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.
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
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.
Free People of Color NEH project
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.