Thursday, February 16, 2017

LaRC research tips

The Louisiana Research Collection holds resources on a wide variety of subjects, relating to events from the 16th to the 21st centuries.  Students in many disciplines will find archival and published items which will be relevant to their research interests.   Because of our recent strides in documenting the archival collections, through catalog records in WorldCat and Voyager, online finding aids in Archon and ArchivesSpace, and open-access digital image collections, our reference services no longer depend on anecdotal conversations from a few selectively knowledgeable individuals in the reading room, but are available directly to interested researchers via the internet.    As a cataloger of the LaRC archival collections, I’ve emphasized subject access and keyword-rich descriptions to help students happen across these excellent resources, which are available on the Tulane campus.

A good place to start research on any topic is the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library website.   To cast a wide net, you can start with a search using the large “Multiple Sources” google-like box, which will retrieve library holdings in many formats as well as articles in subscribed continuing resources.    From the main library website, you will also find the following popular resources: Classic Catalog, Databases, Journals, and Research Guides.   For many researchers, who will ultimately be most interested in physical, rather than electronic, objects and will possibly benefit from archival collections and older books, I will recommend a few bibliographic tools and databases that will be most helpful:

Classic Catalog, Advanced Search.    This is a very powerful tool to access LaRC holdings, as well as holdings in the main Howard-Tilton stacks.   You have the ability to combine search terms multiple ways, as well as to qualify by location, type, time frame, and other attributes.  Remember, subject headings cut across formats.    Because the wording of standard subject headings might sometimes seem overly strained, I recommend using Classic Catalog, Advanced, [enter your topic], pull down “all of these,” and then pull down “subject keyword.”     Repeat with multiple entries if you prefer, but don’t be overly specific at first.     The bottom half of the search offers you “Type”, from which you can click on “Archival Material” if that is what you most want, or you can leave it wide open.    Don’t give up too quickly, but make changes to the search query combination.    Special trick: Perform a classic catalog advanced search, using keyword “ssp” with “keyword anywhere” and qualify this with “Type” “Archival Material”.  Records per page 50.    Here you will receive a list of the cataloged LaRC collections which can be sorted by date, forward and backward, or alphabetically by title.   The “ssp” in this example is my initials; hopefully in the future, such a list could be derived by adding other catalogers’ initials or by doing a keyword “Louisiana” or “Tulane” or “Manuscripts”—you can use your imagination.  You can also do a Classic Catalog basic (not advanced) call number search by typing in Manuscripts Collection.  This search retrieves the cataloged LaRC collections but it's sorted in straight numerical order, numbers beginning with 1, etc., so this search is more useful if you have a known collection number.   Once you identify collections of interest, most of these catalog records includes links to an inventory, or finding aid.   For catalog records without such a link, try searching “Archives” from the LaRC website.   Preparing ahead of time for your personal visit makes the most of your time in the reading room; you can always ask for assistance from the reference staff members who supervise the room at all hours it’s open.   

Ancestry Library Edition.     Back to the Howard-Tilton web site, select Databases and find Ancestry Library Edition.   To enter this subscribed, very large set of historical databases, it is essential to go through this pathway rather than simply typing in ancestry.com in the web address, even when on campus.  All Tulane affiliates have access on campus or remotely, when using this pathway, plus guests have access to this wonderful resource by using the four guest computers in the Schiro Reading Room or elsewhere in the library.  If you are doing straightforward biographical research, Ancestry Library Edition provides the basic information you need.  In cataloging archival collections, unlike in book cataloging, we have a historical note field, so I have done quite a bit of biographical research in this process, and it’s been much more rewarding since the library subscribed to this full Ancestry database.   This resource is also the first go-to site for genealogists who frequently visit with questions about their ancestors.

Louisiana Information Sources: A Guide.   From the Howard-Tilton web site, you can arrive at this research guide by clicking Research Guides, then Louisiana, then Louisiana Information Sources: A Guide.  There are numerous electronic resources which you can access from this page.   Of great interest to anyone studying New Orleans will be the Times-Picayune and other newspapers.  Again, these are subscribed resources available to Tulane affiliates or to those using on-site guest computers.

