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LaRC announces two new online resources

French Colonial, Spanish Colonial, and Nineteenth-Century Louisiana Documents includes correspondence, slave sales, plantation journals, land grants and more. Particularly noteworthy are records from the Company of the Indies, papers of Francisco Bouligny, New Orleans municipal records, and McDonogh, Pontalba, and Pierson family papers. This online collection is derived primarily from the Rosemonde E. and Emile Kuntz Collection, gift of Felix H. Kuntz.

Images from the Civil War and Reconstruction features LaRC's renowned collection of Civil War photographs. Subjects include political leaders, soldier and regimental portraits, veterans' organizations, and forts and battlefields. Also included are images pertaining to the Army of Northern Virginia and the Washington Artillery. Many images are by some of New Orleans's more noted photographers.

Check back often as LaRC adds new items to these online collections.

Congratulations Sean and Eira

Sean Benjamin and Eira Tansey have met all requirements for full membership in the Academy of Certified Archivists. Sean is LaRC's Public Services Librarian. Eira oversees LaRC's archival program. Becoming a Certified Archivist is a three-part process that involves meeting educational requirements, acquiring a defined level of professional experience, and passing the archival certification examination. Congratulations to Sean and Eira for their professional knowledge, initiative, and commitment.

Orphanages and group homes

LaRC recently facilitated the donation of about eighty cubic feet of toys to the Waldo Burton Memorial Boys' Home. LaRC specializes in preserving the records of local children's group homes and is proud to be the official archives for the Burton Home, whose records go back to 1823. LaRC also preserves records of the Jewish Children's Home (1870-1981), the Gaudet Episcopal School and Home (1935-1959), the Protestant Children's Home (1844-1869), Kingsley House (1889 - present), the Council of Social Agencies of New Orleans (1921 – 1966), and the Poydras Home (1816 - present), which began as a group home for girls.

Free People of Color NEH project

LaRC is sharing in a $194,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to digitize and provide free public access online to documents pertaining to free people of color in Louisiana. The collaborative project will bring together resources from the Louisiana State Museum, Louisiana State University Libraries, the New Orleans Public Library, the Historic New Orleans Collection, and the Louisiana Research Collection. The grant was conceived by LSU Libraries Special Collections and Tara Zachary Laver, LSU's Curator of Manuscripts, is overseeing the grant's administration as Principal Investigator.

Documenting Louisiana horticulture

LaRC recently received a donation of year books for the New Orleans Chapter No. 97 of Ikebana International. One of LaRC's specialties is preserving the heritage of Louisiana horticultural, floral, and garden societies, and we preserve holdings for the New Orleans Bonsai Society, the Botanical Society of New Orleans, the Garden Study Club of New Orleans, the New Orleans Horticultural Society, the New Orleans Old Garden Rose Society, Garden Sprouts (a garden club for children), the Metairie Garden Club, and the Louisiana Society of Horticultural Research. LaRC also preserves documents about societies and clubs throughout Louisiana dedicated to amaryllises, azaleas, bamboo, bromeliads, camellias, daylilies, ferns, irises, lilies, orchids, roses, and more.

Lincoln document a Tulane treasure

For those of you who missed LaRC's recent exhibit, "The Treasures of Tulane," the New Orleans Advocate has an online article and video showing many of the items on display.

The exhibit was in honor of LaRC's newest acquisition, the commission of John Wesley Turner as a major general in the Union Army, signed by President Abraham Lincoln on March 25, 1865, three weeks before he was assassinated. Turner was responsible for distributing food to New Orleans during the occupation. Later, troops under his command were instrumental in forcing Lee's surrender at Appomattox.

The commission was donated by Robert P. Turner III of Albuquerque, New Mexico.  "I want my great grandfather's commission permanently preserved where scholars and students can use it, "said Turner, a 1974 graduate of the Tulane University School of Architecture. "With Tulane's commitment to education and the Louisiana Research Collection's renowned Civil War holdings, I know Tulane University is the right place."

LaRC 2013 reference already up 40%

In the first seven months of 2013, LaRC experienced a 40% increase in reference traffic compared to the same seven months of 2012. While the opportunity to serve so many more researchers is humbling and gratifying, it is also unsustainable given our current resources. We rely on donor support for special projects and major acquisitions. Giving to LaRC is simple, easy, and fast, and you can donate online using a credit card. We also have naming opportunities for major donors. As always, many thanks for your support.

News and Notes

Save the date: Leon Miller, LaRC Head, will speak to the St. Tammany Genealogical Society Saturday morning, September 14, at 10:00 AM, at the Covington branch of the St. Tammany Parish Library, 310 W. 21st Avenue, Covington, Louisiana. Miller will speak on the role of archives in cultural preservation. The event is free, open to the public, and everyone is invited.

Miller also spoke June 13 as part of the Huey P. Long Bridge Symposium at the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans. He talked about LaRC's recent acquisition of the most important cache of Huey P. Long papers discovered in the last forty years and what new information the documents revealed about the bridge.
LaRC was well-represented at the annual  meeting of the Society of American Archivists (SAA), which was held during the third week of August in New Orleans. LaRC members Susanna Powers and Sean Benjamin participated and Leon Miller presented a paper on Katrina recovery. Eira Tansey, who oversees and manages LaRC's archival program, served on the host committee for the SAA meeting and organized and chaired a ‘lightning talks' session on digital preservation challenges featuring archivists from small community archives, university archives, the Library of Congress, and the National Archives. In addition, Tansey also recently attended the annual meeting of the Society of Southwest Archivists in Austin, Texas.

Jim Parsons, the actor who plays Dr. Sheldon Cooper on the television series "The Big Bang Theory," conducted research with University Archives and LaRC materials in August as part of filming a segment of TLC's reality series "Who Do You Think You Are?" The documentary-style series pairs celebrities with history experts to go on a cross-country journey to discover their ancestral roots through historical records. In 1842, Parsons' great, great, great, great, great-grandfather Dr. Jean Baptiste Hacker graduated from the Medical College of Louisiana, the precursor to Tulane University School of Medicine. The episode will air tonight, Sept. 10th, at 8:00pm on the TLC network.

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