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Xavier University (New Orleans, La.). University Archives and Special Collections

1 Drexel Drive
New Orleans, Louisiana 70125

Phone: 504-520-7305

Repository URL: http://www.xula.edu/library/archives External Link

Repository description (CRHP): This repository houses the footage for the film A House Divided, a documentary of the Civil Rights Movement in New Orleans between 1950-1965.

Repository description (extant): Xavier Archives collects unpublished and rare published items on four topics, the history of Xavier University of Louisiana, African-American history and culture, Roman Catholicism in the United States, and the Southern U. S. and the Gulf-Caribbean region, with special emphasis on the history of Louisiana and New Orleans. By June 30, 2008, the repository held 1,721.8 linear ft. of unpublished materials. The University records measured 1,324.6 linear ft., the manuscript special collections 397.2 linear ft. Xavier Archives also holds the University's collection of non-circulating rare books and periodicals. The oldest monograph is Flavius Josephus's De Antiquitate Judaica, published in 1486. The rarest is Les Cenelles [The Mayhaws], published in New Orleans in 1845, the first anthology of poetry by people of African descent in the U. S., which is held in OCLC (the Online Computer Library Center, which covers some 45,000 libraries in 84 countries) by only four libraries. African-American and Southern U. S. writers are especially well represented in Rare Books, and the repository is noted for having one of the most comprehensive collections of works by African-American protest and crime fiction writer Chester Himes, with most titles represented in every English-language edition and translation into foreign languages that has been published.

Repository type: University Special Collection

Collections:

A House Divided records

 

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