Iris Kelso Papers

(Mss 296)

Inventory

Earl K. Long Library

University of New Orleans

April 2009

Contents

Contents

Summary

Historical Note

List of Series and Subseries

Container List

Index Terms

Procedures for Requesting Special Collections Materials

Summary

Size:                           38 linear feet

Geographic

locations:                 Louisiana, especially New Orleans.

Inclusive

dates:                        1950s-1996

Bulk

dates:                        1980s-1990s

Summary:                 Miscellaneous papers, ephemera, and clippings related to Iris Kelso, her work, and her interests.

Source:                     Gift, 1999

Access:                     No restrictions

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

Citation:                    Iris Kelso Papers, Louisiana and Special Collections, Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans

List of Series and Subseries

Series I.                     Scrapbooks, 1960-1996

                                    Scrapbooks containing photocopies of Ms. Kelso's columns for three New Orleans newspapers: The States-Item, Figaro, and The Times Picayune.

Series II.                    Political papers

                                    Includes subject files of reference materials, chiefly pamphlets and articles (many of them photocopied) from newspapers and magazines.

Series III.                   Miscellaneous

                                    Printed and visual materials, including books, videotapes, and political ephemera (e.g., campaign signs and flyers).

Series Descriptions

Series I.                     Scrapbooks, 1960-1996

                                    Scrapbooks containing photocopies of Ms. Kelso's columns for three New Orleans newspapers: The States-Item, Figaro, and The Times Picayune.

Series II.                    Political papers

                                    Includes subject files of Kelso’s reference materials, chiefly articles (many of them photocopied) from newspapers and magazines.   There are also smaller amounts of correspondence, press releases, pamphlets and other ephemera from political campaigns, transcripts of interviews conducted by Kelso, as well as reporters’ notebooks and other notes compiled by Kelso.

                                    Subseries II.1:         Subject files: New Orleans

                                                                                    Mayors and Mayoral Elections

                                                                                    Other New Orleans Material

                                                                        Book Proposal and “Best of” Columns

                                    Subseries II.2:         Subject files: Louisiana

                                                                                    Governors and Gubernatorial Elections

                                                                                    Legislators and Legislative Elections

                                                                                    Other Louisiana Material   

                                                                                    Other Topics

                                    Subseries II.3:         Subjects files: Other Topics

Series III.                   Miscellaneous

                                    Printed and visual materials, including books, videotapes, and political ephemera (e.g., campaign signs and flyers).

                                    Subseries III.1:        Printed Materials

                                    Subseries III.2:        Books and Videocassettes

                                    Subseries III.3:        Political Ephemera

Biographical Note

Born Iris Turner in December 1926 in Philadelphia, Mississippi, Iris Kelso began reporting Louisiana politics in 1951, when she joined the staff of the New Orleans States (later the States-Item), and continued to do so for nearly half a century in print and broadcast journalism.  The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Turner, Iris was just four years old when her mother died, and various family members helped to rear her.

Kelso earned an undergraduate degree in 1948 at Randolph-Macon Woman's College in Lynchburg, Va. The college got her a job at The Hattiesburg (Miss.) American.  "It was a wonderful job because I covered everything," she said. "I covered courts and things like that. I was so manic. ... I couldn't stand for a siren to go off without my knowing where was the fire and how could I get there. It was like living on the edge at all times."  Her boss, Andy Harmon, was also a mentor who eventually used his connection at the New Orleans States, one of the city's two afternoon newspapers, to get her a job.

"She was a natural reporter," said Walter G. Cowan, her boss at The States.  "It was obvious to me right off that she had the ability to talk to people and retain their confidence, even though she had to ask embarrassing questions. It's the kind of thing that rattles new reporters, but she always kept her composure."

Kelso started covering government when virtually everyone in politics and the press was male.  "She'd come in and make herself very much at home. She accepted the fact that she was a woman, but she was a reporter just like everybody else, and she was going to be the best reporter that she could be," said former Lt. Gov. James Fitzmorris.  When she described her early New Orleans years in a Washington Press Club Foundation interview, Ms. Kelso evoked a rough-and-tumble world out of The Front Page" where hard-driving, profane, cigar-chomping editors hid liquor in their desks, hollered at reporters, barked into telephones and yanked copy out of typewriters as the clock ticked toward deadline.  She never stopped loving it.  "I love afternoon papers," she said. "I love to cover (a story) as it happens, and I love to run to a phone. I became a very good dictator. I could dictate a story like crazy."

