time for giving
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
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
made possible in part by a generous bequest from Charles L. “Pie”
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.
postcard of Canal Street in the snow, 1895
political ephemera guide online
one election season past and another on its way, LaRC is pleased to
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
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
If you have a box or drawer of old Louisiana political flyers or
campaign cards, please consider donating them to LaRC.
current exhibit honors the 100th anniversary of the Ruth McEnery
Stuart Clan, a women’s literary society. It will be on
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Cell and Molecular Biology
Computing and Mathematics
Real Estate Development
isn’t about one thing; LaRC is about everything.
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.
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
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.”
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.