New Orleans History Sources
"Street in the old French Quarter, from the Hôtel Royal"
from Dixie or Southern Scenes and Sketches, by Julian Ralph, 1896
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Please note that items in bold are described in the Library's online catalog and you will need to review the catalog to obtain the call number of each item. All other items are described in guides in Special Collections and Archives.

I. Manuscript and Archival Materials
  • Documents pertaining to retrieval of slaves, 1844, Small Manuscripts Box 1
  • Sale of Slaves, Darlington County, 1847, Small Manuscripts Box 7
  • The Southern Baptist, Charleston newspaper, June 26, 1847, mentions religious instruction of the "colored population" (pg 1)
  • The Southern Baptist, Charleston newspaper, December 14, 1853, mentions cholera outbreak in New Orleans (pg 2) and a Dutch description of African women entitled "Hottentot" (pg 4).
  • The Southern Baptist, Charleston newspaper, December 28, 1853, mentions bill to extend limits of New Orleans (pg 3) same page discusses Liberia and slave trade.
  • Harper's Weekly, 1866, several images and articles pertaining to the 1866 riot in New Orleans
  • Harper's Weekly, 1879-1886, images and articles pertaining to freedmen
  • The Clinton Capers Brown Papers: includes Brown's travel journal from an 1894 trip to New Orleans.
  • The John L. Plyler Papers: contains information from the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary dating from the mid-20th century.
  • John L. Plyler, Jr. Postcard Collection: contains 20th-century postcards from restaurants, bars, educational institutions and landmarks in New Orleans.
  • The Octoroon playbill: playbill from a 1961 performance of the 1859 play The Octoroon; or, Life in Louisiana, by Dion Boucicault, a tragic love story between a mixed-race slave and a white planter.
  • The Burton Coin Collection: contains a Louisiana quarter from a State Quarters Collection plus a Lewis and Clark and a Louisiana Purchase coin.
II. Books and Published Materials

19th Century
  • Recollections of the last ten years, passed in occasional residences and journeyings in the valley of the Mississippi, from Pittsburg and the Missouri to the Gulf of Mexico, and from Florida to the Spanish frontier: in a series of letters to the Rev. James Flint, of Salem, Massachusetts, Timothy Flint, 1826
  • American Alamanac, 1830-1831, contains various statistics including commerce, land sales, and Indian property for states and territories including Louisiana (pgs 213-216)
  • The South-west, Joseph Holt Ingraham, 1835, 2 volumes
  • Society in America, Harriet Martineau, 1837
  • Random Shots and Southern Breezes, Louis Fitzgerald Tasistro, 1842
  • The Southern quarterly review, 1842-1857
  • Godey's Lady Book, 1843, contains "The Young Southern Widow" (pgs 46-54) and Fashion plates
  • Pickings from the portfolio of the reporter of the New Orleans "Picayune" ...with original designs by Felix O. C. Darley,, Dennis Corcoran, 1846
  • American Alamanac, 1850-1851, contains various statistics including a chapter on Louisiana describing its government, judiciary and finances(pgs 276-278)
  • The New Orleans Book, Robert Gibbs Barnwell, 1851
  • The homes of the New world: impressions of America, Fredrika Bremer; translated by Mary Howitt, 1853
  • The second war with England, J.T. Headley, 1853, discusses War of 1812 including the Battle of New Orleans in 1815
  • A journey in the seaboard slave states in the years 1853-1854, with remarks on their economy, Frederick Law Olmsted, 1904
  • De Bow's review, 1853-1869
  • Indigenous races of the earth; or, New chapters of ethnological inquiry J. C. Nott, 1857
  • Two months in the Confederate States: an Englishman's travels through the South, W.C. Corsan; edited with an introduction by Benjamin H. Trask, originally published in 1863, 1996
  • Correspondence between the War Department and General Lovell, relating to the Defences of New Orleans, Confederate States of America, 1863
  • General Butler in New Orleans, James Parton, 1864
  • Incidents in Dixie: Being Ten Months’ Experience of a Union Soldier in the Military Prisons of Richmond, New Orleans, and Salisbury, O.H. Bixby, 1864
  • New Orleans Monthly Review, 1874-1876
  • The great South; a record of journeys in Louisiana, Texas, the Indian Territory, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland, By Edward King. Profusely illustrated from original sketches by J. Wells Champney, 1875
  • Four months in a sneak-box: a boat voyage of 2600 miles down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers, and along the Gulf of Mexico, Nathaniel H. Bishop, 1879
  • Blood is Thicker than Water, Henry Field, 1886, Chapters 6 and 7
  • Dixie or Southern Scenes and Sketches, Julian Ralph, 1896
20th Century
  • Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain, 1901
  • Highways and Byways of the Mississippi Valley, Clifton Johnson, 1906
  • From North Carolina to Southern California without a Ticket, John Peele, 1907
  • Impressions respecting New Orleans; diary & sketches, 1818-1820, Benjamin Latrobe (1764-1820), edited, with an introd. and notes, by Samuel Wilson, Jr, 1951
  • Anniversary bulletin: celebrating the fiftieth anniversary, 1967-68, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1968
  • Fashions and Costumes from Godey's Lady's Book, Stella Blum, 1985, this volume contains reproductions of images from Godey's magazine, 1837-1896.
