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Oral History Interview with Peterson Moon Yokum, 2016 August 17

Higher Level Record: MSS 766
Call Number: MSS 766.31
Title: Oral History Interview with Peterson Moon Yokum, 2016 August 17
Creator: Yokum, Peterson Moon, b. 1948 (interviewee)
Cave, Mark, b. 1964 (interviewer)
The Historic New Orleans Collection (collector)
Date of Creation: 2016 August 17
Extent: Sound recording: 1 WAV file (63 min.) : digital
Transcript: 36 pp. : digital
Object Name: oral histories (document genres)
WAVE (format)
digital audio
Collection Type: Oral Histories
Process/Technique: recording
Language: English
Biography/History: Peterson Moon Yokum (b. 1938) is a painter and an eighth-generation New Orleanian whose historic home in the French Quarter is frequently used by film productions.
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: Peterson Moon Yokum was interviewed by Mark Cave on August 17, 2016 for the Vieux Carré Memoir Oral History Project. He talks about the history of Hové Parfumeur, Ltd., which was started by his grandmother, Lilian Moon Hovey-King in 1931. He describes the development of his interest in painting and his period of study with the artist Frank Mason in New York City. He outlines his early memories of the French Quarter and discusses returning to New Orleans after living in New York. He recalls the John McCrady Art School and French Quarter figures such as Larry Borenstein and Noel Rockmore. He talks in detail about his home, 723 Toulouse Street, including his reluctance to renovate the house and its use as a film location in such films as JFK and Lolita. He describes how the French Quarter has changed from its earlier role as a haven for artists, and discusses his efforts to enforce the noise ordinance in opposition to the nightclubs which surround him. He recalls various French Quarter nightclubs and restaurants, including the Seven Seas and Lucky Pierre's. He talks about his career as an artist, including painting a portrait of the crown prince of Ethiopia. He closes by discussing the significance of his family history as it relates to the French Quarter, and describes his hope for the future of his house.
Notes: Peterson Moon Yokum oral history, 2016 August 17, for the Vieux Carré Memoir Oral History Project, MSS 766, Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection.
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Collection Theme(s): Painting and Drawing
Buildings Residential Structures
Motion Pictures
Bars, Clubs and Lounges
Subjects: Yokum, Peterson Moon, b. 1948 -- More information
Hové Parfumeur, Ltd. -- More information
Borenstein, Larry, 1919-1998 -- More information
Rockmore, Noel, 1928-1995 -- More information
French Quarter (New Orleans, La.)
New York (N.Y.)
Artists -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Historic buildings -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Painters -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Motion pictures -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
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Accession Number: 2016.0421
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