A time for giving
Please include the Louisiana Research Collection in your end-of-year giving plans. Year-end gifts to LaRC can be doubly effective. Your gift will support LaRC's work and goals, while tax benefits may enable you to do more than you realized was possible. You can learn more about giving options here or donate directly online by credit card.
The image is a detail from “Ring Out the Old Year,” a 1914 Krewe of Rex float design. You can view the full design, enlarge it to view the beautiful detail, and browse the rest of our more than 5,600 online Carnival and float designs here. Our online carnival collection was made possible in part by a generous bequest from Charles L. “Pie” Dufour.
As part of a complete update to its image collection, LaRC recently rehoused and created a new index for its extensive collection of antique Louisiana postcards. For the first time, researchers have a comprehensive guide to the collection, and the postcard guide is now online.
Postcards often preserve the only remaining image of locations and so are an invaluable resource for researchers. LaRC’s collection includes roughly 4,000 postcards and spans more than seven linear feet. About seventy percent are from New Orleans and the rest are state-wide. If you have a collection of Louisiana postcards and would be interested in donating it to LaRC, please contact us.
Kyle DeCoste, LaRC’s Thelma Ducoing Toole Intern, led the project. The Thelma Ducoing Toole fund was created by an anonymous donor in honor of the mother of John Kennedy Toole, author of “A Confederacy of Dunces,” whose papers LaRC preserves. Please let us know if you would like to learn how you can support LaRC while permanently memorializing a friend, colleague, or loved one.
Image: postcard of Canal Street in the snow, 1895
Louisiana political ephemera guide online
With one election season past and another on its way, LaRC is pleased to announce the new online guide to its Louisiana Political Ephemera collection. The collection includes a wide range of campaign material, including political mailings, flyers, pamphlets, and bumper stickers. The collection spans more than a hundred and fifty years of political activity between 1860 and 2010.
Campaign literature can contain a wealth of information for researchers. Often, it is the only source for a candidate photo, information about his or her family, the candidate’s employment history, resume, political affiliation, religion, club memberships, policy positions, campaign supporters, and more.
As an added bonus, LaRC’s Louisiana political ephemera from 1860 to 1920 has been digitized and placed online. You can browse the online collection here.
If you have a box or drawer of old Louisiana political flyers or campaign cards, please consider donating them to LaRC.
LaRC’s current exhibit honors the 100th anniversary of the Ruth McEnery Stuart Clan, a women’s literary society. It will be on display through December (Special Collections Gallery, Room 201, Jones Hall). One of LaRC’s special areas of interest is preserving the contributions of women to New Orleans, with a special focus on preserving the records of women’s organizations. LaRC is honored to be the official archives of the Stuart Clan, the League of Women Voters, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Independent Women's Organization, the Friday Afternoon Club, the Metairie Women's Club, and many other women’s organizations.
LaRC ‘s exhibit on the 145th anniversary of Temple Sinai was so popular that it has been moved to Temple Sinai itself, where it will be on view through the New Year (6227 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118, (504) 861-3693). Preserving and documenting the Jewish heritage of New Orleans is a special mission of the Louisiana Research Collection. A partial guide to our extensive Jewish holdings is available online here.
Selections from LaRC’s Carnival float designs will be on display at the Newcomb Art Museum from January 20 through April 9 as part of the exhibit “Andrea Dezsö: I wonder.” The designs are from the 1892 Proteus parade, which had the theme “Dream of the Vegetable Kingdom.” You can learn more about that parade and view a selection of the designs here.
From January 27-March 31, selections from the Louisiana Research Collection will be on display at the Webb County, Texas Border Heritage Museum in Laredo, Texas, as part of the exhibit “Hispanic Contributions to the American Revolution.”
Beginning December 5, selections from LaRC’s holdings are on display at the Vermilionville Living History Museum as part of the exhibit “Vermilionville: A Shared Legacy.”
Selections from LaRC’s Natalie Scott papers and American Protective League records will be displayed at The Historic New Orleans Collection in an exhibit entitled “At Home and At War: New Orleans, 1914-1919,” December 9, 2015 to May 7, 2016.
LaRC defines "cross-disciplinary"
One of the greatest misconceptions people have about LaRC is that we are a resource for studying history. While true, that covers only a fraction of our mission. LaRC's holdings support almost all research fields; during October alone researchers from around the world used our holdings for:
Cell and Molecular Biology
Computing and Mathematics
Real Estate Development
LaRC isn’t about one thing; LaRC is about everything.
LaRC would like to extend a special welcome to Tulane University’s new Dean of Libraries, David Banush. David was previously Associate University Librarian for Access Services and Collection Management at Brown University. Learn more about David here and here.
LaRC is pleased to welcome Andrew Mullins as our new Library Associate for archival processing. Andrew has a degree in English and Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi (where he worked with Senator James Eastland's papers) and a master’s degree in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts. His name may be familiar from articles and reviews he has written for various New Orleans publications.
Congratulations to Sean Benjamin, LaRC’s Public Services Librarian, who was recently promoted to Librarian III. In November, Sean attended the annual meeting of the Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association in Baton Rouge, of which he is a board member. In October, Sean spoke at the annual LOUIS Users Conference in Baton Rouge as part of the panel “Alt-Advocacy in Special Collections: Collection, Preservation and Long-Term Access to Louisiana Alternative Publications in the Digital Age.”
Leon Miller, head of the Louisiana Research Collection, was a featured speaker October 13 at events marking the fiftieth anniversary of the Special Collections Department, Edith Garland Dupré Library, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. On November 14 he spoke at the Oracle Gala, an annual fundraiser for the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana, of which LaRC is a founding partner. On December 5 he discussed LaRC’s role in cultural preservation at the annual luncheon of the Raphael Semmes chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. LaRC is the official archives of the Semmes UDC chapter and of many other memorial and women’s organizations.