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Alan Wieder collection

Identifier: 685

Scope and Contents

Collection contains newspaper clippings (November 1960-January 1979) formerly housed in three scrapbooks documentating the desegregation of William Frantz and McDonogh 19 elementary schools in New Orleans by Ruby Bridges (Frantz) and Leona Tate, Tessie Prevost, and Gail Ettiene (McDonogh). Other materials include correspondence; office records of John A. Stewart, principal of McDonogh 19 when it was integrated; hand script notes by Betty Wisdom containing her reflections on the desegregation of the schools; and additional related records and publications. The correspondence includes letters against and in support of integration addressed to John A. Stewart and Mrs. Norbert H. Sand, President of Save Our Schools, as well as a letter of support and poem sent to the three girls at McDonogh 19.

A later addition to the collection includes two photographs and an 8mm film depicting Ruby Bridges and other students at William Frantz Elementary school, circa 1961. Although the prints are dated June 1984, they depict Bridges and four White students likely toward the end of the 1st grade school year in 1961.  The photographs and film were taken by Josie Ritter, a teacher at William Frantz, and later given to Alan Wieder.

This collection was processed under a grant from the Keller Family Foundation. In 2016, a Basic Preservation grant from the National Film Preservation Foundation provided a new 16mm internegative master, 16mm color print, high resolution digital master, HDcam video copy, and DVD access copy for the 8mm film. Added to the collection 6/6/2017.


  • Created: 1960-1984
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1960-1961
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/2009


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright to these papers has not been assigned to the Amistad Research Center. It is the responsibility of an author to secure permission for publication from the holder of the copyright to any material contained in this collection.


1.20 Linear Feet

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Physical Access Requirements

Newspaper clippings are acidic and fragile. Researchers required to use preservation photocopies in Box 2, Folder 15-Box 3, Folder 16.

Technical Access Requirements

8mm film digitized in 2017.

Custodial History

Writings of Betty Wisdom given to Dr. Wieder by Ms. Wisdom; photographs and film given to Dr. Wieder by Josie Ritter; remaining material gathered by John A. Stewart and given to Dr. Wieder.

Source of Acquisition

Dr. Alan Wieder

Method of Acquisition


Appraisal Information

This collection contains research materials gathered by Dr. Alan Wieder for his research on the November 1960 desegregation of the public schools in New Orleans.

Accruals and Additions

Addendum to collection received in November 2010.

Related Materials

Rosa Freeman Keller papers; Save Our Schools, Inc. records; Jane T. Lemann papers; Catholic Council on Human Relations records; Natalie Midlo collection

Related Publications

Liva Baker. The Second Battle of New Orleans: The Hundred-Year Struggle to Integrate the Schools (New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1996)

Processing Information

Collection processed by Christopher Harter, May-June 2010. Addendum added in November 2010.

Alan Wieder collection
Christopher Harter
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Repository Details

Part of the Amistad Research Center Repository

6823 Saint Charles Avenue
Tilton Hall, Tulane University
New Orleans LA 70118 US
(504) 862-3222