Monday, July 29, 2013

Lindy Boggs, 1916-2013

The well-loved Louisiana politician and activist, Lindy Boggs, passed away on July 27, 2013.  

Lindy Boggs was born in 1916 in Brunswick Plantation, La., with the original name Corinne Morrison Claiborne. She received her B.A. degree from Sophie Newcomb College, Tulane University in 1935, and pursued advanced studies in law and religion at numerous institutions. With her husband Hale Boggs, she raised three children; she also was an important staff member during his political career. When Hale Boggs was presumed dead in 1972, Lindy Boggs was elected to succeed him and was continuously reelected as Representative until her resignation in 1991. Her interests as a Congresswoman included legislation to prohibit discrimination against women. She served on the Appropriations Committee and helped found the Congresswomen's Caucus. In 1976, she presided over the Democratic National Convention in New York, becoming the first woman to chair a national party convention. After 1984, she was the only white member from a majority African-American district. In 1997 she was appointed by President Clinton as the first female ambassador to the Vatican, a post she served until 2001.

The Louisiana Research Collection holds a large archival collection pertaining to her career.   See the finding aid to Hale Boggs and Lindy Boggs papers, 1914-2006, here.

Note:  Another Tulane tribute to Lindy Boggs, by Tania Tetlow, is here.

The photograph above depicts an undated item from the George and Mabel Simmons papers, 1910-1986, Manuscripts Collection 739, Box 1, Folder 38.  Corinne Morrison Claiborne, later known as Lindy Boggs, is featured in the top row, to the right of her future husband, Hale Boggs.   Images from the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.

Posted by Susanna Powers


Friday, July 19, 2013

Plan ahead!

The Schiro Reading Room will be closed, or have shortened hours, for various reasons during the late summer.    Please note the following:

Saturday, August 10, 2013 - Closed for emergency electrical maintenance

  • Monday-Wednesday, August 12-14: Open only from 1:00-5:00 pm

  • Thursday-Saturday, August 15-17, 2013 - Closed for the Society of American Archivists meeting

  • Saturday, August 24, 2013 - Closed for Tulane Move-in Day

  • Saturday-Monday, August 31-September 2, 2013 - Closed for Labor Day

  • As always, we look forward to seeing you, but please remember to check the reading room hours as posted on the LaRC website.

    Friday, July 5, 2013

    Intern Report: Remesia Shields

    Tulane University’s Louisiana Research Collection contains a rich collection of materials invaluable to the history of Louisiana.  The vast holdings at LaRC made it my top choice in repositories to complete the internship requirements for my graduate studies at the University of New Orleans.   While at LaRC, I processed the Dr. Boris Weinstein Levy Family Collection and worked with the finding aids of William Beer and George Washington Cable.  I entered the finding aid information into LaRC’s online database, making these finding aids available online. 

    While processing the Dr. Boris Weinstein Levy Family Collection, I came across amazing photographs including these of the Levy Meat Market and store.  The photographs in this collection are a must see!


    In 1889, William Beer became the librarian of the Howard Memorial Library here at Tulane.  In 1896, he took up the position of the first librarian of the New Orleans Public Library.  As librarian of the Howard Library, Beer enriched the library’s Louisiana collection with historical documents, rare books and maps.  Beer’s collection contains correspondence with many literary figures in New Orleans such as George Washington Cable, Grace King, Mollie Moore Davis and Ruth McEnery Stuart.  Documents dealing with the Howard Memorial Library and Beer’s many trips around the world can also be found in this collection.  Consult the online finding aid for more information at:

    The George Washington Cable collection contains correspondence with many well-known individuals of Cable’s day including Mark Twain and Andrew Carnegie.  One box of the vast Cable collection is dedicated to the correspondence between Cable and Twain including this telegraph from Samuel Clemens, known as Mark Twain, to George Washington Cable.  For more detailed information concerning these letters, please visit the online finding aid at: