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Ben C. Toledano New Orleans Collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Collection 40

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of a wide variety of items related to New Orleans, Mardi Gras and the South in general. These items were collected personally by Toledano.


  • Created: 1865-1971
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1930-1961
  • Other: Date acquired: 02/11/2001


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the J. Edgar and Louis S. Monroe Library, Loyola University New Orleans.  Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. Copyright Laws.

Biographical or Historical Information

Harnett Kane was a native of New Orleans who authored over 25 books, often about New Orleans or the South. Kane also worked as a reporter for The New Orleans Item. He participated in a regular correspondence with Mrs. Nell Henson, a New Orleans book reviewer and wife of Dr. C. C. Henson, a prominent local educator. Their correspondence in this collection mainly concerns his recent writings. Riley Scott was a poet who appears to have been active in the early 20th century. His poems were sent specifically to the husband of Nell Henson, Mr. C. C. Henson. The publications in the collection include several southern university periodicals, such as Delta and Dalliance from Louisiana State University and the Loyola Law Journal. Additionally, local New Orleans publications include issues of Arts and Industries, Double Dealer and Southern Manufacturer. There are also several publications from the first public high school for boys in Louisiana, Warren Easton Boys’ High School (nowWarren Easton Charter School). Sheet music in the collection features songs from New Orleans institutions such as Loyola University of the South and the Louisiana State National Guard, as well as music by Louisiana composers such as L.M. Gottschalk and Roark Bradford. Also included are German compositions, reflecting New Orleans’ 19th century German music community. The collection also contains ephemera from New Orleans businesses and Mardi Gras krewes, as well as scrapbooks documenting New Orleans in the Nineteenth and Twentieth century.

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Ben C. Toledano was a New Orleans lawyer, activist, and politician active during the late 20th century. Toledano was also a prolific collector of literary material and material related to New Orleans.

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged into 6 series based on material type: I. Harnett Kane and Mrs. Nell Henson Correspondence and Clippings (chronological). II. Riley Scott Poems. III. Serials and publications. (alphabetical.) IV. Ephemera (chronological). V. Sheet music (chronological.) VI. Scrapbooks.

Source of Acquisition

Toledano, Ben C.

Method of Acquisition

Gift, 2000.08

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Repository Details

Part of the J. Edgar and Louis S. Monroe Library, Special Collections & Archives Repository

6363 St Charles Ave
New Orleans 70118 US