Preservation and access

Howard-Tilton Memorial Library
Tulane University
New Orleans, 15, Louisiana

                                        December 19, 1946
Miss Marie Delavigne
2524 Columbus St.
New Orleans 19, La.

My dear Miss Delavigne:

                    Miss Renshaw has called to my attention the two fine and very interesting old documents which you have so kindly donated to the library.  I want to assure you of our very sincere thanks for your kindness and of our pleasure in being able to add this interesting information to our growing Archives Section.

                    As you may know, we are now enlarging our collecting enterprises in the manuscript field, and we are anxious to do what we can to assist in the preservation of valuable original documents relating to this region and to facilitate the access which reputable and qualified scholars need to get to this material.  This is of course not a new activity of this library, but we hope that its renewed emphasis may result in the proper preservation within the state limits of many valuable but fragile items.

                    With cordial good wishes of the season,  I remain

                                                                                        Yours gratefully and sincerely,

                                                                                        Garland F. Taylor

The Howard-Tilton Memorial Library has long been the recipient of generous archival donations.  The library organization and collection development policies have evolved, and the technologies have of course advanced, but this 1946 thank-you note from Librarian Garland F. Taylor, to local donor Marie Odile Delavigne, specifically recognizes the basic missions of preservation and access.  In 1950, she donated a larger collection of family documents, now held in the Louisiana Research Collection as Manuscripts Collection 502 (Delavigne family papers, 1803-1946), largely consisting of handwritten French-language correspondence.

Posted by Susanna Powers


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