Caption: 1974 carnival memorabilia, "Bacchus reads the comics, Mardi Gras, New Orleans." (Blaine Kern Artists). This item is located in the Anna Harrison papers, LaRC Manuscripts Collection 1020, Box 2, Folder 4. Images of items held in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.
Julius Weis Friend
(1894-1962) was a founder and editor of the New Orleans literary magazine, The
Double Dealer, which was published 1921-1926. Having been educated at Yale University, Julius Friend lectured on literary and philosophical subjects, and taught history at
Tulane University in the late 1940s. In 1922, he had married Elise Siess Weil (1896-1984), and they had two children. After his death, Mrs. Friend donated her husband's personal and literary papers to Tulane University.
This archival collection (LaRC Manuscripts Collection 138) includes handwritten and typed correspondence,
including outgoing carbons, legal and financial documents, tax and
insurance papers, travel journals, manuscripts of Mr. Friend's writings including a
history of The Double Dealer, biographical and genealogical information
about the Friend family and his own life, invitations and other items of
social ephemera, poems submitted for publication including one by Louis
Gilmore, newspaper clippings and other printed items. Correspondents
include Sherwood Anderson, James K. Feibleman, other authors, lawyers,
publishers and bookstores.
An almost-complete run of the original issues of the magazine itself are held in LaRC (call number 976.3 (051) D727 LACOLL); numerous issues are also held in Rare Books (William B. Wisdom).
Captions: top three images are of items within the Julius W. Friend papers, 1920-1976 (LaRC Manuscripts Collection 138), including a personal letter from Sherwood Anderson, an original poem of Louis Gilmore, and a stock certificate from the Double Dealer Publishing Company in New Orleans. Last image is the title page of the first issue of The Double Dealer. Images of items held in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.
The signing of
the treaty of peace at Versailles [ushers] in the
best day in the history of the world since the angels
Bethlehem quote glory to God in the highest and on earth
good will toward men unquote we are living in the
of the prophecy period as a republic we are grateful
to have borne a part in the making straight and plain the
of permanent peace with justice to the world period upon
of news of signing of the treaty of peace the most
document in the history of the world every ship and shore
will fire a salute of twenty-one guns with the national
at each masthead
Caption: a Navy Radio typed order by Secretary of the U.S. Navy, Josephus Daniels, ordering "every ship and shore station" to fire a twenty-one gun salute in honor of the Treaty of Versailles, June 28, 1919, ending hostilities of World War I. Morse and Wederstrandt families papers, 1789-1954 (LaRC Manuscripts Collection 107, box 2, folder 6). Images of items held in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.
William Tait Baynard
(1875-1946) worked in his family's business, Baynard Drug Store, in
Alexandria, La. His brother, Ludlow Buard Baynard (b. 1874) served as
State Treasurer in the 1920s, and State Auditor 1929-1944.
LaRC Manuscripts Collection 99 consists of the personal and business papers of W. T. Baynard, which he collected and kept over his lifetime. His family donated the collection to Tulane University in 1955. It includes handwritten and typed correspondence,
biographical and genealogical information about family members, telegrams, financial
documents, insurance papers, post cards, greeting cards, invitations,
calling cards and other items of social ephemera, photographs,
advertisements, prescriptions and other medical documents, Mexican
lottery tickets, stamps, a printed advertising pin tray, a leather
wallet, journal and newspaper clippings and other printed items.
Correspondents include E. J. Hart & Co. in New Orleans, prospective
employers of travelling salesmen, Buard Baynard and other family
members, book publishers, and other vendors and business partners.
Each individual is unique, and what they decide to retain reveals what is important to them. The process of their selection may be a matter of practicality or a matter of sentiment, but the resulting collection supports our understanding of the people and their times. Greeting cards are often among the items saved in personal papers. A wide variety of the LaRC personal and family papers include greeting cards-- an advanced search of the library catalog, combining the keyword phrase "greeting cards" with type "archival material," you will presently retrieve a list of 74 LaRC archival collections which include original lovingly written, mailed, received, and saved, greeting cards.
Caption: a Christmas card to W. T. Baynard in Alexandria from a friend in New Orleans, postmarked Dec. 20, 1925. "This card and five dollars will buy you a wonderful present at any store." William Tait Baynard papers, Manuscripts Collection 99, box 6, folder 2. Images of items held in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.
The Schiro Reading Room will be closed for Thanksgiving break, Thursday Nov. 26 and Friday Nov. 27, 2015. Regular hours resume on Monday Nov. 30.
