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New Orleans, Yesterday and Today manuscript

Identifier: LaRC-779

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of uncorrected and corrected manuscripts for New Orleans, Yesterday and Today: A Guide to the City, written by Walter J. Cowan, John C. Chase, Charles L. Dufour, Osborne K. LeBlanc, and John Wilds. The guide was published by the Louisiana State University Press in 1983.


  • 1982


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

Walter Greaves Cowan (d. 2010) started at The New Orleans Item as a reporter in 1936. After leaving town for four years to work in public relations, he returned to New Orleans to work on The New Orleans States, first as a reporter, then as city editor. After the two papers merged in 1958, he became managing editor of The States-Item in 1964 and, in 1969, editor. He retired in 1979. Cowan wrote New Orleans, Yesterday and Today: A Guide to the City with John Chase, Charles L. Dufour, Osborne K. Leblanc, and John Wilds. Cowan later wrote Louisiana Yesterday and Today: A Historical Guide to the State with John Wilds in 1996.


3.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



The manuscripts are in no discernable order, but each manuscript is arranged in the order in which the finished book was to be published. The collection consists of three boxes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Walter Cowan. Date acquired: 06/07/1989.

Processing Information

Collection processed in 1988 by WEM.

New Orleans, Yesterday and Today manuscript
LAC Group
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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