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.















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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