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Current Issue : August 2018

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Louisiana Research Collection. Tulane University. Howard-Tilton Memorial Library Special Collections.
Save the Date: September 14

On September 14, LaRC's compatriot institution, Tulane University’s Southeastern Architectural Archive, will hold the opening reception for its newest exhibit, "The Laurel Valley Plantation Photographs of Philip M. Denman." The exhibit showcases Denman's nearly 40-year photographic coverage of Laurel Valley Plantation in Thibodaux, Louisiana, beginning in 1978 when he documented more than 100 remaining buildings, through 2017, when only about 55 structures remained.

The reception will be held 5:30pm – 8:00pm, 6801 Freret Street, Jones Hall, Room 300 and is free and open to the public.

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New Historic Preservation Resources

The Louisiana Research Collection recently released two collections related to historic preservation in Louisiana. The Bernard Lemann papers (Manuscript Collection 267) and the Martha Gilmore Robinson papers (Manuscript Collection 678) contain substantial documentation of historic preservation, urbanization, memorialization, and infrastructure in mid-20th century New Orleans and capture the vital work of historic preservation advocates during a crucial time.

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Author James Sallis Papers

The papers of mystery writer, novelist, poet, and essayist James Sallis are now available. The papers include correspondence with various mystery and science fiction writers, pitches for articles and short stories, and manuscripts and revisions to nine publications including the Lew Griffin novels (a mystery series set in New Orleans), The Guitar In Jazz, his translation of Raymond Queneau’s novel Saint Glinglin, and his critical anthology of science fiction writer Samuel Delany, Ash of Stars.

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Spotlight: 1798 Baptismal Certificate

Charles-Pierre Lambert baptismal certificate,
1798 August 18.

A certificate verifying that Charles-Pierre Lambert was baptized at age two by Jean Baptiste-Joseph Lemaire and that Madame de St. Georges gave him to Monsieur Lambert, his natural father, who promised to set him free.

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LaRC Honored at Oracle Gala

On August 12, the Louisiana Research Collection was honored at the Oracle Gala, the annual fundraiser for the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana. LaRC is a founding partner of the project. This year's event celebrated the founders of Southern Decadence, and as part of the gala, the founders donated their papers to the Louisiana Research Collection.

Preserving the heritage of New Orleans' LGBTQ community is a special mission of the Louisiana Research Collection and LaRC is the official archives of the LGBT Community Center of New Orleans. Learn more about LaRC's extensive LGTBQ holdings here.

People and Places

At the June meeting of the American Library Association in New Orleans, Andrew Mullins and Courtney Kearney presented on how historical archives can support scientific research. Andrew is LaRC's Library Associate for Archives Processing and Digital Initiatives; Courtney is Howard-Tilton Memorial Library's Scholarly Engagement Librarian for Physical Sciences and Data Management.You can view the poster for their presentation here.

Sean Benjamin's last day as LaRC's Public Services Librarian was August 10. Sean was a “fan favorite” with researchers. They asked for him by name because they respected his expertise, his depth of knowledge regarding our holdings, and his sincere interest in their projects. We wish him all the best.

Maddie Hayes has been admitted into the MA Arts & Cultural Management program at King's College London. Maddie was an intern and student worker in the Louisiana Research Collection in 2017 and 2018.

Stephanie Jolissaint is now a reference librarian for the St. Tammany Parish Libraries. During 2017 and 2018 Stephanie was the Pie Dufour Intern at the Louisiana Research Collection.

On July 11, Leon Miller, head of the Louisiana Research Collection, spoke at the East Bank Branch of the Jefferson Parish Library System. On August 11, Lee spoke at the Lafourche Heritage Society's annual history and genealogy seminar. From August 15 - 18 Lee attended the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists in Washington, DC, where he presented the paper "Regional/National Collaboration Began in the Southwest" to the Regional Archival Association Consortium.

Althea Topek has been appointed to the archives liaison committee of the LGBT+ Project of Louisiana. LaRC is a founding partner of the project, which seeks to permanently preserve archival research resources documenting Louisiana's LGBTQ community.

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LaRC's special projects are made possible by donations, grants, and private funding. Please visit our online giving page to learn more about how your donation can help preserve our heritage or donate directly online.

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