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 Louisiana Research Collection wants to help people further their knowledge and explore how the region’s past has shaped the present.   

Some of the collections that I have worked on personally include the Katherine Wright papers, Lyle Saxon papers, Richardson Family papers, and Simplex Manufacturing Corporation records. My work has ranged from creating descriptions and finding aides for recently donated, unprocessed collections to editing the descriptions and catalogues of established ones. The archive descriptions can be accessed through the website

Simplex Manufacturing Corporation produced the Servi-Cycle, a small commuter motorcycle, from 1935-1960 in Louisiana. The United States military used the motorbikes during WWII, and the corporation made a variety of accessories like cargo trailers to adapt the machine for different uses.

The Richardson Family papers include two daily journals and correspondence regarding the family’s life during the late 19th century. The journals describe daily life of an upper class woman during that time. The correspondence describes a Confederate army officer’s life during the Civil War. 

The Louisiana Research Collection accepts donations of records and papers from local businesses, residents, and family and friends of people and entities who were made significant cultural contributions to the region. For more information on supporting research through the Louisiana Research Collection, please visit and 

Text by Jane Ball. Images from the Simplex Manufacturing Corporation records, Manuscripts Collection 1070, and the Richardson family papers, Manuscripts Collection 1069, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. Images may not be reproduced without permission.


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