Louisiana Division
New Orleans Public Library
Index to the Riders' Digest

New Orleans Public Service began publishing the Riders' Digest on September 15, 1947 as a free weekly brochure for passengers on the company's streetcars and busses. Copies were placed in holders inside each NOPSI vehicle. Click HERE to see an image of the first page of volume 1, number 1.

Riders' Digest issues served a number of purposes. They were a convenient and efficient means for NOPSI to communicate company information to its customers. They also allowed NOPSI to perform a useful "public service" by advertising community events and providing important information to the citizens of the company's service area. NOPSI also used the Riders' Digest as a way to entertain and educate its customers by providing a series of historical vignettes under the title "Did you know?"

This page provides an index to the subjects covered by the weekly (later bi-weekly) "Did you know?" columns. It is derived from a card file created by former staff member Glenn L. McMullen during the mid-1970s. The original card file covers the period from September 1956 through August 1976. It is not complete--some individual columns went unindexed for various reasons, 1975 is not included at all, some cards lacked the date of the referenced column and were thus excluded from this online version. The columns for 1949-August 1956 were excluded from the original because they comprised numerous "one-liner" anecdotes rather than being devoted to a single subject. We've made no concerted effort to complete Glenn's work or to fill in the gaps in the card file; this online index is nothing more than a reformatting of the original product with a few spelling corrections and rephrasings along the way.

The "Did you know?" columns in the Riders' Digest provide information on a variety of topics in a brief format that should be useful to students and others who might not have the time or interest in reading longer historical treatments of those topics (click HERE for an example from the February 8, 1960 issue). The Louisiana Division has a complete file of the original Riders' Digest publications through August 11, 1980 (it apparently continued to be produced through March 16, 1981). They are available for use in the Division. We can also accept mail order requests for photocopies of individual columns. Send a check for $2 for each desired column to the following address:

Louisiana Division
New Orleans Public Library
219 Loyola Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70112


