For those of you who follow our Twitter account, you may have wondered about this symbol we use.
The frog is an image from the Mystick Krewe of Comus' 1873 "Missing Links" parade costume designs. The Missing Links parade was an important event in New Orleans' Mardi Gras history, becoming one of the first major instances of the use of satire and political commentary in a krewe parade. The "Missing Links" referred to the work of Charles Darwin, and the parade not only sent up the theory of evolution, but other topics of the day including Reconstruction.
Tulane's Louisiana Research Collection has a complete set of the Missing Links costume designs. They are an important part of preserving the history of Carnival in New Orleans. We are currently making high quality digital copies of the designs, and plan to put together a digital collection of them later this year.
(Image from Mystick Krewe of Comus' 1873 Missing Links Parade Costume Designs, Collection 900, Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University Libraries. Image may not be reproduced without permission.)
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What is the Louisiana Research Collection?
The Louisiana Research Collection, a department within the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library's Special Collections Division, is one of Louisiana's older research archives, with a deep Louisiana library collection in many formats, including over 40,000 book and serial volumes. Our constantly expanding holdings currently comprise more than three linear miles of documents. Our holdings are open to all. We look forward to your visit with us.
Leon C. Miller, CA,
Head, Louisiana Research Collection
Leon C. Miller, CA, Department Head
Sean Benjamin, Public Services Librarian
Susanna Powers, Archives Catalog Librarian
Eira Tansey, Library Associate