Google.   If the person or topic you are researching has a fairly unusual or unique name or word, a straight Google search can retrieve internet mentions which may not have been retrieved by the library bibliographic tools described above.   You might find references to your research topic written by individuals in open-access internet publications or even on social media sites.  I find the google search most helpful when researching the present moment, for example, if I want to find out if a particular organization still exists today. 

Ask for advice when you are in the library— and if you have gotten all the way to the Schiro Reading Room, just ask the staff member at the reference desk about how to start.   On a personal note, I will be retiring next month, but will continue to be close by.  I would like to say that I’ve enjoyed meeting and talking with researchers, especially as they begin the process of identifying resources of special interest to them.   First-visit and freshman researchers may not have prepared in advance and need guidance to get started.  But after working with LaRC collections for the last eight or nine years, I am sure that LaRC has something for everyone.



Posted by Susanna Powers
Processed photo used with permission of the original portrait photographer, Sally Asher.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Miss Alice Keighley



Alice Edith Keighley (1907-2001) was a lifelong resident of uptown New Orleans. For many years in the mid-twentieth century she worked in the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, retiring as head of the bindery department.   In 1969, she donated her personal social papers to Tulane University, with later additions through 1987.  These are now held in the Louisiana Research Collection as Manuscripts Collection 849.

Miss Keighley carefully preserved her invitations and other items of social ephemera, correspondence and clippings, over many decades.  The collection is predominantly related to New Orleans Carnival but also includes a scrapbook called a debut book, covering her social events of 1928-1929.

Carnival krewes represented in this collection include Achaeans, Apollo, Athenians, Atlanteans, Comus, Harlequins, Mithras, Momus, Mystery, Mystic Club, Nippon, Elves of Oberon, Odysseus, Omardz, Osiris, Les Pierrettes, Prophets of Persia, Proteus, Rex, and Twelfth Night Revelers.

Numerous New Orleanians whose papers are held in LaRC kept samples of the invitations they received, and these are included in their personal papers. (Search LaRC archival collections in the classic catalog, using the subject heading "Carnival--Louisiana--New Orleans") but Alice Keighley's papers are probably the largest grouping in LaRC of Carnival ball invitations directed to an individual. 






Captions:  top: 1924 Mithras ball invitation, inscribed by Miss Keighley: "My first ball.  Had a gorgeous time.  Same one called me out to dance and gave me a silver bracelet."  2nd: 1972 centennial Momus invitation.  3rd:  society clipping about debutantes of the season (1928-1929).  last: handmade placecard for Miss Alice Keighley also from debut book.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Yakumo Nihon Teien

The Japanese Garden Society of New Orleans began in the mid-1980s with the purpose of establishing a Japanese garden in New Orleans.  Planning for the project continued through the 1990s and the garden was installed at City Park in 2003, near the intersection of Harrison and Marconi. Its formal name is Yakumo Nihon Teien, honoring Koizumi Yakumo (author Lafcadio Hearn, 1850-1904), recognizing his role in advancing the cultural connection between Japan and the United States, especially New Orleans. The garden and tea house were repaired after Hurricane Katrina.

LaRC Manuscripts Collection 1090 holds the organizational records and other documents collected by the Japanese Garden Society of New Orleans, between 1992 and 2007.    Included are handwritten notes and correspondence, minutes, agendas, financial notes and reports, photographs, membership lists, business cards, newsletters, brochures, photocopies of newspaper clippings, and other printed items.

The library holds over five hundred books and other resources by and about Lafcadio Hearn, and most of these are in the Louisiana Research Collection.

Caption: a fund-raising brochure prior to the installation of Yakumo Nihon Teien within City Park's Botanical Garden, showing the proposed design plan.    Japanese Garden Society of New Orleans records, 1992-2007, Manuscripts Collection 1090, Box 1.  Images of items held in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission. 




