Thursday, February 20, 2014

Carnival keepsakes throughout LaRC


Mary Elizabeth Sanders Family Memorabilia, 1862-1957 (Manuscripts Collection 275) is primarily about the political career of Mary's grandfather, Jared Young Sanders, governor of Louisiana from 1908 to 1912.  But Mary Sanders, like many or most individuals and families in Louisiana, preserved Carnival ephemera along with other personal mementos.  This will be found especially among the more influential citizens' papers, as they were often participants or royalty in the parades and balls, at some point in their lives.

A rich source for research on New Orleans Carnival, the Louisiana Research Collection holds the massive physical Carnival Collection, 1857-     (Manuscripts Collection 900), large selections of which have been digitized in the Louisiana Digital Library, and accessed freely online.    But additionally, LaRC's archival collections widely contain Carnival keepsakes from the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries.   Searching the library catalog with an advanced search, combining subject keyword "Carnival Louisiana New Orleans" and limiting by type (archival material), you will retrieve a large sample of collections with authentic personal memorabilia from Carnival.

Caption:  Keepsakes in Collection 275, Box 1, Folder 3, with ephemera relating to twentieth century events by krewes of Momus, Comus, Hermes, and Proteus.    Images of items in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be republished without permission.


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