Made in New Orleans: The Past in Print
March 19 – June 8, 2018
in Upper and Lower Main Galleries
LSU Libraries Special Collections presents the exhibition, “Made in New Orleans: The Past in Print,” on display in Hill Memorial Library from March 19 through June 8, 2018. The exhibition commemorates the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Crescent City.
“Made in New Orleans: The Past in Print” showcases items from our collections that were printed or published in New Orleans. This eclectic mix of materials — ranging in date from 1805 to 2009 — serves as a metaphor for the city itself. Curating printed works through this sharply focused lens has enabled us to reveal both stories of international import in publications well-known to historians, along with local tales that have been hidden in history, found only among the shadows of pages within ephemeral publications. “Made in New Orleans” does not strive to paint a complete portrait of the city, and as a result, it is in many ways just as revealing in its inclusion of items that pave the scholarly road less-traveled.
Broadsides, books, tickets, newspapers, photographs, calling cards, brochures, maps, and reports, written in English, French, Spanish, German, and Vietnamese, document a variety of topics of interest in the city’s long and colorful history. Represented through a wide variety of works, the exhibition covers subjects including law and government, politics, business and commerce, municipal infrastructure, traditional and community newspapers and magazines, agriculture, education, religion, food, literature and poetry, music and theatre, sports and entertainment, festivals and fairs, tourism, health and hospitals, and of course a little lagniappe. From filibusters to philanthropists, “Made in New Orleans” is peopled with all walks of life, reflecting the cosmopolitan nature of this unique, centuries-old American city.
Whether recent fans of New Orleans history, or long-time aficionados of all things “Big Easy,” visitors are guaranteed to learn something new about the city from “Made in New Orleans.” The exhibition is free and open to the public. Visit lib.lsu.edu/special for hours and directions, or call (225) 578-6544.
John Earle Uhler Papers
in Reading Room
John Earle Uhler was a writer, scholar, and English professor at LSU from 1928-1961. Prior to joining the faculty at LSU, where he served as first president of the LSU Faculty Club, Uhler worked as a reporter, copy editor, and actor. A charter member of the Renaissance Society of America, his research interests included Shakespeare, 18th century English drama, English Renaissance literature, and linguistics. The collection consists of correspondence, literary and academic manuscripts, printed material, teaching materials, and photographs.
In 1931, Uhler published Cane Juice, a novel depicting southern Louisiana and student life at LSU. A public controversy ensued in which Uhler was accused of slander by Father F. L. Gassler, culminating in his suspension and eventual removal from the faculty by the executive committee of the LSU Board of Supervisors. After a six-month legal battle involving the American Civil Liberties Union and the American Association of University Professors, Uhler was reinstated in April of 1932.