Thursday, December 1, 2011

Young Men’s Business Club records, 1935-1965.

The Young Men's Business Club of New Orleans was formed in 1919 by a group of servicemen returning home to New Orleans. It was somewhat similar to chambers of commerce, but remained autonomous and very active, and over the years became more diverse than its name might indicate.

This archival collection (Manuscripts Collection 414) consists of over five hundred black and white photographs of people and events associated with the Young Men's Business Club of New Orleans, and also contains newspaper clippings and post cards. The photographs range from formal studio portraits of individuals, to group photographs at social events, to amateur Polaroids and prints developed at local K&B drug stores.

Photographic studios which produced these portraits were primarily, but not exclusively, based in New Orleans, and included: Leon Trice Photography, C. Bennette Moore, Russ Cresson, Merrill Chase / Maison Blanche Studios, Winans Fonville, Patterson Studios, Frank Lotz Miller, Frank B. Moore, Harpers Studio, Marion Dumaine, Relf Studio, Wolbrette & Mortenson, Allyn Studio, Tipery, Van Horn, John L. Herrmann, John E. Kuhlman, J. D. Panfield, and C. F. Weber Photography.

Together, the subjects featured in the collection make an eclectic assortment from the social, political, religious, sports, literary, entertainment, and business fields of mid-twentieth century New Orleans. Notable among these are: Vic Schiro, Pie Dufour, Archbishop Rummel, Cesar Romero, Inger Stevens, and Clay Shaw.

Caption: one of the hundreds of photographs from Collection 414, featuring a candid scene at a holiday event sponsored by the Young Men’s Business Club. This particular shot is undated, but generally the photographs in this collection are clearly identified and dated. May not be reproduced without permission.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fedoroff family papers, 1917-1961.

The Fedoroff family papers (Manuscripts Collection 377) will be of interest to students of the arts and the social sciences. The most widely-known Fedoroff family member is Alexander Fedoroff (1927-1979), a New Orleans dramatist and novelist. Typescript drafts of some of his literary and dramatic works, such as Swords and Scepters, Coins and Cups, a Novel, and The Side of the Angels, are a subset of the overall collection. His father, Peter Fedoroff (born in Florida in 1897) was a private in the U.S. Army during World War I. Others in the family are documented less fully, but are lovingly represented.

The collection includes correspondence, family photographs, a 1918 Army songbook, post cards, clippings and other printed items, condolence cards, typescripts of literary and dramatic works by Alexander Fedoroff, research materials, and family scrapbooks. The scrapbooks include such items as an early 20th-century embroidered handkerchief, World War I military patches and a metal identification tag of Peter Fedoroff. The family photographs, the majority of which have no captions, are nevertheless visually informative and expressive of this family’s life.

Images may not be reproduced without permission.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Monday, November 7, 2011

Political ephemera of the present day

Please see this morning's New Wave article, "The Insider: Wait, don't discard political flyers!" Louisiana Research Collection Head, Leon Miller, requests your help in building the collection.

Some of the junk mail you receive at home, or pick up from your front yard, might actually be fascinating and valuable to future researchers. You will make this discovery possible if you save these political advertisements and other locally-produced printed items and donate them to the Louisiana Research Collection.

The political ephemera collection is accessible in the Schiro Reading Room, and is organized by subject matter and then group or individual names. To get started in a search for interesting items in this large collection, use the online listing of folder names in the ephemera file. From the LaRC web site, select Ephemera. Or simply visit our reading room, to get a sense of the types of materials being preserved in this collection.

Caption: a sample ballot for the Oct. 22, 2011, election, with recommendations by the Regular Democratic Organization of Louisiana. This is an item mass-mailed to residents of New Orleans.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Daisy Hodgson papers, 1870-1935.

Daisy Hodgson of New Orleans served as recording secretary for the Confederated Southern Memorial Association. She lived on Jackson Avenue, during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Other than these facts, we know very little about the person whose papers we hold in the Louisiana Research Collection, as Manuscripts Collection 44. This is a small collection which will be of interest to students of American history for at least two reasons—the documentation of a time when there was a common nostalgia in the South about the lost Confederate cause, and additionally because of information about the existence of a bottled mineral water business at that time, in New Orleans, and in Pocahontas, Mississippi.

