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Oral History Interview with Hilary Somerville Irvin, 2016 October 7

Higher Level Record: MSS 766
Call Number: MSS 766.33
Title: Oral History Interview with Hilary Somerville Irvin, 2016 October 7
Creator: Irvin, Hilary Somerville (interviewee)
Cave, Mark, b. 1964 (interviewer)
The Historic New Orleans Collection (collector)
Date of Creation: 2016 October 7
Extent: Sound recording: 1 WAV file (49 min.) : digital
Object Name: oral histories (document genres)
WAVE (format)
digital audio
Collection Type: Oral Histories
Process/Technique: recording
Language: English
Biography/History: 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: Hilary Somerville Irvin was interviewed by Mark Cave on October 7, 2016 for the Vieux Carré Memoir Oral History Project. Irvin discusses moving to New Orleans and her involvement with the Junior League. She talks about the origins of the Vieux Carré Commission and her work for them as an architectural historian. She discusses her involvement with the second Vieux Carré Survey, which was conducted in the 1980s, and the ongoing efforts made by the commission to protect and preserve buildings in the French Quarter.
Notes: Hilary Somerville Irvin oral history, 2016 October 7, for the Vieux Carré Memoir Oral History Project, MSS 766, Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection.
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): Historic Preservation
Architecture and Urban Development
Subjects: Irvin, Hilary Somerville -- More information
Louisiana Landmarks Society -- More information
Christovich, Mary Louise, 1928-2017 -- More information
Wilson, Samuel, 1911-1993 -- More information
Vieux Carré Commission -- More information
French Quarter (New Orleans, La.)
Historic preservation -- Louisiana.
Historic buildings -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Related Bibliographic Items: New Orleans architecture, volume VIII : the University Sector : Joseph Street to Lowerline Street, Mississippi River to Walmsley Avenue / by the Friends of the Cabildo ; compiled and edited by Robert J. Cangelosi, Jr., Dorothy G. Schlesinger ; contributing authors : Robert J. Cangelosi, Jr., Hilary Somerville Irvin, Bernard Lemann, Samuel Wilson, Jr. 97-271-RL
The Camp Salmen site : St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana / Hilary Somerville Irvin. 2016.0404.1
Accession Number: 2016.0496
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Transcript: Transcript
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