Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Phi Beta Kappa traveling exhibit and centennial lecture


The Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Tulane chapter (Alpha of Louisiana) is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. To commemorate this occasion, the national liberal arts honorary society has arranged a traveling exhibit which is on display in the Special Collections Gallery, 2nd floor of Jones Hall, across from the reading room. Local chapter officers have worked with Special Collections staff to include various intriguing items from our Manuscripts Collection 740, the John Kennedy Toole papers, as Toole was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa upon his graduation from Tulane in 1958. On display are his invitation to become a member, and membership certificate.

To mark the centennial, the chapter is also sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Matt Cartmill, Professor of Anthropology, Boston University, and Research Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University. This will take place on Wed., April 22, 2009, at 5:00 pm, Jones Hall, Room 102, with a reception afterwards on the Jones Hall patio. The lecture is entitled, “Evolution, Creation, and Eternity: What’s Wrong with the ‘Creation’ Part of ‘Creation Science’”.

This year’s well-deserving Phi Beta Kappa inductees at Tulane had many obstacles to overcome during the last four years, as they belong to the Katrina class. These new members will be honored, welcomed and congratulated in a ceremony at the Lavin-Bernick Center in May.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Monday, April 13, 2009

Tulane New Wave announces the Silverman papers

Today's edition of the Tulane New Wave noted our recent acquisition of the papers of sculptor Dr. Arthur Silverman. If you're not subscribed to the New Wave email list, you can read the story here.

The papers are currently being processed, and we expect to make the collection available to researchers very soon.


(Image of Geo Law Revue, 1995, Tulane University Law School. Collection 992, Arthur Silverman papers, Manuscripts department, Special Collections, Tulane University Libraries. Image may not be reproduced without permission.)

Posted by Eira Tansey.

Monday, April 6, 2009

The 80th Anniversary of Huey P. Long's Impeachment Trial

Eighty years ago today, the Louisiana House voted 58-40 to impeach Governor Huey P. Long on charges of attempting to suppress the freedom of the press. A New York Times article on April 7 noted the "riotous session" which included fainting Representatives and Long supporters rallying outside the House.

The Manuscripts department at Tulane University's Special Collections Library has a number of resources on Huey P. Long, including campaign ephemera, photographs, pro- and anti-Long materials, and issues of Huey Long's newspaper
American Progress.

If you would like a summary of these resources, please contact Eira.

(Image of Huey P. Long in his pajamas, 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.