Photos of the garden and post by Susanna Powers


Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Prosperidades



A Bright and Merry Xmas


Caption: a holiday greeting post card, postmarked Dec. 8, 1905, in Cuba, received in New Orleans on Dec. 23, 1905, addressed to Mrs. W. T. Hogg, #2854 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans, La., E.U. de A., from Max.    Hogg family post cards, Coll. 608, Box 1, Folder 1.   Images of items held in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.


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Friday, December 9, 2016

LUNA/Moon

The Arts Council is currently sponsoring a festival (annual through the New Orleans tri-centennial year, 2018) called LUNA Fete --  “Light Up NOLA Arts.”   This is described as “the Arts Council’s experiential community-wide event that unfolds over the course of a week,” this year, December 7 – 10.   Light shows and other visually bright art installations are sponsored by numerous businesses, foundations, and other community partners, for the purpose of advancing the arts and advancing tourism.   

A similar idea was proposed in the 1970s by the Vieux Carre Commission, and supported by Mayor Moon Landrieu, called the Sound and Light Project, inspired by the European “son et lumiere” productions.  It involved a year-round nightly sound and light show in Jackson Square for the tourists’ education about the history of New Orleans.   This project was rejected for a variety of legitimate reasons, including noise, taste, and expense, and in retrospect possibly the overzealous scope of doing the shows every day all year.  Possibly too, the new emphasis on light (combined with much more advanced 21st-century technology), rather than both sound and light, has helped the LUNA Fete be received more favorably.

To gain a better understanding of those different times in New Orleans, in the not-so-distant past, LaRC preserves resources such as the records of organizations active during that era.    At least two of the archival collections hold specific information on the proposed Sound and Light Project of the 1970s:

Vieux Carre organizations records, 1940s-1988 (bulk 1970s), Manuscripts Collection 804.

Scott Wilson papers, 1921-1978, Manuscripts Collection 233.


Numerous other LaRC archival collections and books deal with the mid-20th-century efforts of local individuals and organizations to preserve the quality of the French Quarter and downtown, while also trying to build the tourism industry in the city.   Researching these topics is also supported by accessing digital archives of the Times-Picayune, such as the article, “Casting a Pall on Sound, Light” by Frank Gagnard, April 29, 1973, section 2, page 12.   



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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Views of old Cuba



LaRC Manuscripts Collection 610 is a small group of personal papers of Charles O. Thomas and his son, Charles O. Thomas, Jr., which feature descriptions and photographic views of Cuba at the end of the nineteenth century.  Included are numerous photographs of buildings and street scenes in Cuba, especially Matanzas and Havana, as well as typed and handwritten captions and descriptive text about Cuba. Also included are photographs relating to the 1898 Spanish-American War and the military activities of Charles O. Thomas, Jr.  One photograph depicts a cemetery in Cuba with a marker declaring "Victims of the Maine."

Charles Oscar Thomas (1838-1905) was an American businessman who ran flour mills; letterhead stationery in this collection is printed with heading, "Chas. O. Thomas, Gen'l Manager, Havana Flour Co., Importers, 73 Zulueta Street, Havana, Cuba." Charles Oscar Thomas, Jr. (1871-1966) served in the U.S. Army during the Spanish-American War.   

This collection will be of interest to students of U.S. and Caribbean history and economic relations, as well as to photography appreciators. 

Caption:  (you have to look for the horses)   "Matanzas, Cuba, May 10, 1899 ... This picture represents two native horses, covered over with a load of green corn forage going to market; this is the way it is brought to the market and sold in small quantities from house to house."    Manuscripts Collection 610, Box 1, Folder 3.    Images of items held in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.


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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Nouveau jardinier de la Louisiane


In 1971, Mrs. B. Stanley Nelson (Mary Hutson) of New Orleans donated some of her father's papers to Tulane University.  Charles W. Hutson (1840-1936) had been a literature professor, author, and artist at Louisiana State University during Reconstruction, who later settled in New Orleans.

LaRC Manuscripts Collection 563 is made up of Charles Hutson's draft typescript translation from French into English of the bulk of J. F. Lelièvre's 1838 work, Nouveau jardinier de la Louisiane, plus handwritten notes and newspaper clippings. The only dated item in the collection is a newspaper clipping from 1921. The text describes plant species most successfully grown in Louisiana in the early 19th century, covering both ornamental and edible plants.

