Showing posts from July, 2012

Frances Bryson Moore

Frances Bryson Moore (1895-1977) was a newspaper columnist, journalist, editor, and political activist, working for the New Orleans Tribune and New Orleans Item . Her interests included local and national politics, women's issues, arts, antiques, genealogy, and local architectural preservation, especially of buildings in the Vieux Carre.   She was a self-described "ardent pro-liberal and pro-Kennedy Democrat."  She was married to, and then separated from, Col. J. W. F. Moore (d. 1948). Frances Moore, sometimes called “Fannie”, used her maiden name or her married name on her writings, and usually used her married name on personal and financial papers. Her mother was Sarah Anette "Nettie" Denaux Bryson (d. 1949). The Frances Bryson Moore papers, 1911-1976 (LaRC Manuscripts Collection 450) contains personal, professional, and collected papers of Frances B. Moore of New Orleans.  It includes typed and handwritten correspondence, financial documents, real e

New LaRC intern, Kevin Fontenot

Kevin Fontenot has begun work as LaRC’s first “Thelma Ducoing Toole Intern.” Kevin is a scholar of the American South with a special interest in country and Cajun music. He holds degrees from Louisiana College and Tulane University and he has received the John Dyer Award for Excellence in Teaching from Tulane’s School of Continuing Studies. Initially, Kevin will work primarily with our Louisiana Historical Association Collection. The Thelma Ducoing Toole Endowed Fund was created by an anonymous donor to honor the mother of author John Kennedy Toole. Born in New Orleans in 1901, as a child she developed talents for speech and music which she later taught as an exacting, vigorous, and inspired teacher, instilling in her students the enthusiasm she felt herself. The success of “A Confederacy of Dunces” made Mrs. Toole a celebrity in her own right. She used her fame to pursue her lifelong interest in education and in nurturing the intellectual and artistic talents of young people. Sh

Digital Carnival Collection in Choice Reviews Online

LaRC's digital Carnival Collection was given a highly favorable review in the August 2012 issue of Choice Reviews Online.   D. M. Braquet, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, writes that the resource is "highly recommended, all users."   49-6769   Humanities \ Performing Arts \ General The Carnival Collection .  Internet Resource. Reviewed in 2012aug CHOICE. [Visited May'12] The Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC) at Tulane University preserves one of the most spectacular collections of New Orleans carnival-related materials and has now made a good portion accessible to the world.  The Carnival Collection  boasts more than 5,000 digital images of the original watercolor float and costume designs from artists of the golden age of carnival in New Orleans, which spanned the years from the late 1800s to the early 20th century. Designers represented include Jennie Wilde, B. A. Wikstrom, and Charles Briton; krewes (parade o

Jones Hall's new historical marker

Orleans Parish Landmarks Commission 2012 Joseph Merrick Jones Hall Dedicated in 1941 as Howard-Tilton Memorial Library The second library on Tulane University’s uptown campus Moise H. Goldstein and Associates, Architects Newcomb and Tulane alumna Angela Gregory (1903-1990) Designed the twelve Printers’ devices in the door jambs Paul Manship (1885-1966) Designed the entrance medallion With the inscription Libertas ex Sapientia And the personification of Alma Mater Xavier Gonzalez (1898-1993) Designed the personification of Aspiration In the central hall The building was rededicated in 1971 in honor of Tulane alumnus and Board President Joseph Merrick Jones (1902-1963) *** For more information about all of the individuals named in this marker, see the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library catalog and the LaRC archival database, both of which are accessible from the Louisian

Anne MacKinne Robertson

American artist Anne MacKinne Robertson (1887-1959) is known for her pen and ink drawings, and for her watercolor and oil paintings.  She studied at Newcomb College, 1903-1907.  She was also a prolific creator of custom personal, institutional, and event bookplates in New Orleans.  LaRC's Manuscripts Collection 241 contains many of her fine hand-drawn and printed works.  To see a listing of individuals for whom she created bookplates, see the online finding aid . This collection consists of original artwork as well as mounted, printed bookplates designed by Anne MacKinne Robertson.  Most are intended for monochrome black or brown printing (sometimes showing white edits) with a few in multiple colors.  Also included is a 31 cm printed calendar for the year 1918, prepared to commemorate the bicentennial of New Orleans, titled: "To-day and yesterday, a calendar of New Orleans, her romance and progress."  A larger-format (52 cm) issue of this calendar is available in the