Showing posts from 2012

Happy Holidays

The Schiro Reading Room, 202 Jones Hall, will be closed  Saturday December 22, 2012, through Tuesday January 1, 2013. 
We plan to resume normal reading room hours on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.
For holiday break hours of the main Howard-Tilton Memorial Library building,  see the Library News @ Tulane blog. 
Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Captions: " 'Junior Variety Performers' first Christmas Show-- 1948, sponsored by Exchange Club of New Orleans," and "Entire Cast."    Both photographs of the event feature young John Kennedy Toole with other performers in the festive production.   The originals are in a family scrapbook in the John Kennedy Toole Papers, LaRC Manuscripts Collection 740, v. 1.    Images from LaRC's archival collections may not be re-published without permission.

Posted by Susanna Powers.

Congratulations to LaRC associate Eira Tansey

Barbara Edisen

Barbara Ann Schreier Edisen (1926-2000) was a generous donor to the visual and performing arts in New Orleans.  In 1997, along with her daughter, Brenda Pumphrey, Barbara Edisen also very generously donated to Tulane University her extended family papers, dating back to 1861. This large collection, LaRC Manuscripts Collection 945, is rich with family photographs and social ephemera, particularly of the early twentieth century.

The Schreier family in southern Louisiana descended from Yetta Feld (1875-1959) of Austria and Samuel Schreier (d. 1943) of Hungary, immigrants to the United States during the nineteenth century. They lived in St. Mary Parish. Their granddaughter Barbara Schreier (1926-2000) married Clayton B. Edisen in the mid-twentieth century; they were business people and philanthropists in New Orleans. This archival collection, formally titled the Schreier and Edisen Families Papers, emphasizes the Schreier side of the family, (that is, Barbara Edisen's own ancestors…

LaRC announces acquisition of large collection of Huey P. Long papers

Papers from Long's personal office and files are among the highlights of the Jack B. McGuire Collection of Huey P. Long Papers, recently donated to the Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC) at Tulane University. The collection includes speech drafts; Long’s agreements with the Old Regulars political organization and Standard Oil; papers on his Share Our Wealth program; dossiers on his enemies; original illustrations for his autobiography with captions in his handwriting; documents showing that he always intended to name the Huey P. Long bridge after himself; documents relating to the Win or Lose Oil Company; campaign files, and more.

With the donation, Tulane now holds one of the most important collections of papers related to the famous Louisiana governor and senator to come to light in the last 30 years.

The donor, Jack B. McGuire, 70, is a vice president of Union Savings and Loan Association. He was Mayor Victor Schiro's press secretary and is the son of David McGuire Jr., o…

New Orleans Bookfair 2012

The New Orleans Bookfair and Media Expo 2012 will be located in a new venue this year.  Instead of being primarily a street fair, the event is more structured and will be held indoors at 725 Magazine Street in the Warehouse District, on Saturday November 17th, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.    The beautiful poster for this year is by artist Harriet Burbeck.   Enjoy the day!

Posted by Susanna Powers

Veterans Day 2012

Clifford H. Stem (1893-1963), an engineer and businessman, was also a veteran of two wars.   Born in New Orleans, he attended Boys' High School and Tulane University.   Soon after graduating, and during his first month on a telephone company job, he was involved in assessment and repair work after the major hurricane which hit Pass Christian, Miss., in September 1915.  He briefly worked in New Orleans city government as an engineer in the Dept. of Public Property.  Clifford Stem served overseas and stateside in World War I as a captain and later entered the United States Engineering Reserve Corps.   He also served during World War II, and afterwards retired from the Army as a full colonel.   At home, he was a tractor dealer, and proprietor of the New Orleans Equipment Co. until around 1960. Col. Stem was a lifelong participant in the Mardi Gras festivities and was named King of Les Marionnettes in 1933. He was married to Nellie Williams Stem, and lived prosperously to the age of …

Report from CPS intern Lauren Kwiatkowski