People and places

Andrew Mullins, formerly with the Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC), is now coordinating archival processing and supervising student workers for the Special Collections Division, which includes LaRC, the Hogan Jazz Archive, Rare Books, and the Southeastern Architectural Archive.

On October 26, Andrew gave two presentations at the annual meeting of the Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association (LAMA) in Ruston, Louisiana. For the panel "LBBTQ Archives in New Orleans" he discussed LaRC's LGBTQ holdings. Leon Miller also participated in the panel by talking about the creation of the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana, for which he was a founding board member.

For the panel "Supporting Scientific Research in Louisiana Historical Archives" Andrew discussed how archives can support STEM research. Courtney Kearney, Scholarly Engagement Librarian at Tulane's Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, also participated in that panel. Andrew and Courtney also spoke on …

The Spirit of the Season

Please remember LaRC in your end-of-year giving. When the Louisiana Research Collection agrees to preserve something, we make a commitment to preserve it permanently. "Permanently" means "forever," and forever is expensive. We therefore depend on gifts to support many of our special projects.

Because they provide reliable ongoing support, our greatest need is for endowed funds and positions. Named funds offer a tremendous opportunity to honor someone in a permanent and prestigious manner. For more information, please contact Leon Miller, Louisiana Research Collection,, 504-314-7833.

You can also give to the Louisiana Research Collection easily and conveniently by credit card at To learn more about LaRC and how you can help, visit our website or view our new online brochure.

Thank you, and may the Spirit of the Season remain with you and those you love throughout the coming year.

Recent Acquisitions

LaRC's more recent acquisitions document a wide range of New Orleans issues, including Carnival, yellow fever, the French Quarter, the environment, women activists, and historic preservation. If you have Louisiana materials that warrant permanent preservation, please contact Leon Miller, 504-314-7833,

Louis Bernard donated four binders of photographs documenting the French Quarter and the LGBTQ community in New Orleans in the late 1980s. Many are particularly notable for recording the interiors of bars and restaurants in the French Quarter. They were taken and compiled for The Rooster, a New Orleans gay publication that was published between 1986 and 1990.
Joseph Maurice Bonin, Kaplan, Louisiana, has donated an extensive scholarly annotated bibliography of books pertaining to Acadians, Cajuns, and Franco-Americans in Louisiana.
Jennifer Fugita, Westminster, Colorado, has donated scrapbooks of Betty Jo Swayze. Swayze became Adult Programs Director of the YWCA of …

John Leonard Riddell papers online

The Louisiana Research Collection’s newest online collection is the papers of John Leonard Riddell. Riddell (February 20, 1807 – October 7, 1865) was a science lecturer, botanist, geologist, medical doctor, chemist, microscopist, numismatist, politician, and history’s first science fiction author.

Riddell was born in Leyden, Massachusetts, February 20, 1807. In 1835 he was appointed professor of chemistry and botany at Cincinnati Medical College and published his "Synopsis of the Flora of the Western States." He received his medical degree in 1836 from Cincinnati Medical College.

From 1836 until his death in 1865, he was Professor of Chemistry at the Medical College of Louisiana (now Tulane University) in New Orleans. While there, he invented the first practical binocular microscope. In 1850, he undertook one of the earliest and most extensive American microscopic investigations of cholera. While he continued working at the Medical College of Louisiana throughout the rest of …

Segregation in the Field of Public and Private Law

This is the only known copy of the legal analysis that was used to justify the desegregation of Tulane University. The Louisiana Research Collection has digitized it and placed it online.

As a Tulane law student, David Lee Campbell clerked for the firm of Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrère & Denègre L.L.P. The firm’s founder, Joseph Merrick Jones, Jr. (who was also President of the Board of Administrators of Tulane University), asked Campbell to work on a private, secret project reporting only to him. That project led to Campbell’s report, “Segregation in the Field of Public and Private Law—Status of the Tulane University of Louisiana,” which he delivered on September 4, 1959. The sixty-page report covered a wide swath of research into desegregation law, including areas to which it applied (jury cases, housing, the right to vote, restrictive covenants, labor unions, etc.), the Fourteenth Amendment, whether Tulane University was a private or public corporation, and laws an…

Map, "Battle of New Orleans For Freedom September 14, 1874"

Map, "Battle of New Orleans For Freedom September 14, 1874." Compiled by T.S. Hardee, C.E. / Lith. and Pub. by H. Lewis, 22 St. Charles St. New Orleans: H. Lewis, 1874. Lithograph, 18 ¼”h x 23 ¼”w at neat line plus margins.

A dramatic and extremely rare plan of the 1874 White League Revolt in New Orleans, published within weeks of the events depicted.

In 1874 anti-Reconstruction forces established the White League, a military force of some 1500 white males, organized into companies, well trained, and armed with surplus weapons from the Civil War. On September 14, the government seized the steamboat Mississippi, which carried a covert shipment of arms for the White League. In response, companies of White Leaguers established barricades along Poydras Street, then advanced on Metropolitan Police units emplaced along Canal Street from the Custom House to the River. The Metropolitans were quickly routed and retreated to the Jackson Square Station, where they were surrounded and su…