Sunday, August 30, 2015

LaRC books-- Down at the end of the river

Woodward, Angus.
Down at the end of the river : stories / by Angus Woodward.
Donaldsonville, LA : Margaret Media, Inc., c2008.

Howard-Tilton Stacks
PS3623.O683 D69 2008

Jones Hall Louisiana Research Collection
PS3623.O683 D69 2008 LACOLL

In this collection of short stories, Angus Woodward colorfully describes the circumstances, surroundings, and relationships of assorted fictional individuals living in southern Louisiana in recent years.  One story, "That German Girl" is set immediately post-Katrina.  Others, like "Qatar Is an Emirate" stretch back in time into the 1990s.  A few are almost timeless, especially "Guttering Out," a small and surreal slice of French Quarter street life.

The grouping of stories does not have a single point of view or tone, but together they present the elusiveness of close personal relationships and are linked by the common Louisiana setting.   Each story actually is short, begins with a strong sentence, and leaves the reader with memorable and unique characters.

Posted by Susanna Powers

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Tenth anniversary of Katrina

LaRC announces Katrina 2015 project
In remembrance of the ten-year anniversary of Katrina, the Louisiana Research Collection is acquiring and permanently preserving pamphlets, flyers, scrapbooks, diaries, letters, and the personal accounts of people who experienced the disaster.

Katrina was an extraordinary historical event endured by a broad range of everyday people, as well as their families and friends whose lives were affected by the Katrina diaspora for years afterward. Please help us ensure that their experiences are not forgotten.

The first such donation was made this summer by LaRC Archives Catalog Librarian Susanna Powers, now available as LaRC Manuscripts Collection 1085, detailing her experience of the storm itself from inside the Louisiana Superdome, and personal and family events of subsequent months. If you have similar personal accounts, or brochures, forms, and flyers relating to the disaster, please let us help you permanently preserve them for future generations.

For more information or to donate materials, please contact LaRC Department Head, Leon Miller, 504-314-7833.

Listen to Lee Miller in The Green Room: Collecting Katrina ephemera, by Kathryn Hobgood, in the New Wave, Aug. 13, 2015.

To learn about Hurricane Katrina, see the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library research guide to Katrina resources.  

Many of the books located in LaRC have another copy in the Howard-Tilton stacks ...  there are also numerous books and other items on Katrina which are only in the main Howard-Tilton building.   This broader search, which will also include holdings in Jones Hall, is done by performing an advanced catalog search for the subject keyword phrase "Hurricane Katrina, 2005".  

Friday, August 7, 2015

Dr. Butler's treasured papers

Pierce Butler (1873-1955) was an American scholar, teacher, college administrator, and author, most closely associated with Sophie Newcomb College in New Orleans, where he served as Dean, and taught English literature and history. Among his scholarly publications was a biography of Judah P. Benjamin. Multiple ancestors and his son were also named Pierce Butler; one of them, Maj. Pierce Butler (1744-1822), born in Ireland, fought in the Revolutionary War and was a plantation owner with holdings in Georgia and South Carolina. Professor Butler (1873-1955) was born in New Orleans, and was buried in New Orleans. He also lived for a time at Laurel Hill in Adams County, Miss., a plantation home near Natchez that was destroyed by fire in 1967. His wife was Cora Waldo Butler (1877-1942). In 1954, Dr. Butler published a memoir, Laurel Hill and later, the record of a teacher, which is included in this collection. A dormitory on the Tulane campus is named in Dr. Butler's honor.

LaRC Manuscripts Collection 56, Pierce Butler papers, consists of personal, professional, family, and collected papers of professor Pierce Butler (1873-1955).  This collection includes handwritten and typed correspondence, post cards, telegrams, advertisements, numerous family photographs and glass negatives, a framed photograph with an embroidered mat, tiles with printed portrait images, financial records, legal documents, ledgers, scrapbooks, diaries, invitations and other items of social ephemera, photographs of hand-drawn maps, landscape drawings, bibliographies, genealogical and literary research notes, lecture notes and class assignments, manuscripts of scholarly writings, plantation records such as day books and cotton crop documents, printed books owned or written by Dr. Butler, sheet music, newspaper clippings and other printed items. Research notes and drafts include items on nineteenth-century politician and lawyer Judah Benjamin. Some of the items in the collection are fragile or damaged by fire.

This collection is somewhat unique in that it contains such a wide variety of types of items relating to a prominent teacher and author from New Orleans, and merges family papers with personal and collected items of scholarly, social, and genealogical interest.

Caption:  front and back of a small mounted photograph of Cora Waldo (later Butler) in the 1890s, with an unidentified companion, from LaRC Manuscripts Collection 56, Box 4, Folder 10.  Images of items in the Louisiana Research Collection may not be re-published without permission.

Posted by Susanna Powers