Louisiana Historical Society records
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.
- Louisiana Historical Society. (Organization)
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.
Language of Materials
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.
Collection processed in 1992 by Sue McGrady Woodward.
- Wilkinson, Hugh M. (Hugh Miller), 1890-1973.
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- Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Louisiana Historical Society.
- Membership lists Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
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- Minute books Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Newsletters Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Proceedings Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Reports Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
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