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

These collections are now available to researchers.

Stewart Butler (1930- present) papers, 20 linear feet. Butler began working in voter registration drives in the 1970s. In 1980, Butler and other activists formed the Louisiana Lesbian and Gay Political Action Caucus. Other organizations with which he worked include the Louisiana State Gay Conference, the Southeastern Conference for Lesbians and Gay Men, Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG), the Louisiana AIDS Community Network, NO/AIDS, the New Orleans Lesbian and Gay Community Center, the Human Rights Campaign, the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, and the New Orleans Committee for the March on Washington.

Julius Weis Friend (1894-1962) papers, 4 linear feet. Friend was a central figure of the 1920s French Quarter Renaissance. He founded and edited the New Orleans literary magazine, The Double Dealer (published 1921-1926). His papers include correspondence, legal and financial documents, travel journals, manuscripts of Friend's writings, biographical and genealogical information about the Friend family, and invitations and other ephemera. Correspondents include Sherwood Anderson, James K. Feibleman, Louis Gilmore, and other authors, publishers, and booksellers.

Connie Griffith papers
William R. Cullison, III has donated the papers of Connie Griffith (1904-1997; 19 linear feet) to the Louisiana Research Collection. While Tulane University had intermittently acquired Louisiana archival documents since at least 1889, in 1956 Howard-Tilton Memorial Library hired Griffith as its first person charged with overseeing special collections. At the time the collection was small and little-known, consisting of fewer than 35,000 items. By the time she retired some twenty years later, Mrs. Griffith had built it into a repository of national significance, with over two and a half million pieces. Griffith was also a president of the Louisiana Landmarks Society. She served on its board for over twenty years and was active in various other local service organizations.

Harold Lief, M.D. (1917-2007) papers, 10 linear feet. Lief made significant contributions to the field of human sexuality. He became a professor of psychiatry and neurology at Tulane University in 1951 where he helped create the influential Sex Knowledge and Attitude Test. While in New Orleans, Dr. Lief joined the Louisiana State Advisory Committee to the Commission on Civil Rights and reported on the effects of the desegregation of the New Orleans public schools. He moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1967 to direct the Marriage Council of Philadelphia and the Division of Family Study at the University of Pennsylvania. He helped create the Center for Sexuality and was an advisory board member of the False Memory Syndrome Foundation.

The Rich Magill papers (active 1980-1997), 5 linear feet, contain research files, articles, correspondence, and other material related to Magill's career as an LGBTQ activist, writer, and publisher. Included are organizational records for the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Lesbian and Gay Issues and the Louisiana Lesbian and Gay Political Action Caucus. Magill worked with other activists to pass the Civil Rights Ordinance in 1991. The Magill papers also include materials related to Exposing Hatred, a report published by LAGPAC about hate crimes against LGBTQ persons in New Orleans.

Processing of the Butler and Magill papers was supported by the LGBT+ Archives Project of Louisiana.

Recent acquisitions

These new acquisitions are currently being processed and will be available to researchers before the end of the year.

David Campbell papers
A noted attorney, preservationist, and environmentalist, Campbell is the only person to have been president of both the Preservation Resource Center and the Louisiana Landmarks Society, from which he received a lifetime achievement award in 2016. As founder and president of the Peniston-Gen Taylor Association, he helped stop the Mississippi River Bridge at Napoleon Avenue and the proposed Riverfront Expressway. He also founded the Little Tchefuncte River Association. Campbell is the author of The Double Life: A Survivor's Guide to Transcend Success and Tragedy His book Nature All Around Us - Fifty Years of Life with Creatures and Native Plants in Louisiana. A Book of Art and Poetry will be published this year.

Meg Dachowski papers
Lawrence Dachowski of Keene, New Hampshire, has donated the research files of his late wife regarding her history of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, The Stranger's Church of New Orleans published in 2013. LaRC is the official archives of the church.

Stanwood Duval papers
Judge Stanwood Richardson Duval, Jr. (ret.) has donated his papers relating to Katrina litigation. Duval is the former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and was responsible for all federal Katrina cases. Duval issued rulings in 2005 and 2006 regarding the constitutional rights of victims of Hurricane Katrina. He extended the time hurricane evacuees could continue receiving taxpayer-funded hotel stays and ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers negligence resulted in significant Katrina flooding.

End-of-year giving

Please remember LaRC in your end-of-year giving. When the Louisiana Research Collection agrees to preserve something, we make a commitment to preserve it permanently. "Permanently" means "forever," and "forever" is expensive. We therefore depend on private gifts to support many of our special projects.

