Monday, December 10, 2012

Barbara Edisen

Barbara Ann Schreier Edisen (1926-2000) was a generous donor to the visual and performing arts in New Orleans.  In 1997, along with her daughter, Brenda Pumphrey, Barbara Edisen also very generously donated to Tulane University her extended family papers, dating back to 1861. This large collection, LaRC Manuscripts Collection 945, is rich with family photographs and social ephemera, particularly of the early twentieth century.

The Schreier family in southern Louisiana descended from Yetta Feld (1875-1959) of Austria and Samuel Schreier (d. 1943) of Hungary, immigrants to the United States during the nineteenth century. They lived in St. Mary Parish. Their granddaughter Barbara Schreier (1926-2000) married Clayton B. Edisen in the mid-twentieth century; they were business people and philanthropists in New Orleans. This archival collection, formally titled the Schreier and Edisen Families Papers, emphasizes the Schreier side of the family, (that is, Barbara Edisen's own ancestors), but also represents several other individuals and families including Pasternack, Norman, Levy, and Bradshaw. Correspondence and printed items originate from various places including: Memphis, Tenn.; Vicksburg, Miss.; Morgan City, La., and New Orleans, La. Interestingly, the maternal line is documented at least equally as completely as the paternal line.

The collection has handwritten and typed correspondence, post cards, numerous family photographs including some on glass or metal, legal and financial papers, military papers, mortgages, telegrams, tax papers, real estate papers, diplomas, a map, programs, invitations, business cards, a passport, New Orleans Carnival ephemera, early twentieth-century dance cards and other social ephemera, newsletters of B'nai B'rith in Memphis, a blank prescription form, a large lock of Yetta Schreier's auburn hair, birth certificates, greeting cards, artwork, and newspaper clippings.


Captions:  top, Yetta Feld Schreier (undated); and from verso of bottom photograph, "4 generations 1975, Brenda Bradshaw, Leah Schreier, Barbara Edisen, Jennifer Bradshaw."    Images from the Louisiana Research Collection may not be republished without permission.

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