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Louisiana Research Collection. Tulane University. Howard-Tilton Memorial Library Special Collections.
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.


Louisiana's cultural heritage in print

Many people think of LaRC as an archives, but we also preserve a major Louisiana research library, including one of the finest 19th-century Louisiana libraries extant. The Louisiana Research Collection endeavors to collect Louisiana’s printed cultural heritage in all its forms, from scholarly works published by academic presses to self-published and hand-printed comics and zines. In particular, there has been an explosion of comic and zine culture over the past 15 years and particularly since Hurricane Katrina.

Many of these comics and zines can be found at the New Orleans Comics and Zines Fest, held annually at the New Orleans Public Library. It allows LaRC to acquire comics and zines from dozens of Louisiana artists, writers and activists, hailing from New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, and many points in between. A few of the artists acquired this year include Erin Wilson, Ben Passmore, Jocine Velasco, and Caesar Meadows. While many of their works have an artistic focus, others are deeply personal and autobiographical, and still more espouse a radical politics not often found in more established publications and venues.

Select the image to view some of our most recent Louisiana comic and zine acquisitions.

How do you spell "interdisciplinarianism"? L-a-R-C
One of the greatest misconceptions 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 fields; during the past year researchers from around the world used our holdings for:

African-American Studies
Behavioral Science
Civil Rights
Civil War
Environmental Sciences
French Studies
German Studies
Jewish Studies
Parks and Recreation
Political Science
Public Health
Social Welfare
Urban Archeology
Urban Planning
Women’s Studies
LaRC isn’t about one thing. LaRC is about everything.

The Spirit of the Season

This postcard depicts Canal Street after the snow storm of 1895.

Please remember LaRC in your end-of-year giving. LaRC’s special projects are made possible by donations, grants, and other private funding. Making an online donation to LaRC by credit card is simple, fast, and secure. Visit our online giving page to learn  how your donation can help preserve our heritage.

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