Thursday, July 17, 2014

Louisiana as it was in 1873

Samuel H. Lockett (1837-1891) was an engineer and professor of engineering, who worked in an official capacity with the United States, and during the American Civil War, with the Confederate States. He conducted a topographic survey of the state of Louisiana from 1869 to 1872. 

The Samuel H. Lockett manuscripts (LaRC Manuscripts Collection 826) consists of handwritten descriptive text and illustrations of two works by Samuel H. Lockett. Included in the collection are: Louisiana as it is (1873-1874); and The coast of Louisiana (undated). The second work is also included as a bound typescript. Throughout the first manuscript are small hand-drawn sketches of Louisiana scenes, and edited clipped proofs for possible publication; photographs are grouped together in a folder. A handwritten sheet listing an 1870 population table by parish and race, derived from the federal census, is an informative addition to the description of the state's natural topography and geography.

This collection will be useful to environmental scientists interested in the changes in the Louisiana coast over time, as well as to historians, cultural researchers, and students of Louisiana in the visual arts.  



Caption: mounted photographs from Manuscripts Collection 826, Box 1, Folder 8.  Images of items held in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.


Posted by Susanna Powers

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

pardon our progress


New furniture is being constructed today by workers from DKI Office Furniture.   The reading room is closed until they finish the installation, possibly Tuesday afternoon.

UPDATE, Wed. July 16, the reading room has returned to our normal hours as posted on the LaRC website.   It is always a good idea to check there for possible exceptions.


Photo and post by Susanna Powers

Monday, July 14, 2014

Closed Tuesday morning, 7/15


The Schiro Reading Room will be closed 
Tuesday morning, July 15, 2014,
 for furniture installation.    

Friday, June 6, 2014

D-Day Love-Letter

Today marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, when Allied Troops landed on the beaches of Normandy in an invasion that ultimately turned the tide of the Second World War. The Louisiana Research Collection preserves the papers of Murrel H. Kaplan, who served in the Army Medical Corps at the 64th General Hospital in Italy during World War II. In this letter to his wife, penned while listening to the radio broadcast of the battle, Kaplan recounts his and his fellow Medical Corps officers' experience of the event, as well as his eagerness for the war to end.























                                                                                                                                        6 June '44

Dearest, 
         Today is a memorable day. it is never to be forgotten. The invasion across the channel began, which is a long way for saying that it marks the beginning of the end of Hitlerism. It significances, altho manifold, is interpreted as having but one meaning -- that soon this European conflict will be over, and we will be on our way home to our loved ones. Since early this morning, all ears have been glued to the radio, even tho we knew that there would be nothing to say about the first day's fighting. It just sounded so wonderful to hear the announcer read Gen'l Eisenhower's order of the day. The repetition, instead of becoming boring, served the opposite effect, for the reality of such a long awaited event had to be driven home. As you can well visualize, the joy of this excitement was so great that hardly anyone could get any work done. The frequent consultations, the comparison of notes and of words made each of us forget for the moment that we were thousands of miles away. We could only pinch ourselves to make sure we weren't dreaming. Oh darling, this war will be over soon, and we will be together again. 
      Because I felt that I was of no value today on my ward, I decided to go back to Maj. Holabaugh and let him check me. He found everything quiescent, which pleased me as usual. he thanked me for the compact you sent his wife. he appreciated it very much for it was only a small way of finding out how grateful I've been for all his attention. 
     Last night, I saw Wallace Beery in "Rationing." it was a typical picture, with a few laughs and a lot of slap-stick comedy. tonight it was Bing Crosby in "Star Maker." Altho it was an old show, I enjoyed it thoroughly. movies always fascinate me. It add so so much to this otherwise drab existence. 
     There was very little mail today. i am sure the boys at the A.P.O. took off a half day to listen to the news. I don't blame them; I would have too! 
     Please excuse this rotten letter, but it has been an exhausting day. My sweetheart, I feel so happy, I could shout aloud. The invasion has actually taken place! We are that much nearer to being together. Gosh, how I love and adore you - and how I miss you. 
     Love to the fallen, my heart to you, 
     Your Sweetie




Posted by Samantha Bruner



Thursday, June 5, 2014

Discoveries in Jones Hall-- birthday parties on Constantinople Street

Cornelia Dean Genella Sansum (1868-1960) and her her husband, Samuel Sansum (1858-1945), a lawyer, lived at 1636 Constantinople Street in New Orleans during the twentieth century. Mrs. Sansum's mother was Mary Louise Kennedy (1836-1899). Cornelia and Samuel Sansum were married in 1902. 

