City Archives
New Orleans Public Library

Councilmember Shelley S. Midura
Records
Date range: 2006-2010
Size of collection: 6 cu. ft.; approx. 20,520 digital files
Terms of Access: Available to registered researchers by appointment; in-house access only permitted
Acquisition: Transferred to the City Archives in two deposits, May, 2010 and March 2013

Biographical Note

Shelley Stephenson Midura was born in New Orleans and grew up in the Lakeview section of the city. She graduated from Isidore Newman School in 1984 and received a Bachelor's Degree in 1988 from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. After graduation, she joined the U.S. Foreign Service and worked in Washington D.C. and abroad for the next 10 years. After her return to New Orleans, she assisted in the founding of the International School of Louisiana (ISL), the first foreign language-based charter school in the state.

In 2006, Midura was elected to the City Council for District A, defeating incumbent Jay Batt. During her tenure, she served as Chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee, the Utilities Committee, and the Special Committee on Mental Health. She also served on the Competitive Selection, Criminal Justice, Education, Election Code and Reapportionment, Public Works, Sanitation and Environmental Enforcement, Special Disaster and Recovery, and Women's Committees.

In 2009, she announced that she would not seek relection in 2010. She was succeeded in the District A seat by Councilmember Susan Guidry.

Scope Note

Councilmember Midura transferred both paper and born-digital records. The paper records are subject/correspondence files which, for the most part, reflect the day-to-day business handled by the District A office. The email files are limited to incoming correspondence sent to Councilmember Midura or her staff. In transferring the paper records to the City Archives, Councilmember Midura's staff followed an approved retention schedule. The retention schedule, however, was not followed in transferring the email, which includes much correspondence of a very transitory nature, such as unsolicited/junk emails, press releases from other agencies copied or forwarded to the office, City Council media advisories, reminders for meetings and events, etc. No attempt has been made to weed these transitory messages. Outgoing emails were not transferred to the City Archives; however, since some of the incoming messages are replies to messages sent by Midura or her staff, some outgoing messages are represented.

Arrangement

The email files have been copied to DVD for in-house use. The directory structure of the folder titles on external hard drive on which the files were transferred, listing the main topics covered by the email, can be viewed here: Email, 2007-2010. A printout of the subject lines of each email is available for in-house use. About 390 email files had filenames too long to allow the messages to be copied to the DVD. These file names were shortened for the purpose of copying and these emails were burned to a separate DVD. The original file names were retained in the perservation copies of the email and in the printout noted above.

The paper files were assigned box/folder numbers reflected in the inventory. The inventory is arranged into the following series and listed alphabetically or chonologically by folder title within specific series:

  • Correspondence
    The files were labeled "Correspondence" by Councilmember Midura's staff, but include both correspondence and subject-related material. Most pertain to specific Council committees on which Midura served.
  • Correspondence from Constituents
    Correspondence and email print-outs, primarily from Midura's District A constituents, generally routine in nature and retained as a sample illustrating the day-to-day business of the District A office in post-Katrina New Orleans. The files are arranged alphabetically by the first letter of the surname of the correspondent. Photographs illustrating an issue addressed in the correspondence are occasionally included.
  • Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
    Correspondence and other materials arranged by the dates of specific meetings of the City Council. Councilmember Midura's copies of council meeting packets, zoning dockets and reports, drafts and final copies of ordinances, motions,and resolutions, etc. were discarded. Any correspondence sent directly to Midura and any copies of correspondence or materials carrying her handwritten notes were retained. Various other correspondence "carbon copied" to Councilmember Midura was also discarded.
  • Staff Research Files
    The files were apparently kept by David Gavlinsky, Policy Analyst on Midura's staff. The files include research and analysis pertaining to issues before the Council. Files containing only secondary research material were weeded or discarded.
  • Subject Files
    General subject files, which do not fit into the above series, possibly including correspondence.
Inventory

