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Happy Thanksgiving
Because food and foodways are central to Louisiana, documenting our state's food culture is a special mission of the Louisiana Research Collection. Not only does LaRC collect menus and other restaurant ephemera (which it has put online), it also makes a special effort to acquire Louisiana cookbooks. Many cookbooks from well-known chefs, restaurants, and presses are readily available, while others are more difficult to obtain.

Particularly difficult are self-published cookbooks that document a family's recipes or are sold by organizations as a fund-raising tool. LaRC recently acquired nearly a hundred self-published cookbooks from Louisiana churches, schools, social organizations, and families in parishes and small towns across the state, from the Episcopal School of Acadiana to the Baton Rouge Chapter of Sweet Adelines.

Such self-published cookbooks are essential for documenting an area's particular food interests. They are also often the only way to docume…
Special Mission Spotlight
The New Orleans Garden Society recently donated copies of their yearbooks for the years 1988-2016. Preserving the legacy of Louisiana horticultural, gardening, and environmental societies is a special mission of the Louisiana Research Collection.

Among the many organizations represented in our holdings are the East Feliciana Pilgrimage & Garden Club, Fall Garden Festival, Garden Sprouts (a children's gardening club), Garden Study Club of New Orleans, Japanese Garden Society of New Orleans, Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Metairie Garden Club, New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation, New Orleans Garden Society, New Orleans Old Garden Rose Society, Southern Garden History Society, and many more. LaRC also preserves documents for many societies devoted to specific flowers or plants, such as the clubs for Amaryllis, Azaleas, Camellias, Crepe Myrtles, Daylilies, Lilies, Louisiana Iris, and others.

In addition, the Louisiana Research Collection p…
Bror Anders Wikstrom: Bringing Fantasy to Carnival 
Preserving the history and legacy of Carnival is a special mission of the Louisiana Research Collection, and holdings from LaRC's extensive carnival collection will be featured in an exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art from December 8 through April 1.
LaRC has placed almost 6,000 original float and costume designs online. You can view them all here:

The papers of Harold Lief, M.D. (1917-2007)
The papers of Harold Lief, M.D. (1917-2007) are now available. The guide to the collection is available online here. Lief was an influential professor of psychiatry as well as a distinguished practicing psychiatrist and psychoanalyst. He made significant contributions to the field of human sexuality by advocating for the incorporation of sexuality education in medical schools and conducting scientific research regarding sex education and sex therapy.

Dr. Lief received his M.D. from New York University in 1942 and completed his psychoanalytic training at Columbia University in 1950. While at Columbia University, he studied with Sandor Rado, an associate of Sigmund Freud.

He became a professor of psychiatry and neurology at Tulane University in 1951. While a professor at Tulane University, Dr. Lief worked with Dr. Alan Mayers and Dr. David Reed on the Sex Knowledge and Attitude Test (SKAT). The SKAT was originally created to gather, evaluate and …
LaRC mourns the loss of architect Albert C. Ledner
An exhibit featuring his work is currently on display at LaRC's compatriot institution, the Southeastern ArchitecturalArchive of Tulane University.
This exhibit includes several new acquisitions for the Louisiana Research Collection.

Michael Kuczynski, professor and chair of the Department of English in the Tulane School of Liberal Arts, believes the past is meant to be touched. That’s the idea behind an exhibit titled “An Open Book” that he curated in collaboration with the staff of Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.

On display is a diverse selection of rare materials recently acquired through a gift from Stuart Rose, a current Tulane parent, bibliophile and major collector.

One of the exhibit’s highlights is a 1499 edition of St. Augustine’s sermons, printed in Paris. It features a woodcut frontispiece depicting Augustine composing his works.  The volume is one of only nine copies known to exist and immediately enhances Tulane’s holdings in rare incunables, or books printed before 1500. 

“Open books in medieval art, such as Tulane’s Augustine incunable woodcut, …
Connie Griffith papers  William R. Cullison, III, recently donated the papers of Connie Griffith (1904-1997; 19 linear feet) to the Louisiana Research Collection. The guide to the collection is available online.

While Tulane University has intermittently acquired Louisiana archival documents since at least 1889, in 1953 Howard-Tilton Memorial Library hired Griffith as its first person charged with overseeing special collections. At the time the collection was small and little-known, consisting of fewer than 35,000 items. By the time she retired some twenty years later, Mrs. Griffith had built it into a repository of national significance, with over two and a half million pieces.

Consuelo “Connie” Garza Griffith was born in 1904 in…
Screen captures from a current library digital exhibit.

