Recent Acquisitions

Mardi Gras in the French Quarter,
c. 1980 by Murph Douwis
LaRC's more recent acquisitions document a wide range of New Orleans issues, including Carnival, yellow fever, the French Quarter, the environment, women activists, and historic preservation. If you have Louisiana materials that warrant permanent preservation, please contact Leon Miller, 504-314-7833,

  • Louis Bernard donated four binders of photographs documenting the French Quarter and the LGBTQ community in New Orleans in the late 1980s. Many are particularly notable for recording the interiors of bars and restaurants in the French Quarter. They were taken and compiled for The Rooster, a New Orleans gay publication that was published between 1986 and 1990.

  • Joseph Maurice Bonin, Kaplan, Louisiana, has donated an extensive scholarly annotated bibliography of books pertaining to Acadians, Cajuns, and Franco-Americans in Louisiana.

  • Jennifer Fugita, Westminster, Colorado, has donated scrapbooks of Betty Jo Swayze. Swayze became Adult Programs Director of the YWCA of New Orleans in 1959 and served as Executive Director from 1963 - 1968. The scrapbooks preserved ephemera from the period about a range of subjects, including Carnival, streetcars, housing, health care, and civil rights. The scrapbooks were too damaged to be saved. Fortunately, instead of gluing items to the pages, Swayze stapled them, so they could be safely removed and added to our ephemeral collection. LaRC has a special mission to preserve the contributions of New Orleans women and is the official archives of the New Orleans YWCA.

  • George Hero, III, of Belle Chasse, Louisiana, has donated a scrapbook of Roger Post Ames. A graduate of Tulane University (1890), Ames was a central figure in discovering the cause of yellow fever. The gift is in memory of Danella Primeaux Hero.

  • Eve A. Ma, El Cerrito, California, has donated photographs by Murph Dowouis. The 130 street scenes document Mardi Gras in the French Quarter between 1970 and 1990. Originally intended to be published in Europe, the proof was lost en route, making these the last surviving copies.

  • Louise Martin, New Orleans, has donated records pertaining to her work with the Sophie Wright Monument Association.  She also donated materials pertaining to noted New Orleans preservationist Henry Krotzer.

  • William D. Reeves has donated extensive files related to his work as a historian and historical consultant. Reeves has more than twenty formal historical publications, has written more than forty archeological, historical, and preservation reports, and is active is a range of local organizations, including serving as president of the Louisiana Historical Society, the Sierra Club of New Orleans, and the New Orleans Coalition.

  • Sally Reeves donated the 1904 yearbook of the Louisiana Society of Naturalists. Documenting Louisiana's environment is a special mission of the Louisiana Research Collection.

  • Conrad Sanzenbach of New Orleans has donated posters from the NOLA Film Festival. Documenting the creative and artistic heritage of New Orleans is a special mission of the Louisiana Research Collection

  • Henri Schindler, New Orleans, has donated approximately fourteen addition linear feet to his papers. Schindler is this generation's premier carnival designer and historian. The addition to his papers documents his work as a designer and Carnival consultant and also includes items from his personal collection of Carnival and New Orleans history, including photographs, float designs by designers, and ephemera.

  • Melissa Smith, Mandevillle, Louisiana, donated documents pertaining to her work with Planned Parenthood of Louisiana and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Other documents pertain to the New Orleans Mayor's Conference on Women, the Essence Festival, the YWCA Battered Women's Program, the New Orleans Women's Network, and other organizations.

  • Peter M. Wolf of New York, New York, has donated papers relating to his career as an architect, educator, author, and preservationist. Wolf is currently working on the restoration of the Godchaux House in Reserve, Louisiana.


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