Monday, September 30, 2013

Charlee LaChatte and Friends: Collecting Cats at Tulane

Are you an admirer of cats? Are you interested in looking at illustrated rare books?

An upcoming exhibit organized by Howard-Tilton Memorial Library will be purr-fect for you. Visitors to the exhibit will see cats as mythical creatures on carnival floats and as dashing highway robbers; in varying poses on antique woodcut prints, painted illustrations, and covers of works such as music scores.

The exhibit will be on display in William Merrick Jones Hall in its 2nd Floor gallery across from the Victor H. and Margaret A. Schiro Reading Room (Room 202).  A special opening will be held in the gallery on Wednesday, October 2, from 5-6:30 pm, and will be free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will continue through October 31 from 9 am-5 pm weekdays and 9 am-1 pm on Saturday.

Included in the exhibit will be selections from the library's Rare Books acquired as part of the Charlee LaChatte book collection, as well as related examples of the holdings of the Hogan Jazz Archive and the Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC).

The Charlee LaChatte book collection has centered on Anglo-American literary production between 1880 and 1960, although there are examples as far back as the 16th Century and an increasing number of alternative press and graphic novels from various literary traditions.  The collection focuses on the relationship between domestic pets and people and the iconography of cats in the book arts.  Many of the works to be displayed relate specifically to themes of childhood, innocence, role-playing, and performance.

If you have questions about the exhibit or the Charlee LaChatte collection, please contact Joshua Lupkin, Chief Bibliographer for the Humanities at Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, at

1 comment:

Julie Grob said...

How fun! I am an admirer of both cats and rare books.