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Collection of Reproductions of Theodore Lilienthal New Orleans Photographs

Identifier: SEAA-020

Scope and Contents

This collection includes copy prints, which were made in 2000, of the original albumen photographs created for the Paris Exposition of 1867. Subjects include, but are not limited to, city districts; churches, synagogues, and convents; hospitals and mental asylums; schools and colleges; streets and neighborhoods; public parks, docks, and waterways; commercial and government buildings; and personal and communal residences.


  • 1867-2000


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is the physical property of Tulane University Special Collections. Copyright belongs to the creators or their legal heirs and assigns. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or owner’s heir for permission to publish where Tulane University Special Collections does not hold the copyright. For further information, please contact Research Services at

Biographical / Historical

The City of New Orleans commissioned Thomas Lilienthal, a German-born 19th century New Orleans photographer, to create these photographs for a campaign to promote the city in post-Civil War times. At the end of the Paris Exposition, the photographs, kept in a portfolio titled "La Nouvelle Orleans et ses environs", were presented to French Emperor Napoleon III.


0.31 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Custodial History

The photographs were included in the possessions of Napoleon III, housed in his family’s home in Arenenberg, Switzerland. The home is now the Napoleon Museum Thurgau, and operates as a house museum, where these original photographs reside. The originals were exhibited at Tulane University and the New Orleans Museum of Art in 2000. SEAA’s set of copy prints was paid for by SEAA, with the consent of the Napoleon Museum, for the benefit of regional researchers.

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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