Mardi Gras Mambo Collection

February 17th, 2012 by Gina Costello

Third annual mid-winter vacation : New Orleans Mardi Gras, 1916.

Documenting a span of over a hundred years, this collection of Carnival and Mardi Gras items consists of ephemera and other objects selected from several manuscript collections in the LSU Libraries Special Collections. The oldest item represented in the collection, Rex, 1875, is a sketchbook containing watercolor portrayals of the planned costumes and floats of the Krewe of Rex for that year. There are also invitations and programs for Mardi Gras Balls, as well as dance cards for attendees. Of the more recent items included, there is a selection of contact sheet of photographs documenting the Baton Rouge Spanish Town Parade in the 1970′s.

Reflecting the industry that grew from the cultural event, there is a pamphlet issued by the Illinois Central Railroad company inviting passengers to take the “Third-Annual Mid-Winter Vacation” in 1916, a trip starting in Chicago and ending in New Orleans for Mardi Gras.

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One Response to “Mardi Gras Mambo Collection”

  1. This is a great resource and very interesting. Your library is always most helpful to us and it is appreciated. Great job!

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