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2016-17 through 2021-22
The Atchafalaya Heritage Area has been designated by Congress as a National Heritage Area.
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The photo collection consists of around 12,000 photographs. The bulk of the photos feature the local music scene from about 1950 onward, focusing on traditional and Dixieland performers. Outside these categories musicians will be well represented if they came from New Orleans before gaining fame elsewhere, such as Jelly Roll Morton, Sidney Bechet, and Louis Armstrong.
Beyond musicians, the Louisiana State Museum has numerous photos of locations that were important to jazz, nightclubs and bars and the like. These sometimes were taken decades after the buildings had played their part in jazz history, often when they were about to be torn down in the 50?s and 60s. Also included are numerous photos of street parades and funerals, especially funerals of notable musicians, dating from the 1950s to the 1990s.
Some Notable Specifics:
Interested in seeing more historic Jazz images? Visit our Jazz Collection on the Louis Digital Library here.
The bulk of the film holdings is several hundred rolls of various sizes donated in 1978 by local TV news cameraman Don Perry. While some film is out-takes from assignments for his station, WDSU, much of it he shot pursuing his own interests, and as he was a co-founder of the New Orleans Jazz Club, much of it relates to jazz. The time covered is about 1970-76. The jazz-related films feature concert and nightclub footage, funerals and parades, footage concerning the Jazz Museum, and the first two Jazz & Heritage Festivals.
The Jazz Collection also has film from other sources, notably Mel Leavett at WWL. He was a jazz fan, and during the 60s he would occasionally get used footage from the evening news shows routed to the Jazz Museum, film that otherwise would have been thrown away. Most of the film dates no earlier than about 1960, including footage of the opening of the original Jazz Museum in November of `61.