“WRITING KATRINA” (FALL 2006) COLLECTION

(Mss 333)

INVENTORY

Earl K. Long Library

University of New Orleans

January 2007

Contents

Summary

Historical Note

Container List

Index Terms

Procedures for Requesting Special Collections Materials

Summary

Size:

Approximately 1.5 linear feet.

Geographic Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana.

Inclusive Dates:

2006.

Bulk Dates:

2006.

Summary:

Interviews with persons who experienced Hurricane Katrina (August 29, 2005) and/or its aftermath in the New Orleans area.  Each interview file contains a transcript, related documentation, and audiotape(s) and/or videotape(s) and/or CD(s).  Some additionally are accompanied by photographs.  The interviews were conducted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University of New Orleans course HIST 4991, “Writing Katrina: Oral History Theory and Practice” (Fall 2006), taught by Dr. Connie Z. Atkinson.

Related Collections:

The Times-Picayune Hurricane Katrina Editions Collection (Mss 331); “Writing Katrina “ (Spring 2006) Collection (Mss 332)

Source:

Gift, December 2006.

Access:

No Restrictions.

Copyright:

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

Citation:

“Writing Katrina” (Fall 2006) Collection (MSS 333), Louisiana and Special Collections Department, Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans

Historical Note

            Hurricane Katrina was the sixth-strongest Atlantic hurricane on record and the third-strongest to strike the United States.  After crossing Florida as a Category 1 hurri­cane on August 25, 2005, it entered the Gulf of Mexico and, as a strong Category 3 hurricane with a Category 5 storm surge made its second landfall near Buras, Louisiana, on August 29, 2005.  The heavy winds and storm surges associated with Katrina weakened the levee system that protected the city of New Orleans from flooding.  Many levee failures were reported, including major breaches at the Seventeenth Street, London Avenue, and Industrial Canals, which allowed water to inundate at least eighty percent of the city.  Katrina proved to be the costliest hurricane and one of the deadliest disasters in United States history.

            More than eighty percent of area residents evacuated in advance of Katrina’s arrival, many did not.  As the world watched in growing horror, rising floodwaters forced many to flee for their lives or to await long-delayed rescue in attics or on rooftops.  The disaster had significant and enduring economic and political implications on local, state, and national levels, as well as an incalculable personal toll on the hundreds of thousands of lives it touched.

            The course “Writing Katrina” introduced students to the methods and practice of collecting interviews.  Students learned about interview preparation, research and technique, the nature and character of evidence, transcribing and editing interviews, and legal and ethical concerns in conducting and making available oral histories.  The course stressed the documentation of recent experiences of New Orleanians during and after Hurricane Katrina.

Container List

 

NARRATOR

SUBJECT

INTERVIEWER

DATE

       

333-1

Billeaud, Manning Francis, III

Experiences of a volun­teer in the "Cajun Navy” who rescued survivors of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Billeaud, Shannon

2006-10-22

333-2

Schindler, Jewel Boimare

Impact on the elderly of evacuation, loss of home, and decision to remain in New Orleans

Boimare, Frank P., III

2006-11-01

333-3

Bush, Lindsey Marie

Evacuation and relocation from Chalmette

Douzart, Latisha A.

2006-11-22

333-4

Nix, Jay

Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, from the per­spective of the owner of Parkway Bakery and Tavern in Mid-City

Fuertes-Andurand, Maria A.

2006-11-18

333-5

Fleetwood, Mary

Impact on the elderly of evacuation and relocation

Guillory, Eileen

2006-10-28

2006-11-06

333-6

Schmidt, Stefan

Experiences of a Mid-City firefighter, including animal rescues and co­operation with the “Cajun Navy”

Guise, Kim

2006-11-21

2006-11-21

333-7

Prevost, Michael Ward

Rescues and worsening conditions in New Orleans for five days after Hurricane Katrina, from the perspective of a Lakeview resident

Hedgepeth, Anita Louise

2006-10-12

333-8

Hudspeth, Brady P.

Experiences of a rehab counselor at the Superdome

Howerton, Traci Donellan

2006-10-21

333-9

Breland, Margaret Gail Mitchel “Peggy”

Evacuation and post-hurricane work as a member of Cong. Bobby Jindal’s staff

Hunt, Whitney K.

2006-11-05

333-10

Thompson, Michael Joseph

Post-Katrina study trip to Germany; UNO response to Katrina; reacting to the devastation

Jackson, Diane Elaine

2006-11-17

333-11

Blancq, Charles

Effect of Katrina on New Orleans music, musicians

Jackson, Thomas

2006-11-16

333-12

Mire, Heidi

Riding out the storm in Gretna

Johnson, Shannon J.

2006-11-15

333-13

Chun, Nina

Surviving Hurricane Katrina in Chalmette and helping with rescues

Kelley, Kristen

2006-11-16

333-14

Callahan, Rob

Planning for, surviving, and assessing the aftermath of the storm

Lovato, Frank

2006-11-02

333-15

Rapp, Joel Fisher

Experiences in the French Quarter and Convention Center

Martin, April

2006-11-17

333-16

Adams, Melissa

Working throughout the hurricane at Meadowcrest Hospital

McCrossen, Melissa

2006-11-09

333-17

Metzler, Barre

Coping with evacuation-related deaths and the loss of home and job

Metzler, Emily

2006-11-15

333-18

Headrick, Julie

The media perspective on hurricane preparations

Millwood, Josh

2006-10-24

333-19

Villarrubia, Audrey Levy

Compares experiences during Hurricanes Katrina and Betsy (1965)

Nettles, Daniel Mark

2006-10-31

333-20

Decrauzat, Luc

Perspective of a hotel employee, originally from Switzerland, who returned to the city early

Sothern, Julie

2006-11-16

333-21

Nuñez, Chandra

Compares responses to Hurricanes Katrina and Betsy (1965)

Striggles, Tureo

2006-11-20

333-22

Gee, Holly

Life in the Bywater area during and immediately after Hurricane Katrina; includes residents’ relations with the military

Yesho, Anita

2006-11-18

Index Terms

Adams, Melissa

Billeaud, Manning Francis, III

Blancq, Charles

Breland, Margaret Gail Mitchel “Peggy”

Bush, Lindsey Marie

Callahan, Rob

Chun, Nina

Decrauzat, Luc

Fleetwood, Mary

Gee, Holly

Headrick, Julie

Hudspeth, Brady P.

Hurricane Katrina, 2005

Metzler, Barre

Mire, Heidi

Nix, Jay

Nuñez, Chandra

Prevost, Michael Ward

Rapp, Joel Fisher

Schindler, Jewel Boimare

Schmidt, Stefan

Thompson, Michael Joseph

Villarrubia, Audrey Levy

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