About the Department
Affiliated Research Centers
Department of History
Sherrie Sanders, Administrative Specialist
The Midlo Center for New Orleans StudiesThe Ethel and Herman Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies was established in 1990, and began
The Center is named in honor of the late Mr. And Mrs. Herman L. Midlo. Herman Midlo (1900-1978) was a courageous civil rights lawyer in New Orleans in the 1930s through the 1950s. The Midlos began their philanthropic support of UNO by donating Mr. Midlo’s papers and archives to the history department.
After his death in 1978, Ethel Midlo continued her generosity, which has had a profound effect on the history department, the University, and the field of New Orleans history, while standing as a timeless tribute to the work of Herman Midlo.
The Center is a clearinghouse for individual researchers in the United States and abroad, both graduate students and established scholars, informing them of current research projects and suggesting new areas of exploration. The Center develops interdisciplinary, collaborative research projects utilizing new materials and methodologies. The Center seeks collaboration with institutions and archives in and around New Orlenas, and encourages the planned, systematic use of these uniquely rich research materials.
Library & Archival Holdings
The Center gathers copies of materials in foreign archives, especially consular records and historic publications about new Orleans, to augment the city’s archival holdings.
Scholarly Outreach and Events
The Center sponsors projects to write new general histories of New Orleans and Louisiana based on new research and findings. Sponsored workshops inform local elementary and secondary school teachers of these findings.
The Center promotes understanding of New Orleans history, culture, politics, and public policy issues through sponsored events and coordination of interdisciplinary courses and seminars at UNO.
The Center sponsors and participates in conferences which bring together popular scholars on special topics relating to New Orleans, and helps associated scholars present research findings about New Orleans at various conferences.
The Center serves as an institutional home for individuals who collect and preserve the vibrant folklore of the city, and who popularize New Orleans history and cultures in lectures, musical and dramatic performances, exhibits, documentaries, and publications. The Center also adds support to the Midlo Lecture Series.
2nd Thursdays Lecture Series
Each free lecture is held at the Cabildo in Jackson Square on the second Thursday of each month. Lectures start at 6:00 pm. For information about the Midlo Center and the Louisiana State Museum’s ongoing lecture series, please select the following: Lecture Series
Past Lecture Series
Information about previous years’ lectures can be found via the archive:
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For Recent conferences and lectures sponsored by the Midlo Center click here
For Research Resources in New Orleans click here
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