Saturday, August 29, 2009

Image slideshow

Notes on slideshow images: Images are from the Louisiana Research Collection’s manuscripts collections, vertical file, portrait file, and image file, and include the following: Art Silverman creating sculpture models, Arthur "Art" Silverman papers; 1950s New Orleans high school gym class, Jane P. Walsh photograph collection; Genevieve Pitot and Joe Sullivan, Genevieve Pitot collection; The first word—Ma-ma!, page from John Kennedy Toole’s baby book, John Kennedy Toole papers; 433 First, brick doubles, from Irish Channel architectural survey, 1974-1976; Tennis players, New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club records; Site of new electrical bay--demolition of old structure, July 17, 1926, Phoenix Utility Company collection; Achille Peretti, 1918, Swiss Society of New Orleans records; Natalie Scott, Natalie Scott papers; Roark Bradford and his Saint Bernard, Nemo, Roark Bradford papers; early passenger bus, Teche Lines records; Mary Alma Riess, c. 1938, 17 Audubon Blvd., New Orleans, John Karlem Riess papers; corner of Coliseum and Dufossat St., New Orleans, image file; printout from, 2007, vertical file. Images from the portrait file include: Ruth McEnery Stuart, created by Simon photographic studio, 183 Canal St.; Tulane family, nieces of Paul Tulane, with G. F. Taylor, examining gift copy of Tulane’s Bible; photograph of George Morgan, inscribed to Harry Brunswick Loeb, 1924; Judge Don A. Pardee; J. P. Parker, Jr., Sheriff, Ouachita Parish; Mary Cora Urquhart (Mrs. James Brown-Potter) “rotograph” series no. A 165 by B. J. Falk, N.Y.; Ben Small, Abbeville, La., 118 years old, photo by Barnett of Crowley, La.; Johnny Wilson (J. A. M. Wilson); C. C. Antoine, Lieutenant-Governor, drawn from a photograph by Petty & Quinn of New Orleans. Images may not be reproduced without permission.

We will be expanding and changing our image selections as they come to light.

Genevieve Pitot and Joe Sullivan, Genevieve Pitot collection

Posted by Susanna Powers

Friday, August 14, 2009

Fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin proclaimed a few days ago that “the time for vigils is past.” But as we rebuild and more fully recover, individuals and communities in Louisiana and throughout the Gulf Coast will continue to observe August 29th as a memorial day for our personal and collective losses. One way to mark the time of year would be to open up one of those books you bought, or maybe read a new one, available in Tulane’s libraries. This is a very brief selection of the Katrina-related books in the Louisiana Research Collection.

Spoiled : refrigerators of New Orleans go outside in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. And they have things to say / by Tom Varisco.
Location: JONES HALL Louisiana Collection
Call Number: F379.N545 V37 2005
Notes: Signed by the author

Overcoming Katrina : African American voices from the Crescent City and beyond / [edited by] D'Ann R. Penner and Keith C. Ferdinand ; foreword by Jimmy Carter.
Location: JONES HALL Louisiana Collection
Call Number: F 379.N59 N4 2009

Finn McCool's Football Club : the birth, death, and resurrection of a pub soccer team in the City of the Dead / Stephen Rea.
Location: JONES HALL Louisiana Collection
Call Number: GV943.6.F47 R43 2009

Hurricane Katrina : America's unnatural disaster / edited and with an introduction by Jeremy I. Levitt and Matthew C. Whitaker.
Location: JONES HALL Louisiana Collection
Call Number: HV 636 2005 .N4 H87 2009

The children Hurricane Katrina left behind : schooling context, professional preparation, and community politics / Sharon P. Robinson and M. Christopher Brown II, editors ...
Location: JONES HALL Louisiana Collection
Call Number: LC2771 .C45 2007

Perilous place, powerful storms : hurricane protection in coastal Louisiana / Craig E. Colten.
Location: JONES HALL Louisiana Collection
Call Number: TC 425 .M63 L73 2009

Impact of Hurricane Katrina on roadways in the New Orleans area / by Kevin Gaspard ... [et al.].
Location: JONES HALL Louisiana Collection
Call Number: TE25.N4 I46 2007

For a wealth of further information, see the Library’s catalog and the Research Guide on Louisiana Information Resources.

Photograph caption and citation:

United States Coast Guard Released Photographs of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, from Hurricane Digital Memory Bank.

NEW ORLEANS (Sept. 6, 2005) - Members of the Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley Disaster Response Team and the Miami-Dade Urban Search and Rescue Team mark a house here today to show that it has been searched for survivors of Hurricane Katrina. Teams are conducting massive search efforts for anyone who may still be trapped by the floodwaters. USCG photo by PO Robert Reed. 050906-C-6985R-001

USCG, "Marking a Home." Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, Object #2405 (August 17 2006, 1:10 pm)

Posted by Susanna Powers.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Discoveries in Jones Hall

The thousands of manuscript collections in Jones Hall may seem mysterious and remote, but we’re in the process of making them more discoverable, both to on-campus users and to researchers across the world. Many of our unique items will be digitized for preservation and widespread access. Detailed inventories of the collections are being more fully written, scanned, and made accessible on the internet. Collections are being methodically cataloged for inclusion in WorldCat and the Howard-Tilton catalog.

Within the catalog, keyword searching may be the primary method being used by many students. However, it’s important to know that the traditional Library of Congress subject headings are being assigned to the collections as they are cataloged, just as they are for books, serials, and holdings in all formats. These headings provide another powerful technique of discovering the fascinating contents of the Louisiana Research Collection, and pulling together sources of various types. A new search filter, “Search archival collections,” allows for the idea of limiting results by this type, when searching by any of the basic or advanced strategies. But using the filter is not required, in order to reveal the existence of our archival collections, since the records for archival collections will also be retrieved in general searches. Actually, researchers will be best served by understanding that relevant materials are available to them on both sides of the parking lot, as well as on the internet.

Here are a few possibly unexpected Library of Congress subject headings in WebVoyage and WorldCat which will point to manuscript resources at the Louisiana Research Collection in Jones Hall:

Alphabet codes.
Art restorers – United States.
Biologists—United States—History—19th century.
Bus travel—United States—20th century.
Cemeteries—Louisiana—New Orleans.
Choctaw Indians—Missions—Louisiana—Saint Tammany Parish—History—19th century.
Church architecture—Soviet Union—History.
Confederate States of America.
Costa Ricans—United States.
Dinners and dining—Louisiana—New Orleans.
Engineering—History—19th century.
Folk songs, Creole—Louisiana—New Orleans.
French language—United States—History.
Geometry in art.
Irish Channel (New Orleans, La.)—History.
Jewish orphanages—United States—History.
Ku Klux Klan (1915- )—Louisiana.
Leather clubs (Organizations)
Lumber trade—Louisiana—20th century.
Motor vehicles—History.
Musicians as authors.
Physicians as artists—United States.
United States. Army. Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, 29th (1862-1865).
Urban renewal –Louisiana—New Orleans.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975—Foreign public opinion, American.
Wood-carvers—United States.
X-ray holography.

Try a few searches using subject headings, and then visit our reading room to use the collections.

Posted by Susanna Powers