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A “Reliable Source” for the Assurance of Adequate Accommodations

In June 2017 the Washington Post featured a story about The Negro Motorist Green Book published from the mid 1930’s until the late 1960‘s and used by African American travelers in the United States. I had heard about them and figured we had them, which we do (New York Public Library has digitized a number […]

New Orleans Then and Now: Canal Street and Henry Clay’s Monument

While looking for images to use for various things we are doing for the New Orleans 2018 Tricentennial celebration, I ran across these wonderful images. The focus of both is a monument to Henry Clay, but beyond the statue itself, the details in both photos are great and contain a number of interesting things, such […]

New Orleans at 300: The Crescent City’s Tricentennial

Since I’m from New Orleans, I have written posts related to my home town on Mardi Gras, the Battle of New Orleans, and the Louisiana Purchase.  But now there is something really exciting happening – 2018 marks the 300th anniversary of the founding of New Orleans.  To highlight this occasion, Science and Business staff are […]

Meet Mr. Bingle

This post was authored by Nanette Gibbs, Business Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. This is a teaser for a series of posts in 2018 to celebrate the New Orleans Tricentennial so stay tuned. Mention Mr. Bingle to just about anyone from New Orleans and they will probably smile and sing the […]

Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans?

This post was authored by Nanette Gibbs, Business Reference Librarian in the Science, Technology, and Business Division. Just about every weekend throughout the year, New Orleans finds a way to celebrate an event or tradition.  2017 is no exception, with festivals such as the New Orleans Oyster Festival, French Market Creole Tomato Festival, Louisiana Cajun-Zydeco […]

The Bicentennial of a Big Battle in New Orleans and the End of a War

This is not a business post, but I am from New Orleans and wanted to acknowledge the bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans and the end of the War of 1812. While the Battle of New Orleans was fought after the December 24, 1814 signing of the Treaty of Ghent that officially ended the […]

1865

Our guest author today is Ellen Terrell, Business Reference Specialist. A perennial question for Business Reference staff is about old companies and businesses. And by old I mean from the 1890’s (or earlier!) not necessarily the 1990’s. One of our go-to sets is the old Mercantile Agency Reference books that developed into Dun & Bradstreet […]

Happy Mardi Gras!

Today’s guest author is Ellen Terrell, Business Reference Specialist Today is Fat Tuesday the culmination of the Mardi Gras season. This is a HUGE event for the city of New Orleans, my hometown. There are many ways to gauge success from a economic standpoint – revenues, hotel room occupancy, tax collection, money spent by the […]