Carnival Collection

Description

>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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1857-Mistick Krewe of Comus parades
Float design from Mistick Krewe of Comus 1956 parade. Theme: Our early contemporaries. Creator unknown., Comus 1956 Float 05, larc@tulane.edu
1870-Twelfth Night Revelers
Float design from Mistick Krewe of Comus 1956 parade. Theme: Our early contemporaries. Creator unknown., Comus 1956 Float 06, larc@tulane.edu
1872-Knights of Momus
Float design from Mistick Krewe of Comus 1956 parade. Theme: Our early contemporaries. Creator unknown., Comus 1956 Float 08, larc@tulane.edu
1872-Rex organized
Float design from Mistick Krewe of Comus 1956 parade. Theme: Our early contemporaries. Creator unknown., Comus 1956 Float 07, larc@tulane.edu
1878-The Phunny Phorty Phellows
Float design from Mistick Krewe of Comus 1956 parade. Theme: Our early contemporaries. Creator unknown., Comus 1956 Float 09, larc@tulane.edu
1882-Krewe of Proteus
Float design from Mistick Krewe of Comus 1956 parade. Theme: Our early contemporaries. Creator unknown., Comus 1956 Float 10, larc@tulane.edu
1891-Atlanteans
Float design from Mistick Krewe of Comus 1956 parade. Theme: Our early contemporaries. Creator unknown., Comus 1956 Float 11, larc@tulane.edu
1895-Elves of Oberon
Float design from Mistick Krewe of Comus 1956 parade. Theme: Our early contemporaries. Creator unknown., Comus 1956 Float 12, larc@tulane.edu
1896-Nereus
Float design from Mistick Krewe of Comus 1956 parade. Theme: Our early contemporaries. Creator unknown., Comus 1956 Float 13, larc@tulane.edu
1897-Consus
Float design from Mistick Krewe of Comus 1956 parade. Theme: Our early contemporaries. Creator unknown., Comus 1956 Float 15, larc@tulane.edu
1897-High Priests of Mithras
Float design from Mistick Krewe of Comus 1956 parade. Theme: Our early contemporaries. Creator unknown., Comus 1956 Float 14, larc@tulane.edu
1900-The Falstaffians
Float design from Mistick Krewe of Comus 1956 parade. Theme: Our early contemporaries. Creator unknown., Comus 1956 Float 16, larc@tulane.edu
1956-100 years of Comus
Float design from Mistick Krewe of Comus 1956 parade. Theme: Our early contemporaries. Creator unknown., Comus 1956 Float 17, larc@tulane.edu
4 maid's cloak and feather's for hair
Costume design from Mistick Krewe of Comus 1910 parade. Theme: Mahomet., Mistick Krewe of Comus accessory 02, larc@tulane.edu
4 maid's cloaks
Costume design from Mystick Comus 1909 parade. Theme: flights of fancy. Designs used again for the 1925 parade., Mistick Krewe of Comus 1909 accessory 03, larc@tulane.edu
4 maid's cloaks
Costume design from Mistick Krewe of Comus 1911 parade. Theme: Familiar quotations., Mistick Krewe of Comus 1911 accessory 01, larc@tulane.edu
"A beehive's hum shall soothe my ear, A willowy brook that turns a mill." - Rogers
Float design from Mistick Krewe of Comus 1940 parade. Theme: Picturesque passages from the poets. Creator unknown., Comus 1940 Float 03, larc@tulane.edu
Aarni and Mammelainen, guardians of the hidden treasures
Float design from Krewe of Proteus 1893 parade. Theme: Kalevala., Proteus 1893 Float 05, larc@tulane.edu
Aarni, god of hidden treasures
Costume design from Krewe of Proteus 1893 parade. Theme: Kalevala., Krewe of Proteus 1893 costume 13, larc@tulane.edu
The abduction of Kay
Float design from Krewe of Proteus 1887 parade. Theme: Andersen's Fairy Tales ., Proteus 1887 Float 14, larc@tulane.edu

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