Old Skool Photoshop

June 16th, 2014 by Tara Laver

By Sissy Albertine and Mark Martin

Long before the days of glamour shots and digital images edited with Photoshop, many traditional film photographers used a method of retouching the original negative with a finely pointed lead pencil to achieve a smooth, desirable skin texture. Drawing on the emulsion side of the negative with a pencil, a retoucher could either add or remove density to correct imperfections, such as wrinkles, blemishes or sagging skin.

Contact print, showing before and after retouching.

Contact print, showing before and after retouching.

This example is a contact print made from a medium-format negative taken by Norman Studio in Natchez, Miss., and found in the Thomas and Joan Gandy Photograph Collection. The photograph shows before and after retouching of a 5×7 inch negative of Miss Pearl Guyton, a long-time history teacher at Natchez High School. Though the photograph is not dated, her clothing and her appearance in the before image and what that might tell us about her age (she was born about 1886 according to the 1940 census) suggest it is from the 1930s.

So, you ask, how was this pre-cursor to airbrushing done?

Retouched negative showing pencil marks.

Retouched negative showing pencil marks.

First, a solution of powdered pumice was applied to the emulsion side of the negative to create a “tooth” for the lead. Then, the retoucher blended the uneven tones with a pencil to subtract lines and smooth out the surface of her skin. Miss Guyton looks like a different person with the lines on her face softened and the bags under her eyes erased. The final product is a much more attractive portrait.

Something’s Brewing in Special Collections…

June 4th, 2014 by Michael Taylor

It’s not too late to sign up for Lager for Libraries, a beer tasting and fundraiser for the LSU Libraries that will be held tomorrow, June 5, from 6-8 p.m. at Tin Roof Brewing Co. in Baton Rouge. And if you’re interested in beer’s history as well as sampling some new brews, here are a few things from Special Collections you should have a look at…

Sehr nützlicher Tractat von Bier-Brau-Recht (“A Very Useful Tract on the Laws of Beer Brewing”) was published in the German city of Regensburg in 1722. Its author, Johann Otto Tabor, was a law professor who wrote about regulations regarding the production and selling of beer. He also included an interesting chapter on beer’s history and its consumption by the Egyptians and Romans. (Special Collections also owns a Babylonian cuneiform tablet from ca. 4,500 B.C., which is possibly a receipt for grain used to make beer.)

Hops were being used to add flavor to beer at least as early as the eleventh century. They were first imported to England around 1400, but it wasn’t until the sixteenth century that they were grown there. John Ray, in his Herball, or Generall Historie of Plantes (1597), wrote that “The flowers [of hops] are used to season Beere or Ale with, and overmany do cause bitternes thereof, and are ill for the head.” However, he also noted that “The manifold vertues in Hops do manifestly argue the holesomnesse of Beere above Ale; for the Hops rather make it a Phisicall drinke to keepe the body in health, then an ordinarie drinke for the quenching of our thirst.”

And yet rather than “keeping the body in health,” beer sometimes made people very sick. The French scientist Louis Pasteur looked into this problem in the 1860s, discovering that bacteria in beer, wine, and milk was what caused it to spoil. His Études sur la Bière, published in 1876, contains his findings, as well as recommendations for a better brewing process.

Special Collections also has a few unusual items related to the history of beer in Louisiana. One is a recipe for “bière creole.” Written in French and probably dating from the early nineteenth century, it claims to be a cure for syphilis.

Another item is an advertisement card for New Orleans Mead, a form of root beer that “is free from all injurious substances” (i.e., alcohol). Made with spices, herbs, roots, and honey, such drinks were popular in the nineteenth century when temperance activists blamed beer and other alcoholic beverages for all kinds of social problems from poverty to domestic abuse.

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Special Collections is in the early stages of building a collection of materials related to beer and brewing, with a focus on the history and culture of brewing in Louisiana. Stay tuned for more, and if you have suggestions for materials to collect, let us know!

French Researcher Highlights Importance of LSU’s Delsarte Papers

June 3rd, 2014 by Germain Bienvenu
François Delsarte

François Delsarte

Un chercheur français souligne l’importance du Fonds Delsarte de la LSU.

