Martha Gilmore Robinson papers
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.
- Martha Gilmore Robinson (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.
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.
42 Linear Feet
Language of Materials
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
Physical Access Requirements
Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of Martha Gilmore Robinson. Date acquired: 01/01/1955.
Collection rehousing and processing by Camila Rodriguez.
- Brochures Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Chalmette National Historic Park
- Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Family Photographs Subject Source: Local sources
- Historic preservation -- Louisiana -- New Orleans Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- League of Women Voters of New Orleans.
- Louisiana Landmarks Society.
- National Trust for Historic Preservation in the United States.
- New Orleans (La.). City Council.
- New Orleans Home Rule Charter Subject Source: Local sources
- Newcomb College
- Pamphlets Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Photographs Subject Source: Local sources
- Plans (maps) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Political campaigns Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Receipts (financial records) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Vieux Carré Commission
- Women in politics Subject Source: Library Of Congress Subject Headings
- Women's organizations Subject Source: Library Of Congress Subject Headings
- Originally written by Samantha Bruner. Revisions by Andrew Mullins, III.
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