Illustrating Carnival
The Public Domain Review has published "Illustrating Carnival: Remembering the Overlooked Artists Behind Early Mardi Gras," by Allison C. Meier, which features two dozen of LaRC's Carnival float and costume designs.

"For more than 150 years the city of New Orleans has been known for the theatricality and extravagance of its Mardi Gras celebrations.  Meier looks at the wonderfully ornate float and costume designs from Carnival’s “Golden Age” and the group of New Orleans artists who created them."

“The greatest publicly accessible resource of their art is the Carnival Collection, part of the Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC) at Tulane University and supported by a bequest from the late journalist Charles L. “Pie” Dufour. In 2012, Tulane marked the completion of a two-year digitization project that put over 5,500 float and costume designs in the Carnival Collection online.”

As the article notes, scanning and placing online LaRC's Carnival…
Selections from LaRC's carnival collection are on display at NOMA and were featured last night on WWL TV.
You can learn more about the exhibit at NOMA here. If you're looking for something very special to do, it's a wonderful way to celebrate the Carnival season.
Fresh from the Conservator (Le) voyageur franc̃ois; ou, Le reconnoissance de l'ancien et du nouveau monde, Tome X. Joseph de Laporte, Paris, 1774.

Abbot de La Porte, (1714 -1779) was an 18th-century French Jesuit , literary critic, poet, and playwright. A prolific author, he published various books and compilations before embarking on his massive The French Traveler, or the Knowledge of the Old and the New World, in 1765. He oversaw the first 28 volumes of the series that eventually encompassed 48 volumes.
LaRC's copy had a severly damaged binding. Our library's conservation librarian,Sabrena Johnson, performed a full disbind with paper repair (using Zen Shofu wheat paste and Tengujo thin paper). She resewed the text block onto cotton cord with size 25 French linen thread using a paper cover bind-in-board with marbled paper doublures that resemble the original contemporaneous binding.The case paper was consolidated with Cellugel and Renaissance Wax for longevity. According to…
Did you  know that LaRC serves as the Archives for the Jewish community of the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Area?
This article discusses some of our holdings, and a partial guide to our extensive archival holdings pertaining to the local Jewish community is available here.

The image, by photographer Paula Burch-Celentano, is of the New Orleans Holocaust Memorial. LaRC preserves the records of the memorial.
LaRC featured in the Advocate
Yesterday (January 21, 2018), LaRC was the lead story in the features section of the New Orleans Advocate. Did you see it? If not, you can also read it on the Advocate's website.

A Look at Carnival’s ‘Golden Age’: World’s Largest Collection of Pre-WWII Carnival Designs
Leon Miller, head of the Louisiana Research Collection, gives FOX8 a peek at LaRC's Carnival Collection showing how the creativity of Carnival has spanned generations.

See the video and full article here.