Having access to the books of the Louisiana Research Collection, preliminary research quickly turned up the original 1838 book in French, as well as an elegant, different translation of it into English, published in the 21st century by Sally Kittredge Reeves, titled Jacques-Felix Lelièvre's New Louisiana gardener.

Edible plants described include garlic, peanuts, goosefoot, artichokes, asparagus, eggplant, beets, bredes, carrots, celery, chervil, mushrooms, endive, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, scallions, chives, gourds, cucumber, garden cress, watercress, shallots, spinach, kidney beans, broad beans, strawberries, beans, lettuce, lentils, corn salad, melons, eggplant, mustard, turnips, onions, sorrel, parsnips, sweet potatoes, parsley, bloodwort, leeks, peas, potatoes, peppers, radishes, wild rocket, salsify, scorzonera, escarole, tomato, and jerusalem artichoke.  Calendars and growing instructions are given, with a smaller section on ornamental flowering plants.

A brief sample of the three sources, comparing one plant, shows slight differences in translation.

1838:    Arroche, (BELLE DAME)  Semer en fevrier ou mars, septembre et octobre; toute espece de terrain lui convient; arroser si la terre est seche.  Les feuilles de cette plante servent a adoucir l'oseille, soit dans les soupes, soit dans les farces; elles sont encore employees dans le gombo aux herbes.

[1920s]   GOOSE FOOT (MOUNTAIN SPINACH)   Sow in February or March, September and October; every kind of ground suits it; water if the earth is dry.  The leaves of this plant serve to sweeten sorred [sorrel], whether in soups or in stuffings; they are also employed in herb-gumbo.

2001:  GOOSEFOOT (BEAUTIFUL LADY)   [Fr. Arroche; Lat. Atriplex hortensis L.]  Sow in February or March, September and October; all kinds of ground suit it; water if the ground is dry.  The leaves of this plant serve to sweeten sorrel, whether in soup or in stuffings; they are also used in gumbo z'herbes.

Comparison of different works over time and in different formats is made possible by the unique collections of LaRC.


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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Discoveries in Jones Hall-- the perspective of Margaret Woodrow Wilson


LaRC Manuscripts Collection 519 holds letters written to Lucy and Mary Smith of New Orleans by close friends who were members of President Woodrow Wilson's family.  The Wilsons met the Smiths at a summer resort in Virginia, early in the twentieth century. Although not biologically related, in these letters they jokingly call each other cousins.  Lucy R. Smith (born around 1864) and her sister Mary R. Smith (around 1868-1943) lived for many years at 1468 Henry Clay Ave. in New Orleans.

 Letter authors represented include Edith Wilson, Jessie Wilson Sayre, Ray Stannard Baker, Francis B. Sayre, and President Wilson's daughter, Margaret Woodrow Wilson (1886-1944).   Most notable are the early 1940s letters written by Margaret from Pondicherry, India, where she lived at the religious community, Sri Aurobindo Ashram.   In one of these letters to Lucy and Mary Smith, she philosophically reflects on memories of New Orleans, racial issues, and World War II, sending love and spiritual inspiration back to America.



                                                                                                Sri Aurobindo Asram Pondicherry
                                                                                                                                India.

Precious, precious Smithies,
                How could I have let so long a time go by without sending you even a line!  You see, I am the same old procrastinator as ever!  Sometimes I wonder how much it is possible to improve in one life when I see all my faults sticking to me like flies!  For a long time it was indeed excusable on my part to put off my correspondence for I was sick for many months and recuperating for many more but all that is long past and still I let days and months go by without writing to those I love in America.  But, darlings, I do love you and there are still so many vivid memories of you and our life together that float into my mind like beautiful iridescent birds across this tropical blue sky.  The other day I saw a flock of intensely green parakeets fly in formation like aeroplanes across the bluest of blue skies and my heart actually stopped beating for a moment so startling was that flash of beauty.  Well, pictures of you and all of us together in Virginia, in Princeton, in The White House, flash across my “inward eye” in just such a way, making past joy alive again in one breathless moment.  In fact past joy is not ever really past and gone, is it?  Isn’t it there at all times within us, forming part of the richness of our present life, part of the pattern that Nature weaves within our consciousness to please the Spirit within her?

