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Louisiana Historical Society records

Identifier: LaRC-854

Scope and Contents

The oldest historical organization in the state, the Louisiana Historical Society was founded in 1835. The collection consists of the organizational records of the Louisiana Historical Society, including correspondence, a history of the Society, newsletters, agendas, reports, cassettes, receipts, other financial records, member lists, publications, pictures, minutes, and proceedings. There is a significant amount of correspondence from President Hugh Wilkinson in 1962 as well as minute books (1877-1897, 1983-1990) and copies (from 1893-1920) and microfilm aperture cards.


  • 1877-1997


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

The oldest historical organization in the state, the Louisiana Historical Society was founded in 1835. During the 19th century, the Society was the official custodian of the colonial records of Louisiana, including the French Superior Council records and the Spanish judicial records of the Cabildo. In 1906, the Society promoted a legislative act to create the Louisiana State Museum to be housed in the old Cabildo on Jackson Square. Among the presidents of the Society have been such prominent individuals as Supreme Court Judges Henry A. Bullard and Francois Xavier Martin, and historians Charles Gayarre and Alcée Fortier. The Society began publishing the Louisiana Historical Quarterly in 1895 and still presents monthly public lectures on subjects relevant to Louisiana history.


5.00 Boxes

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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by topic as follows: 1) correspondence; 2) history, newsletters, activities, and financial records; 3) membership, publications, tours, and essays; 4) minutes; 5) microfilm and cassettes; and 6) other minutes. The collection consists of five boxes and three volumes.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Louisiana Historical Society. Date acquired: 02/10/1992.

Accruals and Additions

Additional material added to the collection in 1998.

Processing Information

Collection processed in 1992 by Sue McGrady Woodward.

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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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