This weekend's hours at the main Howard-Tilton Memorial Library building are listed here.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Louisiana Research Collection!
Captions: Both of these are included in Manuscripts Collection 970 (Let's tell a story records, 1951-1975). Top: Nov. 1960, a photograph of New Orleans children happily meeting the Book Elf in the Maison Blanche book department (970-1-22); bottom: large brochure for the Magic Tree, a fairy tale television program produced by WDSU (970-1-18). Images of items held in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be republished without permission.
What do you think of when if you hear “New Orleans” and “hot
dogs” together in the same sentence?
Some will think of the traditional or trendy lunch
delicacies served by Lucky Dogs or Dat Dog. Others will remember one of Ignatius Reilly’s
attempts at employment in John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces.
LaRC Manuscripts Collection 124 (Orleans Parish School
Board election scrapbooks, 1945-1963) holds a variety of papers collected and
donated by Marta Barnes Lamar (1902-1996).
Researchers interested in the history of American public education and
Louisiana politics will find the overall collection useful, by reading the correspondence, reports,
minutes, advertisements, election posters, brochures, a handbook for school
employees, a voting guide, booklets and numerous mounted and loose clippings
about working conditions, teachers’ pay, school integration, and other pressing
issues of the day.
Clippings, often considered redundant in our current research environment, may bring to light unexpected stories. One such case in point-- numerous newspaper clippings in this collection feature a 1950 incident having to do with the questionable contents of hot dogs
being served to children in New Orleans school lunchrooms.
PROBE OF FAULTY WIENERS SLATED
Grand Jury to Be Asked to Act, Says Darden
parish grand jury will be asked to investigate the sale of adulterated wieners
to the city’s public schools.
attorney Severn Darden said Tuesday that he will turn the matter over to the
jury soon—but did not give a date.
Darden said he was passing the inferior “hot
dog” case to the grand jury “because of the widespread public interest.”
… made by representatives of the Great Gentilly civic
council, whose president, J. H. Burton, earlier said that “we intend to look at
the books for several years back to see if there has been any collusion in
head of the Bowen Packing Co., said he had been selling inferior wieners to the
Orleans parish school board for “about five years.” The wieners contained but 15 per cent
meat. The bid called for all meat.
The wieners he
sold the schools were made by McConnell and Snider Sausage Manufacturing Co., closed
recently for unsanitary conditions. A
quantity of horsemeat and mislabeled imitation sausages were found in the…
An online newspaper search of the scandal reveals that,
although there was general concern for the schoolchildren’s well-being, the
issue was not brought to light because of health concerns as much as by the
discrepancies in bookkeeping. Someone
realized that the price being paid for the inferior hot dogs over five years
was too low a price for all-meat hot dogs.
The odds are very good that John Kennedy Toole, born in
New Orleans in 1937 and raised locally, actually consumed some of these lunchtime
offerings during the late 1940s. The public
controversy and somewhat humorous journalistic treatment of the situation may have
inspired his young imagination.
Black (1872-1962) of New Orleans was an officer in the 140th Field
Artillery (Washington Artillery), American Expeditionary Forces,
stationed at Messac and Valdahon, France during World War I. He and his
wife and three children lived on Arabella St. during the time period of
this collection. After his military service, Bryan Black went into the
Manuscripts Collection 97 holds the personal, military, and collected
World War I papers of Lt. Col. Bryan Black. In 1962, his son and
daughters donated to Tulane University these documents and memorabilia,
including handwritten and typed correspondence,
numerous collected post cards, greeting cards, military papers,
financial documents, a diary, family and military photographs and
negatives, a published boxed set of stereographic photographs depicting
scenes of World War I, telegrams, programs, items of social ephemera,
printed pictures, advertisements, tags, tickets, fabric, medals, a cloth
doll, military collar ornaments, buckles, buttons bearing slogans,
ribbons, pins, books, pamphlets, newspaper clippings and other printed
items. The long descriptive letters, predominantly written by Lt. Col.
Black to his wife, concern family matters as well as his daily
activities while stationed in France.
This collection will be of interest to researchers in American and French history, and daily life in New Orleans during World War I. Additional military and personal papers and photographs of Bryan Black are available in the Cummings and Black families papers, 1842-1960 (Manuscripts Collection 98).
