Monday, June 29, 2009

Louisiana Research Collection now on Twitter

You can now find us on Twitter! Follow our tweets here. We will be posting short updates, links back to the blog, and other news as it occurs.

Our icon is the frog from the 1873 Mystick Krewe of Comus Missing Links parade.

Posted by Eira Tansey.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Tulane Special Collections wants your LGBT materials


Our library has a growing number of records and papers related to Louisiana's LGBT community, history, and culture.

Most of these records can be found in the Manuscripts department, and in the Louisiana Collection vertical files. You can help us contribute to the holdings of both in two ways.

If you have flyers, tickets, brochures, posters, or other ephemera passed out by local LGBT groups, please collect them for us, and we will integrate them into our Louisiana Collection vertical files.

If you are involved in a particular LGBT organization, club, church, krewe, outreach, or activism, and have records documenting the history of your organization, we may be interested in acquiring these as part of a collection of records for the Manuscripts department. Highlights of our LGBT Manuscripts holdings include the Otto Stierle Gay Carnival collection, and the Knights d'Orleans records.

For more information on donating items to our holdings, please contact Leon Miller. For assistance with researching our LGBT holdings, please contact Eira Tansey. Feel free to download and distribute the image in this post.

Posted by Eira Tansey.

Longue Vue and the Sterns

Longue Vue House and Gardens, a local National Historic Landmark, was originally the home of Edgar and Edith Stern, prominent philanthropists during the twentieth century. Although damaged by Hurricane Katrina, the grounds and building have been restored and the estate continues to serve as an educational and cultural resource for the community and visitors.

As part of an NHPRC grant for archival processing, Lisa Lewis, archivist at Longue Vue, was required to submit a MARC record to OCLC representing their historical collection. As they are not members, she requested a partnership with Tulane’s Special Collections for this purpose. We collaborated with her to create and contribute the record to the WorldCat database, entitled Longue Vue House and Gardens historic collection.

Within Tulane’s manuscript holdings, we have related material in the Edgar B. Stern collection (Manuscripts Collection 235), which includes further Stern family documents, as well business records of Lehman, Stern, and Co. and subsidiary cotton merchants in New Orleans, dating back to the nineteenth century. This collection includes a range of massive handwritten ledger books, up to 59 cm.

For more recent information and artifacts about Longue Vue, there are several folders in the Louisiana Collection Vertical File with brochures through 2009, invitations, mailed promotional material, calendars, newsletters, auction programs and other printed ephemeral material. This resource is built through cumulative contributions from our friends in the community. The 2007 post card featured as an illustration was donated to the Louisiana Collection for the vertical file by art scholar and author, Jessie Poesch.

Caption: mailed post card publicizing the July 14, 2007, Annual Ice Cream Day at Longue Vue. For details of the upcoming Ice Cream Day scheduled for Sat., July 11, 2009, 10:00 am to noon, click here.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Art Silverman papers now open to the public

The Manuscripts department at Tulane University's Special Collections Library is pleased to announce the opening of Art Silverman's papers for public research use.

As noted in our previous posts, we announced the arrival of Silverman's papers in January. The collection consists of plans, sketches, drawings, photographs, correspondence, and videotapes, and covers Silverman's art career from 1975-2007.

Processing has been completed, and we invite interested researchers to come to our archives to view the papers. For a copy of the finding aid, please contact us.

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

Posted by Eira Tansey.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Selected Manuscripts Finding Aids now online

We are excited to announce that a selected group of our Manuscripts finding aids are now online. The finding aids are currently in a PDF format, and users will need a PDF reader to download and use them. Patrons can also search for keywords in most of the finding aids.

This is just a small sample of the more than 1,000 manuscripts collections we hold, and we are planning to add more. If you wish to see a finding aid that isn't on the page, please contact us, and we will be happy to make it available if resources allow.

Many of our noted collections now have their finding aids available online for the first time, including the papers of John Kennedy Toole, Rudolph Matas, Charles Colcock Jones, and Natalie Scott. We also have organizational records from the Christian Women's Exchange, First German Lutheran Church, Council of Social Agencies, and the Orleans Parish Medical Society.

Many thanks to Neal Schexnider for his assistance with getting these online.

Posted by Eira Tansey.