Showing posts from March, 2018

Why is this night different from all other nights?

"The Pessach Haggadah”, illustrated by Ronald Blum. 1964. March 30, 2018 marks the first night of Passover, a spring festival that celebrates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. The Passover Seder is a festive meal that incorporates the re-telling of the Exodus from Egypt. At the center of every Seder, the Seder plate displays symbolic food referenced throughout the re-telling of the Passover story. One of LaRC’s special missions is to serve as the archives for the Jewish community of the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Area . By preserving the documentation of local synagogues and Jewish welfare organizations, future generations can learn about the history and culture of the New Orleans Jewish community, dating back to the eighteenth century. Depictions of Seder plates and documented Passover celebrations can be found throughout LaRC’S stacks. We encourage all people interested in Jewish Studies to visit our reading room and e

Literary New Orleans: Imagining a City

Andrew Mullins, LaRC's associate for archives processing and digital initiatives, has created the exhibit Literary New Orleans: Imagining a City . The exhibit showcases the life and work of three authors whose papers are preserved by the Louisiana Research Collection and who helped define New Orleans in the popular mind: George Washington Cable, Lyle Saxon, and John Chase. It exhibit features manuscript pages, first editions, correspondence, sketches, and cartoons. The exhibit is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday and will run through May 1 in Room 201 Jones Hall, on the uptown campus of Tulane University. For more information contact 504-865-5685. Preserving the literary heritage of New Orleans is a special mission of the Louisiana Research Collection. In addition to Cable, Saxon, and Chase, LaRC preserves the papers of Roark Bradford, Hermann Deutsch, Lafcadio Hearn, Francis Parkinson Keyes, Ruth McEnery Stuart, John Kennedy Toole, and many more

LaRC on Loan

Museums across the country routinely approach the Louisiana Research Collection requesting loans for exhibits. If the museum meets professional standards (security, HVAC, staffing, insurance, etc.), then we are happy to oblige. If the museum cannot meet professional standards, then we provide high-resolution scans when appropriate at no cost. In that way, patrons of even small, under-resourced museums can still enjoy our holdings. Locally, two museums - the National World War II Museum and the New Orleans Museum of Art - are currently displaying selections from LaRC. As part of its special exhibit "The Pelican State Goes to War," The National World War II Museum is exhibiting two items from the LaRC collection " World War II Posters by Louisiana Artists of the WPA Federal Arts Project, 1940-1941 ." The entire collection encompasses twenty-eight silk screened posters produced under the direction of Angela Gregory, Louisiana State Supervisor for the F