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Louisiana Image Collection

Identifier: LaRC-1081

Scope and Contents

This collection contains various images of Louisiana from around 1850 to 1990. The majority of the material is from the earlier half of the 20th Century with a concentration on the 1960s. The collection is wide-ranging and visually documents the lives of Louisianians in relation to places and organizations, notable events, Louisiana industries, plants and wildlife. The collection is largely composed of photographs and postcards, but also includes some sketches, reproductions of paintings, invitations, etc.


  • 1850-1990

Restrictions on Access

Series 1 through 12 are open to the public.

Conditions Governing Use

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


100 Linear Feet (204 boxes)

Language of Materials

No linguistic content; Not applicable


This collection is organized into twelve series:

Series 1: Places

This series is organized first alphabetically by town or city name. Of the places in Louisiana covered, the most extensive is New Orleans, which spans boxes 3 through to 18 and is organized alphabetically by topic as follows: asylums, banks and exchanges, bars, churches, cemeteries, courtyards, government buildings, hospitals, hotels, landmarks, libraries, markets, museums, neighborhoods, office buildings, parks and squares, residences, retail stores, schools, signage, streets, transportation, universities and colleges, and views. Plantations, bridges, and forts come after towns/cities and span boxes 20 through 25.

Series 2: People, Monuments, and Organizations

This series categorizes people first by occupation, and then, when no occupation is discernable, by photo category (e.g. school photos, leisure, individuals, groups, etc.). This is followed by monuments and then organizations, which are both arranged alphabetically. Where applicable, alphabetical ordering is by last name first.

Series 3: Events, Industries, Flora and Fauna

This series is organized with events first, then industries, followed by flora and fauna. Events are organized by type (celebrations, disasters, military events, pastimes, political events), industries are organized by type (construction, fruits and vegetables, ironwork, lumber, mining, petroleum, sugar, factories, maritime activity). Boxes 34 and 35 contain photos of "maritime activity" which includes shipping of goods from various industries and various ships and boats.

Series 4: Postcards

This series is organized into three separate sections (1) New Orleans (2) Cities and Towns in Louisiana; and (3) Louisiana (General). Material within each section is organized topically in alphabetical order and rouhly follows the organization of series 1.

Series 5: Portraits

This series is organized alphabetically by last name with separate folders for each subject.

Series 6: Huber Images

This series composed of a collection donated by New Orleans businessman, historian, civic leader, and writer Leonard V. Huber (1903-1984). It is organized topically in alphabetical order.

Series 7: Oversize Images

Series 7 roughly follows the organization of the preceding series in total.

Series 8: Joseph Jones Steamboat Collection

Series 8 is arranged in three sub-series: Steamboats, People, and Places. Each sub-series is arranged alphabetically by name.

Series 9: Carnival Series

This series is arranged alphabetically by Krewe name. Non-krewe images are titled with a basic description of the photograph and arranged alphabetically.

Series 10: Trade Cards

The Trade Cards series is arranged alphabetically by consumer products.

Series 11: Joseph H. Epstein, Jr., collection of New Orleans commercial real estate photographs

Joseph H. Epstein, Jr., collection series is arranged alphabetically by street names. This series spans boxes 202 and 203.

Series 12: Photographs for "The Rooster."

Photographs for "The Rooster" series is arranged alphabetically by place.This series comprises box 204.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Alix Rivière and Kyle DeCoste in 2014-2016. Revisions by Leon Miller and Stephanie Jolissaint.

Louisiana Image collection finding aid
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Original by Kyle DeCoste. Additions by Leon Miller and Stephanie Jolissaint.
2016 July 22
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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