Tulane Digital Library | Collection
America at War
The America at War digital collection includes a significant number of artifacts contributed by members of the Teaching American History in Louisiana (TAHIL) partnership. TAHIL providers include the Louisiana State Archives, Louisiana State Museum, The Historic New Orleans Collection and Tulane University Library Special Collections. The America at War Collection chronicles the military history of the United States from the 1760s through the Vietnam War. This collection provides an insight into how Louisiana impacted and was impacted by national and international engagements. America at War artifacts also record the home front and the economic and social effects of war. Although the majority of digitized artifacts are from the War of 1812 and the Civil War, there are a significant number of documents that provide researchers with a unique opportunity to examine the French, Spanish and Native American views of the British and American colonial dispute and the Spanish-American controversy that resulted in the revocation of the right of deposit in New Orleans and the Pinckney Treaty. The Favrot Papers from Tulane's Special Collections includes 1760s correspondence between Pontiac, Chief of the Ottawas, and French administrators in Louisiana. The Favrot Papers and The Historic New Orleans Collection's Laussat Papers include copies of the Pinckney Treaty. The War of 1812 artifacts emphasize the Battle of New Orleans. Among the contributions made by The Historic New Orleans Collection are letters, sheet music and official correspondence that document military strategies and preparations, the arrival of Andrew Jackson, and the American-British confrontation. Early military analysts in New Orleans critique Jackson's military decisions and explain his popular appeal with the people. Maps from the Louisiana State Museum follow the progression of American military maneuvers from the War of 1812 through the Civil War. World War I posters from the Louisiana State Archives demonstrate how the United States sought to mobilize support for war efforts both overseas and at home. This collection also contains a number of significant international posters. Civil War and World War II resources from the Louisiana State Museum, Louisiana State Archives, Tulane Special Collections and The Historic New Orleans Collection include field journals, three-dimensional weapons and medical instruments, sheet music, photographs, newspaper articles, recordings and military documents.