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LaRC research tips

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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

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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…