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Frank G. Otis papers

Identifier: LaRC-127

Content Description

This collection consists of personal, business, and collected papers of Frank G. Otis of New Orleans, La. Included are typed correspondence, greeting cards, post cards, telegrams, business papers, financial documents, family photographs, diaries, insurance and tax papers, calling cards, invitations and other items of social ephemera, a metal calling card case, ribbons, a rubber stamp, travel logbooks and souvenirs, menus, an address book, advertisements, newspaper clippings and other printed items. Correspondents included his brother William, Gus Katz, the U. S. Board of Economic Warfare, architects, attorneys, a real estate agent, and an interior decorator. Numerous post cards from soldiers on duty during World War I were received by Otis Manufacturing Co., acknowledging a gift of cigarettes.


  • 1800-1961


Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Frank G. Otis (ca. 1888-1961) was a New Orleans businessman who worked as an importer and manufacturer of mahogany. Otis Manufacturing Company was established in 1867. In the early twentieth century, Frank Otis arranged the construction of apartment homes, one of which was leased by Gustave Katz (1870-1940), a partner in the Katz & Besthoff drug stores. Mr. Otis traveled extensively in Latin America, on business, and participated in activities of the U. S. Board of Economic Warfare in the World War II era.


6 Linear Feet (8 boxes)

Language of Materials



Arranged by document type and chronologically. Boxes are marked 1-4, 18-20, and 22; boxes 5-17 and 21 were withdrawn in 1998.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired in 1962.

Frank G. Otis papers
Written for WorldCat/OCLC by Susanna Powers. Edited and entered into ArchivesSpace by Andrew Mullins, III.
2016 April 12
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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