In 1959 Kelso was sent to Baton Rouge to cover the Legislature.  But the big story was Gov. Earl K. Long's mental breakdown and his fight with people who tried to hospitalize him for paranoid schizophrenia.  "I was so touched by the sight of this old crazy man and the tragedy of what was happening to him," she said. "It was just a very emotional thing for me."

In 1960 she married Robert Kelso, a rewrite man for The States-Item.  He died in 1972.

By the middle of the 1960s, Kelso said she was tired of being an observer. "I wanted to participate in something, just to do something that mattered," she said in the interview.  So she joined Total Community Action, an anti-poverty initiative.  She was responsible for the Head Start program.  In the 1980s, Kelso was a founding member of Grace House of New Orleans, a residential drug and alcohol treatment program for women.

After two years with Total Community Action, Kelso returned to journalism, but in another medium: television, covering politics for WDSU.  While at WDSU, she hosted "Saturday Politics" and won a Peabody Award for her "City in Crisis," a profile of New Orleans.  She returned to print journalism in 1978 as a columnist for Figaro, an alternative weekly.  A year later, she joined The Times-Picayune as a political columnist.  Interspersed with her political observations were columns about her neighborhood and her family, which, she said in an interview, were her most popular.

Kelso’s work earned her many honors, including the first Media Award (1979) from the Alliance for Good Government for her "excellence in news reporting on governmental and political affairs."  Iris Kelso died on December 2, 2003, at the age of 76.

Container List

Series I.         Scrapbooks (41 items)

                        Three-ring binders containing copies of Ms. Kelso's columns in the New Orleans States-Item, Times-Picayune, Figaro, and Gambit, and a small quantity of news articles mentioning or written by Ms. Kelso.

296-1              1961.  New Orleans States-Item.  Includes one column dated 1959 and one dated 1960.

296-2              1961.  New Orleans States-Item.  Includes one column dated 1959 and two dated 1960.  Content almost duplicates 296-1 (contains a few columns 296-1 lacks).

296-3              1962.  New Orleans States-Item.

296-4              1963.  New Orleans States-Item.

296-5              1964-1965.  New Orleans States-Item.  Includes original typescript of columns dated May 16, 1964, and May 23, 1964.

296-6              1976-1978.  Figaro.  Possibly incomplete.  Includes three columns dated 1979.

296-7              1978.  Figaro.

296-8              1961-1979.  "Best of Iris" columns and articles from Figaro, New Orleans Magazine, other sources.

296-9              1979, July 25 - December.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.

296-10            1980.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.

296-11            1981.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes columns pertaining to Brilab, beginning May 10.

296-12            1982, January - June.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.

296-13            1982, July - December.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.

296-14            1983, January - June.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes commentary from other newspapers on charges by the city administration that local political columnists, especially Iris Kelso, criticize Mayor "Dutch" Morial unfairly.

296-15            1983, July - December.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.

296-16            1984, January - June.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes several news articles and commentaries by other writers.

296-17            1984, July - December.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Incomplete.  Includes several news articles and commentaries by other writers.

296-18            1985, January - June 20.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.

296-19            1985, June 23 - December.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.

296-20            1986, January - May.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.

296-21            1986, May 26 - December.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.

296-22            1987, January - June.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes several news articles and commentaries by other writers.

296-23            1987, July - December.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes several news articles and commentaries by other writers.

296-24            1988, January - June.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes several news articles and commentaries by other writers.

296-25            1988, July - December.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes columns pertaining to the Republican National Convention in New Orleans.

296-26            1989, January - June.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes several news articles and commentaries by other writers.

296-27            1989, July - December.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes several news articles and commentaries by other writers.

296-28            1990, January - June.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes several news articles and commentaries by other writers.

296-29            1990, July - December.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes several news articles and commentaries by other writers.

