Earl K. Long Library
Size: 1 box
Inclusive dates: 1984, 1996
copies of interviews with members of the
collections: Judge John Minor Wisdom Collection (Mss 197)
Source: Collection created by Beatrice Rodriguez Owsley, Archivist, 1996
Access: No restrictions
rights are retained by the Earl K. Long Library,
Interviewed by unidentified interviewer
Tape 1 of 2, includes childhood reminiscences; New Orleans politics, World War II to the 1970s; participation in Friends of New Orleans Public Library, League of Women Voters, Urban League; Flint-Goodrich Hospital; United Fund; construction of Pontchartrain Park subdivision; desegregation of New Orleans Public Schools; Xavier University.
Tape 2 of 2, side 1,
by Beatrice Rodriguez Owsley. January
12, January 18,
Tape 1 of 1, side 1, January 12. Family background; education; early law career; link between Charleston, New Orleans and Savannah; free people of color; marriage to Bonnie Wisdom and background of wife's family.
Tape 1 of 1, side 2. Wife's interests, their son and daughter; WWII Service; Schwegmann v Calvert Distillers; Louisiana Constitution of 1898; Democratic Party primaries in Louisiana; work in presidential campaign of Dwight D. Eisenhower.
1 of 2, side 1, January 18. Republican
Tape 1 of 2, side 2. Brown v Board of Education; Labat v Bennett; remarks on civil rights; threats to family; awards received by family; 5th District Court majority opinion in favor of James Meredith; Mississippi and civil rights; work in Children's Bureau and Protestant Home for Babies.
2 of 2, side 1. Awards received;
1 of 1, side 1, January 24. Additional details
on his work in the Republican Party in
Owsley, Beatrice Rodriguez
Republican Party in
Wisdom, John Minor