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Anne Rice Collection: Conservation Update

This semester, the Tulane University Libraries (TUL) Conservation Team has collaborated extensively with Tulane University Special Collections (TUSC) to preserve items from the Anne Rice Collection.

For the Bible Rice used in her research for her Christ the Lord novels, Conservation Librarian Sabrena Johnson designed a custom clamshell box with red and purple book cloth and… (read more)

Eric Wedig, Coordinator for Scholarly Resources in Social Sciences, is retiring

After 33 years of service, Eric Wedig, Coordinator for Scholarly Resources in Social Sciences, will be retiring from Tulane University Libraries (TUL) at the end of the Fall 2021 semester. Since his hire in February 1988 as the head of Government Documents and Microforms/Newspapers, Eric has held many roles, including Chief Bibliographer and a brief stint as the Acting Assistant Dean of Public… (read more)

Tulane University Special Collections Researcher Spotlight

Tulane University Special Collections (TUSC) holds primary sources that are invaluable for researchers like Lindsey Harris, PhD candidate in the History Department at Tulane University. In researching her dissertation on transnational nursing networks in the interwar period, Lindsey came across the Amelia Greenwald papers,… (read more)

Tulane University Special Collections acquires Offbeat Inc. Materials

Tulane University Special Collections (TUSC) is pleased to announce the acquisition of the business papers and correspondence of OffBeat magazine, OffBeat publications, OffBeat-sponsored events, and publisher Jan Ramsey. A monthly magazine that features news, reviews, interviews, and profiles about New Orleans and Louisiana music, musicians, culture, business, and events, Offbeat, Inc. was… (read more)

The Latin American Library celebrates the Day of the Dead

To commemorate Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead, November 1-2) each year, The Latin American Library (LAL) creates an Altar of the Dead to honor deceased friends and family members and celebrate their lives and legacies. The altar is dedicated to La Catrina (The Catrina), a character who has become the most popular representation of death in the collective imagination of Mexico. LAL… (read more)

Staff Spotlight: Kate Montgomery and Amy Olivares

Behind the scenes, Kate Montgomery, Amy Olivares, and the rest of the acquisitions and electronic resources team in Tulane University Libraries’ Technical Services Division play a fundamental role in the library’s day-to-day success without much fanfare. This group is responsible for ordering all materials that come into the library, both print and electronic.

“It is incredibly… (read more)

The Laurraine Goreau Interviews & Recordings and The Lynn Abbott interviews are now digitized

The personal stories of famous musicians, politicians, industry executives, and community leaders about renowned “Queen of Gospel” Mahalia Jackson are now available online thanks to funding provided by a 2019 Recordings at Risk grant from the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR). The … (read more)

Emergency Online Access to Howard-Tilton Memorial Library Books through HathiTrust

Howard-Tilton Memorial Library has been approved for HathiTrust’s Emergency Temporary Access Service (ETAS). The service effectively provides Tulane students, faculty, and staff with reading access to 46% of the library's print book collection, including copyrighted works. Normally, the digital corpus of HathiTrust's collection of digitized works duplicates access to about 26% of the library's… (read more)

Staff Spotlight: Hortensia Calvo, Christine Hernández, and Rachel Stein

This summer, The Latin American Library (LAL) offered a satellite course for the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School (RBS)—a milestone in expanding the RBS curriculum to incorporate forms of writing, recording, and printing from Mexico and Central and South America. Dr. Hortensia Calvo, Doris Stone Librarian and Director of LAL; Dr. Christine Hernández, Curator of Special Collections at… (read more)

Staff Spotlight: Grace YoungJoo Jeon

Many Tulane University Libraries (TUL) users encounter staff members’ warm welcome at the circulation desk or receive research assistance from subject librarians. Yet there are many active members of the TUL team who diligently work behind the scenes who users may never see, including Grace YoungJoo Jeon, Assessment and User Experience Librarian.