                This town still recalls New Orleans to me often and, of course, you with it.  This combination of old France and India is fascinating—I never tire of it and hate to see the new apartment houses going up.  I look at the bare-footed peasant women, walking so straight with their brass water pots on their heads and feast my eyes, knowing full well that I am gazing on forms of beauty that must pass.   All the Hindu women still insist on wearing their saris, at least here they do, even to do physical labour in and I am told that in Northern India the women play tennis and very well in their long saris!  I wear a sari in the evenings, and a lovely evening dress it makes, but I wear my little short American dresses in the daytime, feeling very awkward in comparison to the graceful Hindu women but a darn sight more comfortable and cooler.  The Hindu women, who are the results of marriage with the French, wear European costumes and lose thereby all their distinctive charm—or is it because they are not one thing or the other that they seem so awkward.  We call them Creoles here but the French resent that name being used for the metisses, as I think they call them, because they say Creole means only someone of another nationality born in a foreign country or born in a family that was originally born on foreign soil.  Is that the distinction made in New Orleans?  I thought there the term was used to describe the mixture between French and Spaniard or French and American in New Orleans.  Perhaps the sensitiveness here on that point is due to the sense of superiority on the part of the whites over the coloured races, even the wonderful Hindu race, just as the New Orleans people resent the term being used in connection with those who have Negro and French blood in them.  I am surprised that is is so here for the French have always intermarried with the natives of their colonies without losing caste.  Here it seems they do if they marry Hindus.  Isn’t it extraordinary that the White people can keep that sense of superiority in the face of such a superior race as is the Hindu race?  Why, in some ways they are much, much superior to us!  I feel in their presence that I and my people are crude, as is something new and half baked in the presence of mellowness and age long refinement.  Their culture goes so much deeper than ours.  In fact in their presence I hesitate to call our America culture, culture at all.  You remember Mother used to say that American culture was skin deep compared with English culture?  Well, it is only as deep as the first thin layer of skin compared to the culture of Asia, especially that of India.  And if you could see a lot of these people you would not find it possible to believe the fiction that they are a decadent nation.  Their present state is certainly not equal to their ancient but the culture and the intelligence that created ancient India is still here, deep in their consciousness, and in those who have half a chance at a decent education it flowers out, as of old.  It is now very evidently a renascent nation and as such will play a very great part in the future of this world that this terrible war is clearing the way for.

                It is horrible, is it not, to see another world war and a far worse one than the last, but if we have faith in a Divine Purpose we must believe that it will be fulfilled and that even war and destruction can prepare the souls of men for a next step upward in our spiritual development.  But what faith it does demand of us to see so much that is beautiful and from our point of view worthy of preservation, even important to the future of mankind such as the gifts of youth extinguished in colossal slaughter and destruction.  If we did not believe in the immortality of man and the Universality and Omnipresence of God we could not bear such a spectacle without despairing of the future of the world, could we?

                Dear, dear ones, I hope and pray that you are both well now and that your faith gives you inner peace in the midst of all this suffering.  I believe it does, for is is so strong and pure, so selfless.  I do not know of anyone about whom I feel more at peace than about you because I know your faith and what an ever present refuge it is for you.  As I love our Presbyterian benediction I shall utter it now as a prayer for you both—“May the Lord cause His Face to shine upon you and give you Peace.”

                I love, love you both with a deep and tender love

                                                                                Devotedly yours,    Margaret

October 23rd 1942.

My favorite memory of you is of the three of you sitting together, Mother and Cousin Lucy sewing, and Cousin Mary reading aloud, in a warm sunny room in winter ….        under this in summer.      M.W.


Caption: three-page 1942 letter by Margaret Wilson to Lucy and Mary Smith,  Manuscripts Collection 519, Box 1, folder 3, Lucy and Mary Smith letters from the Woodrow Wilson family.  Images of items held in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.


