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Bernard Lemann papers

Identifier: LaRC-237

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of academic and personal papers of Tulane Professor of Architecture, Bernard Lemann. Included are correspondence, manuscripts and typescripts of reports, galley proofs, handwritten notes, and other research, photocopies, printed material, and newspaper clippings.


  • 1936-1981
  • Other: Date acquired: 06/12/1973


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

Bernard Lemann was born September 7, 1905, in Donaldsonville, Louisiana. His parents were Ferdinand Bernard Lemann (a merchant and sugar planter) and Mathile Madeleine Frank Lemann. He married Eleanor Jane Terhune in 1945; they had two children, John Ferdinand and Jeremy. Bernard Lemann was educated in art and architecture at Tulane University, Columbia University, and Harvard University. His wartime service was as a civilian with the National Parks and a mental hospital (1943-1946). He was active in various professional and civic organizations, and authored and contributed to several monographs concerning Louisiana history and architecture. During his teaching career, he held positions at the University of Kentucky, Tulane University, Columbia University, and Universidad Landivar, Guatemala. In 1975 he produced a survey on the Irish Channel as part of an architectural seminar in historic preservation at Tulane University. He died in New Orleans, December 3, 2000.


14 Linear Feet

Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by topic, then chronologically. It consists of 26 boxes. It is 14 linear feet.

Source of Acquisition

Dr. Bernard Lemann.

Method of Acquisition


Accruals and Additions

Addition materials added in 1974, 1975, and 1976.

Other Descriptive Information

OCLC Number: 467965707

Processing Information

Collection processed in 1972. Archon record created in February 2010. Revised inventory by Megan Hawkins in 2018.
Archon Finding Aid Title
Under Revision
Jazmin Smith
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US