Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Happy Holidays

The Schiro Reading Room, 202 Jones Hall, will be closed
 Saturday December 22, 2012, through Tuesday January 1, 2013. 

We plan to resume normal reading room hours on Wednesday, January 2, 2013.

For holiday break hours of the main Howard-Tilton Memorial Library building, 
see the Library News @ Tulane blog. 

Have a safe and happy holiday season!

Captions: " 'Junior Variety Performers' first Christmas Show-- 1948, sponsored by Exchange Club of New Orleans," and "Entire Cast."    Both photographs of the event feature young John Kennedy Toole with other performers in the festive production.   The originals are in a family scrapbook in the John Kennedy Toole Papers, LaRC Manuscripts Collection 740, v. 1.    Images from LaRC's archival collections may not be re-published without permission.

Posted by Susanna Powers.

Monday, December 17, 2012

Congratulations to LaRC associate Eira Tansey

San Jose State University has awarded Eira Tansey a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science.

Eira joined LaRC in July of 2008. After a series of increasingly responsible duties, she now oversees LaRC’s archival program, where she manages almost three linear miles of archival documents. In addition, Eira has led several special projects, including supervising the digitization of more than 5,600 Carnival designs; working with our university’s Technology Services Department to implement Archon as our online database for archival inventories; and liaising with outsourcers to place guides to eighty percent of our holdings online, a project that she completed two years ahead of schedule.

An active contributor to the archival profession, Eira presented papers at the 2010 Southern Archives Conference in Birmingham and the 2011 Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association in New Orleans; presented a poster session at the 2011 Society of American Archivists meeting in Chicago; and chaired a session and presented a paper at the 2012 Society of American Archivists meeting in San Diego.

She is also a member of the Society of American Archivists Communications Task Force; serves on the host committee for the SAA 2013 annual meeting; was elected president of the Society of American Archivists Student Chapter at San Jose State University; and has been featured in the SJSU school magazine.

Eira is currently pursuing her certificate as a Digital Archives Specialist from the Society of American Archivists and plans to take the archival certification examination in the Fall of 2013. 

Written by Leon Miller, Head, Louisiana Research Collection

Monday, December 10, 2012

Barbara Edisen

Barbara Ann Schreier Edisen (1926-2000) was a generous donor to the visual and performing arts in New Orleans.  In 1997, along with her daughter, Brenda Pumphrey, Barbara Edisen also very generously donated to Tulane University her extended family papers, dating back to 1861. This large collection, LaRC Manuscripts Collection 945, is rich with family photographs and social ephemera, particularly of the early twentieth century.

The Schreier family in southern Louisiana descended from Yetta Feld (1875-1959) of Austria and Samuel Schreier (d. 1943) of Hungary, immigrants to the United States during the nineteenth century. They lived in St. Mary Parish. Their granddaughter Barbara Schreier (1926-2000) married Clayton B. Edisen in the mid-twentieth century; they were business people and philanthropists in New Orleans. This archival collection, formally titled the Schreier and Edisen Families Papers, emphasizes the Schreier side of the family, (that is, Barbara Edisen's own ancestors), but also represents several other individuals and families including Pasternack, Norman, Levy, and Bradshaw. Correspondence and printed items originate from various places including: Memphis, Tenn.; Vicksburg, Miss.; Morgan City, La., and New Orleans, La. Interestingly, the maternal line is documented at least equally as completely as the paternal line.

The collection has handwritten and typed correspondence, post cards, numerous family photographs including some on glass or metal, legal and financial papers, military papers, mortgages, telegrams, tax papers, real estate papers, diplomas, a map, programs, invitations, business cards, a passport, New Orleans Carnival ephemera, early twentieth-century dance cards and other social ephemera, newsletters of B'nai B'rith in Memphis, a blank prescription form, a large lock of Yetta Schreier's auburn hair, birth certificates, greeting cards, artwork, and newspaper clippings.

Captions:  top, Yetta Feld Schreier (undated); and from verso of bottom photograph, "4 generations 1975, Brenda Bradshaw, Leah Schreier, Barbara Edisen, Jennifer Bradshaw."    Images from the Louisiana Research Collection may not be republished without permission.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

LaRC announces acquisition of large collection of Huey P. Long papers

Papers from Long's personal office and files are among the highlights of the Jack B. McGuire Collection of Huey P. Long Papers, recently donated to the Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC) at Tulane University. The collection includes speech drafts; Long’s agreements with the Old Regulars political organization and Standard Oil; papers on his Share Our Wealth program; dossiers on his enemies; original illustrations for his autobiography with captions in his handwriting; documents showing that he always intended to name the Huey P. Long bridge after himself; documents relating to the Win or Lose Oil Company; campaign files, and more.

With the donation, Tulane now holds one of the most important collections of papers related to the famous Louisiana governor and senator to come to light in the last 30 years.

The donor, Jack B. McGuire, 70, is a vice president of Union Savings and Loan Association. He was Mayor Victor Schiro's press secretary and is the son of David McGuire Jr., one of the seven staffers of The Daily Reveille, LSU's student newspaper, who were expelled for standing up to Long. The elder McGuire and the other six were thrown out of school because they refused to accept a policy of censorship designed to keep anything that might offend Long out of the paper.

"The documents in this donation were hidden from history for more than 75 years, and to have the privilege of making them available to the international research community is tremendously exciting," said Leon Miller, head of LaRC.

LaRC expects to make the collection available to the public within about three months.

We're excited that this collection has received such significant national attention, with mentions in the San Francisco Chronicle and USA Today. Numerous local media outlets have also picked up the story:
The Advocate
KATC (Lafayette)
Tulane New Wave 

Posted by Eira Tansey.