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Caroline Plaff collection on John McDonogh

Identifier: LaRC-1050

Scope and Contents

This collection of materials focuses on the life and work of John McDonogh (1779-1850). The philanthropist, at the time of his death, donated a significant amount of money to the City of New Orleans, enough to open over two dozen public schools. Caroline Pfaff, District Superintendent of Schools in New Orleans during the 1930s, studied the "McDonogh" schools opened using the McDonogh funds as well as McDonogh himself. There is also a book on the court case involving the states of Louisiana and Maryland versus the estate of John McDonogh and the cities of New Orleans and Baltimore (1852).


  • 1852, 1931-1941



The collection is stored offsite. Researchers must contact at least two business days (48 business hours) in advance for access to these materials.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Caroline Pfaff was the District Superintendent of Schools in New Orleans during the 1930s. She did intensive research on John McDonogh and the public "McDonogh" schools opened in New Orleans using his bequest.


1.00 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged alphabetically by topic. The collection consists of one box. It is 1 linear foot.

Processing Information

Processed by LAC Group in 2011.

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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