The Index

Subject Description Date
Airplane, First in New Orleans February 6, 1910 5/8/1961
Alabama (Ship), History
6/22/1959
Algiers, Historical Sketch
3/9/1970
Algiers, Origins of the Name States that the name Algiers came into popular usage during the 1840s, but that its origin is unknown 1/24/1972
All Saints Day History of its celebration in New Orleans 11/2/1970
American Theatre, Establishment (1822)
12/22/1958
Ames Crevasse In Westwego, 1891 6/24/1974
Andrews, Stephen Pearl (1812-1886) A lawyer and abolitionist who lived in New Orleans, 1831-1835 9/30/1957
April Fools Day On hoaxes published in the Daily Picayune, 1875-1893 3/30/1959
Automobile Races in New Orleans, 1910
10/2/1961
Automobile, First Built in New Orleans By Adolph Peteler, 1900 1/20/1964
Automobile, First in New Orleans
9/2/1968
Aviation, Early History in New Orleans
5/15/1961
Balize Community at the mouth of the Mississippi River 4/4/1960
Balize Community at the mouth of the Mississippi River 4/11/1960
Balloon Ascensions By Eugene Robertson in 1827 8/17/1959
Balloon Ascensions In New Orleans, 1884 10/13/1958
Bank History in New Orleans 19th century 8/10/1970
Bank of Louisiana Building Royal Street 3/22/1971
Banquettes Rules and regulations, 1804-1815 10/19/1959
Baptists in New Orleans History 6/2/1969
Barataria Canal History 6/10/1974
Barataria Country History 5/14/1973
Barsalou, Marie Biographical sketch of the author of L'Autre Monde (1855), an attack on Creole society 2/18/1957
Baseball, Amateur Early history in New Orleans 10/21/1957
Baseball, Collegiate On a game between Tulane University and Boys' High School in 1892 11/17/1958
Bastille Day Celebrations in New Orleans 19th century 7/11/1960
Bastille Day Celebrations in New Orleans 19th century 7/20/1970
Bastrop, Baron de Felipe Enrique Neri (d. 1827), biographical sketch of the founder of Bastrop, La. 12/31/1956
Baths, Public History of the Arcade Baths, established in 1837 by James H. Caldwell 9/28/1958
Bayou Manchac
11/18/1963
Bean, Colonel Ellis P. (1783-1846) Biographical sketch of a volunteer in the Battle of New Orleans 8/26/1957
Beauregard House (1113 Chartres St.) On this and other houses owned by General G. T. Beauregard after 1865 5/23/1960
Beauvoir Jefferson Davis' home on the Mississippi Gulf Coast 5/9/1966
Benjamin, Judah P. (1811-1884) Biographical sketch 10/2/1972
Berthoud Cemetery In the Barataria country 9/2/1974
Bicycle Races in New Orleans Specifically on a race in 1891 11/23/1959
Bicycle Trips, New Orleans to Baton Rouge On the first such trip in 1888 11/14/1960
Bicycles in New Orleans History in New Orleans 12/2/1957
Bicycles in New Orleans History in New Orleans 10/10/1960
Bicycles in New Orleans History in New Orleans 11/25/1963
Billiards, Early History in New Orleans
9/14/1964
Black Gold The racehorse 11/27/1972
Board of Trade Building in New Orleans
3/11/1968
Bonnet Carre Spillway, Prehistory On a proposal by John McDonogh to construct an outlet for the Mississippi River above New Orleans 2/8/1960
Bowie, James On his life in Louisiana prior to going to Texas 6/3/1957
Boxing Legalization and descriptions of various bouts, 1889-1893 12/28/1959
Boxing Legalization and descriptions of various bouts, 1889-1893 1/4/1960
Boxing Legalization and descriptions of various bouts, 1889-1893 1/11/1960
Boxing On a prize fight in New Orleans between King and Farrell, 1866 6/1/1959
Boxing On bare-knuckle pugilism in New Orleans, 1870-1880 10/26/1959
Boxing On bare-knuckle pugilism in New Orleans, 1870-1880 11/2/1959
Boxing On bare-knuckle pugilism in New Orleans, 1870-1880 11/9/1959
Boxing On bare-knuckle pugilism in New Orleans, 1870-1880 11/16/1959
Boyton, Captain Paul On his 2342 mile swim from Oil City, Pennsylvania to New Orleans, 1879 11/3/1958
Braud, Denis Biographical sketch of the first pirnter in Louisiana; his first publication was in 1764 1/12/1959
Bucktown, Early History
1/7/1957
Bucktown, History
3/18/1974
Burial Site Under Basin Street On excavations in 1904 that uncovered the old graveyard of Christ Church; also uncovered were remains of the old Spanish fortifications 2/12/1968
Cabildo History of the building 1/16/1967
Calliopes History of their use on steamboats 1/14/1963
Camp Parapet Military fortification in Jefferson Parish 5/1/1972
Carnival Women's organizations 2/9/1970
Carnival Parades On the first illuminated bicycle parade, February 23, 1887 1/26/1959
Carnival Parades On the first use of electricity, by the Knights of Electra on March 7, 1889 1/19/1959