Franck Waille est l’auteur de la première thèse en français concernant François Delsarte, thèse qui a marqué une étape importante dans la connaissance de la vie et des enseignements de cet artiste français dont les travaux ont ouvert la modernité des arts de la scène en Occident. Spécialiste en histoire, actuellement engagé en post-doctorat à l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Franck Waille affirme que le fonds appelé couramment le Fonds Delsarte [François Alexandre Nicolas Delsarte Papers (Mss. 1301)] de la LSU a été la principale source documentaire pour sa thèse Corps, arts et spiritualité chez François Delsarte (1811-1871). Des interactions dynamiques, soutenue en 2009 à l’Université Lyon 3.

Ayant fait ses recherches à la Hill Memorial Library en 2006, Franck Waille constate que « le fonds Delsarte de la LSU est le principal lieu dans le monde pour la conservation des documents se rapportant à Delsarte. En France, les archives delsartiennes sont dispersées entre quelques fonds publics assez pauvres en documents, et des fonds privés parfois peu identifiables ou difficiles d’accès. Le Québec possède le fonds d’un élève québécois de Delsarte, Thomas-Étienne Hamel, aux archives du séminaire de Québec. Aux USA, il existe de nombreux documents concernant Delsarte à la Rauner Special Collections du Dartmouth College (Hanover, New Hampshire), mais en quantité bien moindre que dans le fonds de la Hill Memorial Library. C’est en effet ici qu’a été versé l’essentiel des documents achetés à Paris par James Morrison Steele MacKaye et le révérend William Rounseville Alger en 1872 à la famille Delsarte. La mémoire concernant cet artiste doit un large tribut aux USA, qui ont non seulement pérennisé et diffusé ses enseignements, mais encore qui ont permis que de très nombreuses archives soient conservées jusqu’à nos jours dans un très bon état et rendues facilement accessibles aux chercheurs. Parmi ceux-ci, j’ai eu le privilège d’être celui ayant passé le plus de temps sur les archives delsartiennes de Louisiane (trois mois et demi), sans en épuiser la matière tant elle est abondante. »

Comme Franck Waille le remarque, les documents du Fonds Delsarte sont très disparates, allant de simples feuilles ou enveloppes sur lesquelles figurent des croquis ou des phrases, à des cahiers très détaillés ou à des transcriptions de séries de conférences faites par Delsarte entre 1858 et 1868. « De simples feuilles peuvent être des mines de renseignements majeurs » ajoute-t-il. « C’est le cas de deux simples pages autobiographiques, à partir desquelles j’ai pu reconstruire une partie de la biographie de Delsarte. » De plus, « ses dessins et croquis, associés à des textes, permettent de lui attribuer de manière certaine une large part des enseignements corporels transmis sous son nom mais qui furent déclarés par MacKaye (et sa famille) comme venant de lui et non de Delsarte. »

Compendium Psychique

“Compendium Psychique” de Delsarte / Delsarte’s “Compendium Psychique”

Franck Waille dit que les nombreuses versions des compendiums faits par Delsarte et existant dans le fonds de la LSU permettent d’approcher le cadre théorique delsartien et de voir comment celui-ci est directement structuré par l’anthropologie et la théologie de Thomas d’Aquin ainsi que par l’approche du légendaire Hermès Trismégiste. « Et d’autres documents rendent compte de l’aspect éclectique d’un personnage absolument inclassable, comme ses recherches sur les couleurs, ses tableaux attestant de sa formation à l’homéopathie, ses recherches poétiques autour des qualités de la voix, son analyse de la résonance des sons dans la bouche et dans le corps, ses inventions mécaniques (comme le Sono-type), ses partitions, et ses poèmes sentimentaux ou mystiques. »

Depuis une trentaine d’années, il y a un renouveau d’intérêt pour François Delsarte et pour son travail en Europe, et plus particulièrement en France. Cela se traduit par de nombreux travaux universitaires en France, en Italie et en Allemagne, ainsi que par divers colloques et plusieurs publications. Par ailleurs, il existe aujourd’hui essentiellement deux transmetteurs de la pratique artistique de Delsarte, Joe Williams en Amérique et Franck Waille en Europe. Il est possible d’avoir un aperçu du travail de transmission de Joe Williams sur sa page Facebook, The Delsarte Project, et son site, www.DelsarteProject.com , et de celui de Franck Waille sur le site de la compagnie Chorâme (François Delsarte Aujourd’hui) www.chorame.sitew.com/. On peut se mettre en contact avec Franck Waille en s’adressant à franck.cw@gmail.com.