Captions: items in Manuscripts Collection 97: top, photographs of Lt. Col. Bryan Black on target range, and an unidentified woman in New Orleans; center, a Christmas letter to his wife ... "Happy Christmas ... Gee but I wish I could...." with a decorated handwritten Christmas dinner menu at Camp du Valdahon, France, December 25, 1918; bottom, a button "Welcome home, Soldiers and Sailors" and a "U.S." pin, printed pamphlets, a poem "November Eleventh" by Pvt. Hilmar R. Baukhage A.E.F. from the booklet "I was there! with the Yanks in France." Images of items in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.
L. Alexander (d. 1959), also called Mrs. Sam Alexander, worked as a
volunteer coordinator providing support to American soldiers during and
after World War II. Her primary affiliation was the National Jewish
Welfare Board, and she also worked on behalf of the American Red Cross,
the Salvation Army, and particularly the United Service Organizations
(USO). Mrs. Alexander chaired the Religious Services Committee of the
USO Club at Camp Plauche in the local area. She and her husband, Sam
Alexander, lived on Milan St., and later on Louis XIV St.
Manuscripts Collection 1087 holds the personal papers of Amelia
Alexander, spanning the years 1939-1960. (A posthumous paper documents
the planting of a tree in Israel as a memorial in her honor.) She
collected her keepsakes and records relating to homeland work during
World War II. Included here are handwritten and typed correspondence,
post cards, Christmas and Hanukah greeting cards, v-mails (a curious
wartime technology), photographs and negatives, certificates,
invitations and other items of social ephemera, a USO pin, reports,
programs, bulletins, conference papers, newspaper clippings including
several featuring her work in the New Orleans community, and other
printed items. She kept letters from her own sons as well as from other
soldiers on active duty.
Several 8x10 glossy photographs in this collection were made by Leon Trice Picture Service.
once again to Samantha Bruner, for discovering and processing this
collection for the benefit of researchers in American homeland war work,
Jewish community service, and women's studies.
Captions: New Orleans Item front page, Tuesday, August 14, 1945, Extra; clipping describing the volunteer coordination and other charitable work of Amelia Alexander, a Leon Trice photograph depicting an event organized by Amelia Alexander (holding platter of spaghetti and looking up at the camera.) All from Collection 1087, Box 1. Images of items held in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.
LaRC Manuscript Collection 1082 is a combination of organizational records and personal papers.
The Louisiana Iris
Society was established in 1941; in 1948, its name was changed to the
Society for Louisiana Irises, which continues into the twenty-first
century. An early name variation was the Mary Swords DeBaillon
Louisiana Iris Society. Biologist and nature photographer Percy Viosca, Jr. (1892-1961) lived in New Orleans and ran plant nursery businesses named
Southern Biological Supply Co., Delta Iris Plantation, and Delta Iris
Farms. He was a member of the Louisiana Iris Society, but why his personal, professional, and business papers were included in this archival collection of the organization is somewhat mysterious.
The collection includes handwritten and typed correspondence, post
cards, financial documents, items of social ephemera, photographs and
negatives ascribed to Percy Viosca, text of radio interviews, drafts and
research notes, school papers, poems, calendar notes listing plants
observed by Percy Viosca in specific locations such as Gentilly Ridge,
field notes, garden plans, minutes, membership records, administrative
records, scientific essays, bulletins, magazine and newspaper clippings
and other printed items. Correspondents include Mrs. Edgar B. Stern,
Tulane University professor Joseph Ewan, the American Iris Society,
publishers, plant buyers including Bellingrath Gardens, and landscape architect Ellen Shipman. A clipped newspaper article reports that the Louisiana Iris Society dedicated the "Pearl Rivers Rainbow Memorial" in New Orleans City Park, memorializing the Louisiana poet also known as Eliza Nicholson.
Illustration captions: top, Manuscripts Collection 1082, box 1, folder 27, photographic prints and negatives of irises, ascribed to Percy Viosca; bottom, 1082, box 2, folder 6, a list of wild plants seen on Gentilly Ridge, July 28, 1942. Images of items in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.
Posted by Susanna Powers; collection discovered and processed by Samantha Bruner.
Down at the end of the river : stories / by Angus Woodward.
Donaldsonville, LA : Margaret Media, Inc., c2008.
PS3623.O683 D69 2008
Jones Hall Louisiana Research Collection
PS3623.O683 D69 2008 LACOLL
In this collection of short stories, Angus Woodward colorfully describes the circumstances, surroundings, and relationships of assorted fictional individuals living in southern Louisiana in recent years. One story, "That German Girl" is set immediately post-Katrina. Others, like "Qatar Is an Emirate" stretch back in time into the 1990s. A few are almost timeless, especially "Guttering Out," a small and surreal slice of French Quarter street life.