Carnival Parades On the first use of trinkets, February 22, 1882 2/2/1959
Carondelet, Baron de Anecdote 10/1/1956
Carrollton Description in the early 20th century 9/4/1967
Carrollton House Hotel
5/27/1968
Carrollton, History
3/7/1966
Cast Iron Foundaries in New Orleans
8/7/1972
Cast Iron in New Orleans Especially on the Gallier House exhibit in 1976 1/19/1976
Cather, Thomas Author of Voyage to America (1836), which includes a description of New Orleans 9/24/1962
Cemeteries in New Orleans A list of the city's cemeteries with the dates of their founding 5/27/1974
Cemeteries in New Orleans History, 1718-1854 6/25/1973
Charity Hospital, History
4/27/1964
Chicory, History
4/25/1966
Christian Women's Exchange
3/27/1961
Christmas Celebrations in New Orleans during the 19th century 12/23/1963
Christmas Celebrations in New Orleans, 1859-1861 12/21/1959
Christmas Creole customs 12/30/1968
Christmas Creole customs 12/27/1971
Christmas First celebration in New Orleans 12/25/1972
Clague, Richard (1816-1878) Biographical sketch of the artist 5/28/1962
Clague, Richard Jr. (1821-1873) Biographical sketch of the painter 11/11/1974
Claiborne, William C. C. On his inauguration in 1804 as governor of the Territory of Orleans and his subsequent career as governor 9/21/1959
Clay, Henry Unveiling of the statue, 1860 10/8/1962
Cline, Dr. Isaac Monroe (d. 1955) Biographical sketch of the meteorologist and antique store owner 12/30/1957
Cockfighting in New Orleans, 1885
5/2/1960
College of Orleans
5/25/1959
Confederate Museum Description of the collection 8/9/1971
Cotton Exchange Description in 1873 12/20/1965
Creole Use of the term to describe racehorses in the 1820s 11/4/1957
Creole (Steamboat) On a Daily Delta article in 1853 on the vessels trips from New Orleans to the Gulf Coast 1/22/1968
Cricket in New Orleans On the Crescent City Cricket Club, founded in 1868 4/29/1963
Customhouse History of the New Orleans building 9/18/1972
Customhouse Its foundations 12/19/1966
Cycling, History in New Orleans
11/20/1967
Cypress Grove Cemetery, History
10/29/1973
Dakin, James H. Biographical sketch of the architect 4/1/1974
Dalmation Slavs in New Orleans History 2/26/1968
David Crockett Fire Co. #1 The oldest volunteer fire company in the United States 9/9/1968
Davis, Jefferson Death and transfiguration 10/25/1965
Debtor's Prisons History in Louisnaia 3/9/1964
Degas, Edgar On his stay in New Orleans, 1872 10/15/1973
Destrehan Plantation
1/22/1973
Dominican College, History
2/4/1974
Dreux, Colonel Charles Didier First Louisiana officer killed in the Civil War 2/27/1961
Dubreuil, Claude Joseph On his life in the 18th century and on the Dubreuil Canal 9/30/1974
Duck Pond History of the site now occupied by the intersection of Poydras and Baronne Streets 9/25/1967
Duelling in New Orleans During 1880 3/9/1959
Duelling in New Orleans During the 19th century 9/21/1970
Duelling in New Orleans During the early 19th century 12/4/1961
Duelling in New Orleans On the last duels fought in the city, 1880-1889, especially the Burke-Hearsey duel 9/16/1957
Duverney, Joseph Biographical sketch of the 18th century French financier and opponent of John Law 5/13/1957
Earthquake Shocks in New Orleans On two events during 1812 11/21/1960
Electric Towers in New Orleans, 1890s
11/18/1957
Electricity in New Orleans On the first electric plant in the city, on Dryades Street, built in 1881 4/20/1959
Excavations in New Orleans On the excavations in 1883 and 1885 on Front Street uncovering a barge and a steamboat 2/23/1959
Fairgrounds History of the Fairgrounds and of horse racing in New Orleans 11/15/1971
Fairgrounds Grandstand On the 1919 fire 3/3/1958
Faux Boix/Faux Marble On the treatment of wood to imitate stone or marble 6/11/1973
Fire Department Early history in New Orleans beginning in 1792 1/25/1971
Fireworks Early history in New Orleans 12/16/1957
Floods in New Orleans On the flood of 1816, when the Mississippi River broke through the Macarty Plantation levee above New Orleans; also on the prehistory of Bonnet Carre 2/8/1960
Floods in New Orleans On the flood of April 4, 1866 5/13/1963
Floods in New Orleans On the flood of June 1821 7/13/1959
Floods in New Orleans On the May 4, 1849 flood 5/13/1968
Florida Parishes, History
12/25/1967
Football On the first game in New Orleans, between Yale and Princeton, January 1, 1890 12/29/1958
Football On the game between the Chicago Bears and the Southern All-Stars, January 10, 1926 9/11/1967
Football On the origins of the game in New Orleans, game played on January 1, 1890 9/17/1956
