Greater New Orleans Archives Directory

The Greater New Orleans Archivists first published this brief, repository-level guide to area archival research archives in December 1996 as a brochure and digital publication. This list does not include business archives.

Amistad Research Center
Tilton Hall
Tulane University
6823 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans LA 70118
8:30-4:30 M-F; 9:00-1:00 Sat.
Chris Harter, Director of Library and Reference Services
The center is an archives and special collections library for the study of race relations and ethnic/racial history and culture. Houses over ten million documents, 20k volumes, oral histories, and significant art and photograph holdings.

Archdiocesan Archives
Office of Archives and Records
Archdiocese of New Orleans
7887 Walmsley Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70125-3496
504-861-6241, fx: 504-866-2906
By appointment
Emilie Leumas, Archivist
The archives has four main sections: sacramental and cemetery records (1718 – ca. 1900); archdiocesan historical records (Spanish colonial period – present); several manuscript collections (e.g. Baudier Collection); and a small research library. The archives serves as the archdiocesan records management office.

Archives of the Dominican Sisters of Peace
580 Broadway
New Oreans LA 70118
By appointment
Sr. Shirley Bodisch,  O.P., Archivist
Dominican Sisters records from 1860.

Archives of the Sisters of Mercy
301 N. Jefferson Davis Pky
P.O. Box 19024
New Orleans LA 70179
By appointment
Sr. Mary Hermenia Muldry, Archivist
Records of the order and Southern branch convents.

Carmel Archives
420 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
New Orleans LA 70124-2596
By appointment
Sister Therese Gregoire, O.Carm., Archivist
Records for Sisters of Mt. Carmel from 1833. Includes some information about the Treme area of New Orleans in the mid 1800’s, School for Free Women of Color (1838-1897), Orphan Asylum records (1869-1919), and early years of St. Augustine.

Center for African and African-American Studies
Southern University at New Orleans
Administration Building, Room 209
Southern University at New Orleans
6400 Press Dr.
New Orleans LA 70126
Linda Hill, Curator/Archivist
Archives focusing on Africa and the African-American experience and an extensive African art collection.

Dillard University Archives and Special Collections
Will W. Alexander Library
Dillard University
2601 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans LA 70122
9:00-4:00 M-F (appointment recommended)
The Archives & Special Collections, which is focused primarily on southern African American history and culture, is comprised of records and material from New Orleans University, Straight College and Dillard University, Flint-Goodridge Hospital, a United Methodist Church Collection, a rare book collection covering architecture, African American literature and Southern history and Matthew Henson artifacts.

The Historic New Orleans Collection
Williams Research Center
410 Chartres St.
New Orleans LA 70130
504-598-7171, fx: 504-598-7168
9:30-4:30 Tu-Sat.
Collections reflect aspects of the history and culture of the Gulf South, Louisiana, and New Orleans. Research fields include colonial Louisiana, Louisiana Purchase, Civil War, cartography, plantations, urban development, Louisiana artists, architecture, jazz, French Quarter, and Mardi Gras.

Louisiana National Guard Museums
Jackson Barracks Military Library
Building 4209
6400 St. Claude Ave
New Orleans LA 70117
M-F 10-4, Sat. by appointment
Bev Boyko, Archivist
Collection contains the State of Louisiana’s military history.

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
419 Decatur St.
New Orleans LA 70130-1035
504-589-3882 ext. 114; fx: 504-589-3851
By appointment
Chalmette National Cemetery records, archeological research and documentation, historical studies, cultural diversity studies of the lower Mississippi delta, natural history studies of the park’s land holdings.

Latin American Library
Tulane University
7001 Freret St.
New Orleans LA 70118
Manuscript collections about Latin America, especially Mexico and Central America.

Louisiana Historical Center
400 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans LA 70116
Open to researchers 10:00-12:00; 1:00-4:00, Tuesday – Friday
Sarah-Elizabeth Gundlach, Curator
The Louisiana Historical Center, located in the French Quarter at the Old U.S. Mint, is one of America’s great archives. Since it opened in 1982, the Center has served thousands of researchers from around the world. In addition to its collections of Colonial-era manuscripts and maps, the Louisiana Historical Center houses a wealth of primary and secondary source materials in a wide range of media.