The grouping of stories does not have a single point of view or tone, but together they present the elusiveness of close personal relationships and are linked by the common Louisiana setting. Each story actually is short, begins with a strong sentence, and leaves the reader with memorable and unique characters.
In remembrance of the ten-year anniversary of Katrina, the Louisiana Research Collection is acquiring and permanently preserving pamphlets, flyers, scrapbooks, diaries, letters, and the personal accounts of people who experienced the disaster.
Katrina was an extraordinary historical event endured by a broad range of everyday people, as well as their families and friends whose lives were affected by the Katrina diaspora for years afterward. Please help us ensure that their experiences are not forgotten.
The first such donation was made this summer by LaRC Archives Catalog Librarian Susanna Powers, now available as LaRC Manuscripts Collection 1085, detailing her experience of the storm itself from inside the Louisiana Superdome, and personal and family events of subsequent months. If you have similar personal accounts, or brochures, forms, and flyers relating to the disaster, please let us help you permanently preserve them for future generations.
For more information or to donate materials, please contact LaRC Department Head, Leon Miller, 504-314-7833.
Many of the books located in LaRC have another copy in the Howard-Tilton stacks ... there are also numerous books and other items on Katrina which are only in the main Howard-Tilton building. This broader search, which will also include holdings in Jones Hall, is done by performing an advanced catalog search for the subject keyword phrase "Hurricane Katrina, 2005".
(1873-1955) was an American scholar, teacher, college administrator, and
author, most closely associated with Sophie Newcomb College in New
Orleans, where he served as Dean, and taught English literature and
history. Among his scholarly publications was a biography of Judah P.
Benjamin. Multiple ancestors and his son were also named Pierce Butler;
one of them, Maj. Pierce Butler (1744-1822), born in Ireland, fought in
the Revolutionary War and was a plantation owner with holdings in
Georgia and South Carolina. Professor Butler (1873-1955) was born in
New Orleans, and was buried in New Orleans. He also lived for a time at
Laurel Hill in Adams County, Miss., a plantation home near Natchez that
was destroyed by fire in 1967. His wife was Cora Waldo Butler
(1877-1942). In 1954, Dr. Butler published a memoir, Laurel Hill and
later, the record of a teacher, which is included in this collection. A
dormitory on the Tulane campus is named in Dr. Butler's honor.
LaRC Manuscripts Collection 56, Pierce Butler papers, consists of personal, professional, family, and collected papers of
professor Pierce Butler (1873-1955). This collection includes handwritten and
typed correspondence, post cards, telegrams, advertisements, numerous
family photographs and glass negatives, a framed photograph with an
embroidered mat, tiles with printed portrait images, financial records,
legal documents, ledgers, scrapbooks, diaries, invitations and other
items of social ephemera, photographs of hand-drawn maps, landscape
drawings, bibliographies, genealogical and literary research notes,
lecture notes and class assignments, manuscripts of scholarly writings,
plantation records such as day books and cotton crop documents, printed
books owned or written by Dr. Butler, sheet music, newspaper clippings
and other printed items. Research notes and drafts include items on
nineteenth-century politician and lawyer Judah Benjamin. Some of the
items in the collection are fragile or damaged by fire. This collection is somewhat unique in that it contains such a wide variety of types of items relating to a prominent teacher and author from New Orleans, and merges family papers with personal and collected items of scholarly, social, and genealogical interest. Caption: front and back of a small mounted photograph of Cora Waldo (later Butler) in the 1890s, with an unidentified companion, from LaRC Manuscripts Collection 56, Box 4, Folder 10. Images of items in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission. Posted by Susanna Powers
James Edward Winston (1874-1952) was a history professor
and scholarly author, who lived most of his life in New Orleans. He studied and taught at numerous prestigious American
institutions before becoming a professor of history at Newcomb College, where
he taught from 1918 until his retirement
LaRC Manuscripts Collection 24 is made up of Dr. Winston’s
personal and professional papers, including handwritten and typed research
notes, hand-edited typed drafts of essays, correspondence, maps, financial
documents, students’ papers, and newspaper clippings. His correspondents included academic
colleagues and administrators, publishers, booksellers and other retail
businesses including a shoe company, and governmental offices he had contacted
for information. The research notes in
this collection concern New Orleans religious and economic history—which were
among his particular interests.
