Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Super Bowl XLVII

Welcome, visitors from Baltimore, San Francisco, and everywhere worldwide, to Super Bowl week and Mardi Gras festivities in New Orleans.   If you travel uptown, consider a stop at the Schiro Reading Room in Jones Hall at Tulane, to receive your free collectible souvenir LaRC bookmark featuring the Carnival Collection, and to view the new Carnival exhibit in the Special Collections Gallery.

Even though this was not the Saints' best year, we offer a few notable links about the Super Bowl and Superdome.

New Wave:   Rich Eisen kicks off flurry of Super Bowl activity on campus, Ryan Rivet.
Architecture Research:   Exhibit Highlights Superdome, Keli Rylance of Southeastern Architectural Archive.
Baltimore Sun.  Katrina still haunts Super Bowl celebration.  Jean Marbella, quoting LaRC Archival Collections Catalog Librarian, Susanna Powers, and others living in New Orleans.


Posted by Susanna Powers    



Wednesday, January 23, 2013

New Carnival exhibit at the Louisiana Research Collection

"Throw thee something, mister! Shakespeare on Parade at LaRC"

Shakespeare-inspired Mardi Gras ball invitations, call out and admittance cards, dance cards and parade bulletins dating from 1870 to 1932 will be on view through March 30 at the Louisiana Research Collection in Jones Hall, Room 200. The exhibition is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and Saturday mornings from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM. “Welcome Merry Shrovetide: Shakespeare on Parade,” will include Shakespearian designs from Comus, Consus, Disciples of Thespis, Elves of Oberon, Falstaffians, Phunny Phorty Phellows, and Twelth Night Revellers . Shakespeare's works and characters, from A Mid-Summer’s Night’s Dream to Falstaff to The Merry Wives of Windsor and more, have long-inspired Carnival krewes with their themes of misrule and merriment, pleasure and masquerading. The exhibit will also feature Rex ducal medals and souvenir pins of Amphictyons, Argonauts, Athenians, Atlanteans, Comus, and Consus. The Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC) preserves the largest Carnival collection in the world and recently completed a two-year project to place more than 5,600 original float and costume designs from the “Golden Age of Carnival” online. Support for the Carnival collection comes in part from a bequest by Charles L. “Pie” Dufour.

Special thanks to "Pie" Dufour intern, Christine Horn, who created this exhibit.

(Image: Detail of Bottom from a Midsummer Night’s Dream, Phunny Phorty Phellows 1883 invitation. Images from the Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana. Images may not be reproduced without permission.)

Posted by Eira Tansey.

Friday, January 18, 2013

MLK weekend and Week for Peace

The Schiro Reading Room (Jones Hall 202) will be closed Saturday, January 19 through Monday, January 21, 2013, in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr., national holiday.    For hours of the main Howard-Tilton Memorial Library building, see the Library News @ Tulane blog.

The MLK Week for Peace is coordinated by a coalition of staff and students from four New Orleans universities-- Dillard, Loyola, Tulane, and Xavier.


Posted by Susanna Powers

Thursday, January 3, 2013

AHA meeting in New Orleans, Jan. 3-6, 2013


The American Historical Association is holding its 127th annual meeting in New Orleans, January 3-6, 2013.   Sessions are located across several hotels, the New Orleans Marriott, the Sheraton New Orleans, the Hotel Monteleone, and the Roosevelt New Orleans.  More than 1,500 scholars will participate in the meeting.  In addition, 52 specialized societies and organizations are meeting in conjunction with the AHA.


Please note that on Sunday, Jan. 6, at 11:00 am, Director of Special Collections, Bruce Boyd Raeburn will serve as chair and commenter for a session titled, "Beyond Bordellos: Race, Sex and Jazz in Turn-of-the-Century New Orleans."

We hope that many of the AHA conference attendees will visit the Schiro Reading Room while in New Orleans.



Captions: top, a conference attendee getting coffee at the Sheraton; bottom, the panel of historians discussing "Trash and Treasure: The Significance of Used Goods in America, 1880-1950."  Included here at the Marriott are Jennifer LeZotte, Alison E. Isenberg, Susan Strasser, and Helen Sheumaker.


Photographs and post by Susanna Powers.