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Through Hell and High Water: Katrina's First Responders Oral History Project

 
Call Number: MSS 571
Title: Through Hell and High Water: Katrina's First Responders Oral History Project
Creator: The Historic New Orleans Collection (collector)
Date of Creation: 2005-2010
Extent: 497 Interviews, approximately 481 transcripts
Object Name: oral histories (document genres)
sound recordings
transcripts
photographic prints
digital images
reports
lists (document genres)
correspondence
digital images
Collection Type: Oral Histories
Archival & Special Collections
Audio
Documents & Correspondence
Photography
Language: Materials entirely in English.
   
Scope and Content: This collection consists of oral history interviews with the first responders and volunteers who worked in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and the weeks immediately after. The collection is composed of sound recordings and associated transcripts of some 497 interviews (96% transcribed) conducted with Hurricane Katrina's first responders. Also included are various associated materials gathered during the course of interviews. Those associated materials include notes, procedural manuals, photographs, video footage, publications, multimedia presentations, and correspondence.
Interviews were gathered by staff of The Historic New Orleans Collection for inclusion in the Through Hell and High Water Oral History Project beginning in October of 2005 and continued through 2010. The agencies represented by within the project include: the New Orleans Police Department, the New Orleans Fire Department, St. Bernard Parish Fire Department, Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office, The U.S. Coast Guard, Arkansas National Guard, WWL-TV in New Orleans, DMAT-CA 6 (a Disaster Medical Assistance Team from California); AZ TF-1 (Arizona Task Force One, Urban Search and Rescue Team); Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana; and the Louisiana Department of Corrections. Also included within the collection are interviews with civilians who participated in rescue efforts and assisted in recovery efforts in New Orleans. Many of the civilians interviewed for this project were recruited as volunteers by the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Of note is an interview with former Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco.
Arrangement: Interviews are arranged in 18 series. Within individual series and sub-series interviews are filed alphabetically by name of the interviewee. With the exception of oversized material and unaccessioned donations, additional photographs, video, and other documentary material are physically arranged in accession number order. Series Include: Civilian Volunteers; Arkansas National Guard; Congressman Charlie Melancon and Staff; Congressman William Jefferson's Office; DMAT(Disaster Medical Assistance Teams); New Orleans EMS; New Orleans Fire Department; New Orleans Police Department; Orleans Parish Criminal Sherriff's Office; Saint Bernard Parish Fire Department; United States. Coast Guard; New Orleans Media; Gulf Coast Archivists, Librarians, and Curators; Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; Urban Search and Rescue Teams (USAR); Second Harvest Food Bank; Louisiana Department of Corrections; Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco.
Notes: Preferred Citation: Interview with [name of interviewee], [date of interview], for the Through Hell and High Water: Katrina's First Responders Oral History Project, Mss 571, Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Restrictions: Substantial portions of this collection are open to researchers. In some cases an individual interview or series of interviews are restricted from public access through agreements made with interviewees or the agencies which they represent. In these cases the term of restriction is 25 years from the date of the interview. Restricted interviews will not be made available to the public. Refer to series and item level descriptions for further information on restrictions. Researchers will only be granted access to un-restricted interviews.
Researchers will be granted access to digital audio [mp3] reference copies of audio recordings from un-restricted interviews. Audio recordings will be made available in person only and researchers must use the equipment provided by the HNOC. Researchers will only be granted access to sound recordings if digital audio [mp3] reference copy is available. Researchers will not be granted access to digital preservation master [WAV file or data CD] or analog recordings. Advanced notice will 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 Hell or High Water 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.
For restrictions usage restrictions on photographs, video, and other documentary materials please refer to item level descriptions.
Requesting: Please provide the reference staff with the manuscript call number.
   
Collection Theme(s): Katrina
Subjects: New Orleans (La.)
Hurricane Katrina, 2005.
Lower Level Records: MSS 571.1; Civilian Volunteer Oral History Interviews, Series Level.
MSS 571.10; Saint Bernard Parish Fire Department Oral History Interviews, Series Level.
MSS 571.11; United States Coast Guard Oral History Interviews, Series Level.
MSS 571.12; New Orleans Media Oral History Interviews, Series Level.
MSS 571.13; Gulf Coast Archivists, Librarians, and Curators Oral History Interviews, Series Level.
MSS 571.14; Oral History Interview with Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco, 2009 August 19, Item Level.
MSS 571.15; Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Oral History Interviews, Series Level.
MSS 571.16; Urban Search and Rescue Teams (USAR) Oral History Interviews, Series Level.
MSS 571.17; Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana Oral History Interviews, Series Level.
MSS 571.18; Additional Photographs, Video, and other Documentary Materials, Series Level.
MSS 571.2; Arkansas National Guard Oral History Interviews, Series Level.
MSS 571.20; Louisiana Department of Corrections Oral History Interviews, Series Level.
MSS 571.3; Charlie Melancon and Congressional Staff Oral History Interviews, Series Level.
MSS 571.4; William Jefferson Congressional Staff Oral History Interviews, Series Level.
MSS 571.5; Disaster Medical Assistance Teams (DMAT) Oral History Interviews, Series Level.
MSS 571.6; New Orleans Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Oral History Interviews, Series Level.
MSS 571.7; New Orleans Fire Department Oral History Interviews, Series Level.
MSS 571.8; New Orleans Police Department Oral History Interviews, Series Level.
MSS 571.9; Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office Oral History Interviews, Series Level.
Accession Number: 2008.0259
2006.0244
2006.0246
2009.0017
2008.0366
2008.0315
2006.0108
2006.0207
2006.0289
2008.0172
2008.0173
2008.0258
2008.0098
2007.0061
2006.0375
2006.0374
2006.0326
2006.0323
2008.0291
2008.0365
2009.0018
2009.0019
2009.0054
2009.0069
2009.0141
2009.0213
2009.0216
2009.0217
2010.0040
2010.0041
2010.0063
2010.0064
2008.0344
2011.0031
2010.0321
2008.0102.1
2008.0102.2
2008.0102
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