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About this collection

The collection consisting of 2,818 slides covers the years 1947-1973.  Dorothy Violet Gulledge, an amateur photographer, was born in Perry County, Mississippi, on August 24, 1908. In 1922, her family moved to New Orleans, where she lived for the rest of her life. Miss Gulledge worked as a stenographer and office manager for the Liquid Carbolic Corporation in the 1930s, and from the 1940s-1970s, as a legal secretary.

 

According to Ann Garza, Miss Gulledge's sister and the donor of this collection, Miss Gulledge enjoyed travelling and took photographs on her travels. Many of the photographs were apparently taken during commercial bus tours to plantation homes and other sites in Louisiana and Mississippi or during organized tours of French Quarter courtyards, possibly in connection with New Orleans' annual Spring Fiesta. She also enjoyed taking long walks in the French Quarter and elsewhere to take photographs. She did not drive but traveled around the city by streetcar and bus with her camera.

Miss Gulledge died on November 1, 1988.


The collection is comprised of 2,818 color slides of New Orleans buildings, courtyards, and gardens; Mardi Gras balls and parades; plantation exteriors, interiors and grounds in Louisiana and Mississippi; and other historic sites. 17 slides were taken in Central America (Costa Rica and Panama); 77 slides, mostly those of plantations, are commercially made, apparently purchased by Miss Gulledge during visits to landmark sites.

 

The slides are arranged by the subject of the photograph and grouped in general categories (Carnival, Miscellaneous, New Orleans Streets, Parks and Squares, Plantation Tours, and Plantations) as reflected in the inventory below. Many of the slides, particularly those taken in New Orleans, were identified by Miss Gulledge, who wrote the identifications and sometimes the date of the photograph on the slide mounts themselves. Although the arrangement relies upon these identifications, users should be aware that there may be some inaccuracies in Miss Gulledge's information. A number of the slides are undated and/or unidentified or only loosely identified (e.g., those taken during French Quarter Courtyard tours, unidentified plantation tours, or during the Natchez Pilgrimage tours).

 

A portion of the Slides in the Collection have not been digitized at this time, but will be digitized in the future.

 

 

Inventory of Undigitized Slides

 

 

 

Name/Subject

Date

Number of Slides

Category

Notes

Alpheus Carnival Ball

1966

42

Carnival

 

Mecca Carnival Ball

1969

2

Carnival

 

Moselm Carnival Ball

1966

32

Carnival

 

Moslem Carnival Ball

1967

40

Carnival

 

Moslem Carnival Ball

1969

2

Carnival

 

Naiads Carnival Ball

1967

47

Carnival

 

Naiads Carnival Ball

1969

2

Carnival

 

Niobians Carnival Ball

1969

2

Carnival

 

Noblads Carnival Ball

1969

2

Carnival

 

Pandora Carnival Ball

1969

3

Carnival

 

Unidentified Carnival Ball

1966

18

Carnival

 

Unidentified Carnival Ball (#1)

1973

15

Carnival

 

Unidentified Carnival Ball (#2)

1973

35

Carnival

 

Unidentified Carnival Ball (#3)

1973

19

Carnival

 

Unidentified Carnival Ball (#4)

1973

36

Carnival

Possibly Moslem

Venus Parade

1966

28

Carnival

 

Avery Island

1971

24

Miscellaneous

 

Bellingrath Gardens

1964

40

Miscellaneous

1 slide is commercially made; some of these may have been taken elsewhere

Cemeteries--New Orleans

1949; undated

25

Miscellaneous

 

Central America

1947; 1948

17

Miscellaneous

Panama and Costa Rica; Miss Gulledge's father was an engineer in the Canal Zone following World War II.

Christmas windows (D.H. Holmes; Maison Blanche)

1965; undated

8

Miscellaneous

Maison Blanche and D.H. Holmes

Churches (non-New Orleans)

1971

26

Miscellaneous

Centerville Presbyterian Church, Evangeline Church; Episocopal Church (Franklin, LA); St. Mary and St. Michael Churches (Union, LA -- commerically made slides)

Delgado Museum of Art

1948; undated

29

Miscellaneous

 

Egrets

1971

8

Miscellaneous

Includes one blue heron

Flowers

undated

4

Miscellaneous

 

Mississippi River

1962; undated

9

Miscellaneous

Includes ferries; river traffic; Huey P. Long Bridge

Robert E. Lee on the roof

undated

2

Miscellaneous

 

Audubon Park

1948; 1950; 1954

22

Parks & Squares

Horse show, 1948

City Park

1948; 1950; 1951; 1952; 1962; undated

98

Parks & Squares

 

East End Park

undated

7

Parks & Squares

 

Jackson Square

1950; 1951; 1962

26

Parks & Squares

 

Lafayette Square

1950; 1951; undated

16

Parks & Squares

 

Covington and St. Francisville, LA

1972

34

Plantation Tours

 

Covington, LA

1972

20

Plantation Tours

Not all slides taken in Covington?

Natchez Pilgrimage

1967

137

Plantation Tours

Loosely identified; 23 slides are commercially made

Natchez Pilgrimage

1970

106

Plantation Tours

Loosely identified; 6 slides are commercially made

Natchez Pilgrimage

undated

15

Plantation Tours

 

Plantation Tour

1969/12

21

Plantation Tours

 

Plantation Tour

1969/9

34

Plantation Tours

 

Plantation Tour

1971/5

38

Plantation Tours

 

Plantation Tour

1972/10

35

Plantation Tours

 

Plantation Tour

1972/6

27

Plantation Tours

 

Plantation Tour

1972/8

27

Plantation Tours

 

 

 

 

 
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