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New library system to improve access to collections

On July 8th, Tulane University Libraries will implement a new library system, Alma, which will assist us in managing our print and online collections within a single platform. While this large-scale software implementation involves the entire community, we have made every effort to minimize disruptions to library users. If you have a question or need assistance, please … (read more)

Frida Kahlo’s “Roots” (1943) clay figurine by Demetrio Garcia Aguilar; photo by Jocelyne Ponce

New Online Exhibit: Spirit and Craft in Oaxaca

Spirit and Craft in Oaxaca: Clay Figurines of the Aguilar Family

This exhibit presents modern clay figurines made by the world-renowned Aguilar… (read more)

Bill Monroe reporting the news

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)

picture of James Morrill (A&S ’69) and Dr. Penny Chittim Morrill (NC ’69)

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)

The Lunch Tray Series graphic for Tiana Nobile in May

The Lunch Tray Series: Noontime Poetry at the Library with Tiana Nobile

Last month, Tulane University Libraries (TUL) launched The Lunch Tray Series, a lunch time poetry reading and discussion event series, starting with poet and Tulane professor Karisma Price. This month, TUL is honored to host Tiana Nobile for the second Lunch Tray Series: Noontime Poetry at the Library event on Friday, May 14, 2021 at 12pm. Tiana Nobile will read her own poetry and then engage… (read more)

Neville Prendergast, Director of the Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences, headshot

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)

Image: Rubbing of Lintel 15 from the site of Yaxchilán, Chiapas, Mexico. From the Merle Greene Robertson Collection 133, Manuscripts Collection.

Latin American Library offers Rare Book School course

The Latin American Library (LAL) offered a satellite summer course with Rare Book School (RBS), a leading educational institute for topics concerning old and rare books, manuscripts, and special collections, housed at the University of Virginia.

LAL librarians Hortensia Calvo, Christine Hernández, and Rachel Stein co-designed and taught the course, titled "Spanish American Textualities… (read more)

the finished enclosure for the Tulane codex

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)

picture of Amy Corder, Keith Pickett, and Laura Wright

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)

Hortensia Calvo is the Doris Stone Librarian and director of the Latin American Library. The library has recently acquired the Chamorro Barrios Family Papers and will make these documents of a prominent Nicaraguan family available to scholars later this year. (Photo by Sally Asher)

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)