The collection includes correspondence, social stationery, invitations, newspaper clippings and other printed items including event ephemera, pamphlets, programs, and post cards. The segment of the collection about the bottled water business consists of handwritten letters from the company, including one from L. P. deBautte, president of the Robinson Mineral Springs Company, to Daisy Hodgson in New Orleans. In one of the letters, a discount is offered in exchange for testimonials, presumably about the healing powers of their spring water. The stationery bears an elaborate engraving depicting the maiden Pocahontas walking on floating water lilies.

Captions: June 20, 1893 handwritten letter to Miss Daisy Hodgson from the Robinson Mineral Springs Co. Limited; Jan. 3, 1907 typed letter to the principal of the McDonogh School, No. 4, in New Orleans, from W. O. Hart, in regard to the planning for the centennial of the birth of Robert E. Lee, later that month. Images may not be reproduced without permission.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Monday, August 15, 2011

Coming back-- Katrina Day 2011

Every August 29th since the Hurricane Katrina disaster, we memorialize those who died because of the storm and the flood in 2005. At the same time, we now celebrate the remarkable accomplishments of the citizens of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast, over these last six years. Our library holds a large array of materials devoted to Katrina and its aftermath; in fact, Tulane University and the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library are part of the story.

Two colorful and fascinating books, which focus on New Orleans after the storm, are located in the Louisiana Research Collection, with another copy each in the Howard-Tilton stacks:

Coming back : New Orleans resurgent / photographs by Mario Tama ; introduction by Anderson Cooper ; in association with New Schools for New Orleans. 1st ed. New York : Umbrage : Getty images : Distributed in the US and Canada by Consortium, c2010.
F379.N543 T28 2010 LACOLL

This is a photographic documentary volume with an emphasis on the suffering and destruction of the storm, followed by the spirited resilience of Katrina victims who were determined to come home to rebuild their lives in the years after the diaspora. The subject is primarily but not exclusively New Orleans. Particular sensitivity is given to the portrayals of young children. Anderson Cooper states in his introduction, "New Orleans ... is a city of memory, but not a museum. It is alive, and dynamic, full of life and joy, and success."

Coming back stronger / Drew Brees with Chris Fabry. Carol Stream, Ill. ; Tyndale House Publishers, c2010. (featured photograph by Stephen Vosloo)
BV4909.B73 2010 LACOLL

Drew Brees presents this memoir about his own life, faith and family, and the story of Katrina, especially in relation to the New Orleans Saints. To illustrate the the physical and emotional extremes, the conversational narrative is enhanced by a selection of photographs of the Superdome and flooded city during Katrina, contrasting with the Saints’ victory in Super Bowl XLIV, and the joy of riding through New Orleans in one of the Saints Super Bowl parades. (click on tag label "New Orleans Saints" at right for four posts about the Saints.)

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library web site has a research guide on Katrina resources, providing wide-ranging support for learning about the hurricane, the flood and the recovery efforts.

To see earlier posts in this blog, marking the Katrina anniversaries in 2009 and 2010, with additional links about resources and related annual activities, see:

Fourth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

and, The five-year mark, August 29, 2010.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The new LaRC bookmark

LaRC has created a new souvenir bookmark featuring artwork in the Carnival Collection. This graceful composite image, which is also used as the collection's online banner, is derived from artist Bror Anders Wikstrom's "the throne of Saturn", a float design from the 1905 Krewe of Proteus parade in New Orleans. The banners and also many of the library’s digitization projects result from a collaboration between the Louisiana Research Collection and the Web Services Department.

We hope you will make a personal visit to the Special Collections Reading Room soon. From your computer, you may browse the large and growing number of digitized images from our Carnival Collection artwork by visiting the freely accessible LOUISiana Digital Library.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Lusher Playground Project records, 1967-1974.

LaRC Manuscripts Collection 809 holds the records of the planning of a multi-purpose playground on the uptown New Orleans campus of Robert M. Lusher Elementary School (7315 Willow St.) in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The Lusher Playground Project, also called the Lusher School Community Recreation Area Project, came about because of a common need of the school’s enrolled students and other children living in adjacent neighborhoods of New Orleans, for a supervised play area after school hours.

Racial tensions involved in this discussion are apparent in the collection's correspondence. The school leaders and students, parents, the school board, the city recreation agency (NORD), Tulane University School of Architecture, and other community members all collaborated successfully on this project, opening the grounds for community use in 1971.