  • Seventy-five years of providence and prayer: an illustrated history of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, 1993
  • Queen of the South: New Orleans, 1853-1862: The Journal of Thomas K. Wharton, Thomas K. Wharton, edited by Samuel Wilson Jr., 1999, transcribed journal of a New Orleans architect, including reproduced pen and ink sketches of the city and surrounding area.
21st Century
  • Mardi Gras treasures: invitations of the Golden Age, Henri Schindler, 2000, artistic designs for invitations, dance cards, and admit cards for lavish events are reproduced in color in this volume with examples from as early as the 1870s.
  • Inventing New Orleans: Writings of Lafcadio Hearn, Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904), edited by S. Frederick Starr, 2001, "descriptions of the seamy side of New Orleans, tainted with voodoo, debauchery, and mystery."
  • Nineteenth-Century Travels, Explorations and Empires: Writings from the Era of Imperial Consolidation, 1835-1910, Volume 7 Africa Edited Susan Schoenbauer, 2003, fourteen personal accounts of travel in Africa
  • Nineteenth-Century Travels, Explorations and Empires: Writings from the Era of Imperial Expansion, 1170-1835, Volume 7 Latin America and the Caribbean Edited Nigel Leask, 2001, thirteen personal accounts including John Stewart's discussion of slavery in Jamaica
  • Nineteenth-Century Travels, Explorations and Empires: Writings from the Era of Imperial Consolidation, 1835-1910, Volume 7 Africa Edited Susan Schoenbauer, 2003, fourteen personal accounts of travel in Africa
  • Feel the presence [cd] : traditional African American music in South Carolina Folklife Resource Center, USC 2005
  • New Orleans on parade: tourism and the transformation of the crescent city, J. Mark Souther, 2006
  • Jazz & blues musicians of South Carolina : interviews with Jabbo, Dizzy, Drink, and others Benjamin Franklin V, 2008
  • Encyclopedia of World Dress and Fashion, Phyllis G. Tortura, 2010, 10 volume set with a focus on the 19th-21st centuries with nine volumes covering specific geographic areas. For examples, one volume is devoted to the US and there are summaries for time periods, geographic areas and social influences on clothing; in the Latin American volume, there is a chapter on Vodou Ritual Garments in Haiti.