296-30            1991, January - June.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes several news articles and commentaries by other writers.

296-31            1991, July - December.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes several news articles and commentaries by other writers.

296-32            1992, January - June.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes several news articles and commentaries by other writers.

296-33            1992, July - December.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes columns pertaining to the controversy over changing Carnival and several news articles and commentaries by other writers.

296-34            1993, January - June.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes several news articles and commentaries by other writers.

296-35            1993, July - December.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes two political fliers several news articles and commentaries by other writers.

296-36            1994, January - June.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes several news articles and commentaries by other writers.

296-37            1994, July - December.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes several news articles and commentaries by other writers.

296-38            1995, January - June.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes several news articles and commentaries by other writers.

296-39            1995, July - December.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes several news articles and commentaries by other writers.

296-40            1996, January - June.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes several news articles and commentaries by other writers.

296-41            1996, July - December.  New Orleans Times-Picayune.  Includes several news articles and commentaries by other writers.

Series II.        Political Papers

Includes subject files of reference materials, chiefly articles (many of them photocopied) from newspapers and magazines.   There are also smaller amounts of correspondence, press releases, pamphlets and other ephemera from political campaigns, transcripts of interviews conducted by Kelso, as well as reporters’ notebooks and other notes compiled by Kelso.

The series is subdivided according to whether the material deals primarily with the city of New Orleans or with the state of Louisiana.  Files dealing with either New Orleans mayors or Louisiana governors have been placed at the beginning of their subseries.  Other files are arranged alphabetically.

Note:             

Researchers should not expect to find all materials dealing with the career of a particular political figure in a single place.  As a working journalist, Kelso created files for both particular politicians and particular election campaigns, and filed material according to her needs and priorities of the moment.  While not always consistent, we have tried to remain faithful to her organizational scheme as much as possible.   For example, material on Mary Landrieu can be found in the files dealing with both the 1995 governors’ race and the 1996 U.S. Senate race, since Landrieu ran for office in both elections.   Researchers would be advised to look for materials in a number of potential locations.

Subseries II.1: Subject File: New Orleans

Mayors and Mayoral Elections

These folders are arranged in alphabetical order by mayor or mayoral candidate.  Specific campaigns are arranged chronologically by the date of the mayoral campaign.

Box 1:

                        Mayors of New Orleans.  Contains lists of the mayors of New Orleans

Mayors’ Wives

                        Barthelemy, Sidney – 1974-1983

Barthelemy, Sidney – 1986-1989

Barthelemy, Sidney – 1990-1995

Barthelemy, Sidney – Transcripts of Kelso Interviews; Whelan and Young

                                    Paper on Barthelemy

Landrieu, Moon – 1969-1978

Landrieu, Moon – 1979-1992

Morial, Dutch – 1981

Morial, Dutch – 1982

Morial, Dutch – 1983-1984

Morial, Dutch – 1985-1986

Morial, Dutch – 1989-1993

Morial, Dutch – Flyers, Interviews, Photos

Morial, Dutch – Arnold Hirsch’s “Dutch Morial: Old Creole in the New

                                    South”

Morial, Dutch – Ernest Miller’s “Black Mayoral Leadership: A Political

                                    Biography of Ernest Dutch Morial”

Morial, Dutch – Sybil Morial. Contains material relating to Morial’s wife

                                    Sybil Morial.

Box 2:

Morial, Marc – 1983-1990

Morial, Marc – Transition, March to May 1994

Morial, Marc – May to December 1994

Morial, Marc – 1995-1996.  Includes material on crime wave and new

            NOPD chief Richard Pennington.

Morrison, Chep – Clippings, 1946-1964

Morrison, Chep – Clippings, 1964 Death and Posthumous

Morrison, Chep – Clippings, 1954 Police Scandal

Morrison, Chep – Book Reviews and Journal Articles

Morrison, Chep – Kelso Columns

Morrison, Chep – Photographs

Morrison, Chep – Union Passenger Terminal

Morrison, Chep – Manuscript of Jack McGuire’s unpublished book on

            Chep Morrison

Schiro, Victor – General.  This file includes correspondence between

      outgoing mayor Morrison and incoming mayor Schiro regarding a dispute over furniture in the mayor’s office.  Morrison wrote to Kelso and forwarded copies of correspondence he had had with Schiro.