With significant experience in both… (read more)

Collections Highlight: The Lantern

Vacations to far off destinations may be on hold this summer, but readers can travel back in time through The Lantern in Tulane University Libraries’ (TUL) digital library. Published weekly in New Orleans from September 1886 to November 1889, The Lantern was a short-lived newspaper devoted to the dissemination of “useful knowledge and beneficial information on all questions and… (read more)

Staff Spotlight: Circulation and Interlibrary Loan

Over the past year, Tulane University Libraries (TUL) staff members and librarians have demonstrated high degrees of flexibility in response to both COVID-related and weather-related disruptions. The Circulation and Interlibrary Loan (ILL) departments are a great example of this, maintaining a commitment to excellent customer service during volatile periods of unanticipated circumstances.… (read more)

Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Film Festival Winners

The Tulane University Special Collections (TUSC) video “Hogan Jazz Archive Photography Collection,” written and narrated by Lori Schexnayder and directed and edited by Alan Velasquez with assistance from Melissa Weber, Agnes Czeblakow, and Lynn Abbott, won two “ARLies” awards in the 2021 Association of Research Libraries (ARL)… (read more)

Meet Your Librarians: Raquel Horlick and Courtney Kearney

Raquel Horlick

After conducting her own research and assisting others as a lab coordinator, Raquel Horlick; Coordinator for Scholarly Resources, Sciences, and Engineering; was inspired to become a librarian because of her love of learning, organizing, and hunting down answers to questions. Since 2013, Raquel has helped… (read more)

The Acquisition of Julia Dorn’s The Legend of the Dew Drop Inn Documentary

Last year, filmmaker Julia Dorn donated 43 mini DV tapes of video interviews she conducted for her unfinished documentary, The Legend of The Dew Drop Inn, to the Hogan Archive of New Orleans Music and New Orleans Jazz. The unfinished film intended to incorporate oral histories to detail the historical, social, and cultural impact of the Dew Drop Inn, one of the foremost Black… (read more)

TUSC acquires the papers of William Blanc (Bill) Monroe Jr.

Tulane University Special Collections (TUSC) is honored to acquire the correspondence, speeches, writings, photographs, and other personal and professional papers of William Blanc (Bill) Monroe Jr. (July 17, 1920 – February 17, 2011). Born in New Orleans, Monroe graduated from Tulane University in 1942, served in the… (read more)

Alumni couple’s bequest to Tulane’s Latin American Library caps decades of giving

May 4, 2021 by Patrick. J Davis

A couple whose longtime philanthropy has helped solidify the Latin American Library (LAL) as one of Tulane University’s crown jewels is now making it the beneficiary of a large bequest.

The estate gift from Tulane alumni James Morrill (A&S ’69) and Dr. Penny Chittim Morrill (NC ’69) will bolster their two existing funds: the Jim and Penny… (read more)

Neville Prendergast honored as a 2021 Medical Library Association President’s Award recipient

This April, Neville Prendergast, Director of the Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences, was honored as a recipient of the Medical Library Association’s (MLA) 2021 President’s Award. The President’s Award is presented to an MLA member or group of members for significant contributions made during the past year to enhance… (read more)

Collections Highlight: Conservation work on the Codex Tulane

In this spring season of renewal, the Codex Tulane, or Códice Huamelulpan, has had a rebirth of its own. A mid-sixteenth century Mesoamerican painted manuscript on deer hide, the codex consists of inscriptions, pictorial and otherwise, likely used in court proceedings for land litigation.  Recorded pictorially is a mythological origin scene to begin the document followed by the genealogies of… (read more)

Staff Spotlight: Amy Corder, Keith Pickett, and Laura Wright

Recently, Amy Corder, Research Support Librarian, Keith Pickett, Coordinator of Research Services & User Resources, and Laura Wright, Research Support Librarian, from Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences (Matas) presented “Mission to MARS: Meta-Analysis & Systematic Review Support” at the South-Central Chapter of the Medical Library Association (… (read more)

Tulanian Spring 2021: Family Papers

4/12/21 by Amanda Morlas, photo by Sally Asher

The Latin American Library at Tulane has acquired by donation the Chamorro Barrios Family Papers (1767–1997), one of Latin America’s most influential families and key players in the national life of Nicaragua since the 18th century.

“The collection is rich in previously unexplored documents which will add new insights on the… (read more)

Tulane Libraries announce new agreement to broaden access to published research

The Tulane University Libraries have signed two Publish and Read agreements with two major scholarly journal publishers. Under these recent agreements, newly published articles by Tulane researchers appearing in any of nearly 500 academic journals from … (read more)

Tulane University jazz archive gets new name and expanded mission

Tulane University Special Collections (TUSC) is pleased to announce an expanded mission and new name for its famed music archive. Previously known as the Hogan Jazz Archive, the reconceived Hogan Archive of New Orleans Music and New Orleans Jazz will expand the scope of its collections, including acquisitions that document late 20th century and 21st-century contemporary… (read more)