Monday, November 5, 2018

Bibliography and Research Methods class visit

We welcomed Tulane English Professor Melissa Bailes' Bibligraphy and Records Methods class to SEAA last week to learn about our holdings, and how we might be able to help in her students' research projects. We brought out items from our Albert Weiblen Marble and Granite Company records to give the class an idea of information a single collection might contain (and because it was Halloween). We focused on presentation renderings used to show clients proposals by the Weiblen company for tombs, plaster scale models of classical tombs made by the Lachin family of New Orleans, Weiblen's stone sample box, which includes granite from Weiblen's quarries at Stone Mountain, Georgia (Albert Weiblen's brother George helped carve the Confederate bas relief on the mountain's side), art glass samples, decorative bronze reliefs, bronze color samples for tomb doors made by the Gorham Company in New York from 1910, photos of Weiblen stone carvers, masons, and builders from 1931, and the only known surviving enamel sign used to mark newly erected Weiblen tombs from the 19teens.

Ink wash rendering for prospective tomb, unidentified client/location. 1923.

Watercolor rendering for Salvatore D'Antoni tomb, Metairie Cemetery, New Orleans,
Ca. 1920s. Stanley R. Poole, architect for the Weiblen Company.

Color samples for bronze doors, 1910, Gorham Company, New York.

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