Louisiana Research Collection (LaRC)
Tulane University
Room 202, Jones Hall
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans LA 70118
504-865-5685; Fx: 504-865-5671
9:00-5:00 M-F, 9:00-1:00 Sat. (spring and fall), 10:00-1:00 Sat. (summer)
Leon Miller, head, Louisiana Research Collection
Combines one of the more comprehensive research archives (with almost four linear miles of documents from the founding of the city to the present) with a major Louisiana research library, creating a unified resource for archives, books, maps, images, and ephemera. Special strengths are Carnival, Colonial Louisiana, Civil War, Ephemera, Jewish studies, Louisiana politics, medical history, social welfare, Southern literature, waterways, and women’s studies.

Louisiana State University Medical Center
433 Bolivar St.
New Orleans LA 70112
By appointment
Institutional records and faculty personal papers.

Loyola University Special Collections and Archives
J. Edgar & Louise S. Monroe Library
Loyola University New Orleans
6363 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118
8:30-4:45 M-F
Trish Nugent, Special Collections Librarian/Archivist
Documents the history of Louisiana, the South, the Society of Jesus, and Loyola University New Orleans. The collection derives much of its identity from its Jesuit holdings which include the Archives of the New Orleans Province of the Society of Jesus and the personal papers of notable Jesuits. This Jesuit identity laid the foundation for the collection’s expansion into such diverse areas as social justice, environmental activism, public affairs, literature, and the arts.

The National World War II Museum Archives
945 Magazine St.
New Orleans LA 70130
By appointment
Kimberly Guise, Curator
Contains predominantly personal correspondence, photographs and military documentation on individuals who experienced the war spanning all military branches plus civilians, across all theaters of war and the Home Front.

New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
John T. Christian Library
4410 Seminary Place
New Orleans LA 70126
504-282-4455 x3221, fx: 402-816-8429
8:00-5:00 M-F (closed 12:00-1:00)
Connie Pong, Special Collections Librarian
Consists of materials relating to NOBTS and its faculty, staff, and students. Also contains some materials on the Louisiana Baptist Convention, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the World Baptist Alliance, as well as individual SBC churches and pastors. Also has a rare book collection.

New Orleans Fire Department Museum
Currently Closed
1135 Washington Ave.
New Orleans LA 70130
Log books documenting fire department personnel and New Orleans fires 1891 – present.

New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Foundation Archive
901 Toulouse St.
New Orleans LA 70112
504-558-6138, fx: 504-558-6137
By appointment
Rachel E. Lyons, Archivist
Documentation on the foundation’s programs and enterprises including the Jazz & Heritage Festival, Congo Square Lecture Series, Heritage School of Music and WWOZ radio station.

New Orleans Jazz Museum
400  Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans LA 70116
8:30-4:30 T-F
Greg Lambousy, Director
The New Orleans Jazz Museum collection is the largest and most comprehensive of its kind in the world and chronicles the music and careers of the men and women who created, enhanced and continue in the tradition of New Orleans jazz at the local, national and international levels. It consists of instruments, pictorial sheet music, photographs, records, tapes, manuscripts and other items.   The Reading Room is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  The Reading Room is located on the second floor of the New Orleans Jazz Museum.  Hours are 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.  to 4:00 p.m.

New Orleans Public Library
Louisiana Division/City Archives
219 Loyola Ave
New Orleans LA 70112-2044
504-596-2610; fx: 504-596-2609
10:00-8:00 M-Thu., 10:00-5:00 Fri-Sat., 1:00-5:00 Sun
Christina Bryant, Archivist
Official municipal archives for the City of New Orleans (1769 to date); repository for Orleans Civil (1804-1926) and Criminal (1830-1931) Courts; map and photograph collection; card indexes to obituaries and news items in local newspapers (1804-1972); non-archival manuscripts, rare books, genealogy, and carnival collections.

Newcomb College Center for Research on Women
Caroline Richardson Hall
62 Newcomb Place, #100
New Orleans LA 70118
504-865-5238, fx: 504-862-8948
Susan Tucker, Archivist
Official archives of Newcomb College. Also preserves documents on women’s education and experiences.

