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Swiss Society of New Orleans records

Identifier: LaRC-210

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of by-laws, annual reports, histories, membership applications and lists, correspondence, announcements, invitations, bulletins, clippings, photographs, mailed post cards, handwritten and typed journals, financial records, and other records of the Swiss Society of New Orleans.  This collection contains primarily material from the 1890s as well as 1970s and 1980s.  A 1968 pamphlet, titled Burials in the Tomb of the Swiss-American Society of New Orleans, includes the planning records of the Swiss Tomb Committee and includes names of persons interred in the tomb, located in the Greenwood Cemetery.


  • 1855-2010


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

The Swiss Benevolent Society was founded in 1855. In 1859 it changed its name to the Swiss Society of New Orleans. It is one of the oldest Swiss organizations in the United States. Another name for this organization is the Swiss-American Society of New Orleans. Originally, the Society helped the needy among its members with medical care, including hospitalization, medication, and burial plots. Eventually, it also encouraged Swiss immigration to the United States, organized excursions back to Switzerland, and arranged social events for the New Orleans Swiss community.


4 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged as follows: charters, annual reports, organizational history, and membership records; correspondence (1936-1986), financial records, photographs, and other records; correspondence (1988-2009) and printed material; membership; and event material. This collection consists of  6 boxes and 12 volumes. It is 4 linear feet.

Source of Acquisition

Gift of the Swiss Society of New Orleans. Date acquired: 11/30/1969.

Accruals and Additions

Accretions are ongoing.

Processing Information

Collection processed in 1971.

Swiss Society of New Orleans records
Jazmin Smith
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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