Mrs. Sansum donated her rather small amount of personal papers to the library in 1950, and they are held in the Louisiana Research Collection as Manuscripts Collection 586.  This collection consists of handwritten correspondence, affectionate birthday greetings from Sam to Cornelia, a business card, a calling card, advertisements, their marriage announcement, a reception invitation, Samuel Sansum's 1918 certificate of naturalization, and Cornelia Sansum's small prebound datebook into which she wrote birth, death, and marriage dates of some of her relatives. Names represented include members of the Sansum, Genella, and Kennedy families of Louisiana and Mississippi.

In the late 1940s, when Mrs. Sansum was elderly, she held her own birthday parties at her grand home. Gathered from twenty-first century research interviews, John Kennedy Toole biographer, Cory MacLauchlin, relates in Butterfly in the Typewriter, that as an adolescent, Toole attended Mrs. Sansum's birthday parties, where he was required to recite poems for her, and a friend of his performed piano sonatas.  Afterward, the young people enjoyed cookies and petits-fours, and would have fun riding up and down in Mrs. Sansum's elevator.

John Kennedy Toole may have been related to Cornelia Sansum, as they shared the ancestral name of Kennedy, which is the maiden name of the author's mother's grandmother.  It seems probable that the young Toole might have been sent to these parties of an aging great-aunt, as a family obligation. Also, it seems more than a coincidence that Constantinople Street in New Orleans figures prominently in Toole's A Confederacy of Dunces, although we imagine that the fictional Ignatius Reilly and his mother lived down on the other side of Saint Charles Avenue.





Captions: the naturalization certificate of Samuel Sansum; 
a notation in Cornelia Sansum's datebook: Born ... 1840, John Kennedy, Biloxi, Miss. 

Butterfly in the Typewriter by Cory MacLauchlin is available in LaRC with call number:
 PS 3570 .O54 C666 2012 LACOLL. 
 Another copy is located in the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library main stacks. 

Images of items in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be republished without permission.


Posted by Susanna Powers



Friday, May 23, 2014

Memorial Day


Above is a translation and transcription of an unattributed wartime letter, written in French,
presumably by a member of the American de Marigny family of New Orleans, during World War I. 
 These documents are in the de Marigny family papers, LaRC Manuscripts Collection 416, Box 1, Folder 4.
The French original in the collection is itself a handwritten copy.
Text of the letter's typed translation, from French into English:

I am returning from the trenches/ where I suffered greatly/ I remained 48/ hours in muddy water/ up to my stomach, under a/ very violent firing from German cannons/ For a rest,/ we stay in the cellars/ of a ruined village,/ bombarded night and day./  Dead bodies everywhere a/ stench, it's a little like hell, nevertheless/ our troops an excellent morale,/ nothing seems to affect them.  This was/ is a massacre with/ all the refinements of/ cruelty that human intelligence/ has been able to discover./  The flooded lands where/ we have worked are/ a frightening picture/ of desolation/ here and there/ - some ruins emerge from the water/ everywhere are half-sunken dead bodies which the pigs and crows/ fight over all day./  Along with that the continual rain/ and the freezing sea wind/, all full of sand/ which sticks to one's lips/ and makes one thirsty. - Fatigue/ and lack of everything/ make us sluggish/.  One finally can not suffer/ because one has suffered too much.-/  The men never complain/ they are heroes/ the Germans moreover are in worse/ shape than we - this is what consoles us./  The food provisioning/ is done/ perfectly and we are/ never hungry.






Images of items in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.

Posted by Susanna Powers


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Civil Rights and the First Unitarian Church of New Orleans

The Louisiana Research Collection has recently acquired the records of the First Unitarian Church of New Orleans. Among First Church’s records are the papers of Reverend Albert D’Orlando, who was a vocal Civil Rights activist in the 1960s. Reverend D’Orlando was especially active in the fight for the integration of New Orleans public schools. Below is a letter co-authored by Rev. D’Orlando and Charles Foster, the president of the church’s Board of Trustees, which describes the church’s the efforts  to support the families of children attending integrated schools, as well as teachers and protesters during this turbulent period in New Orleans’s history. 



