Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New fall finding aids

In light of the recent Thanksgiving holiday, we're thankful for our wonderful interns and student workers at the Louisiana Research Collection. With their hard work this fall, we've been able to make over 25 new finding aids available online. Here's just a sample:

New Orleans Street Railway Union records (Manuscripts Collection 26):
Perhaps one of the largest and most exciting finding aids we've unveiled this autumn, this collection contains the records of the Amalgamated Association of Street and Electric Railway Employees of America Division No. 194 in New Orleans from 1902 to 1948. Much of the collection was processed by our interns Mallorie Smith and Kathryn Rumer. More information about the collection can be found here.

Ambert O. Remington papers (Manuscripts Collection 89): This collection contains the Civil War letters of Ambert O. Remington, a Union soldier who spent time at Fort Pickens and was later wounded at Port Hudson (Louisiana), resulting in an amputated arm and his subsequent death. Our intern, Seth Rushton, created a wonderfully detailed finding aid for this collection, tracing Remington's evolving thought processes during the war. This collection adds greatly to our already strong holdings of Civil War letters, papers, and diaries.

St. Clair Adams records (Manuscripts Collection 291): This collection consists primarily of the documents of Richard Leche's defense attorneys. Former governor of Louisiana, Richard Leche, was charged with bribery, contempt, income tax evasion, mail fraud, oil fraud, and conspiracy to defraud the state. There are drafts of briefs, motions, pleas, projected questions for witnesses, lists of jurors, notes and supportive data for the defense, anticipated objections for cross examination, and witness testimony in the St. Clair Adams records.

Nicholas Low papers (Manuscripts Collection 383): Letters written between 1781-1811 to Nicholas Low, a New York merchant. Many of the letters are from Juan Baptiste Macarty, a merchant in New Orleans.

Friday Afternoon Club records (Manuscripts Collection 725): Records of the Friday Afternoon Club, a prominent local woman's social club.

Alfred S. Lippman collection of Civil War letters (Manuscripts Collection 993): This collection consists primarily of Antebellum and Civil War letters collected by donor Al Lippman. The letters were primarily written by Union soldiers in the south to their families in the north. The letters describe news of skirmishes and fighting, daily camp life, illness and disease, slavery and opinions and observations about their experiences. Many of the letters were written by soldiers stationed in Louisiana. The collection also contains 41 Civil War postal covers.

All of these collections are currently open for research to the public. For more information about using the Louisiana Research Collection's holdings, please see our website for more information.

Posted by Eira Tansey, Library Associate.

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