Schiro, Victor – Kelso Columns

Box 3:

1986 Mayoral Race – Clippings

1986 Mayoral Race – Sidney Barthelemy Campaign Material

1986 Mayoral Race – Bill Jefferson Campaign Material

1986 Mayoral Race – Sam LeBlanc Campaign Material

1986 Mayoral Race – Other Candidates’ Campaign Material:  Rudy

Lombard, Terry Hardy, Ben Rauch

1986 Mayoral Race – Sample Ballots and Push Cards

1986 Mayoral Race – Miscellaneous: Forums, Polls, Campaign

Expenditures

Box 4:

1986 Mayoral Race – Kelso’s Interview Notes and Audio Cassettes

1986 Mayoral Race – Kelso’s Interview Notes and Audio Cassettes

1986 Mayoral Race – Campaign Material for Council Candidates

1986 Mayoral Race – Campaign Material for Sheriff, Judges, Other

            Offices

1990 Mayoral Race – Clippings

1990 Mayoral Race – Sidney Barthelemy Campaign Material

1990 Mayoral Race – Donald Mintz Campaign Material

1990 Mayoral Race – Miscellaneous.  Contains opinion polls, material

            from the campaigns of minor candidates, and a report exploring

            whether conditions would favor Dutch Morial’s candidacy.

Box 5:            

1994 Mayoral Race – Clippings - General

1994 Mayoral Race – Clippings – Times-Picayune Candidate Profiles

1994 Mayoral Race – Marc Morial Campaign Material

1994 Mayoral Race – Donald Mintz Campaign Material

1994 Mayoral Race – Donald Mintz Clippings, 1991-1993

1994 Mayoral Race – Mitch Landrieu Campaign Material

1994 Mayoral Race – Mitch Landrieu Clippings, 1985-1993

1994 Mayoral Race – Sherman Copelin Campaign Material

1994 Mayoral Race – Sherman Copelin Clippings, 1975-1993

1994 Mayoral Race – Ken Carter Campaign Material

1994 Mayoral Race – Ken Carter Clippings, 1985-1986

1994 Mayoral Race – Lambert Boissiere Campaign Material

1994 Mayoral Race – Sample Ballots and Push Cards

1994 Mayoral Race – Mintz Fliers Controversy - Clippings

1994 Mayoral Race – Mintz Fliers Controversy – Fliers, Evidence,

            Interviews.  Contains materials concerning the allegations that the

            Mintz campaign produced and distributed anonymous racist and

            anti-Semitic fliers.  Includes examples of the fliers, statements and

            affidavits from involved persons, as well as exhibits and evidence

            produced for hearings on the fliers.

1994 Mayoral Race – Miscellaneous.  Contains transcripts of interviews

            Kelso conducted, opinion polls, fliers for public forums, etc.

Other New Orleans Material

These folders are arranged alphabetically, and contain materials on topics that are related to New Orleans.   The materials in these files primarily consist of newspaper and magazine clippings, though other forms are included as well.

Box 6:            

                        ACT / All Congregations Together

                        Alexander, Avery

                        Assessors - Burkes & Comiskeys

                        Assessors - Carter

                        Bagert Brothers

                        Bagneris, Michael

                        Bernard, Sherman (Black Insurance Agents)

                        Black Political Orgs

                        Boggs, Hale

                        Boggs, Lindy

                        BOLD (Black Organization for Leadership Development)

                        Buildings

Cahn, Jules

Canal Street

Canizaro, Joseph

Carter, Kenneth (Assessor, 1985)

Casinos

Casinos - 1994

Casinos - Tunica

Cassibry, Fred

Celebrity Chefs

Characters

Churches

City Council - 1994 Campaigns

City Council Study - PAR Group, 1991

City Council - Other

Box 7:

City Park

City Streets

Civil Rights

Clancy, Frank (Jefferson Parish Sheriff)

Clevenger, Jo Ann

Clubs

Computers ’96 – Genealogy

Concerned Clergy – 1985

Connick, Harry – District Atty.

