Wednesday, July 27, 2016

A familiar old mansion

LaRC Manuscripts Collection 394 (K. W. Pedersen photograph collection) contains images of the McFadden House in New Orleans, photographed by Charles L. Franck and associates, and collected by gardener K. W. Pedersen. Included are numerous monochrome photographs of the gardens of the estate, as well as the opulent interior of the mansion. Several are large panoramic prints, emphasizing the expansive grounds and gardens. All are undated but were made between 1919 and 1955.

Kristian Vilhelm Gumme Pedersen (1896-1981), born in Jordlose, Denmark, came to the United States in 1921 and was naturalized in 1925. Later he used Wilhelm or William as a middle name. He worked for many years as a gardener at City Park (the location of the McFadden mansion), and later as head gardener at Tulane University until his retirement in 1961, when he returned to Denmark.

Charles L. Franck and associates had a photographic studio at 409 Baronne Street.   Franck was active in this business until 1955; per the rubber stamped information on the verso of the prints, these were "photographs from Chas. L. Franck," or "Progress Photographs," perhaps indicating that the date of these photographs may have been in the late 1930s or early 1940s, while the WPA was active. 

The mansion was built in 1909, and bought by the McFaddens in 1919, as a vacation home-- somewhere to stay while visiting town for Mardi Gras.   In 1960, the Christian Brothers School opened in the historic house.

This collection will be of interest to individuals researching garden design, architecture, home furnishings, photography, City Park, and New Orleans history.

Captions: a panoramic shot of the McFadden House and surrounding landscape; a photograph of the interior of the McFadden mansion, complete with wall-to-wall bear skin rugs and other hunting souvenirs.   LaRC Manuscripts Collection 394, Box 1.

Posted by Susanna Powers    

Friday, July 1, 2016

LaRC books-- 2016 imprints

The Louisiana Research Collection is well known for its older, deep archives and monographs.  But the collections continuously grow over time, up to and including the present year, representing publications which are creative literary works, as well as works resulting from research in various disciplines.   The following is a selection of 2016 imprints which are already cataloged and accessible in the Schiro Reading Room (many of these also have circulating copies in the main Howard-Tilton stacks).  More books are on order and in process at all times.   To discover details about these and other new books in LaRC, you can search the Classic Catalog.

Afton Villa : the birth and rebirth of a nineteenth-century Louisiana garden /
    • Call Number: SB466.U7 A388 2016

The amazing crawfish boat /
    • Call Number: SH380.92.U55 L38 2016

Bloody Mary's guide to hauntings, horrors, and dancing with the dead : true stories from the voodoo queen of New Orleans /
    • Call Number: BL2490 .B585 2016

Bright stranger : poems /
    • Call Number: PS3569.O65396 A6 2016

Building the land of dreams : New Orleans and the transformation of early America /
    • Call Number: F379.N557 F33 2016

The case for alternative teacher certificaton /
    • Call Number: LB1771 .S56 2016

The cotton kings : capitalism and corruption in turn-of-the-century New York and New Orleans /
    • Call Number: HD9075 .B35 2016

Dark bayou : infamous Louisiana homicides /
    • Call Number: HV6533.L8 G38 2016

Farewell to an angel : it all began in Old New Orleans /
    • Call Number: CT237 .H36 2016

The feathered bone /
    • Call Number: PS3603.A597 F43 2016

Freedom in Congo Square /
    • Call Number: F379.N57 C669 2016

Fundamentals of Louisiana notarial law and practice : the Louisiana notary public examination official study guide /
    • Call Number: KFL526.N6 J46 2016

Hear dat New Orleans : a guide to the rich musical heritage and lively current scene /
    • Call Number: ML3477.8.N44 M87 2016

Legendary locals of Shreveport, Louisiana /
    • Call Number: F379.S4 J649 2016

Legendary Louisiana outlaws : the villains and heroes of folk justice /
    • Call Number: F374 .L45 2016
The modernist architecture of Samuel G. and William B. Wiener
    • Call Number: NA737.W522 K56 2016

My mother's house : a memoir /
    • Call Number: PS3601.R55 Z46 2016

New Orleans noir : the classics /
    • Call Number: PS648.N64 N49 2016

New Orleans rhythm and blues after Katrina : music, magic and myth /
    • Call Number: ML3521 .U58 2016

New Orleans women and the Poydras Home : more durable than marble /
    • Call Number: HV99.N42 P687 2016

Rebuilding community after Katrina : transformative education in the New Orleans planning initiative /
    • Call Number: HN80.N45 R43 2016

Rigging a Chevy into a time machine and other ways to escape a plague : poems /
    • Call Number: PS3608.E473 R54 2016

Seat yourself : the best of South Louisiana's local diners, lunch houses, and roadside stops /
    • Call Number: TX907.3.L8 C66 2016

The story of French New Orleans : history of a creole city /
    • Call Number: F379.N557 G84 2016


Posted by Susanna Powers