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

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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 …

Fedoroff family papers, 1917-1961.

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Political ephemera of the present day

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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…

Daisy Hodgson papers, 1870-1935.

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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…

Coming back-- Katrina Day 2011

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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 th…

The new LaRC bookmark

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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

Lusher Playground Project records, 1967-1974.

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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…

Welcome to New Orleans, American Library Association

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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 nola.com 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 afte…

John Kennedy Toole documentary now available to watch online!

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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.)

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.

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Mississippi River flood collection, 1912-1928.

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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 …

SAA workshop at Tulane on June 20th

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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 Collection…

John V. Veazie papers, 1914-1933

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Discoveries in Jones Hall-- a guest contribution.

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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.


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Catharine MacMillan
Reader in Legal Hi…

Civil War Sesquicentennial

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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 lif…

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.

Letters to and from Louisiana

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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 o…

New self-service scanner in the Special Collections Reading Room

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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 inte…