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Friday, September 23, 2016

Lester family babies


LaRC Manuscripts Collection 518 is a grouping of family papers (1869-1944) from the Lester family of Binghamton, N.Y.    It is made up of numerous family photographs, predominantly formal individual portraits but also travel photographs, post cards, death announcements, a wedding invitation and other items of social ephemera. Most items are mounted in a large ornate bound album, and a few twentieth-century photographs are in envelopes.  Most of the mounted photographs are uncaptioned, so not a great deal is known about the identity of individuals, but funeral notices show that Herbert W. Lester died Nov. 26, 1894 (aged 20 years), and Richard W. Lester died April 20, 1895 (aged 51 years). Photographs were made in studios in various places including Binghamton, Chicago, and Milwaukee.

The elegant album primarily highlights the family's adults and a few children or small groups, but the creative arranger of the volume organized a double page to feature babies.


Caption:  Lester family papers, (Manuscripts Collection 518) Box 1.   Images of items held in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.


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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Art and recipes-- Howard Mitcham's fish



James Howard Mitcham (1917-1996), a native of Mississippi, was an author, artist, gallery owner, and gourmet cook, best known for his cookbooks which specialize in seafood. He lived at different times in Greenwich Village, Provincetown Mass., the Gulf Coast, and New Orleans.  He has been described as a French Quarter bohemian and a Renaissance man.  His stationery described him as the Creole seafood gourmet.  Howard Mitcham donated his papers to Tulane in 1977.

The Louisiana Research Collection holds both the author's manuscript (LaRC Manuscripts Collection 483) and the resulting published book, Fishing on the Gulf Coast (New Orleans, Hermit Crab Press, 1959), SH 464 .S6M5 LACOLL.  The archival collection primarily consists of an edited page proof for Fishing on the Gulf Coast, which was intended as a casual guidebook to catching and cooking fish from the Gulf waters off Louisiana and Mississippi. The text is witty and has been illustrated by the author.   Prints of his own woodblock and drawn artwork depicting different kinds of fish, and hand-drawn fishing maps are included in the collection, as well as a handwritten letter and a business card.


These works will be of interest to researchers in art, writing, publishing, fishing, the Gulf Coast, Southern foodways and New Orleans cooking.

Captions: artwork depicting redfish and speckled trout, accompanied by recipes; archival items with the completed 1959 booklet.   Manuscripts Collection 483, all folder 2; two copies of the book are in LACOLL.  Images of items held in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.


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Monday, August 15, 2016

August brings flooding


This weekend's devastating flooding in south Louisiana, to the west of New Orleans, has left at least seven people dead and thousands of homes and businesses damaged.   Today's Times-Picayune leads with the story of residents of Baker, Louisiana, who needed to evacuate their home because of the current flooding.  


August 29, 2016, will be the eleventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

Tulane University and Howard-Tilton Memorial Library collect historical and creative works relating to Hurricane Katrina.  The library catalog lists 799 items (subject keyword search for phrase hurricane katrina) across Howard-Tilton stacks, Louisiana Research Collection, Hogan Jazz Archive, Rare Books, Government Documents, Music & Media, Vorhoff Library, Architecture Library, Amistad Research Center, Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences, and through the internet.

Archival collections in LaRC which contain items dealing with historic Louisiana flooding, flood damage prevention, and flood control, are listed here.


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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A familiar old mansion



LaRC Manuscripts Collection 394 (K. W. Pedersen photograph collection) contains images of the McFadden House in New Orleans, photographed by Charles L. Franck and associates, and collected by gardener K. W. Pedersen. Included are numerous monochrome photographs of the gardens of the estate, as well as the opulent interior of the mansion. Several are large panoramic prints, emphasizing the expansive grounds and gardens. All are undated but were made between 1919 and 1955.

Kristian Vilhelm Gumme Pedersen (1896-1981), born in Jordlose, Denmark, came to the United States in 1921 and was naturalized in 1925. Later he used Wilhelm or William as a middle name. He worked for many years as a gardener at City Park (the location of the McFadden mansion), and later as head gardener at Tulane University until his retirement in 1961, when he returned to Denmark.