The unusual characteristic of this collection is that the
reverse side of almost every document bears elaborate research notes handwritten by
Dr. Winston. The collection is arranged
in the manner kept, that is, the research notes become the front of each piece
of paper. Dr. Winston was a successful and respected
scholar, lived in comfortable uptown New Orleans, and could certainly have
purchased whatever note paper he wanted.
But he used the letters he received, their envelopes, receipts, printed
pamphlets, covers of student notebooks, anything available, to make his
transcriptions of archival or printed documents he read in his research.
Captions: top: photograph of Dr. Winston, courtesy of University Archives; below: papers from LaRC Manuscripts Collection 24, James E. Winston papers, 1916-1929, including the front and back of one of several receipts for vases purchased from Newcomb pottery (this one, for a vase designed by Sadie Irvine, selling for $1.21, right before Christmas 1921), an academic appointment sent by Tulane University president Dinwiddie in 1923, and a letter from U. S. Senator Joseph E. Ransdell regarding an informational brochure from the Census Bureau, 1921. Images of items in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.
Collections of family papers contain items saved by
various individuals over long stretches of time. These archival collections, often including genealogical and biographical research notes, are rich resources
for studying changing lifestyles and
cultural values. The Louisiana Research
Collection holds a wealth of archival collections containing documents and
objects considered important enough to pass on to a family's next generation.
An advanced search of the library catalog for LaRC archival
collections with the phrase “family papers” or “families papers” in the title
results. The oldest of these is
the De la Villesbret family papers, 1534-1937, and the youngest is the Nuhrah
family papers, 1967-1996. Another
example, which will be of interest to students of American history, is the
Hoffman and Bowman families papers, 1832-1929 (LaRC Manuscripts Collection
Collection 982 is composed of personal papers of members of the Hoffman, Bowman, and allied families in the United States, particularly in Louisiana. Primarily family correspondence, it also includes stamped mailed envelopes, telegrams, items of social ephemera such as invitations and Carnival items, school papers and certificates of Alice Bowman, prescriptions and home remedies, undated poetry and songs, legal and financial documents including partially printed stock certificates, diaries, photographs, an estate inventory, a will, a theater program, newspaper clippings and other printed items. Correspondence originated in a variety of locations including Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, and California. Some of the letters are in fragile or damaged condition; several appear to have been saved from fire.
2 oz. Origannum oil
2 oz. Gum camphor
2 oz. Amonia
2 oz. ... Turpentine
2 oz. Laudnum
1 quart alcohol
to bath the whole body.
it will take away the pain.
A black coffee cup full of Linimint in 1/2 pint of hot water - bathe quickly
Ne Varietur (s) M. M.
Boatner, Judge. Apl. 24, 1929.
Will of Alice Bowman, spinster.
Sound in body
& in mind, I, Alice Bowman, spinster, make this my last will &
testament, revoking all other wills of date anterior to this date.
I name as my
executors, my Lawyer, Miss. Florence Loeber & my nephew, John Maurice
Orville Bowman, relying upon their good judgment & feeling assured, they
will carry out the details of this, my last will & testament.
To my cousin,
John Maurice Harrison, in memory of his mother, my aunt, Elizabeth Harrison, I
leave the use during his life, whatever revenues, my property may realize.
death of this cousin, John Maurice Harrison, I desire that my property be thus
To my great
neice & namesake, Alice Bowman Craighead, five hundred dollars ($500.00).
of my property, I wish equally shared between, Emma S. Hullin, widow of my
brother, Maurice Nathaniel Bowman, & their five children, herein named.
Bowman, unmarried, Palmyre Hullin Bowman, wife of Charles D. Craighead,
Elizabeth Bowman, wide of H. L. Keen, Ruth Green Bowman, unmarried, & John
Maurice Orville Bowman, husband of Marie Therese Voorhies.
Thus do I
write, date & sign this, mu last will & testament, regretting as I
sign, that I have not more to leave to my dear ones.
(S) Miss. Alice Bowman
New Orleans, November 19th, 1921.
#326 Audubon Boulevard.
Ne Varietur (S) M. M. Boatner, Judge. Apl. 24, 1929.
Captions: top, prescriptions and home remedies, Hoffman and Bowman families papers, Manuscripts Collection 982, Box 1, Folder 47; bottom, 1929 typed version of Alice Bowman's 1921 will, Box 1, Folder 22. Images of items in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.
Ewing Poteet (1911-1984) was a musician and an avid
supporter of the performance arts in New Orleans. In 1960, he donated his collection of concert
and theatrical programs to Tulane University.
This collection is held in the Louisiana Research Collection as Manuscripts
Collection 314. These programs date predominantly
from the late 1940s and the 1950s, and represent productions of a wide variety
of sponsoring organizations and performance venues.
