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Martha Gilmore Robinson papers

Identifier: LaRC-678

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.


  • 1825-1981


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

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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

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.

Processing Information

Collection rehousing and processing by Camila Rodriguez.

Originally written by Samantha Bruner. Revisions by Andrew Mullins, III.
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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US