Transcription
January 4, 1961
Dear Friends,
                Brotherhood itself is on trial today in New Orleans. At stake here is the future course of integration itself; for, it is clear that New Orleans will mark the turning point for or against further implementation of the Supreme Court Decision.
                We are grateful to Unitarians everywhere who have written us words of encouragement in recent weeks. Your interest and concern have given us new courage in continuing to grapple as we have for many years, with a problem that has many ramifications.
                You will be glad to know that from the very beginning, The First Unitarian Church of  New Orleans has been very much involved in this situation. Ours is the only church in the city to have issued a public statement in support of integrated schools. Moreover, although some voices (a few clergymen, some businessmen, part of the faculty at Tulane University, and an independent group of parents) have urge d compliance with the Supreme Court Decision, our church is the only voice insisting that beyond the legal aspects of the problem the issue is one that must also be solved on ethical and moral grounds.
                On the level of direct participation, many of our members have made outstanding contributions: some are in positions of responsibility with the S.O.S. (Save Our Schools); others provided transportation to children attending integrated schools, until this function was assumed by the Federal Marshalls; and two of our members now face prosecution (one is charged with criminal anarchy) for having initiated and led a group in the first down-town “sit-ins”.
                We are now entering a period when Unitarians everywhere can give expression to their long cherished ideals. This is a time of great tension for New Orleanians; it is marked by a constant increase in threats, intimidation, vandalism and economic pressure on many families, particularly on those who continue to send their children to integrated schools. Meanwhile, a legislature that is almost hysterically passing new segregation was, has now appointed a Committee on Un-American Activities to investigate any person who speaks out for integration.
                The pressing need here is for funds which will enable us to keep alive and active the battle for integration. We must be in a position to do several things, such as; to encourage parents who have not withdrawn their children from school, by helping them through periods of economic reprisal when they lose their jobs and have their homes vandalized; to support teachers of integrated schools who are not receiving their salaries and to encourage other teachers who face the possibility of dismissal because of their views on the subject; to provide legal counsel for persons facing prosecution because of having been outspoken or active in bringing about integration; and, to embark on a program of education designed to relieve tension and to strengthen those democratic ideals that are now being undermined.
                To meet these needs, our Congregation already has established a Special Fund, and invites contributions to it by all Unitarians. This will be welcome news to many individuals who have asked us to suggest ways in which they might help. We believe that many other members and friends of your church will be glad for an opportunity to take direct and effective action by contributing to this project, and we would appreciate it if you would pass this information on to them as soon as possible that our progress may be more quickly implemented.
                We will report to you on our progress and needs, and at the end you will receive a full report on how the money will have been distributed.  Meanwhile if there should be any balance remaining at that time, this will be divided equally between the United Unitarian Appeal and the Unitarian Service Committee.
                . . . .
                                                                                                                Sincerely,
                                                                                                                Charles Foster, President
                                                                                                                Albert D’Orlando, Minister


A small portion of the First Church’s records are currently available for research. The finding aid can be viewed here. The remainder of the collection will be available within the next 2-3 months, after it has been fully processed. 
Samantha Bruner has joined LaRC as our Archives Processing and Digital Initiatives Associate.

Samantha is a recent graduate of the University of Texas at Austin’s School of Information. At the iSchool, she focused her studies on archival management and digital preservation. In Austin she gained experience in a variety of archival environments, including the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary Archives, the George Bush Library and Museum, and the Archive of Indigenous Languages of Latin America. Samantha also served on the board of UT Austin’s chapter of the Society of American Archivists, and helped organize Archives Week, monthly repository tours, and other events.

In 2010, Samantha graduated from Tulane University with a Master of Arts in English Literature. During her time at Tulane, Samantha began working for the Hogan Jazz Archive, where she found her calling as an archivist. After graduating, she taught elementary level English in Japan before enrolling in UT Austin’s archival program. Samantha’s scholarly interests include literary studies, New Orleans history, LGBT history and social justice, digital preservation, and exhibit curation.
 
Please join us in welcoming Samantha to LaRC.

Monday, May 12, 2014

More about a literary tour

NOLA.com featured an article by Chelsea Brasted which briefly describes the upcoming bus tour about John Kennedy Toole's New Orleans.