Copeland, Al

Copelin, Sherman

Creoles

Crime

DA – Judges Notes

Democratic Convention, 1964 - “My Letter Home”

Dilberto, Woody / Glaudi, Hap

1996 District Attorney Race – General

1996 District Attorney Race – Connick, Harry

1996 District Attorney Race – Reed, Morris

1996 District Attorney Race – Faith Berthey Case

District Attys – Garrison / Hubert

Dreyfous, George (Constitutional Rights)

Dunbar, Charles (Father of Civil Service)

Eastern Airline Crash, 1964

Economy

Elder, Bill

“Excel ‘94”

Fertel, Rodney

Fire Department

Fire Department Museum

Fires

Flettrich, Terry

Floods – Mississippi River

Fossier, Mildred

Box 8:

Fossier Papers

Foti, Charles (Sheriff – N.O.)

Fountain, Pete

French Market

French Quarter

Garrison, Jim

General – Sightseeing

Giarrusso

Groesch, Gary

HANO – Cates, Sidney

Harris, Christopher

Higgins, Andrew

                        Hospitals

                        Hotels

                        Houses

                        Hubbard, Don

                        Hurricanes

                        Indians

                        Irish

                        Irons, Paulette (Dist. 95 – Irons / Rodgers)

                        Italians

                        Jazz

                        Jazz – Fountain, Pete

                        Jazz – Marsalis Family

                        Jefferson, Bill

                        1996 Judge Races

                        Judges – Augustine, Israel

                        Judges – Sapir, Eddie

                        ’94 Judgeship Elections (Geneo Charts)

                        Kabakoffs

                        Kohlmeyer, Herman

Box 9:

                        Lacombe, Allen “Black Cat”          

                        Landrieu, Mary

                        Lead Poisoning, Xavier Prof

                        Lee, Harry

                        Lehman Awards, 1984

                        Libraries

                        Lombard, Edwin A.

                        Lombard, Rudy

                        Louisiana Pizza Kitchen Robbery / Murders

                        Marcello, Carlos

Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras – Collectors

Mardi Gras – Salaun Illustrations

Media

Media – Flettrich, Terry

Media – Read, A. Louis

Media Men, Pollsters.  Carvin, Jim

Media Men, Pollsters.  Parker.

Media Men, Pollsters.  Renwick.

Molpus, Dick – 1994 Speech

Monuments, Statues

Museums

Music

Neighborhoods

NOPSI

NORD

Ochsner, Dr. Alton

Oil and Gas

Old Regular Democratic Organization

Orleans Delegation

Oswald, Lee Harvey

                        Parish Prison

Parks

Parks – Audubon Zoo

Parsons, Kent

People

People (Great People)

Police Chiefs

Police Scandal, 1950s

Port of New Orleans

Quick Reference from Times-Picayune

Racism – Tulane – Minister’s Statement

Ramos, Paul

Rault Center Fire

Read, A. Louis

Republican Convention 1988

Box 10:

Restaurants

Restaurants – Brennan, Ella

Robinson, Martha

Rochon, Reynard

Saenger Theater, Loew’s

St. Augustine

School Integration, 1960s (Save Our Schools)

School Reform, 1992

School Reform Candidates

Schools

Schwegmann, John G.

Shaw, Clay

Sports

Sports – Cannon, Billy

Streetcars

Superdome

Termites

Theatre

Thomas, Irma

Top Stories – 1960s – 1970s

Top Stories – 1980s

Top Stories – 1990

Tourism

Tours

Tulane Scholarships

 “The Way it Was”

Theobald, Robert

Times-Picayune

University Kickbacks (Tulane, UNO)

Upstairs Bar Fire

Box 11:

Voters Information League

Waltzer, Miriam

Watts, Judith

Weather/Snow

Weil, Gus

Welch, Virginia Cox

Wetland Erosion

Wilson, Peggy

Women in Politics

Women of Note

Wood, A. Baldwin

World’s Fair 1984

Wright, Judge Skelly

Writers

Wynne, Todie Lee

Miscellaneous

Book Proposal and “Best of” Columns

These folders contain materials related to a book proposal Kelso was developing and folders marked by Kelso as her “Best of”.   The materials in these files primarily consist of newspaper and magazine clippings, though other forms are included as well, such as photographs.  Also included are a few miscellaneous items of Kelso’s, including two photographs and her last column.

