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Oral History Interview with Genevieve Munson Trimble, 2017 January 11

Higher Level Record: MSS 766.35
Call Number: MSS 766.35.1
Title: Oral History Interview with Genevieve Munson Trimble, 2017 January 11
Creator: Trimble, Genevieve Munson, b. 1921 (interviewee) -- More information
Cave, Mark, b. 1964 (interviewer) -- More information
The Historic New Orleans Collection (collector) -- More information
Date of Creation: 2017 January 11
Extent: Sound recording: 1 WAV file (70 min.) : digital
Transcript: 34 pp. : digital
Object Name: oral histories (document genres)
WAVE (format)
digital audio
Collection Type: Audio
Oral Histories
Process/Technique: recording
Language: English
Biography/History: Genevieve Munson Trimble (b. 1921) was married to Morrell F. "Bud" Trimble. She has been involved in New Orleans historical preservation organizations such as Le Petit Salon, and has been a leader of the restoration of the botanical gardens at Afton Villa Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana.
Mark Cave is the curator of manuscripts and oral historian for The Historic New Orleans Collection.
The Historic New Orleans Collection (THNOC) is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South. The institution was founded in 1966 by General L. Kemper Williams and Leila Moore Williams -- collectors of Louisiana materials who wished to share their holdings with the public.
Scope and Content: Genevieve Munson Trimble was interviewed by Mark Cave on January 11, 2017 for the Vieux Carré Memoir Oral History Project. Trimble recalls her father, Joseph Jones Munson, an engineer in the sugar industry, and her mother, Emma Harvey. She talks about growing up in Houma, Louisiana and working in Chicago during World War II, after which she and her husband, Morrell Trimble, settled in the French Quarter first at 731 Royal Street and later at 835 Chartres Street. Trimble describes her life in the French Quarter in the 1940s, including her memories of Tennessee Williams, Harnett Kane and the restaurant Solari's. She talks about her membership in Le Petit Salon, which she joined when Dorothy Dix was president. Trimble talks about her restoration of the gardens at Alton Villa and the homes she has owned in the French Quarter.
Notes: Genevieve Munson Trimble oral history, 2017 January 11, for the Vieux Carré Memoir Oral History Project, MSS 766, Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Multimedia: Le Petit Salon: A Vieux Carré Memoir (WWNO "NOLA Life Stories" radio segment)
Restrictions: Open. Records are available for consultation.
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Requesting: Please provide the reference staff with the manuscript call number.
Collection Theme(s): Built Environment and Land Usage
Literary Arts
Family and Daily Life
Historic Preservation
Subjects: Trimble, Genevieve Munson, b. 1921 -- More information
Trimble, Morrell F., 1919-2004 -- More information
Le Petit Salon -- More information
Williams, Tennessee, 1911-1983 -- More information
Kane, Harnett T., 1910-1984
Dix, Dorothy, 1870-1951 -- More information
Cruise, Boyd, 1909-1988 -- More information
Williams, Lewis Kemper, 1887-1971 -- More information
Williams, Leila Hardie Moore, 1901-1966 -- More information
French Quarter (New Orleans, La.)
Afton Villa Gardens (West Feliciana Parish, La.)
Houma (La.)
Gardens -- Louisiana.
Authors, American -- 20th century.
Women -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- Societies and clubs.
Related Bibliographic Items: Afton Villa : the birth and rebirth of a nineteenth-century Louisiana garden / Genevieve Munson Trimble. 2016.0067
Accession Number: 2017.0072.1
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