Wednesday, December 19, 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.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Congratulations to LaRC associate Eira Tansey

San Jose State University has awarded Eira Tansey a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science.

Eira joined LaRC in July of 2008. After a series of increasingly responsible duties, she now oversees LaRC’s archival program, where she manages almost three linear miles of archival documents. In addition, Eira has led several special projects, including supervising the digitization of more than 5,600 Carnival designs; working with our university’s Technology Services Department to implement Archon as our online database for archival inventories; and liaising with outsourcers to place guides to eighty percent of our holdings online, a project that she completed two years ahead of schedule.

An active contributor to the archival profession, Eira presented papers at the 2010 Southern Archives Conference in Birmingham and the 2011 Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association in New Orleans; presented a poster session at the 2011 Society of American Archivists meeting in Chicago; and chaired a session and presented a paper at the 2012 Society of American Archivists meeting in San Diego.

She is also a member of the Society of American Archivists Communications Task Force; serves on the host committee for the SAA 2013 annual meeting; was elected president of the Society of American Archivists Student Chapter at San Jose State University; and has been featured in the SJSU school magazine.

Eira is currently pursuing her certificate as a Digital Archives Specialist from the Society of American Archivists and plans to take the archival certification examination in the Fall of 2013. 

Written by Leon Miller, Head, Louisiana Research Collection

Monday, December 10, 2012

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), but also represents several other individuals and families including Pasternack, Norman, Levy, and Bradshaw. Correspondence and printed items originate from various places including: Memphis, Tenn.; Vicksburg, Miss.; Morgan City, La., and New Orleans, La. Interestingly, the maternal line is documented at least equally as completely as the paternal line.

The collection has handwritten and typed correspondence, post cards, numerous family photographs including some on glass or metal, legal and financial papers, military papers, mortgages, telegrams, tax papers, real estate papers, diplomas, a map, programs, invitations, business cards, a passport, New Orleans Carnival ephemera, early twentieth-century dance cards and other social ephemera, newsletters of B'nai B'rith in Memphis, a blank prescription form, a large lock of Yetta Schreier's auburn hair, birth certificates, greeting cards, artwork, and newspaper clippings.

Captions:  top, Yetta Feld Schreier (undated); and from verso of bottom photograph, "4 generations 1975, Brenda Bradshaw, Leah Schreier, Barbara Edisen, Jennifer Bradshaw."    Images from the Louisiana Research Collection may not be republished without permission.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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., one of the seven staffers of The Daily Reveille, LSU's student newspaper, who were expelled for standing up to Long. The elder McGuire and the other six were thrown out of school because they refused to accept a policy of censorship designed to keep anything that might offend Long out of the paper.

"The documents in this donation were hidden from history for more than 75 years, and to have the privilege of making them available to the international research community is tremendously exciting," said Leon Miller, head of LaRC.

LaRC expects to make the collection available to the public within about three months.

We're excited that this collection has received such significant national attention, with mentions in the San Francisco Chronicle and USA Today. Numerous local media outlets have also picked up the story:
The Advocate
KATC (Lafayette)
Tulane New Wave 

Posted by Eira Tansey.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

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      

Monday, November 5, 2012

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 seventy.

LaRC Manuscripts Collection 523 consists of Clifford Stem’s personal and professional papers.    It includes handwritten and typed correspondence, financial documents, a post card, numerous family and military photographs, invitations to weddings and graduation exercises, certificates, Carnival ephemera, greeting cards, business cards, newspaper clippings and other printed items such as the Dec. 1915 issue of Southern Telephone News, which describes the aftermath of the 1915 hurricane. The New Orleans Carnival items in this collection relate to the Krewe of Iridis, the Krewe of Aparomest, and Les Marionnettes.   The collection also includes the letter of condolence sent by President Johnson to the family after Clifford Stem's death.

Captions:  Clifford Stem in 1917 (with penciled inscription: “Son of George Wood Stem and Marion Hoey, born July 4th, 1893.  Clifford Hoey Stem, New Orleans, La., December 1917, taken N.Y. City, World War”); the certificate sent to the family by President Johnson, “in recognition of devoted and selfless consecration to the service of our country in the Armed Forces of the United States.”; 2012 Veterans Day poster of the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs.  Please do not republish the Louisiana Research Collection images without permission.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Monday, October 15, 2012

Report from CPS intern Lauren Kwiatkowski

Editor's note: The Louisiana Research Collection is one of the campus partners with Tulane University's Center for Public Service. Tulane students are required to perform public service through CPS in order to graduate. LaRC hosted two CPS interns this summer. Our other intern's (Jane Ball) report can be seen here. The collections mentioned in the post below will be available to the public within a couple months.-- Eira Tansey
I had the pleasure of working on one of the Louisiana Research Collection's (LaRC) more recent projects: creating a collection that focuses on the history of Louisiana’s LGBTQA population, or those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer, intersexual, asexual, questioning, ally, or any other identity that falls under the sexual and gender minority umbrella. As a history and political science major that was an active leader in Tulane's LGBTQA community throughout the 2010 - 2011 academic year, I sought to use my skill set and passion to create a top-notch collection for the Tulane community to use.

LaRC received a generous donation of about fifteen large boxes of material from the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans that included national magazines, personal letters, organization meeting minutes, local periodicals, and many more resources that date from the late 1960s to 2010. After weeding out unnecessary material, the remaining resources were divided into three broad categories. The first is ephemeral material, including pamphlets, brochures, posters, flyers, handouts, etc., which will be incorporated into LaRC's vast collection of ephemera. Next is Louisiana LGBTQ newspapers and magazines, which will be used to fill in any gaps in LaRC's and Howard-Tilton Memorial Library's current periodical collection. The final category is archival material, which serves as crux of the collection.
I could not be more pleased with how large and diverse the resulting collections are. LaRC now features six boxes of records from the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans (also known as the LGBTCCNO and formerly known as the Lesbian and Gay Community Center of New Orleans), which has functioned as a social, politics, and support center for the greater New Orleans' queer population and many of the city's other minority populations since 1992. The collection features the organization's correspondence, executive board material, financial records, activity logs, membership lists, sponsorship records, and much more. The second collection is the Louisiana Lesbian and Gay Political Action Caucus (LAGPAC) Records. LAGPAC, centered in Alexandria, Louisiana, focused on political activism for equal constitutional rights for Louisiana's queer population. The LAGPAC Records consist of two boxes of correspondence, financial records, executive materials, bylaws, membership lists, and meeting minutes of the organization, as well as its political research and endorsements.

If that was not enough, there is a third possible collection currently under review that would shed much light on the often overlooked queer population of rural Louisiana, as well as mixed materials from smaller, now-defunct Louisiana LGBTQA groups that may be incorporated into LaRC in the near future.
I firmly believe that an understanding of a group's history is necessary to truly understanding them at present and I hope that my work will be used in the future to educate our students and community at large on the LGBTQA community, which comprises 10%-15% of the state's population. I hope that the collection will be put to good use, particularly by Gender and Sexuality Studies students, Tulane’s queer student groups (Student Women Embracing Equality at Tulane, Queer Student Alliance, the Mpowerment Project, Gamma Rho Lambda sorority, and the Gender Exploration Society), and other members of the Tulane community interested in the intriguing and empowering history of Louisiana’s queer population. I know that this collection can and will benefit the students who use it, as they get to see, first-hand, the inspiring story of a population that has fought for the rights and acceptance it has today. Further; I truly believe that this collection will diffuse a stronger understanding of the LGBTQA population throughout the community, and, progressively, even those who are prejudiced against the queer community will eventually become more accepting with patience and education.
My goal in working on this collection is to help the Tulane community progress towards acceptance and equality for all students, and I am very happy to say that thanks to LaRC and this collection, we are another step on the way.

Text by Lauren Kwiatkowski. Images from the Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. Images may not be reproduced without permission.