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Carnival collection

Identifier: LaRC-900

Scope and Contents

Please note: The Carnival finding aid is a work in progress, and is frequently updated. The ephemera listing is current through Petronius. Additional ephemera available in krewes after Petronius, but have not been listed yet. Please consult with staff for assistance. This collection consists of memorabilia, artwork, photographs, and printed material, which document and have been produced in preparation for New Orleans and Louisiana Mardi Gras parades from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries Items from approximately 220 krewes are included.  The list of krewes represented in this collection includes: Abracadabra Carnival Club,  Achaeans, Adonis, Aglaia, Alexis, Alhambra, Alla, Alpheus, Amon-Ra, Amor, Amphictyons, Ancient Scribes, Andalusia, Anubis, Aparomest, Apollo, Apollonians, Aquila, Arabi, Argonauts, Argus, Armeinius, Artemesians, Arthurians, Athena, Athenians, Atlanteans, Atlas, Argonauts, Babylon, Bacchus, Bal Masque, Bards of Bilges, Bards of Bohemia, Boston Club, Bourbon Street Bounders, Brennan, B-Sharp Music Club, Butterflies, Caesar, Cajun Mardi Gras, Caliphs of Cairo, Capetowners, Caronis, Carrollton, Carthage, Cavaliers, Celestial Knights, Centurions, Ceres, Children's Carnival Club, Choctaw, Cleopatra, Clio, Clones, Comus, Consus, Cordus Magni, Corinthians, Crescent City, Cupid, Cynthius, Les Danseurs, Daughters of Eve, David, Delphians, Delta Sigma, Diana, Diana (Dominican), Disciples of Thespis, Dorians, Druids, Les Ecolieres, Electra, Elenians, Elks Krewe of Orleanians, Elmeer, Empyreans, Endymion, Eros, Euridice, Exxon, Faed Setum, Falstaffians, Fantasy, Follies, Freret, Ganymede, Gemini, Grand Duke Alexis, Grela, Harlequins, Harmony Club, Hebe, Helena, Helios, Hephaestus, Hera, Hercules, Hermes, Hester, D. H. Holmes, Houmas, Hypatians/Hypothians, Icarus, Les Inconnues, Independent Order of Moons, Indra, I. R., Iridis, Iris, Isis, Janus, Jason, Jefferson, Juno, Jupiter, K. of C., Kings Own Royal Guard, Knights d'Orleans, Knights of King Arthur, Krewe d'Etat, Laurent, Little Rascals, Lords of Leather, Louisianians, Lyons Carnival Club, MCCA, Maids of Troy, Mardi Gras, Les Marionettes, Les Masquees, Mecca, Melsom, Merry Fifty, Mid City, Mithras, Mittens, Mokana, Momus, Moose, Moslem, Muses, Musica, Les Mysterieuses, Mystery, Mystic Club, Mystic Krewe of Myrthe, Mystic Maids, Mystic Merry Bellians, Naiads, Nemesis, Neophermenos, Nereus, Niobeans, Nippon, No-Tsu-Oh, Noblads, Nolamiss, Nomtoc, Nor, Nuss, Oberon, Odysseus, Okeanos, Olympians, Olympus, Omardz, Original Exclusive Twenties, Original Illinois Club, Orion, Orpheus, Osiris, Pan, Pandora, Pegasus, Pericles, Petronius, Phunny Phorty Phellows, Phoenix, Pickwick Club, Les Pierrettes, Polyphemus, Poseidon, Prometheans, Prometheus, Prophets of Persia, Proteus, Quins, Rex, Rhea, Roi David, Le Samedi Gras, Sampson and Delilah, Savantes, Shangri-La, Shreveport Mardi Gras, Sonians, Sparta, Squires, Sundance, Sunday Sinners, Sweet Arts Ball, Tekawana, Terpsichore, Terpsichorean Revelers, Theron, Thoth, Titanians, Tulania, Twelfth Night Revelers, Ulysses, Venus, Vikings, Virgilians, Vulcan, Yami, Young Men's Hebrew Association, Young Men's Illinois Club, Zeus, and Zulu


  • 1857-2010

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Protective Storage

Comus volumes 1 and 2 stored in protective storage.

Out for Exhibit Loan

Items from the Proteus series, Costume Designs, 1882-1909 sub-series are currently out on exhibit loan and unavailable for research. Please contact for more information.

Conditions Governing Use

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


102.00 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

Arranged in six series: 1. Ephemera: Invitations, programs, cards, printed material, broadsides, proclamations, posters, oversized ; 2. Original float designs; 3. Original costume designs; 4. Float plates (bulletins); 5. Audiovisual materials: photographs* and other audiovisual materials, including Emile Rainold collection of color slides; 6. Realia: Krewe favors, pins, medals, jewels, scepters, carnival throws, doubloons, cups, beads. In addition are other non-900 collections, including the Otto Stierle (Collection 902) Carnival collection, including Gay Carnival materials. Within series, organized by krewe. *Photograph Boxes 3-5 contain photographs arranged by subject matter (parages, groups, scene), not krewe.

Source of Acquisition

Acquired from numerous donors, with continuous additions.

Other Descriptive Information

Digitized items from LaRC's Carnival collection can be found at:

Processing Information

Processing status is in progress and description within this finding aid may contain errors. If any errors are encountered, please contact Special Collections Research Services at

Eira Tansey, Kathryn Rumer, Christine Horn
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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