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Louisiana Research Collection. Tulane University. Howard-Tilton Memorial Library Special Collections.
New Resources from LaRC

Jewish Children's Home records, (1855-1981), 35 linear feet. The home was founded in 1855 after a series of yellow fever epidemics demonstrated the need to support destitute women and children. Admissions were limited to "abandoned children" in 1890 and in 1904, the Isidore Newman Manual Training School was opened for the education and training of the home's residents. After 1946, the Jewish Children's Home ceased to offer institutional care in New Orleans and became a regional children's service. A guide to the collection is available online.

LaRC is proud to serve as the archives for the Jewish community of the Greater New Orleans Metropolitan Area. We are the official archives for Congregation Gates of Prayer, Temple Sinai, Touro Synagogue, Chevra Thilim, the Jewish Family Service, the Jewish Federation, the Federation of Jewish Sisterhoods, the National Council of Jewish Women, and many more. LaRC would like to thank volunteer Cathy Kahn for her work organizing the home's records.

Mickey Gil papers (1937 - 2010), 12 linear feet. Carnival designer and krewe leader Mickey Gil was born in Palestine in 1937 and lived in Vienna and New York City before settling in New Orleans in 1982. He immediately joined the Krewe of Petronius and became its captain four years later, serving until 2002. After leaving Petronius in 2003, Gil founded the Mystik Krewe of Satyricon and became its captain.

Gil was known for his elaborate and interactive costumes, most notably his 1993 Petronius gown that shot live fireworks. In addition to his leadership role in the Krewes of Petronius and Satyricon, Gil also managed several restaurants and venues in New York City and New Orleans including MRB in the French Quarter. The collection includes his costume designs for Petronius and Satyricon Bal Masques, photographs, posters and pamphlets, and personal papers. A guide to the collection is available online.

Martha Gilmore Robinson papers (1825-1981), 96 linear feet. Robinson was a co-founder in 1916 of the Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre. She then became involved in local politics, founding the Woman Citizens' Union in 1934 and later serving as president of Louisiana's League of Women Voters, whose records LaRC preserves. In 1950, she co-founded the Louisiana Landmarks Society (LLS) and served as its president from 1958 until 1962. In 1954 she ran for the New Orleans City Council, losing to future mayor Victor Schiro, whose papers LaRC also preserves.

The Robinson Papers include almost one hundred linear feet of correspondence, biographical and genealogical papers, scrapbooks, speeches, essays, photographs, campaign items, and more. LaRC is currently processing the papers and the correspondence series, comprising roughly forty linear feet, is available now.

Out and about

Ledner exhibit opening August 17

The Southeastern Architectural Archive is holding an opening reception for its latest exhibit, "The Organic Modernism of Albert C. Ledner," August 17, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM, 6801 Freret Street, Room 300 Jones Hall. The event is free and open to the public.

On display will be drawings, photographs, and other items from the records of New Orleans modernist architect Albert Charles Ledner, including the A.C. Sunkel Residence (the "Ashtray House"), the 1950s Unitarian Church, and buildings for the National Maritime Union. The reception is sponsored by the Louisiana Architectural Foundation. It is a preliminary event to the Architecture & Design Film Festival New Orleans 2017, August 24 -27, 2017, which will premiere the documentary "Designing Life: The Modernist Legacy of Albert C. Ledner."

LaRC on loan

Several posters from LaRC's W. P. A. Federal Arts Project World War II Poster Collection are on loan to the National World War II Museum for its latest exhibit, "The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in WWII." The exhibit highlights the unique wartime experiences of Louisiana citizens both at war and on the homefront.

LaRC preserves twenty-eight silk screened posters that were produced under the direction of Angela Gregory, Louisiana State Supervisor for the Federal Arts Project, at the group's workshop at 718 Toulouse Street, New Orleans. Artists included John McCrady, Roland G. Duvernet, T.A. Byrne, and others. Subjects include rationing, conservation, recruitment, public health, domestic security, national secrets, and the sale of war bonds and stamps. The complete collection is available online.

LaRC welcomes Kimbrough Scholars

On May 5, LaRC hosted the Kimbrough Scholars Project. The Project is a collaboration between Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project at the Northeastern University Law School in Boston. Each year, Kimbrough Scholars are assigned a racially-motivated cold case homicide from the Jim Crow era. Under the supervision of a practicing attorney, the students receive training in investigating such cases and develop legal and research skills to uncover related evidence. The project culminates with a trip to the site of their assigned case.

LGBT+ Archives Project Oracle Gala  

The Louisiana Research Collection is a founding partner of the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana. It is dedicated to educating the community on the importance of preserving LGBT archival materials and making them available for future generations to access, research, and study. Its third annual fundraiser, the Oracle Gala, will take place at the Joy Theater on November 11th. This year the LGBT+ Archives Project celebrates the donation of BreakOUT!'s archival materials to the Newcomb Archives. For more information visit their website.


Welcome Althea and Stephanie

Stephanie Jolissaint is the Charles L. "Pie" Dufour intern in the Louisiana Research Collection. Stephanie is currently enrolled in the MLIS program at LSU with a specialty in archives. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in history from Southeastern-Hammond in 2009 and since then has worked at the Ascension Parish Library. She is currently organizing the papers of Connie Griffith, the founder of Tulane University's modern Special Collections program.

Althea Topek is LaRC's newest Library Technician. She graduated with a degree in history from The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA in 2011. She has previously worked for the New Orleans Public Library-Central City and the Tulane Mathematics Library. Althea is currently organizing the papers of renowned physician, scientist, and medical educator Harold Lief.


People and places

Sean Benjamin, Public Services Librarian for the Louisiana Research Collection, attended the annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists in Portland, Oregon, August 12 - 18. While there he completed a two-year term on the SAA Manuscripts Section's steering committee.

On June 7, Andrew Mullins  (left) team-taught a workshop for library staff on the holdings of Special Collections departments and how to access them. Its purpose was to help staff in other library departments become more proficient in guiding researchers to Special Collections resources.

Leon Miller, head of the Louisiana Research Collection, has been named to the Louisiana Historical Archives Task Force. Created by Louisiana Senate Concurrent Resolution 117, its purpose is to study the conditions and needs of historical records in Louisiana. Its first meeting was held August 3 in Baton Rouge and it is to make its report before the start of 2018 legislative session.

On Saturday, July 15, Lee spoke to the Algiers Historical Society. The meeting was held at the Algiers Regional Library. Lee also recently completed all requirements to remain a Certified Archivist. Certified Archivists must recertify every five years. Lee is a Past President of the Academy of Certified Archivists.

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