Correspondence

Box # Folder # Folder Title Dates Series Notes
6 1 Budget 2009 Correspondence
2 19 Correspondence - 2006 2006 Correspondence
2 20 Correspondence - 2007 2007 Correspondence
2 21 Correspondence - 2008 2008 Correspondence
2 22 Correspondence - 2009 2009 Correspondence
2 23 Correspondence - 2010 2010 Correspondence
6 10 Government Affairs Committee 2007-2009 Correspondence
6 13 Housing and Human Needs Committee 2006-2008 Correspondence
6 14 Public Works 2007-2008 Correspondence
6 15 Recovery Committee 2007-2008 Correspondence
5 3 Sanitation 2009 Correspondence
4 17 Utility 2006 Correspondence
4 18 Utility 2007 Correspondence
4 19 Utility (Folder 1) 2008 Correspondence
4 20 Utility (Folder 2) 2008 Correspondence
5 1 Utility (Folder 3) 2008 Correspondence


Correspondence from Constituents

Box # Folder # Folder Title Dates Series Notes
3 5 Consituent Correspondence, Miscellaneous 2007-2008 Correspondence from Constituents
2 26 Correspondence - A 2008-2009 Correspondence from Constituents
2 49 Correspondence - Anonymous 2009-2010 Correspondence from Constituents
2 27 Correspondence - B 2008-2009 Correspondence from Constituents
2 28 Correspondence - C 2008-2010 Correspondence from Constituents
2 29 Correspondence - D 2008-2009 Correspondence from Constituents
2 30 Correspondence - E 2009 Correspondence from Constituents
2 31 Correspondence - F 2009 Correspondence from Constituents
2 32 Correspondence - G 2009 Correspondence from Constituents
2 33 Correspondence - H 2010 Correspondence from Constituents
2 34 Correspondence - J 2009 Correspondence from Constituents
2 35 Correspondence - K 2009 Correspondence from Constituents
2 36 Correspondence - L 2009 Correspondence from Constituents
2 37 Correspondence - M 2008-2010 Correspondence from Constituents
2 50 Correspondence - Miscellaneous 2008-2009 Correspondence from Constituents
2 38 Correspondence - N 2009 Correspondence from Constituents
2 39 Correspondence - O 2008 Correspondence from Constituents
2 40 Correspondence - P 2008-2009 Correspondence from Constituents
2 41 Correspondence - R 2009 Correspondence from Constituents
2 42 Correspondence - S 2009-2010 Correspondence from Constituents
2 43 Correspondence - T 2008-2009 Correspondence from Constituents
2 44 Correspondence - U 2010 Correspondence from Constituents
2 45 Correspondence - V 2010 Correspondence from Constituents
2 46 Correspondence - W 2008, 2010 Correspondence from Constituents
2 47 Correspondence - Y 2009 Correspondence from Constituents
2 48 Correspondence - Z 2009 Correspondence from Constituents
2 51 Petitions 2008-2009 Correspondence from Constituents