You can view LaRC's beautiful, nine-months in the making, new brochure, here:

If you would like paper copies to distribute to a club or meeting, please let us know at

Take a whirlwind tour and learn about the exhibit “The Organic Modernism of Albert C. Ledner” at LaRC's compatriot institution, the Southeastern Architectural Archive at Tulane University (SEAA).

This exhibit opened on August 17, 2017, in conjunction with the premier screening of the feature documentary "Designing Life: The Modernist Architecture of Albert C. Ledner" at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Generously supported by Lettermans, The Louisiana Architectural Foundation, and the Marjorie Peirce Geiser and John Geiser Jr. Fund of the Southeastern Architectural Archive, the exhibit will be open through June 8, 2018 on the the third floor of Tulane University's Jones Hall at 6801 Freret Street.

Leon Miller, head of the Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC) at Tulane University, unfurls a banner for the New Orleans Community Chest.

The New Orleans Community Chest was founded in 1924 as the fund-raising arm of the Council of Social Agencies of New Orleans. While a few Community Chests remain, most changed their name to “The United Way” by the early 1960s.

LaRC preserves the records of the Council of Social Agencies as part of its special mission to preserve and document social welfare activities in our area. In addition to preserving the records of the New Orleans Council of Social Agencies, LaRC is the official archives of the Jewish Children’s Home, Kingsley House, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Poydras Home, the Protestant Children’s Home, the Traveler’s Aid Society, the Waldo Burton Home, the Orleans Neighborhood Centers, the Women’s Exchange, the YWCA, and many more.

You can learn more about LaRC social welfare holdings here:…
Happy Halloween! From May 16, 1827, noted aeronaut Eugene Robertson from France performed "Scenic Phantasmagoria" at the American Theatre, including "Drum of the Dead," "Fairest Rose will Fade." and "His Satanic Majesty."

"These representations are intended to convince all ranks of society, the juvenile branches in particular, that all such apparitions, spectres, phantoms, and shadows have appeared or may appear, are solely the effect of optical illusions."
Today, October 30, in 1893, the Chicago World's Fair closed. This is the brochure for the New Orleans Brewing Association exhibit at the fair.

LaRC research tips

The Louisiana Research Collection holds resources on a wide variety of subjects, relating to events from the 16th to the 21st centuries.  Students in many disciplines will find archival and published items which will be relevant to their research interests.   Because of our recent strides in documenting the archival collections, through catalog records in WorldCat and Voyager, online finding aids in Archon and ArchivesSpace, and open-access digital image collections, our reference services no longer depend on anecdotal conversations from a few selectively knowledgeable individuals in the reading room, but are available directly to interested researchers via the internet.    As a cataloger of the LaRC archival collections, I’ve emphasized subject access and keyword-rich descriptions to help students happen across these excellent resources, which are available on the Tulane campus.
A good place to start research on any topic is the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library website.   To cast a wi…

Miss Alice Keighley

Alice Edith Keighley (1907-2001) was a lifelong resident of uptown New Orleans. For many years in the mid-twentieth century she worked in the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, retiring as head of the bindery department.   In 1969, she donated her personal social papers to Tulane University, with later additions through 1987.  These are now held in the Louisiana Research Collection as Manuscripts Collection 849.
Miss Keighley carefully preserved her invitations and other items of social ephemera, correspondence and clippings, over many decades.  The collection is predominantly related to New Orleans Carnival but also includes a scrapbook called a debut book, covering her social events of 1928-1929.
Carnival krewes represented in this collection include Achaeans, Apollo, Athenians, Atlanteans, Comus, Harlequins, Mithras, Momus, Mystery, Mystic Club, Nippon, Elves of Oberon, Odysseus, Omardz, Osiris, Les Pierrettes, Prophets of Persia, Proteus, Rex, and Twelfth Night Revelers.
Numerous New Or…

Yakumo Nihon Teien

The Japanese Garden Society of New Orleans began in the mid-1980s with the purpose of establishing a Japanese garden in New Orleans.  Planning for the project continued through the 1990s and the garden was installed at City Park in 2003, near the intersection of Harrison and Marconi. Its formal name is Yakumo Nihon Teien, honoring Koizumi Yakumo (author Lafcadio Hearn, 1850-1904), recognizing his role in advancing the cultural connection between Japan and the United States, especially New Orleans. The garden and tea house were repaired after Hurricane Katrina.

LaRC Manuscripts Collection 1090 holds the organizational records and other documents collected by the Japanese Garden Society of New Orleans, between 1992 and 2007.    Included are handwritten notes and correspondence, minutes, agendas, financial notes and reports, photographs, membership lists, business cards, newsletters, brochures, photocopies of newspaper clippings, and other printed items.

The library holds ov…