Because they provide reliable ongoing support, our greatest need is for endowed funds and positions. Named funds offer a tremendous opportunity to honor someone in a permanent and prestigious manner. For more information, please contact Leon Miller, head, Louisiana Research Collection,, 504-314-7833.

You can also give to the Louisiana Research Collection easily and conveniently by credit card at To learn more about LaRC and how you can help, visit our website or view our new online brochure. Many thanks.

Image: Canal Street after the snow storm of 1895. Click to enlarge.

Special mission spotlight

The New Orleans Garden Society recently donated copies of their yearbooks for the years 1988-2016. Preserving the legacy of Louisiana horticultural, gardening, and environmental societies is a special mission of the Louisiana Research Collection.

Among the many organizations represented in our holdings are the East Feliciana Pilgrimage & Garden Club, Fall Garden Festival, Garden Sprouts (a children's gardening club), Garden Study Club of New Orleans, Japanese Garden Society of New Orleans, Louisiana Garden Club Federation, Metairie Garden Club, New Orleans Botanical Garden Foundation, New Orleans Garden Society, New Orleans Old Garden Rose Society, Southern Garden History Society, and many more. LaRC also preserves documents for many societies devoted to specific flowers or plants, such as the clubs for Amaryllis, Azaleas, Camellias, Crepe Myrtles, Daylilies, Lilies, Louisiana Iris, and others.

In addition, the Louisiana Research Collection preserves academic and governmental environmental reports, sources documenting the management of Louisiana waterways, and maps recording four centuries of Louisiana's changing landscape.

LaRC's got the goods on Huey

Jack McGuire has amassed an important collection of Louisiana documents which LaRC is honored to preserve. One of Jack's recent donations is this August 1933 photo of Huey Long at the Bath Club in Sands Point, Long Island, where he was attending the "Yes, We Have no Cabanas" debutante charity event. As with most of Jack's donations, there's a story behind it.

Long reportedly arrived at the club drunk. He sat down with strangers, took a plate of food away from someone because "she was too fat already," and shoved away the bartender and took over mixing drinks himself. However, the night is most famous for Long's trip to the restroom. Complaining that the line was too long and the men too slow, Long committed "a gross indignity" on the trouser leg of the person in front of him, for which he received a black eye and a gash on his forehead.

When reporters later asked about his injuries, Long refused to discuss it and would not acknowledge that he had even been in Long Island. Jack McGuire has donated this photo of Long with other attendees at the event (including Edward Mulrooney, head of the New York Alcohol and Beverage Board, on the right), that proves he was there. Long's opponents were so delighted that they cast a medal (also donated by Jack) depicting a fist punching a crown-wearing fish in front of a bathroom sink. The reverse proclaims "By public acclaim for a deed done in private. Sands Point, August 26, 1933."

Jack McGuire's most recent book is Win the Race Or Die Trying: Uncle Earl's Last Hurrah.
Welcome LaRC's 2017 interns

The Louisiana Research Collection collaborates with universities across Louisiana to introduce students to special collections librarianship. This semester the Louisiana Research Collection is pleased to host four interns. Jack Wood is a sophomore in political science and plans to attend law school. He is interning with LaRC through Tulane's Center for Public Service. Jack has processed the papers of Julius Friend and is now processing the papers of the Hutson family.
Jordan Figueredo and Claudia Ciccone are both graduate students in Tulane's M.A English / Digital & Archival Research program. Jordan is helping organize our extensive collection of brochures, pamphlets, and flyers. Claudia is creating an online version of our exhibit about the suffragist movement in Louisiana.

Stephanie Jolissaint, LaRC's Charles L. "Pie" Dufour intern, is enrolled in the library science program at LSU-Baton Rouge and is receiving three credit hours for her work in LaRC. Stephanie has worked on the records of the Jewish Children's Home, the New Orleans Holocaust Memorial Foundation, and the Connie Griffith papers.


People and places

Sean Benjamin, LaRC's Public Services Librarian, attended the fall meeting of  the Louisiana Historical Association Board of Directors in Lafayette in October, where he reported on the activities of the Archives Committee and coordinated with the LHA secretary for the regular transfer of records to LaRC, which is honored to be the official archives of the Louisiana Historical Association.

Andrew Mullins, LaRC's archival associate, attended the annual meeting of the Louisiana Archives and Manuscripts Association in New Orleans in September.

On September 12, Leon Miller, head of the Louisiana Research Collection, spoke to the Advanced Tour Guiding class at Delgado Community College. On September 13, Lee introduced new Tulane history graduate students to LaRC, and on October 10, Lee spoke to the class "Hidden New Orleans" about archival resources.

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