Sponsors of these events include: New Orleans Friends of
Music, New Orleans Philharmonic-Symphony Society, Civic Theatre, New Orleans
Opera Guild, Women’s Guild of New Orleans, New Orleans Opera House Association,
Crescent City Concerts Association, Gallery Circle Theatre, New Orleans
Community Theatre, Theatre Jefferson, Community Children’s Theatre, NORD,
National Catholic Music Educators Association, First Baptist Church, New
Orleans Summer “Pop” Concerts, American Guild of Organists, Saint Louis
Cathedral, and Temple Sinai. New Orleans
universities represented here include Dillard, Loyala, Xavier and Tulane. A few organizations and events with programs
in this collection were located outside of Louisiana, but the majority are
within the city.
As an added feature, some of the programs carry
advertisements for local businesses of the era, especially the Civic Theatre programs. For example, the programs have ads for Antoine’s
Restaurant, D. H. Holmes, Elmer Candy Company, Turci’s Restaurant, Prima’s 500
Club, Chalmette Laundries, Pascal’s Manale Restaurant, Joseph Bruno Furniture,
L & L Fur Shop, Shelton Smith Motor Co., Maylie’s Restaurant, Seale Pest
Control Corp., the Fair Grounds Corp., Arnaud’s Restaurant, and many others, as
well as notices of their upcoming plays.
A sample of other LaRC archival collections relating to musical or theatrical performances in New Orleans may be found by doing subject-keyword searches in the library catalog, qualifying by archival material; a few of the results follow:
Gideon Steiner French Opera House scrapbooks, 1856-1919.
Henry Wehrmann papers, 1868-1951.
Giuseppe Ferrata papers, 1884-1934.
Hooks family collection, 1889-1928.
William P. Lancaster and Alger Lancaster papers, 1892-1965.
Marie Lydia Standish papers, 1894-1953.
Leon Ryder Maxwell papers, 1895-1967.
Louis Panzeri papers, 1898-1981.
William W. and Beverley Peery papers, 1906-1983.
Harry Brunswick Loeb papers, 1911-1956.
Petit Theatre records, 1919-1966.
Group Theatre records, 1926-1938.
Volunteer Committee of the New Orleans Symphony records, 1946-1988.
Henry Kmen papers, 1949-1975.
New Orleans Friends of Music records, 1956-2001.
Bob Borsodi papers, 1959-2003.
Musica da Camera records, 1966-1992.
New Orleans Center for Creative Arts records, 1974-2000.
Use your imagination when searching the library catalog-- do a subject-keyword search on your favorite organizations or performers.
Captions: top, Civic Theatre program for the Sept. 26-Oct 3, 1953 production of Kind Sir starring Mary Martin and Charles Boyer (collection 314, box 1, folder 1); bottom, a souvenir program in poster format, detailing information about productions of Tennessee Williams works, 27 Wagons Full of Cotton, and Lord Byron’s Love Letter, which were performed Jan. 17, 1955, at Dixon Hall, Newcomb Campus (collection 314 box 1, folder 23). Images of items in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.
Members of the Landrum and Eldredge families lived in Florida, Alabama,
Louisiana, South Carolina and Texas in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
The Hulse and Eldredge families lived in New Orleans in the twentieth
century. Dr. C. A. Landrum (1838-1909) was a physician and dentist who operated
drug stores in DeFuniak Springs and Milton, Fla. His wife was Mary Landrum.
Their son, Lt. C. A. Landrum (d. 1964), served in World War I.
LaRC Manuscripts Collection 303, Landrum and Eldredge families papers, 1826-1960, contains
personal, professional, and military papers of the Landrum and Eldredge and
allied families in the southern United States. Included are handwritten and
typed family correspondence, later-era notes and typed transcriptions of
letters, genealogical information, speeches, certificates, leather-bound
diaries, legal papers, real estate papers, financial documents, school papers, a
drawing, photocopies of eighteenth-century maps, photographs, telegrams,
invitations and other items of social ephemera, journal issues, newspaper
clippings and other printed items. Included in the correspondence are Civil War
letters of Lucius T. Landrum, and World War I letters of Cassimir A. Landrum
from France to his mother, Mary, in Florida. The collection spans into the World War II era also, with a record of early 1940s blood donations to the American National Red Cross by Mrs. I. F. Eldredge of New Orleans, which states, "this certificate signifies that its possessor has rendered a patriotic service by giving his or her own blood for the treatment of the seriously injured." Below is an undated letter written in France, probably mid-1918, by C. A. Landrum, 2nd Lieut., to his mother in northern Florida.
