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James R. Lamantia, Jr. Office Records and Collection

Identifier: SEAA-084

Scope and Contents

This collection includes project drawings for museum exhibitions and commercial, educational, recreational, religious, and residential commissions. European drawings and project photo negatives, which were collected during his career, are also maintained. Projects were done in New Orleans, throughout Louisiana, in New York, NY, and a few other cities throughout the United States. Photographic negatives were created by Frank Lotz Miller and feature projects and models by Burk, LeBreton, and Lamantia; and Lawrence and Saunders.


  • Creation: 1501–1990


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

New Orleans architect and artist James Rogers Lamantia, Jr. (1923-2011) was a graduate of Tulane University’s School of Architecture (B.S. 1943) and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design (M.Arch. 1947). Lamantia worked on his own, and was a named partner with the New Orleans firm, Burk, LeBreton, and Lamantia. After graduating from Harvard, he returned to Tulane’s School of Architecture where he taught for many years. He was appointed full professor in 1974, director of the school’s graduate program in 1985, and named Richard Koch Chair in Architecture in 1993. He received the Prix de Rome, a fellowship in architecture, from the American Academy in Rome in 1948. In 1978 he served as Fulbright Professor at the University of Jordan, Amman. His work also included painting, and was exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum and Whitney Museum in New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago.


135.76 Linear Feet (36 folders, 6 boxes, 6 photo negative boxes)

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This collection is arranged into six series: Series 1: Project Drawings; Series 2: Figure, Furniture, and Restoration Drawings; Series 3: Project Photographs; Series 4: European Drawings; Series 5: Lawrence and Saunders Project Negatives; Series 6: Burk, LeBreton, and Lamantia Project Negatives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Records and collections of drawings and other items were given by James R. Lamantia, Jr. to Tulane in groups from 1980 - 2000.

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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