For biographical and historical context, consultation of Henri Schindler's Mardi Gras Treasures: Float Designs of the Golden Age (2000) is a must. Nearly all of the images in Schindler's book are also in LaRC's digital collection, but when the book's images are compared with the original watercolors, it is apparent what a wonderful gift LaRC's digitization is to the public. A visual delight, this site will interest artists, graphic designers, costume designers, historians, and generations of Louisianans and visitors who share in the ongoing cultural custom that is carnival.Summing Up: Highly recommended. All users.-- D. M. Braquet, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
The physical Carnival Collection (Manuscripts Collection 900 in the Louisiana Research Collection) consists of 102 linear feet (130 boxes, 2 map cases and 24 oversized items) and is itself continuously growing; this set of digital surrogates is a subset of the physical collection, and is included in the LOUISiana Digital Library. The digitized Carnival Collection is a collaborative effort of LaRC and Web Services. The idea of starting the digitization of LaRC's massive archival holdings with images of beautiful unique artwork, comes from the Head of the Louisiana Research Collection, Leon Miller.
Caption: Afsara (courtesan), Carlotta Bonnecaze, Costume design from Krewe of Proteus 1889 parade.
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