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Current Issue : April 2018

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LaRC on Loan: EMPIRE

During the past year, museums from Paris to Little Rock displayed holdings from the Louisiana Research Collection. LaRC recently loaned several dozen items to the Newcomb Museum for its tricentennial exhibit, EMPIRE. Particularly notable are William C. C. Claiborne's commission as first territorial governor of Louisiana (1804, signed by both Thomas Jefferson and James Madison), the telegram informing Jefferson Davis that he was elected president of the Confederacy, a slave manumission from 1788, and documents from the papers of Skip Ward. An LGBTQ activist in the 1980s and 1990s, Ward specialized in supporting Louisiana’s rural gay community.

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Donors making a difference

The Louisiana Research Collection depends on donors dedicated to preserving our past. During March and April, donors helped permanently preserve materials pertaining to Louisiana's fish and fisheries, LGBTQ life in the French Quarter, civic associations, vintage real estate photographs, Carnival, family life in the early 1900s, and Rufus C. Harris, who was president of Tulane University from 1937 to 1960.

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LaRC online: new digital collections

LaRC's newest digital collections illuminate Louisiana's medical history, the Civil War, and Reconstruction.

With roughly four linear miles of holdings, LaRC's vast collections will never all be available online. However, we constantly add to our extensive digital resources to make our holdings as widely and easily available as possible. LaRC's online holdings are available to everyone on an equal basis and researchers never need a user-ID or password to view them. Here are three of our newest digital collections. 

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Spring is here

Spring in Louisiana is upon us and the local flora are in full bloom. The Louisiana Research Collection has a special mission to preserve archival collections relating to ecological and environmental sciences in our state, including records of Louisiana horticultural, gardening, wilderness, and outdoor recreation societies. LaRC’s gardening club and botanical society records, for example, date back to the 19th century. 

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Fresh from the conservator

Printed on cheap acidic newsprint, this 1861 broadside had been folded in quarters for decades, causing it to break into several pieces along the folds. The acid in the paper had made it brittle, with the edges torn, friable, and missing paper along the periphery. It also suffered from attempts in the past to repair it with the bane of archives, Scotch tape. 

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LaRC gives back

Part of being a professional is accepting an ethical obligation to give back, both to our profession and to our community. Giving back to our profession can involve various ways to move our profession forward, such as serving on committees, presenting and publishing research papers, participating in professional meetings, and holding leadership positions. Giving back to our community can include serving on the boards of non-profit organizations, giving talks to civic and social groups, and liaising with local and national media to help educate the public about libraries and archives.

From the Sons of the American Revolution to WGNO to the Louisiana Historical Association, here are some of the ways LaRC gave back in March and April of 2018. 

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We Depend on Your Support

LaRC's special projects are made possible by donations, grants, and private funding. Please visit our online giving page to learn more about how your donation can help preserve our heritage or donate directly online.

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