Included in the collection are handwritten and typed letters, printed newsletters, financial records (such as accounts, contribution records and checks), architectural plans, photographs, and newspaper clippings. Architectural plans drawn by William K. Turner of the Tulane University School of Architecture include features such as a maze and a treehouse, as well as basketball courts and other playground equipment. As is often the case, the photographs preserved in the scrapbooks are as informative as the written material, and can be enjoyable to study.

In 2011, the facility located at 7315 Willow St. houses the Lower School of the K-12 Lusher Charter School.

Caption: 5th and 6th grade students looking through photographs of themselves, their teachers, and other community attendees of meetings to discuss and design their new playground. The photograph above, and many of the ones on the table, are included in scrapbook volume 2, Manuscripts Collection 809. May not be reproduced without permission.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Friday, June 24, 2011

Welcome to New Orleans, American Library Association

The American Library Association annual conference and exhibit is being held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and other local venues, June 23-28, 2011. This conference “is the world’s largest event for the library community… Bringing together more than 25,000 librarians, educators, authors, publishers, literacy experts, illustrators and the leading suppliers to the market.”*

The most recent ALA annual summer conference to be held here was in 2006, at a time when our hotels and restaurants were trying to recover from the Katrina disaster. For more information about the exhibits and events, see the official conference web site and this article in describing some free events over the weekend.

If you have the opportunity to take a break in your busy schedule, please come visit the Louisiana Research Collection and other special collections in Joseph Merrick Jones Hall on the Tulane University campus.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu addressing the Opening General Session on Friday afternoon.

Photograph and post by Susanna Powers

Friday, June 10, 2011

John Kennedy Toole documentary now available to watch online!

Filmmake Joe Sanford has recently made his documentary on John Kennedy Toole, the Omega Point, available to watch online. Sanford used images, correspondence and other materials from the John Kennedy Toole papers in this documentary. Having seen special screenings of the documentary around town, we are thrilled that Sanford has made it available to the public, and encourage you to watch and learn more about one of New Orleans' most famous authors.

The Omega Point can be viewed online here.

Posted by Eira Tansey.

(Image of John Kennedy Toole, John Kennedy Toole papers, Manuscripts Collection 740, Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University Libraries. Image may not be reproduced without permission.)

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Louisiana Research Collection participating in #AskArchivists day on Twitter!

Today is #AskArchivists day on Twitter, in which over 120 archives and archival organizations from around the world are fielding questions from the public. The Louisiana Research Collection (@LA_Research) is participating, and we invite you to ask us questions - today or any day! You can keep up with the activity by following the #AskArchivists hashtag on Twitter, and following us @LA_Research.

Posted by Eira Tansey.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Parking advisory

Parking will be tight this summer on Tulane University campus and the surrounding neighborhoods, because of a drainage improvement project. The section of Newcomb Place from Freret Street to the LBC sidewalk has been closed to parking, until at least July 31, 2011. (This is the parking lot between the main Howard-Tilton Memorial Library building and Jones Hall). A campus map is available here.

This work directly affects only permit holders, but it is important to note that four metered spaces will also be temporarily unavailable for the duration of this project. Several other short-term parking meters may be used elsewhere on campus, such as along Newcomb Circle.

Visitors to campus have several options. Please see Public Safety’s visitor information page, which details the possibility of purchasing a one-day pass at their office on the first floor of the Diboll complex, or using the free shuttle services. Using public transportation would also be a good choice—the Freret Street bus line has a stop at the front of the main library. And the scenic Saint Charles streetcar will stop in front of Gibson Hall, which is a short walk away from the library buildings.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Friday, May 13, 2011

Mississippi River flood collection, 1912-1928.

The springtime 1927 flood of the lower Mississippi River is considered the most destructive river flood in the history of the United States. It resulted in lengthy displacement of populations living in Louisiana, including many families of enrolled Tulane University students. Local, state, and national agencies reacted with relief efforts, and there was consideration of future disaster preparedness and also the engineering management of the river. An advertisement proclaiming, "New Orleans is safe!" was published by the L. & N. Railroad to encourage continued tourism to New Orleans after the waters receded from low-lying areas of Louisiana. According to this poster, "The levees of New Orleans protect nearly 500,000 people ... The crest has passed--the city is safe--always has been and always will be."

