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Leah Chase Oral History Materials

Higher Level Record: MSS 766
Call Number: MSS 766.1
Title: Leah Chase Oral History Materials
Creator: Chase, Leah, 1923-2019 (interviewee) -- More information
Date of Creation: 2015-2018
Extent: Sound recordings: 2 WAV files (89 min.) : digital
Transcript: 40 pp. : digital
Photographs: 71 JPG files : digital
Motion pictures: 1 MOV file (0:04:52 min.) : digital
Object Name: oral histories (document genres)
sound recordings
digital images
motion pictures (visual works)
digital audio
digital audio
Collection Type: Oral Histories
Moving Images
Process/Technique: recording; digital imaging
Language: English
Biography/History: Leah Chase (1923-2019) was the co-owner and chef of Dooky Chase's Restaurant in New Orleans's Tremé neighborhood. An author and television personality, she was known as the Queen of Creole Cuisine, advocating both African-American art and Creole cooking. She was also an advocate for her community. In the 1960s, Dooky Chase’s Restaurant was one of the only public places in New Orleans where mixed race groups could meet to discuss strategy for the local Civil Rights movement.
Scope and Content: Leah Chase was interviewed by Mark Cave for the Vieux Carré Memoir Oral History Project on June 4, 2015. She discussed the French Quarter, her life working in restaurants, and opening Dooky Chase's Restaurant. Also included in this series are an audio segment produced by WWNO from the interview; 71 photographs taken of Dooky Chase's Restaurant, and a video segment which combines the WWNO audio with photographs.
Notes: Leah Chase Oral History Materials, 2015-2018, for the Vieux Carré Memoir Oral History Project, MSS 629, Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Multimedia: The Wisdom And Humility Of Leah Chase (WWNO "NOLA Life Stories" radio segment)
Coming up in the Quarter: Stories from Leah Chase (WWNO "NOLA Life Stories" radio segment)
Restrictions: Open. Records are available for consultation.
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Collection Theme(s): Restaurants
Cooking and Chefs
Subjects: Chase, Leah, 1923-2019 -- More information
Chase, Edgar Lawrence "Dooky", Jr., 1928-2016 -- More information
Sauveur, Bessie Saal, 1890-1960 -- More information
New Orleans Museum of Art -- More information
French Quarter (New Orleans, La.)
Faubourg Tremé (New Orleans, La.)
Restaurants -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Related Artwork &
The Wisdom And Humility Of Leah Chase 2020.0045.1.22
Coming up in the Quarter: Stories from Leah Chase 2020.0045.1.39
Related Bibliographic Items: And still I cook / Leah Chase ; forewords by Don Rousell and Jan Waddy. 2005.0055.9
The Dooky Chase cookbook / Leah Chase. 2003.0052.13
Creole cooking in the villa : masters of Creole cuisine / the New Orleans African American Museum of Art, Culture & History. 2010.0163.2
Celebrating Leah Chase's 90th birthday : Saturday, January 5, 2013 ... 2013.0067.1
Lower Level Records: MSS 766.1.1; Oral History Interview with Leah Chase, 2015 June 4, Item Level.
MSS 766.1.2; The Wisdom And Humility Of Leah Chase, Item Level.
MSS 766.1.3; Dooky Chase's Restaurant photographs, Item Level.
MSS 766.1.4; Leah Chase video, Item Level.
Accession Number: 2015.0298