 


 

 French Researcher Highlights Importance of LSU’s Delsarte Papers

Franck Waille is the author of the first doctoral dissertation in French on François Delsarte, a dissertation that marked an important stage in understanding the life and teachings of this French artist whose works modernized dramatic arts in the West. A specialist in history currently doing a postdoc at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM), Waille affirms that the LSU collection popularly known as the “Delsarte Papers” (François Alexandre Nicolas Delsarte Papers, Mss. 1301) was the principal source of documentation for his dissertation, Body, Arts and Spirituality in François Delsarte (1811-1871). Some Dynamic Interactions, defended in 2009 at Lyon University 3 (France).

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Des notes dans le Fonds Delsarte / Notes from the Delsarte Papers

Having conducted his research at Hill Memorial Library in 2006, Waille notes that “LSU’s Delsarte Papers is the preeminent collection in the world housing documents relating to Delsarte. In France, Delsartian archives are scattered between public collections that are relatively lacking in documents and private collections that are sometimes scarcely identifiable or difficult to access. Quebec possesses the papers of one of Delsarte’s Quebecker students, Thomas-Étienne Hamel, in the Seminary of Quebec Archives. In the USA, numerous documents concerning Delsarte exist at Dartmouth College’s Rauner Special Collections (Hanover, New Hampshire), but in far less quantity than at Hill Memorial Library. That’s because the bulk of the documents bought in Paris from the Delsarte family in 1872 by James Morrison Steele Mackaye and Reverend William Rounseville Alger were filed here. The memory of this artist owes much to the USA, which not only perpetuated and disseminated his teachings but also allowed very numerous records to be preserved to our day in very good condition and rendered easily accessible to researchers. Among these, I have had the privilege of being the one to have spent the most time on the Louisiana Delsartian archives (three and a half months), without exhausting the material, it being that abundant.”

As Waille remarks, the documents in the Delsarte Papers are very disparate, ranging from simple sheets of paper or envelopes on which sketches or sentences appear to very detailed notebooks or to transcriptions of series of lectures done by Delsarte between 1858 and 1868. “Single sheets of paper can be mines of major information,” he adds. “That was the case with two simple autobiographical pages from which I was able to reconstruct a part of Delsarte’s biography.” Furthermore, “his drawings and sketches associated with textual passages permit us to attribute to him with certainty much physical education transmitted under his name but declared by MacKaye (and his family) as originating with [MacKaye] and not with Delsarte.”

Waille says that the many versions of compendiums done by Delsarte and existing in the LSU collection allow one to understand more fully the Delsartian theoretical context and to see how it is directly built upon St. Thomas Aquinas’s anthropology and theology as well as upon Hermes Trismegistus’s work. “And other documents show the eclectic side of an absolutely unclassifiable individual, such as his research on colors, his charts attesting to his training in homeopathy, his poetical research on qualities of voice, his analysis of the resonance of sounds in the mouth and in the body, his mechanical inventions (such as the ‘Sono-type’), his musical scores, and his sentimental or mystical poems.”

Over the past 30 years, mainly in Europe and especially in France, there has been a renewed interest in François Delsarte and his work. That has resulted in many university projects in France, Italy, and Germany as well as various symposiums and a number of publications. Moreover, today there are basically two communicators of Delsarte’s artistic practice: Joe Williams in America and Franck Waille in Europe. It is possible to get an idea of Joe Williams’ work of transmission on his Facebook page, The Delsarte Project, and his webpage, www.DelsarteProject.com, and of Waille’s at www.chorame.sitew.com, the website for Compagnie Chôrame (François Delsarte Aujourd’hui). One may also contact Franck Waille at franck.cw@gmail.com.

You may view the Finding Aid for the François Delsarte Papers (Mss. 1301) here.

 

 

 

Storm Search: Historic Hurricanes at Hill Memorial Library

June 3rd, 2014 by Leah Wood Jewett

Sen. Long inspects break in canal
LSU Libraries Special Collections features books (fiction and non-fiction), manuscript collections, newspapers, and oral history interviews that speak to the devastating power of hurricanes, as well as documentation of a variety of efforts to educate and protect the public.

Search manuscript collections, oral history interviews, books and reports through the online catalog here:
http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/

and “Search This Site” here:
http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/research/search.html

View topic guide on digitized newspapers here:
http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/cc/dlnp/topic_guides/hurricanes.html

Image: Senator Long inspects break in canal after Hurricane Betsy, c. 1965, Russell B. Long Papers, Mss. 3700.

 

Oil and the Wetlands – a Q&A with Jason Theriot

May 27th, 2014 by Leah Wood Jewett

American Energy book high res cover Jason P. Theriot, author of American Energy, Imperiled Coast: Oil and Gas Development in Louisiana’s Wetlands (LSU Press, 2014), will participate in an informal Q&A session regarding the petroleum industry in Louisiana and its impact on the coastal wetlands at Hill Memorial Library at LSU on Monday, June 9 at 4:00 pm. Books will be available for sale. This free public program is held in association with the exhibition “I Remember: An Art Show of Environmental Significance” currently on display at Hill Memorial Library.

Following the session, Dr. Theriot will present a lecture at 5:15 pm in the Dalton J. Woods Auditorium, LSU Energy, Coast & Environment Building, sponsored by the LSU Center for Energy Studies.

The travelling exhibition “I Remember” was produced by the Coastal Wetlands Protection, Planning and Restoration Act (CWPPRA) Task Force, in conjunction with LSU Libraries T. Harry Williams Center for Oral History. While on display at Hill Memorial Library, the exhibition is supplemented with materials from the holdings of LSU Libraries Special Collections related to Louisiana’s wetlands.

For more information on CWPPRA, visit LACoast.gov.

CWPPRA is federal legislation enacted in 1990 that is designed to identify, prepare, and fund construction of coastal wetlands restoration projects. Since its inception, 151 coastal restoration or protection projects have been authorized, benefiting over 112,000 acres in Louisiana.

To learn more about LSU Libraries Special Collections, visit www.lib.lsu.edu/special, call (225) 578-6544 or email special@lsu.edu.

 

Raising the Flag – Memorial Day Remembrance

May 26th, 2014 by Leah Wood Jewett

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Flag raising ceremony in front of LSU president’s home. This image is from the University Archives, and can be viewed with other historical images on the Louisiana Digital Library here.

Hill Documents Featured in New Book

May 9th, 2014 by Germain Bienvenu

Louisianians (or Luisianeses) and Their Hill Documents Featured in Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-2012

A recent publication by the U.S. Government Printing Office offers further glimpses into how Louisiana and its citizens (Luisiana and Luisianeses in Spanish) have figured in the Hispanic contribution to American history. The third volume in a series on women and minorities who have served in the House and the Senate, Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-2012 was published by the U.S. House of Representatives, Office of the Historian and Office of the Clerk, toward the end of 2013. Deriving part of its vast amount of information from two collections housed at LSU Special Collections, the reference book presents biographical profiles of 91 Hispanic members of Congress in chronological order through 2012. Along with an introduction and appendices, four general essays set various periods of Congressional service in historical context: the era of U.S. continental expansion (1822-1898), the age of U.S. colonialism and global expansion (1898-1945), the Civil Rights era (1945-1977), and recent legislative trends and power sharing among Hispanic Americans in Congress (1977-2012).

Hispanic Americans in Congress

Among the 91 Hispanic members of Congress examined in the study, two hail from Louisiana: Ladislas “Doc” Lazaro (1872-1927) and Joachim Octave “Joe” Fernández (1896-1978). In compiling the essay on the former, editors drew heavily from LSU’s Ladislas Lazaro Papers (Mss. 1113, 1149). For the latter, they quoted from a Paul Maloney oral-history interview in the T. Harry Williams Papers (Mss. 2489, 2510), which is also in LSU’s Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections.

LazaroAs only the second Hispanic representative in Congress (after Californian Romualdo Pacheco, who served from 1879 to 1883), Lazaro was also only the second Hispanic member eligible to chair a committee. Born on the family plantation near Ville Platte, Lazaro descended on his mother’s side from the Ortegos, one of Ville Platte’s founding Hispanic families. After attending the forerunner of Holy Cross High School in New Orleans, he graduated from Louisville Medical College (Kentucky) in 1894. “Doc” Lazaro practiced medicine in Washington, Louisiana, and was chosen by his colleagues to serve as first vice president of the state medical society in 1907. A Democrat, he was propelled into national office in 1912 as a supporter of Woodrow Wilson’s Progressive platform. Serving as U.S. representative from 1913 to 1927, Lazaro tended to the agricultural interests of his Louisiana district, focusing on protective tariffs and improving farmers’ access to markets through waterway and railway projects. Lazaro advocated for the completion of the Intracoastal Waterway, voted against Prohibition, and opposed a string of measures granting women the right to vote on the grounds that states would be yielding too much power to the Federal Government in the process. By the early 1920s, he was the longest-serving Hispanic member of Congress to that point. Late in the 69th Congress (1925-1927), Lazaro died of complications from an abscess following abdominal surgery. Hispanic Americans in Congress draws considerable information for the Lazaro article from speeches, campaign pamphlets, and letters in LSU’s Ladislas Lazaro Papers.