"John Kennedy Toole-themed bus tour will highlight sites, uncover documents of enigmatic author."

The day of the event (Saturday, June 7, 2014) will begin and end in Baton Rouge, although plans are being finalized for a New Orleans pick-up location.   The tour organizer and authoritative guide will be Cory MacLauchlin, the author of Butterfly in the Typewriter, a beautifully readable biography of John Kennedy Toole.

John Kennedy Toole papers, LaRC Manuscript Collection 740, is held by the Louisiana Research Collection, located in Jones Hall on the Tulane University campus.   The tour includes a stop at Jones Hall in the late morning.


Posted by Susanna Powers

PLEASE NOTE:  As of May 27, the June 7, 2014 tour has been CANCELLED.    It may be re-planned in the future.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Preservation and access


Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
Tulane University
New Orleans, 15, Louisiana

                                        December 19, 1946
Miss Marie Delavigne
2524 Columbus St.
New Orleans 19, La.

My dear Miss Delavigne:

                    Miss Renshaw has called to my attention the two fine and very interesting old documents which you have so kindly donated to the library.  I want to assure you of our very sincere thanks for your kindness and of our pleasure in being able to add this interesting information to our growing Archives Section.

                    As you may know, we are now enlarging our collecting enterprises in the manuscript field, and we are anxious to do what we can to assist in the preservation of valuable original documents relating to this region and to facilitate the access which reputable and qualified scholars need to get to this material.  This is of course not a new activity of this library, but we hope that its renewed emphasis may result in the proper preservation within the state limits of many valuable but fragile items.

                    With cordial good wishes of the season,  I remain

                                                                                        Yours gratefully and sincerely,

                                                                                        Garland F. Taylor
                                                                                              Librarian
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The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library has long been the recipient of generous archival donations.  The library organization and collection development policies have evolved, and the technologies have of course advanced, but this 1946 thank-you note from Librarian Garland F. Taylor, to local donor Marie Odile Delavigne, specifically recognizes the basic missions of preservation and access.  In 1950, she donated a larger collection of family documents, now held in the Louisiana Research Collection as Manuscripts Collection 502 (Delavigne family papers, 1803-1946), largely consisting of handwritten French-language correspondence.


Posted by Susanna Powers

Upcoming May closures

Please note that the Schiro Reading Room will be closed Saturday-Monday (May 24-26, 2014) for Memorial Day, as well as Thursday-Saturday (May 29-31, 2014) for the Society of Southwest Archivists annual meeting.

Regular reading room hours are Monday-Friday 10:00-5:00, and Saturday 9:00-1:00.   Saturday hours will change to 10:00-1:00 on May 17.  It is a good idea to consult the hours page on the LaRC website, for changes and exceptions, whenever planning a visit.

Monday, April 21, 2014

A letter from prison


                                             Military Prison, Johnson’s Island, Ohio, 7th May 1864.

Dear Parents:

            Father’s letter of the 25th Apr. reached me some days since.  There is no immediate prospect of an exchange of prisoners, so far as I can judge, although we have a great many rumors pro and con, and both sides are supported by much testimony.  For my own part, I am always hopeful, but believe nothing, except that every day that passes leaves one less to be endured.  My health continues as good as could be expected, and I hope to live to see the outside world, unless previously hung.  I am sorry we see things so differently and that our ideas of right and wrong are so much opposed on one another: but I am hopeful on that subject also, and confidently expect to see the day when we shall agree much better, or at least when our differences will be only on matter of history.  I could write quite a sermon on this subject, and the beauty of charity contrasted with iconoclastic zeal; but I presume you would never receive it if I did – and perhaps you are as charitable as I am, after all.  I suppose they are fighting in Virginia today – You are praying for one thing, and other good people are praying for another.  Doubtless all the prayers are heard, but Providence will order all for the best and defend the right.  I have that much faith, which I hope you will consider better than none.  Much love to all.  If I am moved from here you shall hear from me if possible before I go, whenever it may be.     

