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Louisiana Research Collection. Tulane University. Howard-Tilton Memorial Library Special Collections.
"French Quarter Renaissance" resources

The Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC) has recently made  available new archival guides, digital collections, and online exhibits illuminating the "French Quarter Renaissance." After a period of significant decline, in the 1920s the French Quarter was “rediscovered” by artists and writers romantically emulating the bohemian societies of New York and Paris. They moved into the Quarter, began preserving its historic structures, and spurred the Quarter’s economic revival. Among them were Julius Weiss Friend, Ethel Hutson, Genevieve Pitot, Martha Robinson, Lyle Saxon, Natalie Scott, William Spratling, “Pops” Whitesell, and Ellsworth Woodward.

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Union soldiers in Louisiana online

LaRC preserves an internationally-renowned collection of Civil War documents, including the papers of Jefferson Davis, the papers of Stonewall Jackson, and the Gettysburg letters of Robert E. Lee. One of LaRC's special missions is preserving letters and diaries of Union soldiers serving in Louisiana, which we have recently made available online.

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New exhibit: "Literary New Orleans"

Andrew Mullins, LaRC's associate for archives processing and digital initiatives, has created the exhibit Literary New Orleans: Imagining a City. It showcases three authors who helped define New Orleans in the popular mind and whose papers the Louisiana Research Collection preserves: George Washington Cable, Lyle Saxon, and John Chase. The exhibit is open from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday and will run through May 1 in Room 201 Jones Hall, 6801 Freret.

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LaRC on loan

Museums across the country routinely approach the Louisiana Research Collection requesting loans for exhibits. If the museum meets professional standards (security, HVAC, staffing, insurance, etc.), then we happily oblige. If the museum cannot meet professional standards, then we provide high-resolution scans when appropriate at no cost. In that way, patrons of even small, under-resourced museums can still enjoy our holdings. Locally, three museums - the Louisiana State Museum, the National World War II Museum and the New Orleans Museum of Art - are currently displaying selections from LaRC.

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Fresh from the conservator

(Le) voyageur franc̃ois; ou, Le reconnoissance de l'ancien et du nouveau monde, Tome X. Joseph de Laporte, Paris, 1774.

Abbot de La Porte, (1714 -1779) was an 18th-century French Jesuit, literary critic, poet, and playwright. A prolific author, he published various books and compilations before embarking on his massive The French Traveler, or the Knowledge of the Old and the New World, in 1765. He oversaw the first 28 volumes of the series that eventually encompassed 48 volumes.

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LaRC in the media

The lead story of the New Orleans Advocate's January 21 features section was "Hidden history: Louisiana Research Collection acquires papers of prominent gay activists."

On February 6, The Public Domain Review published "Illustrating Carnival: Remembering Overlooked Artists Behind Early Mardi Gras," featuring LaRC's extensive holdings of early float and costume designs.

LaRC was also recently featured on FOX8 and WWLTV.

Thank you for helping LaRC's Facebook page surpass 4,000 followers! Facebook is a great way to view selections from our holdings, receive announcements of new collections and new exhibits, and keep up with our latest digital projects. Please follow LaRC's Facebook page.

For longer articles about LaRC's collections and activities, please visit our blog. Recent blog posts have discussed LaRC's role as the archives for the Jewish community of Greater New Orleans, new additions to our extensive Louisiana LGBTQ holdings, and a story about conserving two of LaRC's rarer maps.

LaRC also has a new brochure which you can view online. If you would like copies for a  club or meeting, please contact

People and places

Congratulations to Stephanie Jolissaint on achieving her Masters degree in Library and Information Science from Louisiana State University. Stephanie is the Charles L. "Pie" Dufour Intern in the Louisiana Research Collection. She has worked on the papers of Connie Griffith, who founded Tulane University's modern Special Collections program. Stephanie has also worked on the Ruth Phelps Smyth papers, the New Orleans Holocaust Memorial Foundation papers, and the Jewish Children’s Home collection. She is currently processing the records of the Louisiana ACLU.

On December 6, 2017, Althea Topek, LaRC's archival processing technician, attended a meeting of the Greater New Orleans Archivists (GNOA). In addition to working with archival collections, Althea creates online exhibits for LaRC.

Leon Miller, head of the Louisiana Research Collection, spoke to the Women's National Book Association of New Orleans on January 23. On February 2, Miller spoke to the Spirit of '76 Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and on February 27 he presented a guest lecture at Delgado Community College. If you would like a speaker for your civic group, social club, or class, please contact

On February 1, Miller attended a meeting of the Louisiana Historical Archives Task Force in Baton Rouge, of which he is a member. The task force was created by Senate Concurrent Resolution 117 of the 2017 Regular Session to study and make recommendations regarding the state of archival repositories in Louisiana.

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The Louisiana Research Collection's special projects are made possible by donations, grants, and other private funding. Please visit our online giving page to learn more about how you can help preserve our heritage.

For more information about Tulane University's  Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC), please visit our website.
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