Manuscripts Collection 517 contains official correspondence, charts, maps, a telegram, a public relations poster, a conference invitation, newspaper clippings and contemporary printed items relating to the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, and the earlier flood of 1922, which were collected by Tulane University president, Dr. A. B. Dinwiddie. Albert Bledsoe Dinwiddie (1871-1935) was president of the University from 1918 to 1935.

To monitor the present flooding along the Mississippi River, see the NOAA National Weather Service updates.

To track the current crisis, The Tulane University Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy (DRLA) maintains a Louisiana Flood Map.

Caption: Printed public-relations poster, distributed in 27 newspapers nationally by the L. & N. Railroad in 1927. It was also mailed to “New Orleans’ leading citizens” including Tulane University president, Dr. A. B. Dinwiddie, who compiled these papers, now Manuscripts Collection 517 in the Louisiana Research Collection.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Monday, April 25, 2011

SAA workshop at Tulane on June 20th

Tulane University is pleased to host the Society of American Archivists workshop, “Real World Reference: Moving Beyond Theory,” June 20 in Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.

We especially wanted to host this particular workshop because it will focus on practical, day-to-day aspects of providing archival reference, managing an archival reading room, overseeing reading room security, and advocating for better user services. Those are all basic archival practices we each have to perform every single day. This workshop will therefore offer techniques, ideas, and recommendations that should directly benefit our work in a useful, practical manner.

The workshop will be taught by Kathy Marquis, Head of Public Services at the Albany County Public Library in Laramie, Wyoming. She was previously the Head of Reference and Access Services at the Bentley Historical Library, a reference archivist at the Minnesota Historical Society, and Head of Reference at MIT’s Institute Archives and Special Collections.

You can find out more about the workshop, under education and events, in the Society of American Archivists web site. The class will be designed for beginning to intermediate archivists, as well as librarians and support staff who are responsible for special collections reference work. Seating will be limited, and the early-bird registration deadline (SAA members $185) will be May 20, 2011, so please consider registering as soon as possible.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Thursday, April 21, 2011

John V. Veazie papers, 1914-1933

Collections of personal papers of all eras may be keenly sentimental. The items which have been preserved by individuals and their descendants provide hints to the values, social styles and sensibilities of their time.

John Valentine Veazie, nicknamed Johnny Veazie, was a baseball player from New Orleans, who played on various minor league teams across Louisiana, Mississippi, and Georgia during the early twentieth century. The keepsakes in the John V. Veazie papers (Manuscripts Collection 113) are revealing not only of the personal and professional life of one man, but also describe the leisure and entertainment activities of the day, such as dances, movies, vaudeville and horse races and other sporting events. Included are numerous letters concerning Veazie’s baseball career, and many others from family, friends, and sweethearts, while he was on the road. Included are holiday greeting cards, a photograph, telegrams, and printed portraits.

To learn more about social stationery and the prevalent communication styles of the early twentieth century South, see our earlier post in this blog, Calling, advertising, and greeting cards, 1906-1920.

Caption: greeting card from the John Veazie papers (Manuscripts Collection 113), mailed from Meridian, Mississippi, April 15, 1922, to New Orleanian John Veazie, a minor league baseball player, when he was playing ball for the Vicksburg Baseball Association.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Friday, April 15, 2011

Discoveries in Jones Hall-- a guest contribution.

Judah Benjamin’s Paris accident

Judah P. Benjamin, the former Confederate Secretary of State, fell from a moving tramcar in Paris in May, 1880. While it is known that his injuries were severe, the extent of these injuries and their immediate impact upon Benjamin are made clear in a letter of Benjamin’s to Jefferson Davis. The letter, dated December 16, 1880, is within the Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University. Responding to the former President’s request for information about Civil War interviews with General Johnston, Benjamin apologised for the lateness of his response. The delay, he explained, was caused by his severe accident which caused ‘pains so acute that for months I could not get an hour’s sleep without the aid of powerful narcotics’. It had been, he wrote, a great effort to undertake only a part of his legal work in England, an effort undertaken only to prevent the entire break down of his professional connection.

written by
Catharine MacMillan
Reader in Legal History
Queen Mary, University of London

Document location: The Rosemonde E. and Emile Kuntz Collection, Manuscripts Collection 600, III. National Period, 1880/12/16, personal letter from Judah P. Benjamin to Jefferson Davis.

Illustration caption: Judah P. Benjamin in happier days (1876), from the Louisiana Research Collection portrait file.

