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Teche Action Clinic Collection

Collection 459

Teche Action Clinic. Collection, 1938–1958, n.d.

1 CD

The Teche Action Clinc (also known as Teche Action Board, Inc.) is a non-profit health center based in Franklin, LA. Founded in 1974, the clinic’s board of directors is made up of community volunteers. This clinic was the first community health center in Louisiana to receive accreditation by the Joint Commission in 1999, and they were certified as a Primary Care Medical Home in December 2011.

As stated on their website, the mission of Teche Action Clinic is to “continually improve its ability to identify and eliminate the unique health disparities of the residents of St. Mary, St. John, St. James, and Terrebonne Parishes.” More information can be found at Teche Action Clinic.

This collection contains photographs, articles, correspondence, and scrapbooks that were collected by members of Teche Action Clinic. Many of these materials relate to the St. Mary Parish Health Unit and Franklin Health Council.

Dr. Gary Wiltz, CEO of Teche Action Clinic, donated the digitized version of this collection with the help of Phebe Hayes.


A. Photographs Folders 1-2
B. Correspondence Folder 3
C. Articles Folder 4
D. Scrapbooks Folders 5-7


A. Photographs  
    a. Identified Photographs Folder 1
      i. “Attempted pit and mound at shrimp drying place without supervision or knowledge of sanitary inspector. Shows a willingness to try to do what is right.”, n.d.
      ii. “Sanitary privy at the camp of Jovy Kristocoirtch? Duplication after about three months showed all features to be in apparent perfect condition.”, n.d.
      iii. “Attempted pit and mound at shrimp drying place without supervision or knowledge of sanitary inspector. Shows a willingness to try to do what is right.”, n.d.
      iv. “Old privy at King Lake.”, n.d.
      v. “Mrs. Vidas Camp at King Lake - not occupied at present.”, n.d.
      vi. “Meat hanging in the "cooler." Tongues, hearts and other edible offal lying on the floor. Cooler so full it would be impossible to get any more meat in. Cooler dirty as is quite evident from the appearance of the doorsill. Cooler grossly overcrowded beyond its capacity.”, n.d.
      vii. “View along slaughter house to hog pens in the background. The first 30' or so of the hog pen (the light strip between the two fences in the middle background) was a "mud wallow" with a terrible stench. The hog pen was about 100' from the slaughter house when it should be approximately 500'. A vat for cooking offal had been built, but from the way the weeds were growing in the firebox, had not been used for a long time. This slaughter house is of a size to handle nicely the meat for one butcher, but is not large enough to operate as a custom slaughter house where slaughtering is done for anyone and everyone. Slaughtering activities should be confined to the needs of the owner and all slaughtering for others should be stopped. If custom slaughtering is to be done, then the plant should be enlarged.”, n.d.
      viii. “Close up view of the "garbage" receptacle at the Teche Breeze Inn. The majority of the black specks on the cardboard box are flies of which large numbers were swarming about the "pit." The roundish level looking area at the base of the near corner of the cement work was a "pool" literally teeming with "maggots", which in a short time would hatch out to add to the already large fly population.”, n.d.
      ix. “Stack of "fat" piled by some old machinery in a machine shed near the slaughter house. Fat unprotected, stacked on the ground in part and due to condition would be unfit for "human consumption" as lard or in any other way it might be worked up. Should be made into fat for the "salvage" drive.”, n.d.
      x. “View from the outside corner of the kitchen, looking toward the road between the Teche Breeze Inn and the Bayou. Various liquid wastes, dish or mop water, water used in washing fish or shrimp and other similar liquid wastes are evidently dumped here and allowed to run off the slope to the street and gradually evaporate. Considerable putrescible waste was evident in the littered area of the picture.”, n.d.
      xi. “View in the killing room showing heads on a dirty badly cracked table. The "black" cloth on the heads was mostly black from filth, which has accumulated from a long period of use. This cloth is used by the butcher to protect his clothes in carrying the meat from the killing room to the drip room.”, n.d.
    b. Unidentified Photographs  
      i. Photographs 1-45, n.d. Folder 2
B. Correspondence Folder 3
      i. Guest Tag, n.d.
      ii. Letter from Lydia Breaux, 4 May 1940
      iii. Letter from the Office of the Superintendent at Flint-Goodridge Hospital of Dillard University, 3 May 1940
      iv. Letter from Mary Frae Caffery to Dr. Parrino, 27 May 1940
      v. Telegram from Dr. L.R. Centanni to Dr. P.S. Parrino, 20 April 1940
      vi. Letter from Dr. P.F. Murphy from Rapides Parish Health Unit, 24 May 1940
      vii. Letter from Herbert E. Cannon of St. Tammany Parish Health Unit, 18 April 1940
      viii. Letter from Parke, Davis & Company, 15 May 1940
      ix. Letter from Horace L. Smith from Marion County Chamber of Commerce, 7 May 1940
      x. Letter from G. Vasquez to Horace L. Smith, 10 May 1940
      xi. Response letter from Horace L. Smith to G. Vasquez, 13 May 1940
      xii. Letter from P.A. Kibbe from State Registrar, Vital Statistics, 27 May 1940
      xiii. Letter from R.W. Todd, Director of the Bureau of Parish Health Administration, Louisiana State Board of Health, 31 May 1940
      xiv. Letter from A.W. Dent to Dr. Parrino, 28 May 1940
C. Articles Folder 4
      i. Public-Health Doctor. The Saturday Evening Post: Curtis Publishing Company. 1950
      ii. Unknown clipping, n.d.
      iii. Health unit reports St. Mary Parish births. Unknown newspaper, 1947
      iv. Franklin Banner Tribune. No. 35, Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, 18 July 1957
      v. Envelope from St. Mary Parish Health Center containing articles, 1940
D. Scrapbooks  
    a. Unbound, 1939 Folder 5
    b. Bound 1, 1939-1940 Folder 6
    c. Bound 2, 1938-1958 Folder 7