Major Civil War Acquisition
The Louisiana Historical Association has donated its collection of historical documents to the Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC).
Comprising more than four hundred linear feet, the Louisiana Historical Association collection “is an extraordinarily rich group of documents,” according to Eira Tansey, who oversees LaRC’s archival program. The collection includes the papers of Jefferson Davis, papers of General Albert Sidney Johnston, Civil War muster rolls, Civil War soldiers diaries, pension records, and records of Civil War heritage organizations including the Washington Artillery, Army of Northern Virginia, Army of Tennessee, United Confederate Veterans, United Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
The collection was temporarily deposited with Tulane University for safekeeping in 1954. It has since been used by thousands of researchers and is the most frequently-used collection in LaRC’s vast archival holdings.
“The Louisiana Research Collection has proven itself to be a trusted and highly professional archival repository,” said Janet Allured, immediate past president of the Louisiana Historical Association. “We are very pleased to take this next step and now permanently donate our collection to LaRC so that we can be assured it will be preserved and made available to researchers from around the world.”
An online guide to the collection should be available by the end of April.
Leon Miller, head of LaRC, will speak Monday, April 8, at 11:30 AM, as part of the “The Morris Bart, Sr. Lecture Series at the J” at New Orleans’ Jewish Community Center. Miller will speak on “Morris Bart, Sr., Tulane University, and the Role of Archives in Modern Society.” The event will include a free catered kosher lunch. While not required, an RSVP is appreciated to Rachel Ruth at 504.897.0143 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The Jewish Community Center is located at 5342 St. Charles Avenue. There is no charge, the event is open to the public, and everyone is welcome.
Eira Tansey, LaRC associate, recently participated in a BBC radio documentary about the many attempts to turn the novel A Confederacy of Dunces into a movie. The half-hour documentary recently aired on BBC Radio 4, and also featured commentary from Toole’s friend Joel Fletcher, biographer Cory MacLauchlin, and Tulane professor emeritus Dale Edmonds.
Favrot Transcriptions First-Come, First-Serve
LaRC is giving away ten sets of transcriptions of the Favrot Papers. Three of the sets are missing volume two and the remainder is comprised of volumes four through seventeen, encompassing 1793 through 1885.
Claude Joseph Favrot (1701-1777) came to Louisiana as a lieutenant in the French army ain 1732, and three years later married Louise Elizabeth Brusle in New Orleans. They had two children, Lauise and Don Pedro. It was chiefly through the efforts of the latter that the Favrot papers were initially preserved, and each succeeding generation of the family has made its contributions to the collection.
The earliest volumes were prepared in 1941 by the Louisiana Historical Records Survey as part of the Work Projects Administration. Tulane University continued publishing the volumes through 1984. This free offer is on a first-come, first-served basis to persons who can come by the Schiro Reading Room (Room 200, Jones Hall) and pick them up.
Image: From the Favrot family papers. Letter from Pierre-Joseph Favrot to Edmond-Charles Genet, 1794.
We don’t do it alone.
In order to make our holdings more available, LaRC is a partner in several consortial digital projects.
Civil War in the American South LaRC is a contributing institution to this central portal for accessing digital collections from the Civil War Era (1850-1865) held by members of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL).
KnowLA, the Encyclopedia of Louisiana, is a comprehensive online reference guide to the history and culture of Louisiana presented by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities. It is accessible to anyone with a web-enabled device, free of charge.
Le Français a la mesure d'un continent: un patrimoine en partage, a project of the University of Ottawa, Canada, is a large-scale study of French-speaking peoples across North America.
Louisiana Digital Library LaRC is a partner of this online library that makes available images from twenty-three Louisiana scholarly and research institutions.
Mark Twain’s Mississippi draws heavily from our extensive collection of Mississippi River steamboat photographs. LaRC partnered with four other libraries to create this online digital library of sources describing the Mississippi Valley that Twain remembered and imagined in his writings. The project was made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
MediaNOLA LaRC is a partner in this online portal for New Orleans cultural production histories. Still in development, this digital database will collect the histories and realities of local cultural production, past and present, including cultural memories and oral histories.
Teaching American History in Louisiana (TAHIL) LaRC was a founding member of this cooperative effort to put original resources, lesson plans, and other teaching aids online for teachers of K-12 students. You can learn more about the TAHIL project and review a list of broad subjects visiting our "Services for K-12 Students" page. While focused on K-12, TAHIL’s resources can be useful for teachers and students at any level.
New Volume of Favrot Translations
Continuing a series of translations begun in 1988 by the Special Collections Division of Tulane University’s Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, The Favrot Family Papers: A Chronicle of Early Louisiana, Volume VI, 1817-1839 (St. Louis: Reedy Press, 2012), edited and with a preface by Rien T. Fertel, is now available for sale at the Schiro Reading Room, 202 Jones Hall, 6801 Freret Street.
The volume is comprised primarily of correspondence, but also includes legal documents such as wills and petitions with inventories, applications for passports, surveyor’s certificates, and bills of sale, as well as five beautiful color reproductions of Favrot family portraits and an oil painting of Baton Rouge by Joséphine Favrot.
These hard-covered volumes are on sale for $20 each, along with the previous five volumes. A set of six is available at discount for $100.