                                                            Affectionately,
                                                                                    Henry


Henry Brown Richardson (1837-1909) was born in Maine, and in 1860 moved to St. Joseph, La., in Tensas Parish, where he worked as an engineer. He served in the Confederate Army in the American Civil War, and was captured and held at Johnson Island in Ohio from 1864-1865. His allegiance was firmly with the CSA; while in a military prisoner-of-war camp, he tried to explain his point of view to his parents, presumably still living in the northeastern United States, in words that would not result in censorship. After the war, he and his wife, Anna Howard Farrar Richardson (1846-1910), lived in New Orleans, at 1631 Foucher St., and raised their nine children. Members of allied families lived in New Orleans into at least the mid-twentieth century.

Caption: Farrar, Stamps, and Kempe families papers, 1856-1877 (Manuscripts Collection 493), box 1, folder 3.  Other letters written by H. B. Richardson are accessible in this collection, and also in the Richardson family papers, 1897-1961 (Manuscripts Collection 1069).  

Images of items in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be republished without permission.


Posted by Susanna Powers 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter weekend

 The Schiro Reading Room will be closed Friday April 18 and Saturday April 19, resuming normal current hours at 10:00 am on Monday April 21. Have a good weekend.


Image is from The Mammals of Louisiana and its Adjacent Waters by George H. Lowery, Jr.
p. 165, swamp rabbit.     QL 719 .L8 L68    LACOLL Reference.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tour of Toole's New Orleans, June 7, 2014

Cory MacLauchlin, author of Butterfly in the Typewriter, is planning to host a John Kennedy Toole event on Saturday, June 7, 2014.    He recently posted this information on his web site:


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A tour of JKT’s New Orleans is being organized for June 7, 2014. We will escape from Baton Rouge! As your guide I will show you the sites and tell you the stories that inspired A Confederacy of Dunces. The tour includes a presentation of the Toole Papers at Tulane University, some of JKT’s favorite French Quarter haunts and a behind-the-scenes look at the Lucky Dog Warehouse.
Space is limited. Tickets are on sale now through the Manship Theatre. If you have any questions please contact Marti Luke at martiluke@reagan.com

The Louisiana Research Collection is honored to be a stop on the tour.  


Posted by Susanna Powers

PLEASE NOTE:  As of May 27, the June 7, 2014 tour has been CANCELLED.    It may be re-planned in the future.



Thursday, March 27, 2014

LHA Annual Meeting


The Louisiana Historical Association is holding its annual meeting in Hammond, March 27-29, 2014.   This afternoon, Leon Miller (third from left, above) spoke on the topic of digital archives.  The session was called "Digital Archives and Louisiana History: A Panel Discussion."  Others on the panel were Chris Brown (Centenary College), Laura Lyons McLemore (LSU-Shreveport), and Laura Charney (Digitizing Louisiana's Newspapers Project).


Post and photo by Susanna Powers

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

getting the group together





Annie Peterson photographing most of the staff of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library this afternoon
on the Freret St. side of Jones Hall.


 These photos and post by Susanna Powers (hoping the real shot is saved in University Archives forever)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Carnival keepsakes throughout LaRC


Mary Elizabeth Sanders Family Memorabilia, 1862-1957 (Manuscripts Collection 275) is primarily about the political career of Mary's grandfather, Jared Young Sanders, governor of Louisiana from 1908 to 1912.  But Mary Sanders, like many or most individuals and families in Louisiana, preserved Carnival ephemera along with other personal mementos.  This will be found especially among the more influential citizens' papers, as they were often participants or royalty in the parades and balls, at some point in their lives.

A rich source for research on New Orleans Carnival, the Louisiana Research Collection holds the massive physical Carnival Collection, 1857-     (Manuscripts Collection 900), large selections of which have been digitized in the Louisiana Digital Library, and accessed freely online.    But additionally, LaRC's archival collections widely contain Carnival keepsakes from the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries.   Searching the library catalog with an advanced search, combining subject keyword "Carnival Louisiana New Orleans" and limiting by type (archival material), you will retrieve a large sample of collections with authentic personal memorabilia from Carnival.

Caption:  Keepsakes in Collection 275, Box 1, Folder 3, with ephemera relating to twentieth century events by krewes of Momus, Comus, Hermes, and Proteus.    Images of items in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be republished without permission.


