Open House Storytelling Program Records, 1990

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1990 (Date created)
Scope and Content Note

Materials on LA Open House Storytelling Program include correspondence on program development, the Storytelling Pavilion and on regional coordinators selection (1989-1991). Additionally there are letters, printed materials, documents about regional coordinators (training sessions materials, lists of organizations, notes, resources for coordinators, job announcements, applications, resumes, letters to hired coordinators), materials assigned to regional coordinators fairs and festivals, materials on work of one of the coordinators (Dede Cale), storytelling pavilion materials (12-month calendar listing all fairs, festival and events for the Storytelling Pavilion, pavilion guidelines, Suggested Guidelines to Planning and Staging Storytelling Sessions, Interviewing Storytellers, xerox materials on interviewing, couple of photographs) and activity reports.

There are also interviews and music from participants recorded onto 503 cassette tapes as well as 2 copies of Louisiana Open House and the Storytellers Program: A Public/Private Partnership on VHS.

Administrative/Biographical History Element

“The 1990 Open House Storytelling Program provided two thirty-by-thirty-foot pavilions featured at seventy-one festivals. Local coordinators selected 1,051 storytellers to participate in 504 storytelling sessions in the pavilions. Regional coordinators for the Open House 1990 Storytelling Program -- Judith Barrow, Debi Bennett, Ellen Blue, Monty Brown, Cordelia Cale, Susan Eddington, Randall LaBry, Dayna Lee, Pat Mire, and Norris Rousse -- worked with community members and served as liaisons to identify the best storytellers in their regions...

Swapping Stories: Folktales from Louisiana is the product of a ten-year project by the Louisiana Folklife Program which began as a collaboration with the Louisiana Office of Tourism's Open House 1990 Storytelling Program. As Folklife Program director… [Maida Owens] worked with the Louisiana Office of Tourism to design and implement a public presentation program that for the first time made storytelling a major focus at Louisiana fairs and festivals.”

Owens, Maida. 1999. “Louisiana Folklife Program: The Louisiana Storytelling Project.” Louisiana Folklife Program.

System of Arrangement

Materials may be found in the following series within the Louisiana Folklife Program Project Files:

  • Series XXI. LA Open House, 1989-1991 (box 16);   
  • Series XXII. Storytelling Book Project, 1989-1991 (box 16); 
  • Series XXIII. Swapping Stories Files, 1994-1999 (box 16-17);
  • Series XXIV. Oral History (L:45-49 boxes 1-27 tapes 1-513) & (63: boxes 18-20 folders 1-513)
  • Series XXV. Video Tapes, 1982-1996. (L:2a)

General Note

Collection is available for review at LSU Libraries Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library, Baton Rouge, La.

2 (linear feet)
503 (cassette tapes)
2 (VHS tapes)
English (Languages)
Other Subject Headings
Cajuns--Louisiana (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Creoles--Louisiana (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Folk Festivals (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Storytellers (Ethnographic Thesaurus (ET))
Storytelling (Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH))
Temporal Coverage
Geographic Coverage
Louisiana (Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names)
Preferred Citation
Louisiana Folklife Program Project Files, Mss. 4730, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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