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Waldo Burton Memorial Boys' Home records

Identifier: LaRC-202

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of the patient and management records of the Waldo Burton Memorial Boys' Home, located on South Carrollton Avenue in New Orleans, and its predecessor organization, the Asylum for Relief of Destitute Orphan Boys. Included are handwritten and typed correspondence, stamped envelopes, daily logs, admittance books, account books, receipts, records of medical conditions and prescriptions, case histories, Superintendents' reports to the Board of Directors and Treasurer, school grades, visitors' books, and other related items.


  • 1823-1965


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to the public. Researchers may not record or reveal any identifying information of clients or residents found in this collection.

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 Waldo Burton Memorial Boys' Home was endowed and built in the 1920s by cypress lumber businessman and philanthropist, William L. Burton (1847-1927), who wished to establish an enduring memorial to his only child, William Waldo Burton, who was born in 1875 and lived to adulthood. The institution, in operation as a residential care facility into the 21st century and post-Katrina, is housed in a large two-story brick building with three arches at the entrance. The predecessor organization of the Waldo Burton Memorial Boys' Home, caring for white male orphans, had its origin around 1824. Name variations include: Society for the Relief of Destitute Orphan Boys, Orphan Boys' Asylum, Asylum for the Relief of Destitute Orphan Boys, Male Orphan Asylum, Waldo Burton Home, Waldo Burton Boys' Home, Waldo Burton Memorial Home.


12 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged chronologically by topic. It consists of 4 boxes and 82 volumes. It is 12 linear feet.

Related Materials

LaRC has the papers of John Page, the supervisor of the earlier Asylum for the Relief of Destitute Orphan Boys (Collection 858)

Processing Information

Archon collection level record originally created in November 2009.

Archon Finding Aid Title
Jazmin Smith
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US