New archival resources at LaRC
LaRC has recently made available more than 70 new archival collections comprising more than 600 linear feet of documents. Projects were selected to reflect the range of our holdings, the breadth of our mission, the variety of researchers we welcome, and anticipated scholarly demand. Highlights include:
Bessie Margolin papers, 1929 – 1994, 13 lft. Resident of the Jewish Children’s Home who became a Isidore Newman School and Tulane University graduate, Government attorney, Supreme Court advocate, champion of labor rights (including equal pay for women), drafter of the rules that established the American Military Tribunals for Nazi war crimes, and a founder of the National Organization for Women (NOW).
Charles de Maurian chess collection, 1855 – 1890, 1.5 lft. Correspondence and annotations of chess games from the editor for the chess columns in the New Orleans Times-Democrat and the New Orleans Delta. Maurian founded the Orleans Chess Club and was a lifetime friend of Paul Morphy, a New Orleanian widely regarded as the world’s best chess player of the 19th century.
Christian Woman’s Exchange records, 1881 – 2000, 120 lft. Administrative records, records documenting events and galas, and documentation of the Hermann-Grima House and the Gallier House restorations.
Colonel Bryan Black World War I papers, 1918 – 1926, 3.5 lft. Correspondence between Black and his wife written while Black was stationed in France during and after World War I, and photographs of troops and military bases in France.
E.J. Hart & Company records, 1849 – 1950, 36 lft. One of the largest and wealthiest grocery stores in antebellum Louisiana that became a wholesale drug store post-Civil War.
New Orleans Academy of Sciences records, 1853 – 1992, 20 lft. NOAS was one of the oldest, most active, and longest-lasting science academies in the United States.
Quarante Club records, 1888 – 2013, 1.5 lft. One of the oldest of the still active women’s literary societies in the United States. LaRC has a special mission to preserve the records of women’s organizations.
Mississippi River Steamboat images, 75 lft.
Port Association of Louisiana, 4 lft. Trade and public policy group organized in 1999.
William B. Wisdom William Faulkner collection, 1917 - 1995, 3.5 lft. Faulkner typescripts, hand-bound chapbooks produced in New Orleans, essays, and correspondence with Faulkner’s acquaintances.
Walmsley family papers, 1908 – 1960, 4 lft. Includes documents about Thomas Semmes Walmsley, Mayor of New Orleans from 1929 to 1936 and one of Huey P. Long’s most vocal opponents.
William Carter Stubbs papers, 1872 – 1945, 7 lft. Stubbs served as head chemist at the Louisiana Sugar Experiment Station in the 1890s.
What's next? LaRC is currently organizing the records of the International Trade Mart, the papers of noted Civil Rights activist Stewart Butler, and the records of the Jewish Children's Home. The Trade Mart's “General Files,” comprising about fifty linear feet of office records, are available now. The Butler papers will be released to researchers at the end of January. We will then turn toward the papers of activist Martha Gilmore Robinson, psychiatrist Harold Lief, carnival designer Mickey Gill, pioneering archivist Connie Griffith, and the records of the ACLU of Louisiana.
Image: “Col. Pennington playing a game of chess with himself and looking in at the game. Photo by himself.” Click on the image to enlarge it.