Found in the Archives: Mrs. White’s Salon

From our friends at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library comes this recently digitized glimpse of early 20th century African American New Orleans.

Filmed in 1927, the silent footage features Madame White and her employees outside of her Tulane Avenue Beauty Salon.  A look through New Orleans City Directories housed in Special Collections & Archives reveals that Mrs. White’s salon is first listed in 1919, expands to multiple locations over the years, and last appears in 1940.

Solomon Sir Jones, a Baptist minister and amateur filmmaker from Oklahoma, made the film on a trip to New Orleans. The collection of his films, mostly documenting African American communities in Oklahoma, may be found on Yale’s website.

Solomon Sir Jones Film 4 Chapter 4

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives. And thanks to Yale this time for allowing us to link back to their crazy cool stuff!

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