Friday, October 25, 2013

Messages of cheer

The 1940 census shows that Richard Ferchaud (1919-2003) of New Orleans lived with his older sister Marguerite Ferchaud (1909-1988) at 1933 Cambronne St., where she received his many letters written while in the Army during World War II.    Lt. Ferchaud served in the 3rd Armored Division's 703rd Tank Destroyer Battalion.   He was seriously wounded in France in 1944, and received a Purple Heart.  He recovered and resumed active military service.

Richard Ferchaud's correspondence to his sister back home is conversational and lighthearted.  Quite a few of the messages are in the form of "V-Mails", or “V-Letters”, a format involving photostatic reductions of handwritten notes.  Although injured himself, he expressed himself in an upbeat manner, even when describing his boredom.  

Richard Ferchaud Papers (LaRC Manuscripts Collection 167) will be a useful resource for researchers with an interest in World War II and the social styles of mid-twentieth century America.   As with most archival collections of wartime letters, sentiments of affection and courage are carefully preserved.

Captions:  August 1944 telegram sent to Marguerite Ferchaud in New Orleans, informing her of her youngest brother’s injury in France; “Messages of cheer to Army personnel” form requesting that the soldier’s emergency addressee send a five-word message of cheer to the wounded soldier.  Images of items in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be republished without permission.

Posted by Susanna Powers   

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Learning about Toole

LaRC Public Services Librarian Sean Benjamin spoke about Tulane’s John Kennedy Toole archival collection today, to a lively and receptive group.   For many of them, this was their first exposure to special library collections and archival research methods.   Katharina Keppel, of the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, convened her class in the Schiro Reading Room so that her students could learn more about Toole and about this world-renowned and unique resource.   The class is called “New Orleans and John Kennedy Toole’s A Confederacy of Dunces” (TIDE-1055-01).          

Captions: Sean Benjamin, Katharina Keppel, and class members today; a selection of archival items from the John Kennedy Toole papers, and New Orleans publications of the era.

Photographs and post by Susanna Powers

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Cats in Special Collections

Charlee LaChatte and Friends: Collecting Cats at Tulane

An exhibition highlighting books and manuscripts about cats from the Sixteenth Century to the 1960s.

Jones Hall, 2nd floor Gallery
October 2-31, 2013, 9am-5pm

Opening reception
Wednesday, October 2
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Light refreshments

For more information, see today's new wave.