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Thank you Kathryn!
Tulane University Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC)
LaRC intern Kathryn Rumer
LaRC intern Kathryn Rumer recently completed her MLIS from the LSU SLIS program. Kathryn made significant contributions to the Louisiana Research Collection since she began volunteering with us two years ago, and during her time as our first Pie Dufour Carnival intern. Kathryn was very involved with the creation of LaRC’s online Carnival collection. This included creating metadata for approximately 6,000 float and costume designs, digitizing the costume designs, and uploading the digital images and the metadata to the LOUIS Digital Library to create the online Carnival Collection. She also completely reboxed the Carnival ephemera collection, and created an Archon finding aid for the Carnival collection. The Carnival Collection’s finding aid currently has 281 Krewes listed as well as complete and accurate inventory lists of float and costume designs, float bulletins, and photographs. We hope to release this finding aid to the public within the next year. Her work in these areas has been a major contribution to the further scholarship on New Orleans carnival history and culture. Kathryn will be returning to her home state of California.
We wish Kathryn the best as she embarks on the next phase of her career.
Olga Peters was a twentieth-century New Orleans artist
and teacher, whose interests included ballet, choreography, ceramics,
metalwork, and fashion design.She was
educated at Newcomb College and Tulane University, through a Master of Arts in
1940. In 1983, she donated her numerous and imaginative costume design drawings
and paintings to Tulane University, specifically those created for the krewes
of Dorians, Bards of Bohemia, and Babylon.LaRC Manuscripts Collection 684, Olga
Peters Drawings, 1927-1976, also includes typed correspondence, Carnival and social ephemera,
and several black and white photographs
of the fanciful costumes being worn by the local royalty for whom they were
Another similar contemporary collection is Coralie Guarino Davis Costume Designs,
1953-1981 (LaRC Manuscripts Collection 723).Featured there are drawings for krewes in New Orleans (Maids of Troy,
Ancient Scribes), New Iberia (Andalusia), and Lafayette (Faed Setum).Both collections are primarily…
University has intermittently
acquired Louisiana archival
documents since at least 1889,
in 1953 Howard-Tilton Memorial
Library hired Griffith as its
first person charged with overseeing special collections. At the
time the collection was small
and little-known, consisting of
fewer than 35,000 items. By the
time she retired some twenty
years later, Mrs. Griffith had
built it into a repository of
national significance, with over
two and a half million pieces.
Consuelo “Connie” Garza Griffith was born in 1904 in…
LaRC holds piece of cotton history Two 150-year-old maps detailing the location of New Orleans cotton
presses in 1860 have been given new life thanks to the fast thinking of
Leon Miller, head of the Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane
Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.
Miller believes that the maps are the only existing ones of the
Cotton Press District at that time. In the cotton manufacturing process,
raw cotton was ginned of its seeds, and then formed into uniform bales
for shipping and marketing.
In 2009, these maps were set to be discarded after they began to
crumble as a result of the aging paper’s acidic breakdown. In fact,
Miller said the maps were already in a trash can when he found them. But
he could not stand to see the historic maps tossed out.
copies may exist in private hands, we believe these may be th…