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During the turbulent times of the late 1950s and 1960s, the First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans was on the frontlines of the Civil Rights movment. Under the leadership of Reverend Albert D'Orlando, the church was among the first…

One of the most striking elements of A Confederacy of Dunces is Toole's mastery of New Orleans dialects. In this letter to his parents, we see Toole experimenting with dialect as he tells an anecdote about one of the trainees at his base in Puerto…

This program from LaRC's Ephemera Collection is from the 1988 Republican National Convention, held in New Orleans in the Superdome. It was at this convention that George H. W. Bush was nominated for President, with Senator Dan Quayle as his running…

This map is the first English language map of the City of New Orleans. It depicts the area of the present day French Quarter and indicates the early locations of the Governor's residence, military barracks, and the Ursuline Convent.

This letter from Thomas Jefferson to M. du Plantier was LaRC's first acquisition, obtained from Mrs. Frances Dolhonde in 1889. The letter concerns the lands owned by the Marquis de Lafayette near New Orleans and Jefferson suggests a loan to pay for…

The Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana had its origins with the Louisiana Purchase, which brought the possibility of religious diversity, along with newly‐arriving Americans that brought the Episcopal Church. In the beginning, there were only a few…

This item, from LaRC's ephemera collection, is World War I era Order of Service for Rayne Memorial Methodist Church. The church is one of the oldest in New Orleans, and was built in 1875. The announcements in this Order of Service encourage the…

On July 3, 1870, several leading citizens of New Orleans gathered together to establish a new Jewish congregation in New Orleans: "We the undersigned hereby form ourselves into a congregation with the object of cherishing experiencing the belief in…

Huey Long's personal copy of the Engineer's drawing of the bridge. Many people believed that the bridge was named in memory of Long after his assassination. However, Long wrote in his own name on this copy of the drawing, showing that he intended to…

In 1857, six influential New Orleans businessmen met in secret to form the first Mardi Gras krewe – the Mystic Krewe of Comus. That year, instead of leaving Mardi Gras to the rowdy and disorganized gangs of maskers, Comus instituted the first…