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Ray Thompson Collection of Louisiana Architecture Photographs

Identifier: SEAA-067

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of 246, mostly 8” x 10” black and white silver gelatin prints of photographs of historic Louisiana architecture, principally in New Orleans.


  • 1890–1960


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 prints were collected by Thompson and include photographers Charles Franck, Frances Benjamin Johnston, and Wood “Pops” Whitesell. Thompson was a New Orleans public relations figure who collected the photographs in connection with his work.


0.63 Linear Feet (3 albums)

Language of Materials



This collection was arranged by the photographer across three photograph albums. Unless noted, photographs are undated. Popular, contemporary photo titles were used by the photographer.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Photographs were purchased by Tulane from the widow of Ray Thompson in 1973.

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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