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Robert Glenk papers

Identifier: LaRC-35

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of personal and professional papers of Robert Glenk. Included are handwritten and typed correspondence, post cards, telegrams, programs, certificates, diaries, wills, financial documents, items of social ephemera, Glenk family photographs, photographs of Louisiana exhibits at fairs and expositions, manuscripts, class notes, experiments, speeches, menu cards, items relating to professional societies, drawings, scrapbooks, pamphlets, clippings and other printed items. The correspondence received by Robert Glenk is from a wide variety of sources; correspondents include Martin Behrman, Sophie B. Wright, William Beer, Rufus C. Harris, Edmond Souchon, E. A. McIlhenny, Ellsworth Woodward, and Ethel Hutson. The collection also includes a compilation of printed items on growing ramie stalks as an alternative to cotton, items relating to state fairs and world's fairs and expositions, as well as a letter from Huey P. Long to Henry P. Dart.


  • 1897-1950


Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted.

Biographical / Historical

Robert Glenk (1870-1950) was born in Germany and brought to the United States as an infant. He lived in Philadelphia and later New Orleans. After being educated as a scientist, Robert Glenk worked as a chemist with the Louisiana Sugar Experiment Station, 1899-1904. Mr. Glenk was a founder of the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans in 1905, and was its curator from 1906 to 1935. He retired from the museum in 1948. His interests were agriculture, horticulture, fairs and festivals, and promotion of New Orleans. He was married to Dr. Clara Theresa Israel Glenk (b. 1873).


13 Linear Feet

14 Boxes

30 Volumes

Language of Materials




Arranged by document type and chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bequeathed to Howard-Tilton Memorial Library by Robert Glenk.

Processing Information

Processed by Susanna Powers. Edited for ArchivesSpace by Althea Topek.

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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