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Burt Harter Oral History Project

Call Number: MSS 628
Title: Burt Harter Oral History Project
Creator: Cave, Mark, b. 1964 (interviewer)
The Historic New Orleans Collection (collector)
Date of Creation: 2010-2011
Extent: 10 interviews, 9 transcripts
Object Name: oral histories (document genres)
sound recordings
digital audio
Collection Type: Oral Histories
Archival & Special Collections
Documents & Correspondence
Language: Materials entirely in English.
Biography/History: Mark Cave is the curator of manuscripts and oral historian for The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Scope and Content: Made possible by a grant from the J. B. Harter Trust, the intent of the Burt Harter Oral History Project is to document the life and milieu of New Orleans artist and curator John Burton Harter. In 2002, Harter was found murdered in his home in New Orleans. The crime has never been solved. Harter was well known in the arts community in New Orleans. The interviews, with friends and professional colleagues, provide details about Harter's life and insights into the history of the local gay community, but they also reveal how an unresolved act of violence can affect an extended community of friends.
Arrangement: Interviews are arranged alphabetically by name of the interviewee.
Notes: Interview with [name of interviewee], [date of interview], for the Burt Harter Oral History Project, MSS 628, Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Restrictions: Open. Records are available for consultation.
Researchers will be granted access to digital audio [mp3] reference copies of audio recordings. Audio recordings will be made available in person only and researchers must use the equipment provided by the HNOC. Advanced notice may be required to review audio recordings.

Researchers may be limited to consulting one or two items at a time, per the discretion of the Reading Room staff.
The Historic New Orleans Collection retains all intellectual property rights, including copyright over all oral history interviews within the Burt Harter Oral History collection. Permission to cite and/or quote beyond accepted fair use standards must be obtained in writing. Interviews may not be used in publications or for commercial use without express written permission. Upon gaining official written permission patrons should quote from the transcript, which is the document of record, not the audio recording.
Researchers are cautioned that the publication of information contained in these interviews may violate the legal rights of interviewees or interviewers. It is the sole responsibility of researchers to secure appropriate permissions, and to ensure that information gained from research within this collection is not used in any way that violates the rights of interviewees, interviewers, or their respective heirs.
Requesting: Please provide the reference staff with the manuscript call number.
Collection Theme(s): Local Life and Customs
Subjects: Harter, John Burton, 1940-2002 -- More information
Louisiana State Museum -- More information
New Orleans (La.)
Gay community -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Murder -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Artists -- Louisiana -- New Orleans -- 20th century.
Related Artwork &
Landscape with farmhouse 2008.0218.1
Seascape with lighthouse 2008.0218.3
Landscape at sunset 2008.0218.2
Self-portrait of John Burton Harter 2008.0218.8
Related Bibliographic Items: The Louisiana portrait gallery / John Burton Harter and Mary Louise Tucker. 95-610-RL
Lower Level Records: MSS 628.1; Oral History Interview with Deena Bedigian, 2011 June 6, Item Level.
MSS 628.10; Oral History interview with Mary White, 2011 November 4, Item Level.
MSS 628.11; David Lee Campbell Oral History Materials, Series Level.
MSS 628.2; Oral History interview with Dorothy Burandt, 2011 June 6, Item Level.
MSS 628.3; Oral History Interview with Stewart Butler, 2011 June 2, Item Level.
MSS 628.4; Oral History Interview with Katherine Guiden, 2011 June 16, Item Level.
MSS 628.5; Oral History interview with Michael Guiden, 2011 June 16, Item Level.
MSS 628.6; Oral History interview with George Jordan, 2011 August 25, Item Level.
MSS 628.7; Oral History Interview with Claudia Kheel, 2010 November 9, Item Level.
MSS 628.8; Oral History Interview with Richard Magill, 2011 July 1, Item Level.
MSS 628.9; Oral History interview with John Sullivan, 2011 October 25, Item Level.
Accession Number: 2011.0268.1