Did you know that the Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC) preserves the papers of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee’s Gettysburg letters, George Washington’s letter appointing John Jay as first Chief Justice of the United State Supreme Court, and William C.C. Claiborne’s commission as first territorial governor of Louisiana?
Learn about these and more LaRC holdings by visiting the online exhibit “The Treasures of Tulane: Rarities and Wonders from the Louisiana Research Collection.”
On May 3, 1889, Mrs. L. Dolhonde presented to the Charles T. Howard Memorial Library a letter from Thomas Jefferson. In the more than 125 years since that initial donation, the Louisiana Research Collection has grown to encompass almost four linear miles of archival documents, books, maps, and other resources central to the study of our state. We hope this exhibit will introduce viewers to the depth of our holdings while revealing some possibly surprising international cultural treasures.
Our exhibit begins with Colonial documents from William Penn, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and others. We then highlight our renowned Civil War collection, followed by Louisiana arts and literature featuring materials from Mark Twain, John Kennedy Toole, and William Faulkner. The exhibit then moves on to showcase original designs from LaRC’s celebrated Carnival Collection, followed by women and gender, religion, and finally Louisiana’s rich vivid political heritage.