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From: "Howard Glasser" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, September 02, 2005 11:15 AM
Subject: FW: Fwd: [NEAdiscuss] An update on the Amistad Research Center at
Tulane in New
> From: Judy Farrar <[log in to unmask]>
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> Subject: Fwd: [NEAdiscuss] An update on the Amistad Research Center at
> Tulane in New Orleans
> Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 10:10:56 -0400
>>My colleague, Bridgette Kelly, archivist at the UCC Headquarters in
>>Cleveland sent this to me today and I thought it worth passing on to the
>>I just got off the phone with Brenda Square, Director of Archives &
> Library at the Amistad Research Center (ARC). Just two weeks ago I
> was down in New Orleans for the Society of American Archivists' annual
> meeting, and I met up with Brenda for a tour of their facility. She
> happened to give me her cell phone number in case I needed to contact her
> while I was down there.
> Proof that God does work in mysterious ways. The ARC is located in
> Tilton Hall on the campus of Tulane University.
> Here is the news from Brenda:
>>Friday (8/26), Brenda encouraged the staff at the ARC to heed the
> advice of evacuating. They exchanged phone numbers so they could contact
> one another should the need arise. Mr. Hampton, the ARC's Executive
> Director, was out of town on other business, so Brenda was sure he was
> Saturday (8/27), Brenda was at the ARC taking down their art exhibit to
> put the works in storage, and moving items to the second floor. She said
> that thankfully, over the past few years they have been moving important,
> vital records and collections to the second floor. "The off-site storage
> is up high," Brenda said.
> Sunday (8/28), Brenda made her way to a friend's house in Baton
> Rouge where they rode out Katrina. She mentioned that she saw Sandra
> Wallace on the highway as they were both leaving town.
> Wednesday (8/31), Brenda was able to access the internet at a local
> university campus. She was able to read Tulane's emergency web site
> updates through that day, and that is all she knows about the status
> of Tulane and the ARC.
>>I talked to Brenda this morning and just a little bit ago at 4:45pm.
> She is still unable to reach any of her staff by phone, and has not
> heard any updates on Tulane or the ARC. I am acting as a point person for
> her attempting to contact some of the staff, keeping track of Tulane's
> updates, and keeping Brenda informed as much as I can. I have tried to
> reach Mr. Hampton on his cell phone, but as general news updates show, the
> 504 area code is giving the "all circuits are busy" recording. As of this
> afternoon, Brenda and her family are on their way to her oldest son's
> house in Dallas.
> I said I would keep trying to make contact with the people she gave
> me phone numbers for, and touch base with her from time to time.
>>In general information, if you would like to keep track of how
> Tulane University is faring, you may access their emergency web site at,
> <http://emergency.tulane.edu>. The general synopsis is that the
> university did not sustain devastating damage - downed trees, water
> damage in some buildings, some roofing tiles damaged. Students were
> evacuated before Katrina hit and have now been sent home. After five
> days on campus, the emergency team is now in Houston, TX. Only the
> bare minimum of security and facilities staff remain. Conditions in New
> Orleans itself make it very difficult to begin recovery effort. The main
> priorities now are, 1. support staff left in New Orleans; 2. re-establish
> communications with constituencies ASAP; 3. begin the recovery process.
>>Brenda's final comments before we hung up were, "Thank you all for
> your prayers. Please continue to keep us all in your prayers."
>>Jessica Steytler - archivist
>>14 Beacon St. Boston MA 02108
>>617 523 0470 x234
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> Judy Weinland Farrar
> Archives and Special Collections Librarian
> University Library
> University of Massachusetts Dartmouth
> 285 Old Westport Road
> North Dartmouth, MA 02747
> Phone (508) 999-8686
> Fax (508) 999-8987