Resources

Quite a lot of research goes into the making of each event. Approximately 80% is from libraries, archives, and special collections. Included in this percentage is the fact that, occasionally, the material comes from filing cabinets and records of existing businesses and the personal collections of ordinary people. Felicity Redevelopment is an example of the former. Examples of the later are Stewart Butler and Blanchard “Skip” Ward. 

Pre-COVID-19, researching was performed in real, brick-and-mortar locations. Such as The Historic New Orleans Collection-Williams Research Center, Loyola University New Orleans Special Collections & Archives Archival & Manuscript Collections, The Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC), and the Faerie Playhouse.

Online resources come in handy during a pandemic. Check-out the evolving Glossary of LGBTQIA+ terms compiled by Marianna Mezhibovskaya in honor of the 2020 Letters Read season.

Digital newspaper archives are also a wealth of primary source information. 

Working backward from our 13th regular programming event—excluding Incubator readings—here is an edited list of resources that helped frame the project narratives.