Notarial Archives Division
Clerk of Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans
1340 Poydras Street Suite 500
New Orleans LA 70112
504-407-0106 (Research Center); 504-407-0006 (Filing Office); 504-407-0113 (Archivist); 504-407-0000 (Orleans Parish Clerk of Civil District Court)
8:30-5:00 M-F
Sally Sinor, Archivist
The Notarial Archives, a division of the Clerk of Civil District court, holds over 40 million pages of notarial contracts (1735 to date). The office also houses plans and blueprints including a collection of nineteenth century large scale watercolor drawings.

Nunez Community College Archives
3710 Paris Road
Chalmette LA 70043
504-680-2609, fx: 504-680-2584
By appointment
Records of Nunez Community College, St. Bernard Parish Community College, Nunez Vo-Tech Institute, Frank Fernandez papers, St. Bernard Parish history.

Ochsner Archives
Ochsner Medical Library
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
tel:504-842-3760, fx:504-842-5339
7:30-5:00, M-F
Courtney Masters, Archivist

The Ochsner Archives focuses on preserving the historically significant records of Ochsner Health System and make these materials available to authorized researchers. The collection is comprised of records, papers, documents, manuscripts, photographs, videos, oral histories, medical tools, and unique Ochsner memorabilia.

Sisters of the Holy Family Collection
6901 Chef Menteur Hwy
New Orleans LA 70126
By appointment
Sisters of the Holy Family and their work.

Southeastern Architectural Archives
Tulane University
Room 300, Jones Hall
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans LA 70118
504 247-1836
Kevin Williams, Archivist
Plans and drawings, photographs, and office records of architectural firms dating from the 1830s through the 1980s, representing more than 200 architects.

Touro Infirmary Archives
Gumbel Bldg.
1401 Foucher St.
(Chestnut, corner Aline St.)
New Orleans LA 70115
504-897-8090, fx: 504-897-8322
9:00-4:00 Tu-Thur.
Catherine C. Kahn, Archivist
Founded by Judah Touro in 1852, Touro Infirmary is New Orleans’ oldest private hospital. Its collection (1852 to present) includes the hospital’s historical records, annual reports, minute books, 19th-century admission records and photographs. Artifacts include early medical instruments and nursing uniforms.

Tulane University Archives
Tulane University
Room 202, Jones Hall
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans LA 70118
504-865-5685, fx: 504-865-5671
9:00-5:00 M-F, 9:00-1:00 Sat. (spring and fall), 10:00-1:00 Sat. (summer)
Ann Case, University Archivist
Official records of Tulane University, including theses, dissertations, catalogs, publications, presidential papers, and other university records.

University of New Orleans
Louisiana and Special Collections Department
Earl K. Long Library
New Orleans LA 70148
504-280-6544; fx: 504-280-7277
10:00-4:30 T, W, F (Please note that intersessions and occasional staff absences may disrupt service.)
Connie Phelps, Lead Librarian
More than 350 collections of manuscripts and archives, including the official archives of the university, the Louisiana State Supreme Court, the Orleans Parish School Board, and The Chamber/New Orleans and the River Region, to name but a few. Strengths include post-19th-century ethnic and business records of New Orleans.

Ursuline Convent Collection, Archives and Museum
2734 Nashville Ave.
New Orleans LA 70115
By appointment
Mary Lee Berner Harris, Curator
The Ursuline Community and the Ursuline Academy of New Orleans.

William Ransom Hogan Archive of New Orleans Jazz
Tulane University
Room 304, Jones Hall
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans LA 70118
Bruce Boyd Raeburn, head, Hogan Jazz Archive and Director, Special Collections
Primary and secondary material pertaining to jazz music. Includes records and papers, oral histories, recorded music, photographs, sheet music, and clippings.

Xavier University Archives and Special Collections
1 Drexel Drive
New Orleans LA 70125
504-520-7655, fx: 504-520-7917
8:00-4:00 M-F
Irwin Lachoff, Archivist
The University Archives preserves official records of the university. Special Collections contains archival holdings on African-American history, the American South and the Gulf-Caribbean region, and U.S. Catholicism.

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Updated 9/25/2017