Saturday, December 20, 2008

Community Chest, 1936

The Community Chest of New Orleans was established in 1924, and was the predecessor of the United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area. The Manuscripts department has the scrapbooks of the Community Chest from 1924 through 1957. Included are posters, placards, and other campaign materials used in the first Community Chest drive, minutes and correspondence of several committees, and publicity materials on all Community Chest agencies and philanthropic activities in New Orleans.

The Manuscripts department has a number of collections related to social welfare agencies of New Orleans, including the Christian Woman's Exchange, Community Service Center, Council of Social Agencies of New Orleans, Gaudet Episcopal School and Home, Jewish Children's Home, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, Orleans Parish Neighborhood Council, Protestant Children's Home, Traveler's Aid Society of New Orleans, YWCA of New Orleans, and many more. Please see our LibGuides page and our website for more information.




(Image of 1936 Annual Report Cover, Community Chest of New Orleans. New Orleans Community Chest records, Manuscripts Collection B176, Manuscripts Department, Special Collections, Tulane University Libraries. Image may not be reproduced without permission.)

Posted by Eira Tansey.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Happy (late) Birthday, John Kennedy Toole!


John Kennedy Toole (December 17, 1937-March 26, 1969) is known to most as the author of A Confederacy of Dunces. The Manuscripts department is the home of the John Kennedy Toole papers. One of our most heavily researched collections, the Toole papers include literary manuscript material related to A Confederacy of Dunces and The Neon Bible, correspondence, photographs, scrapbooks, and other family papers.

John Kennedy Toole was stationed at an Army base in Puerto Rico in 1962, and during this time he began the manuscript that later became A Confederacy of Dunces. This picture was taken of Toole on base.

For more information on John Kennedy Toole and Manuscripts holdings, please see our website.


(Image of John Kennedy Toole on base in Puerto Rico. John Kennedy Toole papers, Manuscripts Collection 740, Manuscripts Department, Special Collections, Tulane University Libraries. Image may not be reproduced without permission.)

Posted by Eira Tansey.

Huey P. Long playing golf

The Manuscripts department has a number of political collections and papers from various politicians. The Leon Trice Louisiana Political Photographs provides an interesting look at Huey Long’s personal activities and public life. The photographs in this collection were made by Leon Trice, a New Orleans area photographer who also worked for the Associated Press in the 1930s. Trice’s job was not without its occupational hazards; at one time he was knocked down on Long’s command.

Trice was a photographer for the New Orleans States in 1920, and later opened his own studio in 1937. Manuscripts acquired Trice’s photography collection (including non-political subjects) in 1988, as a gift from Leon Trice, Jr. The Leon Trice Louisiana Political Photographs Collection also has photographs of Earl K. Long, O.K. Allen, Richard Leche, and Robert Maestri.

(Image of Huey P. Long playing golf, unknown date, Leon Trice Photography. Leon Trice Louisiana Political Photographs, Manuscripts Collection 950, Manuscripts Department, Special Collections, Tulane University Libraries. Image may not be reproduced without permission.)

Posted by Eira Tansey.