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Nathaniel Cortlandt Curtis Papers

Identifier: LaRC-5

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, photographs, architectural drawings, original artwork, newspaper clippings, printed material, and other papers from Nathaniel Cortlandt Curtis (1881-1953). The manuscripts for most of his publications are included in this collection. There are also manuscripts for two novels and several essays.


  • 1906-1953


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

Nathaniel Cortlandt Curtis (1881-1953) was head of architecture at Tulane University from 1912 to 1917 when he left New Orleans. He returned to New Orleans in 1920 to teach part-time at Tulane and to work with the architectural firm of Goldstein, Parham and Labouisse until his death. Curtis published several books and novels, including Architectural Composition and New Orleans, Its Old Houses, Shops and Public Buildings. He also designed Jones Hall, the Louisiana Research Collection's current home. His son, Nathaniel Cortlandt Curtis, Jr. (1917-1997), was also a prominent architect, helping to found the firm Curtis and Davis. The firm was responsible for the main branch of the New Orleans Public Library, the Superdome, and many other area buildings.


10.00 Boxes

5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials



The collection is 5 linear feet and consists of 10 boxes and 1 oversize folder. It is arranged into eight series: 1) Correspondence, 2) Professional manuscripts, 3) Literary manuscripts (unpublished), 4) Notebooks, 5) Drawings, 6) Photographs, 7) Printed material, and 8) Newspaper clippings.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Nathaniel Cortlandt Curtis and Nathaniel Cortlandt Curtis, Jr. Date acquired: 01/07/1949.

Accruals and Additions

Donation by Curtis' son (Nathaniel Cortlandt Curtis, Jr.) made in 1970.

Processing Information

Collection processed in 1991 by JH.

Archon Finding Aid Title
Eira Tansey
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US