FernándezNative New Orleanian “Joe” Fernández was the grandson of a Spanish immigrant merchant and son of Octave Gonzales Fernández, who served in the Louisiana State House of Representatives and died in office in 1921. Attending neither high school nor college, Fernández worked as an expert on shipping fees and storage tariffs. The same year as his father’s death, he was elected to the Louisiana State Constitutional Convention. He then won election to the Louisiana Legislature, serving for much of the 1920s. Endorsed initially by the New Orleans Democratic machine, Fernández switched his allegiance to Huey Long in 1930. He served as U.S. representative from 1931 to 1941, his workload centered on assisting individuals with issues such as pension adjustments, benefits, and military discharges. He also concentrated on acquiring land for local projects involving levees, bridges, streets, and public buildings. Throughout the 1930s, he introduced a series of bills to establish the Chalmette National Historical Park and sought to revive the Algiers Naval Station. His political career having become intertwined with that of Huey Long, it began to decline following the Kingfish’s assassination in 1935. After leaving Congress in January 1941, Fernández served in active duty as a U.S. Naval Reserve lieutenant commander until 1943. Following retirement from politics, Fernández worked as a tax consultant and passed away in New Orleans shortly before his eighty-second birthday.

Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-2012 was launched as a web exhibition at http://history.house.gov/ that is current through the present Congress. The online exhibit includes the additional 11 Hispanic-American representatives and senators who reported to Capitol Hill for the 113th Congress, and it will be updated to reflect future changes. Hispanic Americans in Congress is available through the U.S. Government Printing Office, which will produce a free, downloadable e-book version from its site within the month.

An Astronomical Acquisition

May 9th, 2014 by Michael Taylor

Stanley Wilder Named Dean of LSU Libraries

May 8th, 2014 by Jessica Lacher-Feldman

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LSU has named Stanley Wilder as the new dean of LSU Libraries. Wilder is university librarian at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He previously served at the University of Rochester as associate dean of information management services, following 10 years at LSU. He will begin as dean on July 1, pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors.

“We are pleased to have Stanley Wilder join LSU’s leadership team as dean of LSU Libraries,” said LSU President & Chancellor F. King Alexander. “Wilder understands the role that research libraries play in our fast-paced world, and we look forward to the vision he brings to our libraries.”

LSU conducted a national search for dean, and Gaines Foster, dean of the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, served as chair of the search committee.

“It is a pleasure to welcome Stanley Wilder back to LSU as the LSU Libraries dean,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell. “His vision for a modern research library is important for our faculty and students, and we look forward to seeing the libraries flourish under his leadership. I would like to thank Elaine Smyth for her hard work in serving as interim dean since March 2013, along with Dean Foster, the search committee and everyone who attended meetings and provided feedback in helping us select Stanley Wilder.”

Prior to arriving in Charlotte in 2009, Wilder served as an assistant and then associate dean at the University of Rochester for 10 years, where among other things he helped win and then lead a series of large-scale software development grant projects. He served another 10-year period at the LSU Libraries, first as assistant to the dean for administrative services, and later as assistant dean for technical and financial services.
“Going into my interview, I knew how impressive the libraries’ staff and collections were going to be. What impressed me most, though, was LSU’s university-wide consensus on the strategic importance of great research library services. The LSU Libraries is poised for a renaissance, and I am honored to have this opportunity to contribute,” Wilder said.

Wilder began his professional career as the manager of the Architecture and Art Library, a branch study collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, an MLS degree from Columbia University, and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Wilder is an active researcher and speaker. In 1994, he served as a Visiting Program Officer for the Association of Research Libraries, and has been publishing his research on ARL demographic issues ever since. He has also published many papers relating to collections and library technologies, this in addition to his controversial critique of the literature of information literacy, published in the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2005.

Big Fights in Special Collections

May 8th, 2014 by Michael Taylor

(By Hans Rasmussen)

Most boxing fans remember New Orleans as the site of the famous Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Durán “No Más Fight” in the Superdome on November 25, 1980, but in the late nineteenth century, the Crescent City stood as one of the major centers of American prizefighting, long before the rise of Las Vegas and Atlantic City.  Three artifacts in the LSU Libraries’ Special Collections remind us of these rowdy early days of boxing in America and its first great heavyweight champion, John L. Sullivan.

John L. Sullivan Ex-Champion of the World

Although widely popular, prizefighting was banned almost everywhere in the United States in the late nineteenth century.  Instead, fights were held in legal no-man’s-lands like offshore barges, coastal islands, and even in more tolerant Havana, Cuba.  One championship fight in 1896 was waged on a sandbar in the Rio Grande to evade both Mexican and Texan authorities.  In the months before a match, fight promoters would instruct fans to gather in a particular city around a certain date where they would purchase train tickets for a surreptitious journey to a secluded venue known only to the promoter.  John L. Sullivan of Boston won his heavyweight championship in one of these “fight-and-dash” bouts, a nine-round, eleven-minute trouncing of the out-of-shape and outmatched champion, Paddy Ryan, on February 7, 1882 (rounds were untimed and unlimited under the London Prize Ring Rules that governed bare knuckle prizefighting, ending only when a man was knocked or thrown to the turf).  Fight enthusiasts had gathered beforehand in New Orleans to board trains for the match held at a hotel in Mississippi City, Mississippi, on the coast near Gulfport.

Jake Kilrain Broadside

The Jake Kilrain vs. John L. Sullivan Championship Prize Fight Broadside (1889) advertised another flagrantly illegal bout, as the instructions to fight fans made abundantly clear.  Again, New Orleans became the gathering place for members of “the Fancy” eager to see Sullivan defend his title against Jake Kilrain in the last bare knuckle heavyweight championship bout in American history.  Evading militia in both Louisiana and Mississippi, the trains departed New Orleans for a hilltop in the pine forest near Richburg, Mississippi, just south of Hattiesburg.  There on July 8, 1889, under a scorching summer sun, Sullivan outlasted Kilrain for 75 rounds over two hours, sixteen minutes, to remain champion.

Jake Kilrain

Three years later, Sullivan defended his title against “Gentleman Jim” Corbett at the Olympic Club in New Orleans, remembered here with the John L. Sullivan and James J. Corbett Grand Glove Contest Ticket (1892).  The first heavyweight championship fought under the Marquess of Queensberry Rules—the rules of modern boxing mandating the use of gloves, three-minute rounds, and a ten-count—the bout was a legal one because it was a gloved contest rather than a bare knuckle prizefight.  Without the need to dodge authorities, the match was held in a new arena lit by electric lights and holding ten thousand spectators bearing event tickets (rather than train tickets) like this one on September 7, 1892.

Grand Glove Contest Ticket, 1892, September 7

Sullivan had not fought since beating Kilrain in 1889 and had clearly reached the end of his career.  Eight years younger than the champ, Corbett wore down Sullivan for an easy knockout in the twenty-first round, giving the “Boston Strong Boy” his first and only defeat of his career.  A round-by-round account of the fight appeared in Life and Battles of James J. Corbett, the Champion Pugilist of the World (1892), a laudatory popular account of Corbett’s life and boxing career published by Richard Kyle Fox, editor of the National Police Gazette, the leading men’s sporting magazine of the day.

Corbett Champion Pugilist of the World

The broadside and ticket are in the LLMVC Ephemera Collection Subgroup VI.  Richard Kyle Fox’s Life and Battles of James J. Corbett, the Champion Pugilist of the World (New York: R.K. Fox, 1892) is in Hill Memorial Library, call number: GV 1132 .C7 F7 (LLMVC).

To learn more about John L. Sullivan, the New Orleans sporting scene, and the world of late-Victorian boxing, see:

Michael T. Isenberg, John L. Sullivan and His America (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1988) in Middleton Library GV 1132 .S95 I84 1988

Dale A. Somers, The Rise of Sports in New Orleans, 1850-1900 (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1972) in Hill & Middleton Libraries GV 584.5 .N38 S6

 


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