Box 11:

                        Book Proposal

                        Kelso Family Columns

                        Figaro, Best of, 1976-1977

                        Best of 1980

                        Best of 1986

                        Political Columns, Best

                        Press Club Awards – Women in Government

                        My Last Column

Photographs: Veasey [Veazie] at Last Duck Dinner, Dutch Morial

       and Photo Staff, Times-Picayune 1957

Subseries II.2:  Subject File: Louisiana

Governors and Gubernatorial Elections

These folders are arranged in alphabetical order by governor or gubernatorial candidate.  Specific campaigns are arranged chronologically by the date of the gubernatorial campaign.

Box 12:

Governors and Gubernatorial Election Results.  Contains lists of governors and election results.

The Long Family.  Contains material relating either to the entire Long Family or to minor members.

Long, Earl – Contemporary Clippings, 1930s to 1930s

Long, Earl – Posthumous Clippings

Long, Earl - Movie “Blaze.”   Contains material related to the 1989 movie Blaze.

Long, Earl – Blaze Starr.  Contains material related to Long’s affair with Bourbon Street stripper Blaze Starr.

Long, Earl – Earl Long Stories.  Contains anecdotes concerning Long, told by Kelso or others.

Long, Earl – Jesse Bankston on Earl Long

Long, Earl – Jack McGuire on Earl Long

Long, Earl – Morgan and Peoples on Earl Long

Long, Earl – Russell Wiley on Earl Long

Long, Earl – B. B. “Sixty” Rayburn on Earl Long

Long, Earl – Oral History Interview Transcript with Blanche Long

Long, Earl – Manuscript of Jack McGuire’s Uncle Earl Deserved Better

Long, Huey

Long, Russel

Box 13:

Davis, Jimmie

Davis, Jimmie – Oral History Interview Transcript with Jimmie Davis

Edwards, Edwin – 1970s

Edwards, Edwin – 1982 Letter from Edwards to Kelso.  Contains an April 27, 1982 letter from Edwin Edwards to Kelso, in which Edwards rebuts charges made in Kelso’s column.

Edwards, Edwin – 1983

Edwards, Edwin – 1983 Campaign against Treen.  Contains material related to Edwards’s 1983 campaign against Dave Treen.

Edwards, Edwin – 1984 Paris Trip.  Contains material related to Edwards’s post-victory trip to Europe; Kelso attended and reported on the event.

Edwards, Edwin – 1984

Edwards, Edwin – 1985

Edwards, Edwin – 1985 Trial.  Contains material relating to Edwards’s 1985 trial on fraud and racketeering charges.

Edwards, Edwin – 1986

Edwards, Edwin – 1987

Edwards, Edwin – 1987 Campaign against Roemer.  Contains material related to Edwards’s 1987 election campaign against Buddy Roemer

Box 14:

Edwards, Edwin – 1988 to 1990

Edwards, Edwin – 1992 to 1996 (Final Term)

Edwards, Edwin – Elaine Edwards.  Contains material relating to Edwards’s first wife.

Edwards, Edwin – Funny Cards.  Contains two satirical Edwards-related cards.

Foster, Mike

Jones, Sam

McKeithen, John – 1964-1972

McKeithen, John – Since 1972

(material on Edwin Edwards filed below; see folders ______)

Roemer, Buddy

Treen, David

Treen, David – Blacks for Treen, 1983.  Contains Kelso notes and Treen campaign publications relating to Treen’s effort to gain support among Black voters in the 1983 election.

1963-64 Governors’ Race. Contains material relating to the election contest between John McKeithen, deLesseps “Chep” Morrison, and Charlton Lyons.

1979 Governors’ Race.  Contains material relating to the election contest between Dave Treen, Louis Lambert, Jim Fitzmorris, Paul Hardy, E. L. “Bubba” Henry, and Edgar “Sonny” Mouton.

