Friday, February 25, 2011

LaRC's Carnival collection in the news!


LaRC is receiving much attention this week for our exquisite Carnival collection. This week, articles highlighting our Carnival holdings ran in both Tulane's New Wave and the Times-Picayune.

Tulane University’s Louisiana Research Collection preserves possibly the largest collection of New Orleans Carnival paper and ephemera, such as invitations, dance cards, call out cards, printed float plates and bulletins, and original float and costume designs.

Perhaps most notable among our Carnival collection are the more than five thousand original designs for Carnival floats and costumes we preserve. Many of these are from the “Golden Age” of Carnival and feature the work of noted designers such as Jennie Wilde, B. A. Wikstrom, and Charles Briton. LaRC also preserves the works of more contemporary designers, including Patricia Hardin, Olga Peters, and designer and noted Carnival historian Henri Schindler. We are in the process of putting our entire Carnival design collection online and hope to complete the project by the end of 2012. You can view the Carnival collection here. Check back often, as we are continuously adding new sets of images.

(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.)

Posted by Eira Tansey