III. Maps
  • [Carte de la nouvelle France : où se voit le cours des grandes rivieres de S. Laurens & de Mississipi aujour d'hui S. Louis ... de la Floride, de la Louisiane, de la Virginie, de la Marie-lande, de la Pensilvanie, du Nouveau Jersay, de la Nouvelle Yorck, de la Nouv. Angleterre, de l'Acadie, du Canada.] French map of east coast of America and Canada, (pre-American Revolution), Call No. G3300 1719 .C5 1970
  • Louisiana, compiled and drawn in the Cartographic Section of the National Geographic Society for the National Geographic magazine; Gilbert Grosvenor, ed, 1930
IV. Reference and Other Materials in the General Collection
  • New Orleans and urban Louisiana, edited by Samuel C. Shepherd, Jr, 2005, General Collection
  • A New Orleans voudou priestess: the legend and reality of Marie Laveau, Carolyn Morrow Long, 2006, General Collection
  • Subversive sounds: race and the birth of jazz in New Orleans, Charles Hersch, 2007, General Collection
  • New Orleans after the promises: poverty, citizenship, and the search for the Great Society, Kent B. Germany, 2007, General Collection
  • New territories, new perspectives: the religious impact of the Louisiana Purchase, edited with an introduction by Richard J. Callahan, Jr, 2008, General Collection
  • The world that made New Orleans: from Spanish silver to Congo Square, Ned Sublette, 2008, General Collection
  • The American resting place: four hundred years of history through our cemeteries and burial grounds, Marilyn Yalom; photographs by Reid Yalom, 2008, General Collection
  • Exiles at home: the struggle to become American in Creole New Orleans, Shirley Elizabeth Thompson, 2009, General Collection
  • A pattern book of New Orleans architecture, Roulhac B. Toledano; house plans by Gate Pratt, 2010, General Collection
  • New Orleans after the Civil War: race, politics, and a new birth of freedom, Justin A. Nystrom, 2010, General Collection
  • Black rage in New Orleans: police brutality and African American activism from World War II to Hurricane Katrina, Leonard N. Moore, 2010, General Collection
  • The women of Katrina: how gender, race, and class matter in an American disaster, edited by Emmanuel David and Elaine Enarson, 2012, General Collection
V. Online Resources at Furman
VI. Web Sites
  • History of the Epidemic Yellow Fever at New Orleans, La., in 1853, free, full-text Google ebook of a work by Erasmus Darwin Fenner, published in 1854.
  • Texas and the Gulf of Mexico; or, Yachting in the New World, Volume I and Volume II: free, full-text ebook from the Houston Public Library of Mrs. Matilda Houstoun's 1844 travelogue. Chapter VI of Volume I, as well as chapters I and III-IV of Volume II, discusses New Orleans.
  • The Manhattaner in New Orleans; or, Phases of "Crescent City" Life: free, full-text Google Books ebook of A. Oakey Hall's 1851 "sketches" of life in New Orleans.
  • Two Months in the Confederate States: including a visit to New Orleans under the domination of General Butler: free, full-text Google Books ebook of English merchant W.C. Corsan's account of his 1863 travels.
  • After the War: A Southern Tour: full-text online transcription from the University of Michigan of Whitelaw Reid's 1866 travelogue through the early Reconstruction South. Chapters XXIII and XXIV describe conditions in New Orleans.
  • A History of New Orleans Music in 100 Tracks: online article from Jazz.com featuring legally downloadable recordings of New Orleans music tracks dating from 1848 to the present day.
  • Hogan Jazz Archive: a division of Tulane University's Special Collections department, the archive holds over 2,000 reels of oral history interviews with musicians, family members, and observers; sound recordings; film; photography; and sheet music. Select materials have been digitized and are available online.
  • Carnival Collection: online exhibition of over 5,500 float and costume designs from Carnival/Mardi Gras in New Orleans, the majority of which date from the 1870s-1940s and originate from the Comus, Proteus, Rex, and Momus Krewes. From Tulane University.
  • New Orleans Architecture: information on architectural styles, historic houses and neighborhoods, and videos of architecturally significant sites in New Orleans. From the New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation.
  • Louisiana Menu and Restaurant Collection: digital collection of restaurant menus, drink lists, and promotional materials dating from 1910 to the present day. From Tulane University's Special Collections.
  • The Food of New Orleans: a brief history and overview of classic New Orleans dishes, from the Institute for New Orleans History and Culture at Gwynedd-Mercy College.
  • Antebellum Period: online exhibition of manuscripts and objects dating from the Antebellum period in Louisiana, from Tulane University.
  • Louisiana Political Ephemera, 1860-1920: online exhibition of political materials from local New Orleans and statewide elections, dating from the Civil War and Reconstruction through World War I. Ephemera "also often include information about a candidate’s family, religion, race, political beliefs, social activities, and businesses." From Tulane University.
  • Burial Database Project of Enslaved African Americans: