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The online Carnival Collection currently features more than 5,500 original float and costume designs. Most are from Carnival’s “Golden Age” (the 1870s through the 1940s) with about three hundred designs from 1950 to 1970. The great majority of designs are from the Carnival krewes of Comus and Proteus, with Rex and Momus also represented. Included are artworks from many of Carnival’s most noted designers, including Jennie Wilde, Bror Anders Wikstrom, and Charles Briton.

The Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC) preserves possibly the largest collection of New Orleans Carnival paper items. LaRC’s collection represents more than two hundred krewes and spans the founding of Carnival in New Orleans to the present. The LaRC Carnival Collection is available in the Schiro Reading Room. We will continually expand the online collection to include more contemporary designs along with invitations, dance cards, table cards, and other printed Carnival items.

We depend on donations to keep our collection current. Please contact us if you have krewe invitations, dance cards, minutes, or other paper krewe materials, or if you would like to discuss how we can help you permanently preserve the records of your krewe. For more information please visit the LaRC website.

Support for the LaRC Carnival Collection comes in part from the continuing generosity of Charles L. "Pie" Dufour (1903-1996), who bequeathed to the Louisiana Research Collection funds for preserving the contributions of Carnival to Louisiana's culture. Digitization of this collection was made possible by the generous support of the Office of the Provost, Tulane University.

 
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