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Société française records

Identifier: LaRC-47

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of records of the Société française de bienfaisance et d'assistance mutuelle de la Nouvelle Orléans, and of its Hôpital français. Included are handwritten, typed, and printed financial records, minutes, correspondence, clippings, hospital forms, poster of hospital guest rules, and other records. The collection also contains issues of the Rapport annuel de la Société française de bienfaisance et d'assistance mutuelle de la Nouvelle Orléans, which document the activities of the benevolent organization and the hospital, and list mortuary services and pharmacies in the city.


  • 1849-1937


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

Société française de bienfaisance et d'assistance mutuelle de la Nouvelle Orléans was organized in 1839 and incorporated in 1843. Its first hospital was established in 1844 in the Faubourg Tremé on Bayou Road near N. Robertson, and was known as Asile de la Société française. The name translated into English, French Benevolent and Mutual Aid Society of New Orleans, was sometimes used interchangeably with the phrase, French Hospital. In 1881, the society acquired the block cornering on Orleans and St. Ann; in 1914, additions were made to those buildings facing Orleans. The society operated a hospital at that location until 1949. In 1951, the buildings and land were sold to the Knights of Peter Claver, a Roman Catholic fraternal organization for African Americans.


9 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by topic as follows: regulations; letters, accounts, specifications, and reports in English; letters, reports, invitations, and bills in French; bills, reports, and letters; pamphlets; specifications for an addition to the hospital; and minute books and ledgers. The collection consists of 1 box and 31 volumes. It is 9 linear feet.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of French Hospital. Date acquired: 11/30/1937.

Other Descriptive Information

OCLC Number: 642354759

Processing Information

Processed ('Cataloged') in 1956. Revised in 1984. First created in Archon on 5/10/2010. Updated with creator and subject headings on 7/23/2010.

Jazmin Smith
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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