Showing posts from August, 2012

Poetic nonfiction after Katrina

August 29, 2012, is the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina in southern Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, a time for remembering, paying respects, and learning. The Louisiana Research Collection holds a variety of scientific, historical, visual, and literary publications about the disaster and its effects on the land and people of the region, especially New Orleans.    Hundreds of Katrina books have also been added to the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library main stacks.     Excerpts from three of these literary works published since 2010 appear below. *** from A howling in the wires : an anthology of writing from postdiluvian New Orleans / edited by Sam Jasper and Mark Folse.   New Orleans, LA : Gallatin and Toulouse Press, c2010.  F 379 .N553 A235 2010 cop.3 LACOLL, p. 98-99. Still-traumatic stress Ray “Moose” Jackson here we are again back at the bar, my friend or walking down the jazzclubs who remembers? those first days coming home when you could st

Report from CPS intern Jane Ball

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 first report comes from intern Jane Ball. Our second report from Lauren Kwiatkowski will be posted in a couple weeks. -- Eira Tansey The Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane University houses culturally significant materials from Louisiana. Here at LaRC, researchers delve into collections that contain evidence to answer current questions and inspire new research. As an intern here, I worked on making collection descriptions available to everyone online. It is important to put collection descriptions online because scholars from around the world can see what materials to access for their research. The online descriptions describe the people involved in the collections and exactly what LaRC has in the stacks. The L

Paul Conrad and the Louisiana Lottery

Paul Conrad (b. 1840) was a New Orleans businessman who served as a Confederate soldier. He had been shot in the left shoulder in battle during the Civil War, but remained active in the Louisiana Field Artillery into the 1870s.   As a rule, in the post-war South, Confederate veterans were held in especially high regard, and Louisiana Governor S. B. Packard commissioned Conrad as Captain in his "Governor's Life Guard." Paul Conrad became an employee of the Louisiana State Lottery Company in 1870, becoming its president in 1890. Subsequently, the United States Congress banned the interstate transportation of lottery tickets and lottery advertisements. As a result, the company remained in Louisiana until its charter expired; Conrad moved its operations to Honduras where it was shut down in 1907. LaRC Manuscripts Collection 463 consists of personal and business papers of Paul Conrad, with numerous artifacts of the 19 th century Louisiana lottery. Included are handwr