Thanks to Catharine MacMillan! We have enjoyed having you visit LaRC and the Special Collections Reading Room.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Civil War Sesquicentennial

Today marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the Civil War, when Confederate forces began bombardment of Fort Sumter, South Carolina. What ensued was a five year long war that forever changed American history, and shaped every facet of life as we know it today, from music, to baseball, to medicine, civil rights, women's rights, international relations and military strategy.

The Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC) contains many major Civil War archival and print holdings. Some of our American Civil War archival holdings include the papers of Jefferson Davis, the Gettysburg letters of Robert E. Lee, the papers of Albert Sidney Johnston, a strong set of Stonewall Jackson's papers, and numerous collections of papers, photographs, memoirs and diaries from individual soldiers. Recently, LaRC has made a special effort to acquire materials documenting the experience of Union soldiers serving in the Gulf region. These letters and diaries provide eyewitness accounts of what life in Louisiana was like during the war, the soldiers' own feelings regarding slavery and war, and descriptions of numerous battles and skirmishes.

Some of our recent Civil War archival acquisitions include the following collections (click on the link for the finding aid):

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.

The postal covers in this collection have been digitized, and can be viewed here.

Manuscripts Collection M-1164

Civil War diary of Henry C. Caldwell, Company E, 7th Infantry, Louisiana. Entries concern details of weather, skirmishes and camp life.

Manuscripts Collection M-1156

The diary of Simon M. Bott, private in the 120 infantry regiment of Ohio (E Company). Bott was a Union soldier whose regiment was in Louisiana from 1863-1865. Bott mustered out of the army while in New Orleans on June 5, 1865.

Interesting entries include: a brief mention of an injured friend in a lone entry on April 4th 1864, dated accounts of marching travel between Alexandria and Morganza (May 12th to the 21st), the mentioned burial of C. Bandanston on Aug 11th 1864, and Bott’s meticulously dated and timed journeys from Morganza to New Orleans then from New Orleans to his home in Wayne County Ohio (throughout that September).

Lansing Porter family papers
Manuscripts Collection 1065

Lansing Porter, a captain in the 75th New York Infantry, frequently corresponded with his wife and children during the war. The 75th New York had assignments at Fort Pickens and Pensacola early in the war, and was later involved in the Battle of Port Hudson. This collection contains over 100 letters written from the family members to one another. We very recently acquired this collection, and it is still being processed.

These represent just a few of our Civil War collections. My colleague Susanna Powers recently blogged about some additional collections featuring Civil War letters in last week's blog post.

The newest title concerning New Orleans' role during the Civil War is Justin Nystrom's New Orleans after the Civil War: race, politics and a new birth of freedom. LaRC recently acquired a copy of this book, which is available to researchers in our reading room.

Posted by Eira Tansey.

(Image of Fort Sumter Artillery Stereograph, Louisiana Historical Association Collection, Manuscripts Collection 55, Louisiana Research Collection, Tulane University Libraries. Image may not be reproduced without permission.)

Monday, April 11, 2011

The LaRC e-newsletter

The Spring 2011 issue of the Louisiana Research Collection e-newsletter has been distributed and is also available here, through our website, along with the earlier issues. Among several other topics, the new LaRC facebook page is announced.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Letters to and from Louisiana

Soldiers’ letters contain unintentional, first-hand accounts of military history, and they have great power and authenticity even when the authors are not in any way famous. They may range in style from the conversational to the formal, and may be clearly handwritten or composed in a nearly illegible, ornate fashion. Here are a few of the archival collections among LaRC’s holdings which contain original letters of the Civil War era.

• USA: Alfred A. Parmenter papers, 1861-1862, 1962-1963. Manuscripts Collection 690. This collection consists of the Civil War correspondence of Union soldier, Alfred A. Parmenter. Twentieth-century typed transcriptions accompany most of the letters. Also included are biographical research notes, printed material, and copies of official certificates produced in the 1960s, concerning Parmenter and his regiment. Alfred A. Parmenter (1836-1880) was a musician in the 26th Regiment, Massachusetts Voluntary Infantry. His parents were Horace and Betsey Parmenter of Lowell, Mass. The Union regiment participated in General Butler's expedition on the Gulf Coast and against New Orleans. Parmenter was stationed in New Orleans in the summer of 1862. He married Letitia M. Fillmore of Lowell, who was born in Nova Scotia, in July 1863. His occupation is listed on different forms as teacher, machinist, and stitcher. Alfred A. Parmenter died in Lynn, Mass., on June 22, 1880, of apoplexy.