Correspondence Related to Council Meetings

Box # Folder # Folder Title Dates Series Notes
1 17 Correspondence 2006/01/04 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 1 Correspondence 2006/05/26 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 2 Correspondence 2006/06/08 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 3 Correspondence 2006/06/22 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 4 Correspondence 2006/07/06 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 5 Correspondence 2006/07/20 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 6 Correspondence 2006/08/03 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 7 Correspondence 2006/08/17 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 8 Correspondence 2006/09/07 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 9 Correspondence 2006/09/21 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 10 Correspondence 2006/10/05 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 11 Correspondence 2006/10/19 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 12 Correspondence 2006/11/01 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 13 Correspondence 2006/11/02 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 14 Correspondence 2006/11/08 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 15 Correspondence 2006/11/16 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 16 Correspondence 2006/12/01 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 18 Correspondence 2007/01/14 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 19 Correspondence 2007/02/01 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 20 Correspondence 2007/02/15 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 21 Correspondence 2007/03/01 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 22 Correspondence 2007/03/15 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 23 Correspondence 2007/04/05 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 24 Correspondence 2007/04/19 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 25 Correspondence 2007/05/03 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 26 Correspondence 2007/05/17 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 27 Correspondence 2007/06/07 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 28 Correspondence 2007/07/12 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 29 Correspondence 2007/07/26 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 30 Correspondence 2007/08/07 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 32 Correspondence 2007/08/23 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 33 Correspondence 2007/09/20 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 34 Correspondence 2007/10/04 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 35 Correspondence 2007/10/18 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 36 Correspondence 2007/11/1 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 37 Correspondence 2007/11/15 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 39 Correspondence 2007/12/14 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 40 Correspondence 2007/12/20 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 38 Correspondence 2007/12/6 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 41 Correspondence 2008/01/10 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 42 Correspondence 2008/01/24 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 43 Correspondence 2008/02/07 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 44 Correspondence 2008/02/21 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 45 Correspondence 2008/03/20 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 46 Correspondence 2008/04/03 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 47 Correspondence 2008/04/17 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 48 Correspondence 2008/05/01 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 49 Correspondence 2008/06/05 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 50 Correspondence 2008/06/19 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 51 Correspondence 2008/07/10 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 52 Correspondence 2008/07/24 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 53 Correspondence 2008/08/07 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 54 Correspondence 2008/08/21 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 55 Correspondence 2008/09/11 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
1 56 Correspondence 2008/09/18 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
2 1 Correspondence 2008/10/02 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
2 2 Correspondence 2008/10/16 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
2 3 Correspondence 2008/11/06 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
2 4 Correspondence 2008/11/20 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
2 5 Correspondence 2008/12/01 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
2 6 Correspondence 2008/12/18 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
2 7 Correspondence 2009/02/05 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
2 8 Correspondence 2009/04/02 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
2 9 Correspondence 2009/05/07 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
2 10 Correspondence 2009/05/21 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
2 11 Correspondence 2009/06/04 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
2 12 Correspondence 2009/06/18 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
2 13 Correspondence 2009/07/23 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
2 14 Correspondence 2010/02/04 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
2 15 Correspondence 2010/02/25 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
2 16 Correspondence 2010/03/01 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
2 17 Correspondence 2010/04/08 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings
2 18 Correspondence 2010/04/22 Correspondence Related to Council Meetings


Staff Research Files

Box # Folder # Folder Title Dates Series Notes
3 39 17th Street Canal Meeting, 5/15/2008 2008 Staff Research Files
3 20 ABO/Nuisance Bars 2007 Staff Research Files
4 15 Bohn Ford Property n.d. Staff Research Files
3 21 Campus Alcohol Issues 2008 Staff Research Files
4 1 Coconut Beach 2007 Staff Research Files
4 5 Code Enforcement Reform 2007-2008 Staff Research Files
4 7 Community Development District n.d. Staff Research Files
4 6 Council Pay Ordinance Research 2008-2009 Staff Research Files
4 8 Documentary Tax 2010 Staff Research Files
4 9 Dog Levee 2003, 2007 Staff Research Files
4 11 Expropriation Ordinance (Abandoned/Blighted Property) 2007 Staff Research Files
4 12 Expropriation Resolution (Levee Property) 2007 Staff Research Files
4 10 Financial Disclosure Amendment 2009 Staff Research Files
4 2 Lake Vista Building Restrictions 2009 Staff Research Files
3 34 Lakeview Crime Prevention District 2009 Staff Research Files
4 13 Lot Next Door Ordinance (Abandoned/Blighted Property) 2007 Staff Research Files
4 14 Master Plan Ordinance (Charter Change) 2008 Staff Research Files
3 24 McAllister Place (Tulane Campus), Closure of
Staff Research Files
3 25 Mobile Storage Container 2007 Staff Research Files
3 26 Moticello Canal 2007 Staff Research Files
3 31 Municipal Yacht Harbor Boathouse Ordinance 2009 Staff Research Files
3 19 Nuisance Businesses
Staff Research Files
3 27 Pavement Management 2008 Staff Research Files
3 28 Planning research 2006 Staff Research Files
4 16 Public Bodies (Open Meetings Law) 2008 Staff Research Files
4 4 Public Works Committee - Lakefront Presentation 2007 Staff Research Files
3 32 Recycling Issues 2009-2010 Staff Research Files
3 30 Responsible Employer Ordinance 2009 Staff Research Files
3 29 Restoration Tax Abatement 2009 Staff Research Files
3 35 Tax District Resolution (Audubon Area Security) 2008 Staff Research Files
3 37 Tax District Resolution (Hurstville Security) 2007-2008 Staff Research Files
3 36 Tax District Resolution (Lakeshore Crime Prevention) 2008 Staff Research Files
3 38 Tax District Resolution (Lakeshore Crime Prevention) 2008-2009 Staff Research Files
3 33 Tax District Resolutions (Information) 2007 Staff Research Files
3 18 Tulane Drinking Issues 2006 Staff Research Files
3 23 University Area Issues (Broadway fraternities) 2007 Staff Research Files
3 22 University Area Issues (University reports and research)
Staff Research Files
4 3 West End Redevelopment Projects 2007 Staff Research Files


