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Bob Borsodi papers

Identifier: LaRC-979

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts of plays, photographs, newspaper clippings, menus, drawings, poems, flyers, scripts, notes, and receipts that represent Bob Borsodi's life and work. Borsodi operated coffeehouses in Uptown New Orleans and produced numerous poems, plays, and drawings.


  • 1960s-2003
  • Other: Date acquired: 11/30/2002


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Robert "Bob" Otto Borsodi (1939-2003) was born in Suffern, New York. He earned a degree in theater lighting and set design from Yale University. He lived in California for a period of time before moving to New Orleans during the mid-1970s where he opened his first coffeehouse on Danneel Street and later moved it to Freret Street. Borsodi spent the last twenty-five years of his life in New Orleans where he operated Borsodi's Coffeehouse and Breezy's, both located in Uptown New Orleans. Borsodi died in October 2003 when he jumped off the Hale Boggs Bridge in Luling, Louisiana, after suffering for some time with cancer.


3.00 Boxes

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by topic as follows: coffee house menus, correspondence (arranged alphabetically by correspondent), notes, drawings, manuscripts of plays, photographs, newspaper clippings, and bound volumes of Borsodi's poems and plays. Borsodi arranged this collection prior to its donation to Tulane, so much of the organizational style is that of the collection's creator. The collection consists of three boxes and three bound volumes.

Other Descriptive Information

OCLC Number: 795529810

Processing Information

Collection processed in 2004 by Peter Kuck, revised by Melissa Smith.
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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US