• CSA: Herron family papers, 1854-1903. Manuscripts Collection 476. This collection consists of Herron family correspondence, notes, clippings, invitations, the text of a speech, a printed postal receipt, a telegraph, post cards and poems. Included are letters written from military camps in Louisiana and Virginia by Nicholas Herron, a soldier in the Confederate Army, to his cousin Anne McCarthy in New Orleans, La. Also included are letters among other Herron family members, originating in Iowa, Ohio, Kansas, New York, Texas and Louisiana. Nicholas Herron wrote from Camp Moore, Camp Bienville, Camp Beauregard, and Camp Carondelet, describing camp life with the Confederate Army during 1861-1862.

• USA: Ambert O. Remington papers, 1861-1863. Manuscripts Collection 89. This collection primarily consists of over fifty handwritten wartime letters, both those written by Union soldier Ambert Remington, as well as those he received from home. Also included is his certificate of promotion to corporal in Feb. 1863. Some of his correspondence is on stationery with color-printed patriotic images and sayings. Stamped, postmarked envelopes are also included in the collection. The letters from Ambert Remington to his parents are unusually legible and informal for the era. Ambert O. Remington (1842-1863) came from a farming family near Auburn, New York. He enlisted with the Union Army on Sept. 21, 1861, and was placed in the New York 75th Infantry Company (also called the 75th Regiment of New York Volunteers). His career in the military took him to Fort Pickens on Santa Rosa Island near Pensacola, Fla., and to New Orleans, La. Remington suffered a severe wound to his right arm during a skirmish near Port Hudson in June 1863. The resulting amputation of his arm led to his death. He is buried in Weedsport, N.Y.

• CSA: John M. Galbraith papers, 1835-1955. Manuscripts Collection 449. This collection contains the Civil War diary and correspondence of Lt. John M. Galbraith of Louisiana. Also included are official Confederate States documents, legal papers, poems, songs, essays, family papers and newspaper clippings through 1955. Second Lieutenant John M. Galbraith, of the First Louisiana Battalion Washington Artillery of the Army of the Confederate States, was wounded at the Battle of Drewry's Bluff, Va., on May 16, 1864, and died on Sept. 19, 1864. His handwritten, bound daily diary was written beginning Aug. 1863, through Apr. 1864.

April 2011 marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War. Please see the following for much more information:

A selection of other noteworthy archival collections within the Louisiana Research Collection relating to the Civil War.

History of New Orleans research guide, by Lonya Humphrey, social sciences bibliographer and reference librarian in Howard-Tilton Memorial Library’s Center for Library User Education. There is a section which lists online research tools concerning the Civil War.

For material in all formats on the subject, search the library catalog, using subject keyword or any of the other searches.

For digital images, see the LOUISiana Digital Library. Tulane is an active contributor; a recent collection of interest is the Alfred S. Lippman Collection of Civil War postal covers. To see those envelopes, please visit the Special Collections Reading Room, Jones Hall, Room 202.

Illustration caption: Top segment of one of the letters written by Alfred Parmenter while stationed in New Orleans in 1862, written on printed souvenir stationery, featuring a rather sedate Jackson Square. May not be reproduced without permission.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Monday, March 28, 2011

New self-service scanner in the Special Collections Reading Room

Our library has purchased a “Bookeye4 Color V-Cradle Planetary Scanner” for researchers’ use in the Special Collections Reading Room. This is an overhead digital camera, with the option of a large cradled or flat surface below, and has many important advantages over photocopiers. It’s convenient for capuring color images for later consultation in personal research; this process of photographing fragile books, ephemera, and archival items is better in terms of their preservation; and also, it’s more environmentally friendly, because it does not require paper or toner. We’re happy to help researchers get started, but the self-service scanner is quite simple to use, and has been very well-received with those who have already made scans of the many types of Special Collections holdings which are accessible through our reading room in Jones Hall, Room 202.

Scanned images may be saved to a USB flash drive, or e-mailed directly from the scanner. We recommend that researchers who intend to use this scanner come prepared with their own flash drive, as e-mailing works best for small files. Please see the staff person on duty for more details regarding the use of the new scanner.

Posted by Susanna Powers