Subject Files

Box # Folder # Folder Title Dates Series Notes
5 6 311 2007-2008 Subject Files
5 7 311 - Governmental Affairs Committee 6/2/2008 2008 Subject Files Includes videotape
6 4 Appraisal of 919/935 Gravier St. and 218 O'Keefe Ave. - Truax, Robles & Baldwin, Appraisers 2009 Subject Files
6 8 Budget 2009 Subject Files Includes Office of Inspector General's Internal Report on the 2009 Budget Process
3 4 Cemeteries Meeting 2009 Subject Files August, 2009
6 2 City Hall-Chevron Building Purchase 2009 Subject Files
2 25 Code Enforcement 2009 Subject Files
6 6 Council Chamber 2006 Subject Files
3 2 Councilmember Midura's Calendar 2009-2010 Subject Files June 1, 2009 - May 2, 2010; printout of online appointment calendar
6 9 Economic Development Fund - Grant Awardees Reports 2005, 2007 Subject Files Individual grant requests were discarded
6 11 Government Affairs Committee - Hearing on 311 (Powerpoints) n.d Subject Files
6 12 Housing 2008-2009 Subject Files
5 2 Housing/Homeless 2007-2008 Subject Files
2 24 Inspector General 2009 Subject Files
3 17 Joint Mental Health/Housing and Human Needs Committee - Meeting, 5/8/2008 2008 Subject Files
3 6 Lakeshore Drive Levee Crossing Near Rail Street 2008 Subject Files
3 8 Lakeshore Drive Rehab - 1984 Dedicated Millage n.d. Subject Files
3 11 Mental Health Committee - Correspondence 2007-2008 Subject Files
3 12 Mental Health Committee - General Information 2009 Subject Files
3 14 Mental Health Committee - Meeting, 3/27/2009 2009 Subject Files
3 15 Mental Health Committee - Meeting, 4/27/2009 2009 Subject Files
3 16 Mental Health Committee - Meeting, 5/27/2009 2009 Subject Files
3 13 Mental Health Committee - New Orleans Adolescent Hospital Closure 2008-2009 Subject Files
3 9 Milne School Site Demolition 2006, 2008 Subject Files
3 1 Municipal Yacht Harbor 2006-2009 Subject Files
6 16 November 2004 Bond Issue 2004, 2006 Subject Files
6 3 Property Condition Assessment - Gravier St. Complex - WDG Architects & Engineers 2009 Subject Files
5 5 Recovery Information (Published reports) 2006-2008 Subject Files
6 5 Relocating City Hall - Facts About the Proposed Move 2009 Subject Files
3 7 Robert E. Smith Regional Library, Rehabilitation 2008 Subject Files
3 3 Sanitation 2006-2008 Subject Files
5 4 Sanitation Reports 2009-2010 Subject Files Monthly reports, weekly reports, invoices, contractor's; list of serviced locations (from SDT, Rchards' Disposal, Metro Disposal) -- On CD ROM
6 7 Sheriff/Jails 2009 Subject Files
3 10 Sterling, Enrico 2009 Subject Files Midura staff member, misc.


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