Laurraine Goreau Interviews and Recordings

Description

This digital collection consists of select interviews digitized from the Laurraine Goreau collection, HJA-059, of the Hogan Archive of New Orleans Music and New Orleans Jazz, a division of Tulane University Special Collections. The audio interviews were digitized with a 2019 Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library & Information Resources (CLIR).

The interviews from the Laurraine Goreau collection were recorded by Goreau from 1971 to 1975 during her research into the life of Mahalia Jackson for her 1975 authorized biography of Jackson, Just Mahalia, Baby. The interviews chronicle the life of Mahalia Jackson, the popular New Orleans-born vocalist and civil rights activist known worldwide as the “Queen of Gospel.” The interviews include details about Jackson’s life, including her childhood, marriage, health, singing and music career, religious engagement, political engagement, and accomplishments up until her death in 1972. Interviewees include musicians and singers that worked closely and toured with Jackson, her extended family, members of the religious community, musicians, entertainers, politicians, and activists. American icons closely associated with Jackson such as the Reverend Ralph Abernathy and Brother John Sellers are interviewed several times. Other recordings included in this collection were made by Goreau during the time she spent with Jackson touring in India and Japan and include live performances, interviews with the press, and site seeing tours. The interviews and recordings provide an intimate portrait of the singer and shed light on the entry of Black gospel music into post-World War II American popular culture while highlighting Jackson’s role in the music industry and the U.S. civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s.

In making these recordings available, Tulane University Special Collections and Tulane University Digital Library act in good faith. The interviews, like other digital collections, are available for use as they either have been granted permission to be made accessible, are in the public domain, can be made accessible in accordance with fair use policies, are rightfully owned by Tulane University Special Collections, have no known use restrictions, and/or TUSC was unable to confirm that the content showed risk of privacy concerns, copyright infringement, or other objectives.

If you are an interviewee or represent an interviewee and would prefer to have an interview removed, please contact Tulane University Special Collections at specialcollections@tulane.edu. Your message should include the name and URL of the interview(s) to be removed, and the purpose for your removal request.

Thumbnail image: Mahalia Jackson "Queen of the Gospel Singers" early Columbia Records promo photo, Laurraine Goreau collection, LGPH0102, Tulane University Special Collections, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
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LG007 Interviews: Ernestine Washington; Alice Stamps Lawson
LG007 Interviews: Ernestine Washington; Alice Stamps Lawson
LG008 Interviews: Louis
LG008 Interviews: Louis "Studs" Terkel; Mildred Falls; Albertina Walker
LG009 Interviews: Mildred Falls; Chauncey Eskridge; Elizabeth Thorton; Richard Yancey
LG009 Interviews: Mildred Falls; Chauncey Eskridge; Elizabeth Thorton; Richard Yancey
LG010 Interviews: Chauncey Eskridge, Missy Wilkerson, Robert Anderson; John Burns; Columbia Records promotion with Granville White
LG010 Interviews: Chauncey Eskridge, Missy Wilkerson, Robert Anderson; John Burns; Columbia Records promotion with Granville White
LG011 Interview: Albertina Walker
LG011 Interview: Albertina Walker
LG012 Interviews and Recording: Goreau reading from Jackson's 1962-1963 scrapbook; Albertina Walker; Louise Weaver Smothers
LG012 Interviews and Recording: Goreau reading from Jackson's 1962-1963 scrapbook; Albertina Walker; Louise Weaver Smothers
LG013 Interviews: Louise Weaver Smothers; Reverend John Thurston
LG013 Interviews: Louise Weaver Smothers; Reverend John Thurston
LG014 Interviews: Louise Weaver Smothers; Reverend John Thurston; Ed Sullivan
LG014 Interviews: Louise Weaver Smothers; Reverend John Thurston; Ed Sullivan
LG015 Interviews and Recording: Ed Sullivan; Laurraine Goreau; Johnny Jackson; Lindy Boggs
LG015 Interviews and Recording: Ed Sullivan; Laurraine Goreau; Johnny Jackson; Lindy Boggs
LG016 Interview: Mahalia Jackson
LG016 Interview: Mahalia Jackson
LG069 Interviews: Aldus Mitchell; Richard Yancey
LG069 Interviews: Aldus Mitchell; Richard Yancey
LG070 Recording and Interviews:
LG070 Recording and Interviews: "Blue Blue Earth" sung by Laura Washington, Princess Whitecloud accompaniment; J. M. "Ink" Williams; Reverend T.J. Jemison; Cecile Taylor
LG071 Recordings: Mahalia Jackson recording; unidentified recordings
LG071 Recordings: Mahalia Jackson recording; unidentified recordings
LG072 Interview: Joe Bostic, Brother John Sellers
LG072 Interview: Joe Bostic, Brother John Sellers
LG073 Interview: Johnny Jackson
LG073 Interview: Johnny Jackson
LG087 Interviews: Harry Lanetska; Eva Jessye
LG087 Interviews: Harry Lanetska; Eva Jessye
LG088 Interviews: Isabella Lazard; Elliot Beal; Allen Clark, Jr.; Unknown interviewee
LG088 Interviews: Isabella Lazard; Elliot Beal; Allen Clark, Jr.; Unknown interviewee
LG089 Interviews: Isabella Lazard; Cecile Taylor; Edmond Castine; Richard Grady
LG089 Interviews: Isabella Lazard; Cecile Taylor; Edmond Castine; Richard Grady
LG090 Interview: Isabella Lazard
LG090 Interview: Isabella Lazard
LG001 Interviews: Sallie Martin; Robert Anderson
LG001 Interviews: Sallie Martin; Robert Anderson
LG002 Interview: J. Robert Bradley
LG002 Interview: J. Robert Bradley
LG003 Interview: Elliot Beal
LG003 Interview: Elliot Beal
LG004 Interview: Evelyn Gay
LG004 Interview: Evelyn Gay
LG017 Interviews: Reverend Ralph Abernathy; Juanita Abernathy
LG017 Interviews: Reverend Ralph Abernathy; Juanita Abernathy

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