1991 Governors’ Race – General Clippings and Campaign Material.  Contains material related to the election in general, or to Edwards, Roemer, or other minor candidates in particular.

1991 Governors’ Race – David Duke Clippings, Interview, and Campaign Material       

Box 15:

1995 Governors’ Race – Clippings

1995 Governors’ Race – Clippings – Candidate Profiles

1995 Governors’ Race – Mike Foster Campaign Material

                        1995 Governors’ Race – Mary Landrieu Campaign Material

1995 Governors’ Race – Mary Landrieu Clippings, 1988-1994

1995 Governors’ Race – Buddy Roemer Campaign Material

1995 Governors’ Race – Phil Preis Campaign Material

1995 Governors’ Race – Melinda Schwegmann Campaign Material

                        1995 Governors’ Race – Dave Treen Campaign Material

1995 Governors’ Race – Other Candidates: Bill Jefferson, Harry Lee

1995 Governors’ Race – Opinion Polls

1995 Governors’ Race – Lieutenant Governor Candidates – Kathleen Blanco

1995 Governors’ Race – Lieutenant Governor Candidates – Chris John, Greg Marcantel, Suzanne Krieger

Legislators and Legislative Elections

These folders are arranged in alphabetical order by legislative candidate.  Specific campaigns are arranged chronologically by the date of the legislative campaign.

Box 16:

Duke, David - 1989-1990: Legislature. Material related to Duke’s original 1989 election to the state legislature and to his activities there.

Duke, David – 1990 U.S. Senate campaign against J. Bennett Johnston

Duke, David – Hate Letters.  Contains hate mail sent to Kelso by Duke supporters.

Duke, David – Hill/Gerwin Papers.  Contains papers written by Lance Hill and Leslie Gerwin on the Duke phenomenon.

Duke, David – Sterilization Plan; Duke’s Draft Record.  Contains research material compiled by Duke opponents.

(other material related to David Duke can be found in the folders concerning the 1996 U.S. Senate election.)

                        1996 U.S. Senate Race – General Clippings

1996 U.S. Senate Race – Endorsement Ballots, Opinion Polls, Kelso Notes

1996 U.S. Senate Race – Duke, David

                        1996 U.S. Senate Race – Hayes, Jimmy

1996 U.S. Senate Race – Ieyoub, Richard

1996 U.S. Senate Race – Jenkins, Woody

1996 U.S. Senate Race – Landrieu, Mary

1996 U.S. Senate Race – Linder, Bill

1996 U.S. Senate Race – McMains, Chuck

1996 U.S. Senate Race – Wilson, Peggy

Other Louisiana Material

These folders are arranged alphabetically by topic, and contain materials on topics related to Louisiana.   The materials in these files primarily consist of newspaper and magazine clippings, though other forms are included as well.

Box 17:

ABORT Record

Amtrack Wreck, 1993

Angola State Prison

Art Deco

Black Legislative Caucus Bond Deal (Landrieu, 1993)

Book with Jim Carvin on Louisiana Politics – Interview and Transcripts.  Contains transcripts of conversations between Kelso and political commentator Jim Carvin, conducted in the process of preparing for a book the two were preparing to write together. 

Book with Jim Carvin on Louisiana Politics – Outline

Bonnie and Clyde

Beaux, John

Brown, Jim

Bussie, Victor

Cajuns

Chronologies

Civil Rights

Congress

Democratic Convention, 1988.  Atlanta.

Dodd, Bill

Elections – Election Dates, 1972 -1987

Elections – PAR Reports

Environment

Faucheux, Ron

Fitzmorris, Jimmy

Hainkel, John (1999 Political Flyers)

Johnston, Bennett

Kurtz, Wit of LA Politics

Legislative Candidates, 1993

Box 18:

Livingston, Robert

Lottery

Louisiana Legislators

LA. Legislators – Dixon, Irma

LA. Legislators – Hankel, John

LA. Legislators – Henry, E.L. “Bubba”

LA. Legislators – Kiefer, Nat

LA. Legislators – Nunez, Sammy

McKeithen, Fox

O’Keefe, Mike

Old State Capitol

Orphan Train, Early 1900s

Ortique, Revius (First Black SC Justice)

Perez Family (Plaquemine Parish)

Plantations

Political Stories

Presidential Elections

Rayburn, B.B. “Sixty”

Republicans

State Finances, 1987

Tonry, Rick

Weill, Gus

Women’s Issues

Miscellaneous

Subseries II.3:  Subject File: Other Topics

These folders are arranged alphabetically by topic, and contain materials on topics that are not directly related to Louisiana or New Orleans.   The materials in these files primarily consist of newspaper and magazine clippings, though other forms are included as well.

