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Manuscripts cataloging for WorldCat

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Published books may be considered rare or scarce, but such published materials are often owned by many different libraries. Manuscript collections, however, are unpublished and truly unique.

Our extensive manuscript holdings at Tulane have traditionally been made accessible to researchers who are physically present in the Special Collections Reading Room, through very detailed hard-copy finding aids and catalog cards of various vintages. The award-winning Special Collections web site has served to publicize some of our most significant holdings. We have now started including records representing our collections in the international WorldCat database, as well as our local online catalog. These catalogs act as discovery tools which enable remote scholars to learn of the existence of our one-of-a-kind collections held at Tulane. It is hoped that in the future, images of many of the materials themselves will be made viewable online as digital surrogates, helping support the long-term needs…

Manuscripts receives the papers of sculptor Art Silverman

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The Manuscripts department at Tulane University's Special Collections Library is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Art Silverman's papers.

Arthur "Art" Silverman is a retired New Orleans area sculptor whose works are primarily large public sculptures, cast in metal, based on forms such as tetrahedrons. His works can be seen in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Massachusetts, Florida, Iowa, and California. In New Orleans, his sculptures have been installed at Tulane University's Law School and A.B. Freeman School of Business, the Entergy Centre on Poydras, East Jefferson Hospital in Metairie, and Temple Sinai on St. Charles.

Born in New York City in 1923, Silverman attended Tulane University for his B.S. (1944) and his M.D. (1947). He practiced urology for thirty years before shifting paths to become a sculptor.

Silverman's gift to Manuscripts includes videos, sketches, gallery show invitations, newspaper and magazine articles, photographs, and other papers. …

Special Collections in today's New Wave

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The Special Collections library is this morning's lead story in New Wave, Tulane University's daily online newspaper. If you're not subscribed to the New Wave email list, you can find the story here.

The article is about the Louisiana Collection's art ephemera. We're especially promoting our art ephemera now because of its strength (we preserve extensive ephemera about New Orleans artists and art galleries going back more than a hundred years); the unusual, perhaps unique, depth of its indexing; the fact that its index is available online; and the fact that an updated and extended index will be available in one or two months.

For more information about our art ephemera collection, you're welcome to visit our art ephemera LibGuide page.

Our art ephemera complements and extends our extensive archival holding pertaining to area art and artists. Those holdings are described on our Art Archives LibGuide.

Despite its depth, our art ephemera is only a small fraction of ou…