Posted by Susanna Powers

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

1932 Valentine telegram


LaRC’s Robert G. Polack Papers, 1764-1984 (Manuscripts Collection 231) contains personal papers of New Orleans lawyer, Robert Goodhart Polack (d. 1984), as well as Polack and Lemann families papers and his collection of genealogical and historical documents primarily relating to New Orleans.  This archival collection includes typed and handwritten correspondence, partially printed legal documents, certificates, telegrams, invitations, post cards, greeting cards, travel diaries, drawings, prints, maps, photographs, petitions, land grants, military papers, campaign items, newspaper clippings and other printed items.

Much of the twentieth-century correspondence is between Robert "Bobby" Polack and his wife, Dorothy Prentiss Polack, including letters written by both.


Caption: Collection 231, Box 1, Folder 12:  Valentine telegram sent by Bobby Polack to his future wife, Dorothy Prentiss.    The back of the paper is stamped: 1932 Feb 14  AM 12:58
"ONE WHO DREAMS DAILY OF YOU WANTS YOU TO BE HIS VALENTINE WHICH MEANS ACCORDING TO THE ANCIENT LAW THAT FOR THE SPACE OF ONE YEAR YOU MUST HAVE NO OTHER SWEETHEART THIS CONTRACT ALTHOUGH BINDING ONLY FOR A YEAR IS RENEWABLE AT THE OPTION OF THE PARTIES MUCH LOVE..."

Images of items in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be republished without permission.



Posted by Susanna Powers


Friday, January 31, 2014

1892 Krewe of Proteus designs


LaRC’s annual Carnival exhibit is now on display in the Special Collections gallery, Jones Hall Room 201.

“Floats, Costumes, and the Vegetable Kingdom: The original designs for the wonderfully odd 1892 Proteus parade.”

Using the theme “A Dream of the Vegetable Kingdom,” in 1892 the Krewe of Proteus created floats and costumes based on corn, watermelon, and even English peas. Intended as working drawings for float builders and costumiers, the designs are also stunningly beautiful works of art.

The designs are by Carlotta Bonnecaze, the first woman and first creole to design floats for a Carnival krewe. Carnival historian Henri Schindler calls her work “astonishing” and argues that in this 1892 parade, she used subtle layers of color to achieve her most beautifully painted designs.

“A Dream of the Vegetable Kingdom” is also a rare instance of LaRC preserving both the complete set of eighteen float designs and the complete set of 101 costume designs for the same parade. Unlike today, each costume depicted a unique character designed specifically for the person who wore it. Sixteen float designs and thirty-eight costume designs are on display.

In addition to being beautiful works of art in their own right, the designs are heavily used by researchers in a variety of fields, including present-day Carnival designers, float builders, business people, historians, sociologists, and litterateurs. LaRC preserves one of the largest Carnival collections in the world, including roughly 5,600 original designs, all of which are available online through the Louisiana Digital Library. With all of the designs having been placed online, we have restricted the delicate originals for preservation purposes, so this is a rare opportunity to see the original works on paper.



Leon Miller

Captions:  details of design artwork for the 1892 Proteus parade, featuring English peas, and strawberries.   Images of items in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be republished without permission.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Costume designs for Carnival royalty


Olga Peters was a twentieth-century New Orleans artist and teacher, whose interests included ballet, choreography, ceramics, metalwork, and fashion design.  She was educated at Newcomb College and Tulane University, through a Master of Arts in 1940. In 1983, she donated her numerous and imaginative costume design drawings and paintings to Tulane University, specifically those created for the krewes of Dorians, Bards of Bohemia, and Babylon.   LaRC Manuscripts Collection 684, Olga Peters Drawings, 1927-1976, also includes typed correspondence, Carnival and social ephemera, and several  black and white photographs of the fanciful costumes being worn by the local royalty for whom they were custom-made.  

Another similar contemporary collection is Coralie Guarino Davis Costume Designs, 1953-1981 (LaRC Manuscripts Collection 723).  Featured there are drawings for krewes in New Orleans (Maids of Troy, Ancient Scribes), New Iberia (Andalusia), and Lafayette (Faed Setum).   Both collections are primarily designs for women’s gowns, but secondarily include some designs for men’s Carnival costumes.       


Caption:  from Collection 684, Box 1, Olga Peters' design drawing of a ball gown for the 1953 Queen of Dorians, accompanied by an 8x10 photograph featuring Betty Blain wearing the finished gown.  Images of items from the Louisiana Research Collection may not be republished without permission.


Posted by Susanna Powers