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Clarence John Laughlin Photograph collection

Identifier: SEAA-026

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographic prints with views of buildings in and around the New Orleans area, as well as some Louisiana plantation views by Louisiana photographer Clarence John Laughlin (1905-1985).


  • 1930s–1950s


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

At the height of his career, Laughlin was recognized as a leading photographer, and is best known for his book showing Louisiana and Mississippi plantation views, Ghosts Along the Mississippi.


77.33 Linear Feet (75 photographic prints, 1 folder)

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This collection is arranged by subject.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Prints were purchased in 1955 by Garland Taylor, then librarian of Howard-Tilton Library. They were interfiled in the picture files in the Reference Department in the library. The picture files were transferred to the Louisiana Collection (now the Louisiana Research Collection) in 1968, and the Laughlin prints were then transferred to SEAA in 1980. Photograph of Rosedown Plantation given by Martha Robinson, circa the 1970s.

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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