"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 4: "Let's Tell a Story" scripts, 1958-1961
Folder 1: "Let's Tell a Story" scripts, 1958 October-December
Folder 2: "Let's Tell a Story" scripts, 1959 January-July
Folder 3: "Let's Tell a Story" scripts, 1959 August-December
Folder 4: "Let's Tell a Story" scripts, 1960 January-April
Folder 5: "Let's Tell a Story" scripts, 1960 May-July
Folder 6: "Let's Tell a Story" scripts, 1960 August-December
Folder 7: "Let's Tell a Story" scripts, 1961 January-June
Folder 8: "Let's Tell a Story" scripts, 1961 July-December

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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