Charles L. Franck and associates had a photographic studio at 409 Baronne Street.   Franck was active in this business until 1955; per the rubber stamped information on the verso of the prints, these were "photographs from Chas. L. Franck," or "Progress Photographs," perhaps indicating that the date of these photographs may have been in the late 1930s or early 1940s, while the WPA was active. 

The mansion was built in 1909, and bought by the McFaddens in 1919, as a vacation home-- somewhere to stay while visiting town for Mardi Gras.   In 1960, the Christian Brothers School opened in the historic house.


This collection will be of interest to individuals researching garden design, architecture, home furnishings, photography, City Park, and New Orleans history.

Captions: a panoramic shot of the McFadden House and surrounding landscape; a photograph of the interior of the McFadden mansion, complete with wall-to-wall bear skin rugs and other hunting souvenirs.   LaRC Manuscripts Collection 394, Box 1.


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Friday, July 1, 2016

LaRC books-- 2016 imprints

The Louisiana Research Collection is well known for its older, deep archives and monographs.  But the collections continuously grow over time, up to and including the present year, representing publications which are creative literary works, as well as works resulting from research in various disciplines.   The following is a selection of 2016 imprints which are already cataloged and accessible in the Schiro Reading Room (many of these also have circulating copies in the main Howard-Tilton stacks).  More books are on order and in process at all times.   To discover details about these and other new books in LaRC, you can search the Classic Catalog.


Afton Villa : the birth and rebirth of a nineteenth-century Louisiana garden /
    • Call Number: SB466.U7 A388 2016

The amazing crawfish boat /
    • Call Number: SH380.92.U55 L38 2016

Bloody Mary's guide to hauntings, horrors, and dancing with the dead : true stories from the voodoo queen of New Orleans /
    • Call Number: BL2490 .B585 2016

Bright stranger : poems /
    • Call Number: PS3569.O65396 A6 2016

Building the land of dreams : New Orleans and the transformation of early America /
    • Call Number: F379.N557 F33 2016

The case for alternative teacher certificaton /
    • Call Number: LB1771 .S56 2016

The cotton kings : capitalism and corruption in turn-of-the-century New York and New Orleans /
    • Call Number: HD9075 .B35 2016

Dark bayou : infamous Louisiana homicides /
    • Call Number: HV6533.L8 G38 2016

Farewell to an angel : it all began in Old New Orleans /
    • Call Number: CT237 .H36 2016

The feathered bone /
    • Call Number: PS3603.A597 F43 2016

Freedom in Congo Square /
    • Call Number: F379.N57 C669 2016

Fundamentals of Louisiana notarial law and practice : the Louisiana notary public examination official study guide /
    • Call Number: KFL526.N6 J46 2016

Hear dat New Orleans : a guide to the rich musical heritage and lively current scene /
    • Call Number: ML3477.8.N44 M87 2016

Legendary locals of Shreveport, Louisiana /
    • Call Number: F379.S4 J649 2016

Legendary Louisiana outlaws : the villains and heroes of folk justice /
    • Call Number: F374 .L45 2016
The modernist architecture of Samuel G. and William B. Wiener
    • Call Number: NA737.W522 K56 2016

My mother's house : a memoir /
    • Call Number: PS3601.R55 Z46 2016

New Orleans noir : the classics /
    • Call Number: PS648.N64 N49 2016

New Orleans rhythm and blues after Katrina : music, magic and myth /
    • Call Number: ML3521 .U58 2016

New Orleans women and the Poydras Home : more durable than marble /
    • Call Number: HV99.N42 P687 2016

Rebuilding community after Katrina : transformative education in the New Orleans planning initiative /
    • Call Number: HN80.N45 R43 2016

Rigging a Chevy into a time machine and other ways to escape a plague : poems /
    • Call Number: PS3608.E473 R54 2016

Seat yourself : the best of South Louisiana's local diners, lunch houses, and roadside stops /
    • Call Number: TX907.3.L8 C66 2016

The story of French New Orleans : history of a creole city /
    • Call Number: F379.N557 G84 2016


Enjoy!


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