These represent only a small fraction of the audiovisual materials available in the New Orleans Opera Association Archives. The collection contains ~500 reel-to-reels and ~100 visual media (VHS, Betacam, and more) that are in danger of deterioration. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about our digitization program.
Need a break from studying and writing papers? Come to the Relaxation Station on the first floor of the Monroe Library to color or do puzzles. By concentrating on a creative and challenging task for just 15 minutes, your mind is temporarily removed from the stress of essays and exams.
The Relaxation Station is on your immediate left when you come in the front entrance of the library.
Want to setup your own Relaxation Station at home? Special Collections & Archives and Marketing & Communications both have coloring books available for you to download and print:
This week, I have enjoyed making a number of custom-fitting enclosures for books related to Louisiana history in Special Collections and Archives. Today I created two identical 4-flap enclosures for both volumes of Charles Gayarré’s La Louisiane. The two books lack sturdy covers, and without proper protection the pages are at risk of deterioration on the shelf. I was able to streamline my measuring process since the books were the same size (woohoo!) I use a strip of paper to measure the thickness, height and width of the book(s), which prevents needing to use the actual books as measuring devices. Using simple tools such as an x-acto knife, a straight-edge, a bonefolder, scissors, double-sided tape, and my measuring strip, I cut one vertical component and one horizontal component out of heavy archival folder-stock. Cutting 2 components allows me to fold with the grain-direction of the folder stock, and this gives me clean, crisp folds that stay flat. I then adhere both components together in the center with archival double-sided tape. I like to secure these enclosures by cutting a tab that fits into a slit on the cover – this prevents my from needing any strings or buttons, which can sometimes damage other books on the shelf (and saves materials!)
Stay tuned for future descriptions and tutorials as we await new and exciting preservation/conservation supplies here in Special Collections and Archives! Yay box-making!
As the library bustles this week with students preparing their final papers and studying for exams, we at SCA want to wish our undergrads the best of luck in these last few days before the holiday break. Feel free to study with us in the Booth-Bricker Reading Room — we are always happy to assist with your research needs!
Interested in learning more about Louisiana’s waterways and their environmental history? The Gulf Restoration Network Archives are a great place to conduct such research. The Gulf Restoration Network was formed in 1994 by environmental groups, conservationists and activists in New Orleans dedicated to the study of ecological sustainability along the Gulf of Mexico. From the collection finding aid: (The Gulf Restoration Network) has focused on three areas of work: fostering sustainable management of fisheries; stopping polluted run-off that results in the Gulfs Dead Zone; and opposing Corps of Engineers policies that destroy wetlands. It reports on its work in the quarterly newspaper GRN NEWS, which includes the insert Fish Tales. The collection is arranged alphabetically by subject and dates roughly between 1995 and 2001. It consists mainly of correspondence, grants and proposals, and sign-ons and comments. It also contains considerable materials related to the Dead Zone, fisheries and Corps of Engineers projects.
Featured below is one of many spiral-bound reports affiliated with the GRN archives. This particular report is dated from September 1973 and addresses the economic and environmental impacts of industry along Louisiana’s waterways.
Learn more about this collection in the SCA Booth-Bricker Reading Room on the third floor of Monroe Library!
Prior to its opening night on Broadway, the Tennessee Williams play had a brief stint at the Shubert Theatre in New Haven, Connecticut, but eventually made a home at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre in New York City from December 3, 1947 – December 17, 1949. The stage production starred Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski and Jessica Tandy as Blanche DuBois.
In 1978, Susan Snowden Palmer sat down with Tennessee Williams in Atlanta, Georgia during the rehearsal of his play Tiger Tail. The interview was published in issue 1, volume 6 of the New Orleans Review.
In the interview, Williams discusses his experiences with the various adaptations of his plays. The focus of the interview is on Tiger Tail, but he goes into detail about what gets censored in film adaptations versus stage adaptations and how different each individual adaptation is unique. Williams acknowledges that he has no way of knowing whether or not his then-new play will live up to the successes of A Streetcar Named Desire and The Glass Menagerie, but he didn’t seemed too worried.
If you were bored 54 years ago, you could have gone and seen Madama Butterfly at the New Orleans Opera this time of year! It’s an Italian opera centered around romance and honor. The synopsis from this website is posted below,
“This tragic tale revolves around the young Japanese geisha, Butterfly. She is to be married to Pinkerton, an American Officer on assignment in Nagasaki. Butterfly is young and naive, and fully believes her marriage to Pinkerton to be true and everlasting, while Pinkerton intends on marrying an American when he returns home. Butterfly waits for Pinkerton to return, having had a child by him that he does not know about. He returns, but with his new American wife, intending to take the child back to America. Rather than live in shame, Butterfly agrees to give up her child, but intends to kill herself out of honor. She kills herself to save the honor of her family, and for love.”
The last performance by the New Orleans Opera was in 2013, so it is quite possible to see it once again on their stage in the future. Even though it isn’t playing now, you should still check out the New Orleans Opera, because they have a bunch of amazing performances coming up.