A.L.Co. 118 Dear Mother; I have your letter of May 20 and will try to answer your questions while they are fresh. I have not yet received the razor blades or the Easter candy but still have hopes. Charles Cawthon may find me but it is very doubtful. Ely and I have both been over here for about ten months and have not yet been able to get together although I know where he is. If another officer is ever sent to my Company I shall try to get leave and pay him a petit visit but while I am the only officer it is impossible. I was transferred from my old Co. to the Labor Bureau. I was just ordered to the new duty. It is not customary for orders to be accompanied by explainations. Perhaps you have seen Secy. Baker's statement that 70% of the Amexforce is combatant; well the Labor Bureau is the answer. It consists of a few officers and N.C.O's who employ and work quite a few thousands of civillian laborers who are for some reason not available as soldiers; some are from neutral countries, some are too old some too young, and many physically unfit. My striker wears a stiff leg and a Croix de Guerre (he has two brothers who each wear the latter also); another worker breathes through a metal tube, a third sports a wax nose and yet another has had his ear-drums split by shell concussion. Add an eye or two missing and an ear burnt almost off by liquid fire and you get a fair picture of my French Company. But are they down hearted? Not while the wine shops are open. And we manage to get enough work out of these men so that each one represents a good American Doughboy released for trench duty. I had one man in an advanced stage of T.B's but got the Dr. to shove him into a hospital just as soon as I wised up to his symptoms. It was too late, I suppose, to prolong his life but at least his last hours will be endurable. Left to himself he would have died like a rat in some sellar. At present the companies I command are building railroads, but we also do many other things such as building hospitals or barracks unloading freight at the seaports etc. It is bad business to get too chummy with any one man in the army because just when you realy know him you are shifted clear out of range. All of the officers here are men whom I never saw before coming to this place; The commander of the Chinese Labor Companies here runs around with me quite a bit. He is a Lieut. Holston who attended the University of Florida and knows Phillip Miller, Mr. Esslinger, Miss Pearl Futch and some other Gainesville people. I know it must give you real pleasure to get up an hour sooner and be able to make old Peacock do the same. By the way A.L.Co. means Administrative Labor Co. Lovingly, Son O.K. C.A.L. P.S. I enclose a request for socks. If you can get them started in August I ought to receive them before Winter is entirely over. I have said a dozen so you can send all you have knitted but half that number will do a world of good as I can wear your make, one pair at a time, in the very coldest weather, whereas, army socks give me chill-blains, even when I wear two pair. Son
Caption: undated letter written in France, probably mid-1918, by C. A. Landrum, 2nd Lieut., to his mother in northern Florida. Manuscripts Collection 303, Box 5, [folder 20]. Images of items held in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.
As a young woman, Rita Marie
Boudousquié (1886-1960) of southern Louisiana received and preserved hundreds of post cards
with quick personal notes or holiday greetings from friends and family.In 1917, she married Robustiano Bernard
Ferro (1884-1965), a Cuban-born veterinarian. Over the years, they lived in New Orleans,
Lafayette, Wiggins, Kansas City, and Omaha, returning to New Orleans.As the couple had no children, Dr. Ferro
donated his wife’s early-century post card collection to Tulane University in 1965.LaRC Manuscripts Collection 276 is the Rita
Boudousquié Ferro post card collection, 1905-1937.
These post card messages are in handwritten French and/or English. Printed Spanish-language words appear on post
cards from Cuba.The brief notes sent
greetings to Miss Boudousquié on mailed picture post cards depicting scenes in
New Orleans, such as streets, buildings, parks and cemeteries, as well as other
Louisiana and Mississippi places, other cities in the United States, Cuba, and
Europe. Many of the post cards serve as holiday greeting cards. These
handwritten or typed cards, dated 1905 to 1909, were addressed to Miss
Boudousquié at various places in southern Louisiana, including New Orleans,
Independence, Covington, Baton Rouge, and Vacherie Plantation in Baldwin. Also
included are several photographs dated 1937, added after the original donation.
Captions: top, post card with French message from Edmond, featuring Canal Street, mailed in 1908 within the city (Manuscripts Collection 276, box 1, folder 2); bottom, post card mailed 1906 of the Howard Library, addressed to the Vacherie Plantation in Baldwin, La. written in French with an off-beat English post-script on the image: "Marie Gertrude states that she is glad you are gone." (Manuscripts Collection 276, box 1, folder 2). Images of items in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.
