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E.A. Burke papers

Identifier: LaRC-680

Scope and Contents

The collection contains honorary diplomas, correspondence, papers related to Burke's involvement as Chairman of the Committee on Registration of the Conservative Democratic Party, as well as financial records, including receipts, deposit notes and certificates, account books, and checks. There are also event and performance programs, telegrams, invitations, correspondence with members of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union as well as with Clara Barton of the American Association of the Red Cross, and calling cards. Also included is correspondence and other material related to Burke being the Director General of the New Orleans 1885 World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition.


  • 1837-1919
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1865-1889


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

E.A. Burke was a prominent citizen of New Orleans during the Reconstruction period. He played an important role in New Orleans social and political life. Burke may have served in the Union Army during the Civil War, but claimed to have been a Confederate major. He was Controller General in Galveston Texas, Executive Member of the Conservative Democratic Party, and Director General of the New Orleans 1885 World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition (1884-1885). Burke was managing editor of the New Orleans newspaper New Orleans Democrat, which merged with the New Orleans Times to become the Times-Democrat in 1881. Active in Reconstruction politics, Burke rose in the Democratic Party in New Orleans and was elected as Louisiana State Treasurer in 1878. He served as Treasurer until 1888 and was indicted in the following year for embezzlements of state bonds totaling over 1,000,000 dollars. He fled to Honduras where he resisted extradition and lived out his life.


1.00 Boxes

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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by topic as follows: E.A. Burke political and personal papers; correspondence, invitations, programs, and other papers; cards; correspondence; financial papers; oversize materials, including certificates and diplomas. The collection is made up of one box and one oversize folder.

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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US