"Let's Tell a Story" records, 1951-1975 | Louisiana Research Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: "Let's Tell a Story" records, 1951-1975

ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 970

Primary Creator: National Council of Jewish Women. Greater New Orleans Section.

Other Creators: New Orleans Public Library., WDSU-TV (Television station : New Orleans, La.)

Extent: 8.0 Boxes

Arrangement: The collection is arranged by topic, then chronologically, as follows: correspondence, annual reports, other papers related to the production of the programs, "Magic Tree" scripts, and "Let's Tell a Story" scripts. The collection consists of eight boxes.

Date Acquired: 04/20/2000

Subjects: Baginsky, Helene., Children’s television programs., Literacy programs -- Louisiana., National Council of Jewish Women. Greater New Orleans Section., New Orleans Public Library., Storytelling., WDSU-TV (Television station : New Orleans, La.)

Forms of Material: Annual reports., Correspondence., Photographs., Press releases., Scripts (documents)

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The collection consists of the records of the National Council of Jewish Women, New Orleans section, that document the local children's television shows "Magic Tree" and "Let's Tell a Story." A collaborative effort between the National Council of Jewish Women, WDSU-TV, the New Orleans Public Library, and New Orleans public and parochial schools, these programs encouraged reading and literacy as well as the use of the public library amongst New Orleans-area children. The collection contains scripts, correspondence, annual reports, program data sheets, press releases, production lists, clippings, photographs, and bulletins.

Biographical Note

The National Council of Jewish Women, Greater New Orleans Section was established in New Orleans in 1897 when seventeen women first began giving housekeeping lessons to immigrants. Their many projects include helping illiterate adults learn to read and write; "Magic Land," a cultural enrichment program for disadvantaged preschool children that was the forerunner for '"Project Head Start"; and "Teen Town," a recreational program that was the predecessor for the New Orleans Recreation Department. The Council has supported the Better Young Men Boys' Club in the Lower Ninth Ward, and the Mobile Answer Desk along with the city of New Orleans. They are also active regarding public relations and legislation for Tay-Sachs disease, women's rights, and human rights. Each year they hold the Angel Ball, which is their major social and fund-raising event.

A collaborative effort between the National Council of Jewish Women, New Orleans Section; WDSU-TV; the New Orleans Public Library; and New Orleans public and parochial schools, these programs encouraged reading and literacy as well as the use of the public library amongst New Orleans-area children. The fifteen-minute storytelling programs aired on WDSU from 1951-1975. Beginning in 1946, the National Council of Jewish Women, under the guidance of Storytelling Committee Chair Helene Baginsky, began a storytelling program at the New Orleans Public Library. This program continued for five years when Baginsky and the Committee approached WDSU with the idea of a children's television show. WDSU agreed to the proposal and in 1951 "Magic Tree" began. "Let's Tell a Story," beginning in 1958 and one of WDSU's first color telecasts, ran until 1975.

Subject/Index Terms

Baginsky, Helene.
Children’s television programs.
Literacy programs -- Louisiana.
National Council of Jewish Women. Greater New Orleans Section.
New Orleans Public Library.
Storytelling.
WDSU-TV (Television station : New Orleans, La.)

Administrative Information

Repository: Louisiana Research Collection

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public. No know restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Acquisition Source: Helene Baginsky.

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Preferred Citation: "Let's Tell A Story" records, Manuscripts Collection 970, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.

Processing Information: Collection processed in 2004 by Melissa Smith.

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid information entered in Archon by LAC Group in 2011.


Box and Folder Listing


Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Records],
[Box 2: "Magic Tree" scripts, 1951-1955],
[Box 3: "Magic Tree" scripts, 1956-1957],
[Box 4: "Let's Tell a Story" scripts, 1958-1961],
[Box 5: "Let's Tell a Story" scripts, 1962-1964],
[Box 6: "Let's Tell a Story" scripts, 1965-1968],
[Box 7: "Let's Tell a Story" scripts, 1969-1971],
[Box 8: "Let's Tell a Story" scripts, 1972-1974 and undated],
[All]

Box 1: Records
Folder 1: Correspondence, 1957-1959
Folder 2: Correspondence, 1960-1969
Folder 3: Correspondence, 1970-1974
Folder 4: Annual Reports, 1956-1971, 1973-1974
Folder 5: New Orleans Public Library Annual Report, 1966
Folder 6: Policies and procedures
Folder 7: Orientation Workshop outline, 1958, 1963
Folder 8: WDSU Television program data sheet, 1958
Folder 9: General meeting, 1970 November 9
Folder 10: Costume inventory
Folder 11: Personnel list
Folder 12: New Orleans Public Library story-telling schedule, 1959-1975
Folder 13: New Orleans Public Library press releases and bulletins, 1959-1973
Folder 14: "Let's Tell a Story" reading list for WDSU
Folder 15: WDSU press release
Folder 16: Production lists and schedules, 1962-1969
Folder 17: Production lists and schedules, 1970-1975
Folder 18: "Magic Tree" statement
Folder 19: "Let's Tell a Story" program
Folder 20: "Council News"
Folder 21: Clippings
Folder 22: Photographs
Folder 23: "Let's Tell a Story" reel

Browse by Box:

[Box 1: Records],
[Box 2: "Magic Tree" scripts, 1951-1955],
[Box 3: "Magic Tree" scripts, 1956-1957],
[Box 4: "Let's Tell a Story" scripts, 1958-1961],
[Box 5: "Let's Tell a Story" scripts, 1962-1964],
[Box 6: "Let's Tell a Story" scripts, 1965-1968],
[Box 7: "Let's Tell a Story" scripts, 1969-1971],
[Box 8: "Let's Tell a Story" scripts, 1972-1974 and undated],
[All]


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