 1929.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 28, 1933.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 13, 1934.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 25, 1936.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, March 1, 1938.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 21, 1939.

                                                Rex Edition Carnival Bulletin, February 25, 1941.

 

                        Subseries I.3.  Souvenir Booklets.  See also 197-1.

197-10                        Knights of Babylon, 1940, 1941.

                                    Knights of Hermes, 1940.  See also 197-9.

                                    Krewe of Mid-City, 1941.

                                    Krewe of Venus, 1941.

 

 

Series II.        Non-Carnival Material

 

197-12            Special Officer Badge

                                    Arbitration Committee.

                                    Provenance unknown. n.d.

 

197-13            Young Men’s Gymnastic Association material.  Includes Ladies Entertainment dance card and a gymnastic meet program.  November 5, 1903; February 14, 1905.

 

 

 

Index Terms

 

 

Balls—LouisianaNew Orleans

Carnival—LouisianaNew Orleans

Wisdom, John Minor