Box 18:

Clintons

Cuban Riots at Oakdale Prison   

                        Mississippi – Faulkner and Welty

                        Molpus, Dick

                        Philadelphia Killings

                        Richards, Ann (Texas Governor)

                        Southern Politics (Republican Rise in 90s)

Series III.       Miscellaneous

Various unfiled printed and visual materials, including books, videotapes, and political

ephemera (e.g., campaign signs and flyers).

Subseries III.1: Printed Materials

Box 19:

                        Legislators

                        Magazines

                        Material on Sen. Mike O’Keefe from Stony Dale

                        Transcript of Oral History – George McGovern

                        Transcript of Oral History – Jesse Bankston

                        Citizen’s Guide to the Legislature, ’72, ’76, and ‘80

                        Citizen’s Guide to the Legislature, ’84, ’88, and ‘92

Subseries III.2: Books & Videocassettes

Box 20:

                        Book, “On the Trail of the Assassins” by Jim Garrison.  Paperback.

Book, “A Heritage of Stone” by Jim Garrison.  Hardcover.  Inscribed by

       author.

                        Book, “I Don’t Need You When I’m Right” by Vic Gold.  Hardcover. 

                               Inscribed by David Kleck.

                        Book, “Cross to Bear” by John Maginnis.  Hardcover.

Box 21:

                        Book, “The Rise of David Duke” by Tyler Bridges.  Hardcover.

                        VHS Tape, Morial/Mintz and “Nasty Flyers”, 1994

                        VHS Tape, Raymond Strother/Richard Ieyoub, 3 July 91

                        VHS Tape, “Make Buddy Roemer History and Various Political

                               Campaigns”

Subseries III.3: Political Ephemera

Box 22:

                        Photograph: Iris Kelso, Dutch Morial, and Alan Katz

                        Photograph: Iris Kelso, Dutch Morial, and Leah Chase

                        Photograph: Iris Kelso and Dutch Morial

                        Campaign Sign, Mayor, Sidney Barthelemy

                        Campaign Sign, Mayor, Sidney Barthelemy

                        Campaign Sign, Councilman, Dutch Morial

                        Campaign Sign, District Attorney, Harry Connick

                        Campaign Sign, Mayor, Donald Mintz

                        Campaign Sign, Mayor, Ben Rauch

                        Campaign Sign, Mayor, William Jefferson

                        Campaign Sign, Council-at-Large, Dorothy Mae Taylor, Signed

                        Campaign Sign, Council-at-Large, Dorothy Mae Taylor, Signed

                        Campaign Flyer, “No Dukes”

                        Campaign Flyer, “No Dukes”

                        Campaign Flyer, “No Dukes”

                        Campaign Sign, “Stop David Duke”, Signed by Edwin Edwards, Dorothy

                               Mae Taylor, and William Jefferson

                        Campaign Sign, Governor, Edwin Edwards

                        Campaign Sign, Mayor, Marc Morial

                        Campaign Sign, Mayor, Marc Morial

                        Campaign Sign, Mayor, Marc Morial

                        Campaign Sign, Mayor, Marc Morial

                        Campaign Sign, Mayor, Marc Morial

                        Campaign Button, Senate, John Breaux

                        Campaign Button, Senate, Beck

                        Campaign Button, Judge, Norris Fitzmorris

                        Campaign Baseball Cap, Mayor, Sidney Barthelemy

                        Matchbook, Airforce One, Damaged.

                        Business Card, Iris Kelso, Damaged.

                        Audiocassette, Unlabeled

Index Terms

Kelso, Iris

States-Item

Figaro

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