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Theola Bordelon Bartee collection

Identifier: NA-137

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of photographs, cartes de visite, postcards, and a Dutch wedding invitation. Also included are two volumes: Harper's Young People: An Illustrated Weekly, comprising issues from November 1, 1887 through October 30, 1888; and The Gibson Book: A Collection of the Published Works of Charles Dana Gibson, 1907.


  • 1887 - 1907

Conditions Governing Use

United States copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies and other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research. If a user makes a request for or later uses a reproduction for purposes in excess of fair use, the user may be liable for copyright infringement.

Biographical / Historical

Theola Bordelon Bartee (March 18, 1922—December 18, 2001) was born in Bordelonville, Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana. Her parents were George Paul Bordelon and Olive Mary Bordelon, who worked as sharecroppers in Bordelonville. In 1926, Bartee’s father was killed in a yellow fever epidemic. In 1927, Bartee and her family were displaced from their hometown by a flood which caused levees to break.

Raised in a French speaking community, Bartee did not speak English until she enrolled in school when she was seven years old. Nevertheless, she performed well academically, but was forced to leave school before graduating in order to work on the family’s farm.

Bartee moved to New Orleans in 1939 to seek work. She met James Allen Bartee and the couple married on April 16, 1941. Soon after their marriage, Bartee’s husband was drafted into the U.S. Army and was attached to a contingent of British-led Indian forces as an assistant paymaster. During World War II, Bartee worked for Higgins Industries building “Higgins Boats,” the model of military landing craft used during the Allied forces’ D-Day invasion of Normandy.

After the war, Bartee gave birth to her son, Michael Jude Bartee. In 1956, she had a daughter, Marsha Bartee. In 1957, Bartee opened Bartee’s Child Care Center in Kenner, Louisiana, which remained in operation for many years. Bartee died on December 18th, 2001.


1.56 Linear Feet (1 half-size document box, 1 flat box)

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Sam Stover
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Repository Details

Part of the Newcomb Archives and Vorhoff Collection Repository

Newcomb Institute
43 Newcomb Place
Suite 341
New Orleans LA 70118 USA US