In 2006 StoryCorps visited Louisiana to record local stories of survival and revival in the year following Hurricane Katrina, which struck on August 29, 2005. They returned in 2010 in partnership with the Natural Resources Defense Council to document the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill. Interviewees included fisherman, doctors, police officers, waitresses, chefs, and more from every walk of life.
The Louisiana and Special Collections Department at the University of New Orleans’s Earl K. Long Library is proud to act as a StoryCorps Community Archive. We host these collections in order to provide easier access to the communities that made them.
As per the library’s agreement with StoryCorps, audio files of the interviews and their associated photographs, logs, and transcripts may only be accessed on campus at the University of New Orleans. However, the database of information about the interviews may be searched anywhere via the Web.
NOTES ON USING THE StoryCorps COLLECTION:
When you open the page for an interview, it will usually default to a streaming player with audio for the interview, but other resources pertaining to that interview are available in the sidebar on the right side of the screen.
You can identify who is in any attached photos by matching the last few letters of a photo’s filename with one of the codes below:
- _g: indicates a group photo of participants.
- _ina, _inb, _inc, etc.:
- “in” indicates that this is one of the interviewers.
- The a, b, c, or other letter at the end indicates which interviewer is pictured. The interviewer’s name can be found in the Object Description section toward the bottom of the page.
- _sta, _stb, _stc, etc.
- “st” indicates that this is one of the storytellers.
- The a, b, c, or other letter at the end indicates which storyteller is pictured. The storyteller name can be found in the Object Description section toward the bottom of the page.
You may also click on the “Content” tab at the right side of the screen to see a Table of Contents of materials attached to each interview.
Interviews were cataloged by StoryCorps staff and categorized using keywords specific to StoryCorps. These are stored in a “Keywords” field unique to this collection rather than the usual “Subject” field. Users doing an Advanced Search of the StoryCorps collection should take this into consideration.
Photos in the introductory banner used under Creative Commons Attribution license from Katie Harbath, Adam Zolkover, and Katie Elaine Armstrong. Banner by Michele Billings.