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Fresh from the Conservator

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Fresh from the Conservator (Le) voyageur franc̃ois; ou, Le reconnoissance de l'ancien et du nouveau monde, Tome X. Joseph de Laporte, Paris, 1774.

Abbot de La Porte, (1714 -1779) was an 18th-century French Jesuit , literary critic, poet, and playwright. A prolific author, he published various books and compilations before embarking on his massive The French Traveler, or the Knowledge of the Old and the New World, in 1765. He oversaw the first 28 volumes of the series that eventually encompassed 48 volumes.
LaRC's copy had a severly damaged binding. Our library's conservation librarian,Sabrena Johnson, performed a full disbind with paper repair (using Zen Shofu wheat paste and Tengujo thin paper). She resewed the text block onto cotton cord with size 25 French linen thread using a paper cover bind-in-board with marbled paper doublures that resemble the original contemporaneous binding.The case paper was consolidated with Cellugel and Renaissance Wax for longevity. According to…

Did you know that LaRC serves as the Archives for the Jewish community of the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Area?

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Did you  know that LaRC serves as the Archives for the Jewish community of the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Area?
This article discusses some of our holdings, and a partial guide to our extensive archival holdings pertaining to the local Jewish community is available here.



The image, by photographer Paula Burch-Celentano, is of the New Orleans Holocaust Memorial. LaRC preserves the records of the memorial.

Women's National Book Association of New Orleans to visit LaRC

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Women's National Book Association of New Orleans to visit LaRC

On Tuesday, January 23, the Louisiana Research Collection will welcome the Women's National Book Association of New Orleans for a talk and tour. Leon Miller, Head of the Louisiana Research Collection, will speak on “The Role of Archives in Cultural Preservation” with an emphasis on LaRC’s special mission to preserve the records of women’s organizations. 
The event is free and open to the public.
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
6:00 – 8:00 PM


Jones Hall Room 201
Tulane University

Do you need a speaker for your social or civic group? Contact the Louisiana Research Collection, lmiller@tulane.edu; larc.tulane.edu.

LaRC featured in the Advocate

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LaRC featured in the Advocate
Yesterday (January 21, 2018), LaRC was the lead story in the features section of the New Orleans Advocate. Did you see it? If not, you can also read it on the Advocate's website.

http://www.theadvocate.com/new_orleans/entertainment_life/arts/article_636fc462-f4d7-11e7-aadd-479ec5f36972.html

A Look at Carnival’s ‘Golden Age’: World’s Largest Collection of Pre-WWII Carnival Designs

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A Look at Carnival’s ‘Golden Age’: World’s Largest Collection of Pre-WWII Carnival Designs
Leon Miller, head of the Louisiana Research Collection, gives FOX8 a peek at LaRC's Carnival Collection showing how the creativity of Carnival has spanned generations.

See the video and full article here.

LaRC holds piece of cotton history

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LaRC holds piece of cotton history
Two 150-year-old maps detailing the location of New Orleans cotton presses in 1860 have been given new life thanks to the fast thinking of Leon Miller, head of the Louisiana Research Collection at Tulane Howard-Tilton Memorial Library.

[Note: This article by Alicia Jasmin (ajasmin@tulane.edu) is from today's New Waveand appeared first in the December 2017 issue of Tulane magazine.]

Miller believes that the maps are the only existing ones of the Cotton Press District at that time. In the cotton manufacturing process, raw cotton was ginned of its seeds, and then formed into uniform bales for shipping and marketing.

In 2009, these maps were set to be discarded after they began to crumble as a result of the aging paper’s acidic breakdown. In fact, Miller said the maps were already in a trash can when he found them. But he could not stand to see the historic maps tossed out.


“While copies may exist in private hands, we believe these may be th…

LaRC's carnival collection at NOMA

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If you're looking for something very special to do, see the newest exhibit at NOMA, which features selections from LaRC's carnival collection!
http://www.blouinartinfo.com/news/story/2736844/bror-anders-wikstrom-bringing-fantasy-to-carnival-at-noma