LaFlaur, Mark Gregory, 1958-
Elysian Fields / Mark LaFlaur.
Kew Gardens, NY : Mid-City Books, 
PS3613.A3755 E46 2013
Jones Hall Louisiana Research Collection
PS3613.A3755 E46 2013 LACOLL
Reviewers of Mark LaFlaur's award-winning first novel, Elysian Fields, often comment that the writing is reminiscent of various great twentieth-century Southern authors. Certainly the characters, places, subject matter, dialog, and colorful description come out of this rich tradition. But, other than having New Orleans in common, how could Walker Percy and John Kennedy Toole possibly intersect? Elysian Fields is not so philosophical or so hilarious. But, although the author's preliminary disclaimer states that "any resemblance to actual events, locales, or persons, living or dead, is entirely imaginary or coincidental," he does happen to mention the 55 Elysian Fields bus, the McKenzies bakery shop near Gentilly Blvd., Dillard University, K&B (the old name sticks even in 1999) and a number of other reality-based names found in the general zip code of 70122. Probably only ten percent of the geographic names in this novel are fictional, but they all sound like they would fit right in. The sense of extreme localized place is very strong.
Another feature of the novel is the nuclear family as main character. The members of the four-person Weems family share the lead role, although the father has been dead for over ten years. Time shifts around fluidly along with the thoughts of the elder son, Simpson, a poet who was born a generation or two late. Fortunately for readers of this novel, this particular slice-of-life does have a definite plot and multiple recurring themes.
The LACOLL copy of this book is accessible in the Schiro Reading Room, but there is also a circulating copy in the main Howard-Tilton stacks.
corner of Elysian Fields and Gentilly Blvd. in March 2015
A. J. Mann (born 1888 or
1889) was a reporter specializing in the New Orleans cotton
trade and cotton and ramie growing in the Southern States. He worked at a desk in
the Cotton Exchange for the New Orleans daily states, and
later sent writings on the cotton trade, Southern weather, and agricultural
growing conditions to New York for publication in the Wall Street journal. He and his
wife, Barbara, lived for many years on Eleonore St. in uptown New
Orleans, from the 1920s through the 1960s. He identified himself as the manager of the New
Orleans Cotton News Bureau.
LaRC Manuscripts Collection 268 (A. J. Mann papers, 1917-1952) consists of his professional and collected papers, donated in 1967. Included are typed letters received, as well as outgoing carbons of his responses, a post card, partially printed personal tax documents covering
1926 and 1927, statistical charts about cotton production and acreage,
photographs, journal issues, reports, drafts of columns, telegrams,
newspaper clippings such as his own published columns, and
other printed items. A. J. Mann's columns address the economic response to the Stock Market
Crash of late 1929 and its ongoing effects on the cotton trade in New Orleans, agricultural finances across Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia and South Carolina, and the American economy generally. Correspondents represented are Texas cotton traders W. B.
Ray & Co. and other businesses, Dow, Jones & Co., the Shreveport times,
and the Wall Street journal.
This collection, which will be of interest to historical researchers in economics, agriculture, journalism, and communications, was almost completely undocumented and physically located inside the last box of the sequentially previous collection on the shelf. This week, it has been re-housed in a separate box, cataloged for WorldCat and Voyager, and represented in our finding-aid database.
LaRC Public Services Librarian Sean Benjamin giving his presentation at the first session of the Louisiana Historical Association annual meeting, March 5, 2015.
The 57th annual meeting of the Louisiana Historical Association is being held March 5-7, 2015, at the Ramada Lafayette Conference Center in Lafayette, Louisiana. LaRC Department Head, Leon Miller, chaired a lively and successful session, "Archival Innovation in Access, Reference, and Teaching." Presentations were given by Sally K. Reeves of the Office of the Clerk of Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans; Trish Nugent and Elizabeth Kelly of Loyola University; and Sean Benjamin of Tulane University's Louisiana Research Collection.
Sean's talk described "Too Much of a Good Thing: Managing Archival Reference Overload." The audience responded warmly to hearing of the advances and challenges in providing access services to the public, and the discussion went past the scheduled time.
Tulane History Dept. graduate student and LaRC assistant, Alix Riviere, delivers her paper, "Enslaved Children and Race Relations in Antebellum Virginia and Louisiana," March 6, 2015. Alongside Alix on the panel are Gregory K. Weimer of Florida International University and Andrew N. Wegmann, Louisiana State University.