Spotlight: baptismal certificate, 1798 August 18.

Charles-Pierre Lambert baptismal certificate, 1798 August 18.

A certificate verifying that Charles-Pierre Lambert was baptized at age two by Jean Baptiste-Joseph Lemaire and that Madame de St. Georges gave him to Monsieur Lambert, his natural father, who promised to set him free. The certificate is signed by Chapdu de St. George, V. Lambert (Francoise-Victoire Joubert né Lambert, his godmother), and J. J. Lemaire. The document is in French.

Charles-Pierre Lambert (known as "Richard,") was a free man of color, musician, conductor, and early teacher of the violinist and composer Edmond Dédé. He was born an enslaved person about 1796 in New York, NY to Pierre Antoine Lambert and Marie Nicolle, "Zoe." He is described as a mulatto slave belonging to Madame de St. Georges. In Saint-Domingue on 18 August 1798, his custody was transferred to his father, who vowed to free him. He married Jeanne Ferand, a free woman of color, on 22 April 1826 in New Orleans. His second wife w…

LaRC people and places April - August 2018

At the June meeting of the American Library Association in New Orleans, Andrew Mullins and Courtney Kearney presented on how historical archives can support scientific research. Andrew is LaRC's Library Associate for Archives Processing and Digital Initiatives; Courtney is Howard-Tilton Memorial Library's Scholarly Engagement Librarian for Physical Sciences and Data Management.

Maddie Hayes has been admitted into the MA Arts & Cultural Management program at King's College London. Maddie was an intern and student worker in the Louisiana Research Collection in 2017 and 2018.

Stephanie Jolissaint is now a librarian for the St. Tammany Parish Libraries. During 2017 and 2018 Stephanie was the Pie Dufour Intern at the Louisiana Research Collection.

On July 11, Leon Miller, head of the Louisiana Research Collection, spoke at the East Bank Branch of the Jefferson Parish Library System. On August 11, Lee spoke at the Lafourche Heritage Society's annual history and genealogy …

Save the date, opening reception, September 14

On September 14, LaRC's compatriot institution, Tulane University’s Southeastern Architectural Archive, will hold the opening reception for its newest exhibit, "The Laurel Valley Plantation Photographs of Philip M. Denman." The reception will be held from 5:30pm – 8:00pm and is free and open to the public.

The exhibit showcases the nearly 40-year photographic coverage of Laurel Valley Plantation in Thibodaux, Louisiana, by Philip Marin Denman. The journey began in 1978 when Denman documented the more than 100 buildings dating from the 1830s—ca.1900. Twenty-seven years later, Denman returned to record the condition of the plantation in 2005, and in 2017 he photographed the 55 or so remaining structures. The striking b/w images are enhanced by a small number of color prints. The exhibit also includes Denman’s capture of life in New Orleans’ French Quarter in the late-1960s to early-1970s, and his images of the remains of Seven Oaks Plantation in Westwego, Louisiana, befor…

New resources for historic preservation in New Orleans

The Louisiana Research Collection is pleased to announce the release of two collections related to Historic Preservation in Louisiana. The Bernard Lemann papers (Manuscript Collection 267) and the Martha Gilmore Robinson papers (Manuscript Collection 678) contain substantial documentation of historic preservation, urbanization, memorialization, and infrastructure in mid-20th century New Orleans.

While Martha Gilmore Robinson's personal correspondence had previously been released, Camila Rodriguez, a LaRC student employee, recently processed Robinson's papers related to the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Battle of New Orleans, the creation of Chalmette Battlefield park and monument, and the proposed construction of the Riverfront Expressway. These newly released documents also record Robinson’s involvement with the Vieux Carre Commission, Save Our Riverfront, and her role as a founding member of the Louisiana Landmarks Society.

The Bernard Lemann papers preserve the Tul…

LaRC announces the papers of James Sallis

The Louisiana Research Collection is pleased to announce the release of mystery writer, novelist, poet, and essayist James Sallis’ papers. The newly processed collection features manuscripts and revisions to nine publications including the Lew Griffin novels, a mystery series set in New Orleans, The Guitar In Jazz, his translation of Raymond Queneau’s novel Saint Glinglin, as well as his critical anthology of science fiction writer Samuel Delany, Ash of Stars. The collection also includes correspondence with various mystery and science fiction writers and pitches for articles and short stories to publications such as Amazing Science Fiction.

Sallis was born in Helena, Arkansas in 1944 and grew up listening to Sonny Boy Williamson on KFFA radio, reading the mysteries of Chester Himes and Jim Thompson, and roaming the banks of the Mississippi. He began publishing in science fiction and mystery anthologies and magazines in the 1960s, including moving to London to edit the acclaimed sci…

For reseachers from around the world, summertime is research time.


Documenting Louisiana's Environment

A special mission of the Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC) is documenting our state’s environment. Recently, LaRC made available a small collection of correspondence, handwritten notes and maps, and notated photographs of transect locations of Martin Burkenroad’s work for the Freeport Sulphur Company. Burkenroad studied the high mortality rate of oysters in Port Sulphur, La., the Freeport Canal, and other locations.

Martin David Burkenroad (1910 March 20 – 1986 January 12) was a marine biologist who specialized in decapod crustaceans and fisheries. Burkenroad was born in New Orleans and attended Tulane University for a short time. While he published several scientific papers at Tulane, he left the University without earning a degree. Afterwards, he worked for the Marine Biological Laboratory in the Dry Tortugas part of the Florida Keys and the Louisiana Department of Conservation, specifically focusing on the state’s fisheries. In 1934, he entered Yale University and participated i…