Martha Gilmore Robinson papers Edit


LaRC Manuscripts Collection 678


  • 1825-1981 (Creation)
  • Date acquired: 01/01/1955 (Other)


  • 42 Linear Feet (Whole)

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  • Scope and Contents

    This collection consists of personal and collected papers of Martha G. Robinson of New Orleans, Louisiana. Included are correspondence, greeting cards, biographical and genealogical papers, family Bibles, cookbooks, family documents, scrapbooks, speeches, essays, photographs, financial documents, political campaign items, research notes, Newcomb College papers, items of social ephemera including Carnival ephemera, travel papers, newspaper clippings, books, pamphlets and other printed items.

  • Arrangement Note

    Arranged by document type and chronologically.

    Series 1: Correspondence.

    Series 2: Financial papers

    Series 3: Newcomb College materials

    Series 4: Louisiana Department of Institutions

    Series 5: New Orleans Home Rule Charter

    Series 6: City Council Campaign

    Series 7: Historic Preservation

    Series 8: Sesquicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans

    Series 9: Woman’s Citizen Union

    Series 10: League of Women Voters

    Series 11: Travel folders

    General files and oversized materials

  • Biographical or Historical Information

    Martha Gilmore Robinson (1888-1981) was a community activist in New Orleans interested in architectural preservation and Louisiana politics. She was the daughter of Samuel Louis Gilmore (1859-1910) who was a lawyer, city attorney, and congressman. Her brother, Samuel L. Gilmore Jr. (1891-1972) was a poet. She married Robert Gibson Robinson in 1911 and they had five children. Martha Gilmore Robinson was a candidate for New Orleans city Council in 1954. One of her legacies was her work in the 1960s to prevent the construction of the proposed elevated Vieux Carré Riverfront Expressway. She was also involved in organizing the Sesquicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans, political organizations such as the League of Women Voters, as well as numerous historic preservation organizations.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

  • Physical Access Requirements

    Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

  • Source of Acquisition

    Donated by Martha Gilmore Robinson.

  • Method of Acquisition


  • Preferred Citation

    Martha Gilmore Robinson papers, Manuscripts Collection 678, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans 70118.

  • Processing Information

    Collection rehousing and processing by Camila Rodriguez.