Fort de la Boulaye
11/14/1966
Fort de la Boulaye History of the first French settlement on the Mississippi River, 1700 7/20/1959
Fortier, Alcee Biographical sketch 11/12/1973
Foundations of New Orleans Buildings On the Customhouse (1849) and the Louisiana Sugar Refining Co. (1883) 9/15/1958
Fourth of July Celebrations in New Orleans On the celebrations of 1805-1812 (not celebrated in 1804) 6/29/1959
Free Lunch On the custom in barrooms 12/5/1960
Free Lunch On the custom in barrooms 1/26/1970
French Attempts to Regain Louisiana On forts and moats set up to defend Louisiana from the French, 1797 3/2/1959
French Market Description in 1873 12/27/1965
French Market Early history 9/17/1973
French Opera House, History
11/30/1959
French Opera House, History
12/1/1969
French Society Thomas Cooper De Leon's observations during the Civil War era 10/22/1956
Freret, James (1838-1897) Biographical sketch of the architect and a list of his New Orleans buildings 8/30/1976
Funerals in New Orleans On the massive funeral celebration given in honor of John C. Calhous, Henry Clay and Daniel Webster, December 9, 1852 12/7/1959
Gallier House Description of the building at 1132 Royal Street 6/28/1971
Garden District, Description in 1870
8/9/1965
Garfield, President James A. On his funeral ceremonies in 1881 9/3/1962
Gas Lighting in New Orleans, History
6/13/1966
Gayoso de Lemos, Don Manuel Biographical sketch of the governor of Louisiana, 1797-1799 2/4/1957
Geology of the New Orleans Area
3/19/1973
German Immigrants in Louisiana and New Orleans
6/10/1963
German Theater in New Orleans, History
1/8/1968
Girod Street Cemetery, History
9/18/1967
Golf in New Orleans, History
5/19/1967
Golf in New Orleans, History
3/6/1972
Gottschalk, Louis Moreau (1829-1869) Biographical sketch 9/2/1963
Gottschalk, Louis Moreau (1829-1869) Biographical sketch 10/28/1963
Grant, General Ulysses S. Story of his visit to New Orleans in September 1863 during which he was almost killed by a horse 10/15/1956
Grant, President Ulysses S. On his visit to New Orleans in 1880 1/5/1959
Great Raft On the removal, in 1873, of the log-jam obstructing the Red River in northern Louisiana 5/17/1971
Greeley, Horace On his visit to New Orleans in 1871 9/6/1971
Grenier, Emmanuel On the reactions of the liberal Frenchman, exiled by Napoleon III, to New Orleans, where he lived during 1853-1854 7/8/1957
Gretna, History
4/17/1972
Gretna, History
3/31/1975
Hail Storms in New Orleans On the storms of April 16, 1879 (heaviest ever), May 10-11, 1954 (second heaviest), and others 12/1/1958
Half-Way House On the Metairie Road tavern, ca. 1850-1900 3/4/1974
Hall, A. Oakey Biographical sketch of the correspondent for the New Orleans Commercial Bulleting during the 1840s who went on to become mayor of New York City 5/4/1964
Harvey Canal
8/5/1974
Harvey's Castle
4/28/1975
Hauck, Minnie (1852-1929) Biographical sketch of the singer 11/7/1966
Haughery, Margaret (1813-1882) Biographical sketch and information on her monument, considered at one time to have been the first in the U.S. erected to honor a woman 1/8/1973
Health and Disease in Louisiana, History
11/6/1967
Hebert, Paul Octave (1818-1880) Biographical sketch of the Louisiana governor during the mid-1850s 9/13/1965
Hermann-Grima House History of the building at 820 St. Louis Street 10/4/1971
Herz, Heinrich Author of Mes Voyages en Amerique, 1896 3/8/1971
Hickock Gardens At the Carrollton Hotel, opened in 1835 8/26/1963
Honey Island
10/22/1962
Horse Barges in New Orleans On the system of barges pulled by horses on the bank during the 1860s 11/12/1956
Horse Racing in New Orleans On the advent of horse racing, 1804, and its early history to 1826 2/15/1960
Horse Racing in New Orleans On the advent of horse racing, 1804, and its early history to 1826 2/22/1960
Horse Racing in New Orleans On the advent of horse racing, 1804, and its early history to 1826 3/7/1960
Horses in New Orleans
7/1/1957
Howard Memorial Library
3/15/1976
Howard, Henry (1818-1884) Biographical sketch of the architect 5/15/1972
Hughes, Price Biographical sketch of the 18th century British agent arrested by the French within Louisiana 6/17/1957
Hungarian settlers in Arpad, Louisiana
12/17/1956
Hunting in the Deep South, History
12/11/1967
Hurricane Threats, 1700s
8/10/1959
Hurricanes On the storms of 1812, 1819, and 1831 5/3/1965
Hurricanes in New Orleans, 1915
9/7/1970
Hurricanes in New Orleans, 1915 Description of the storm 9/16/1968
Hutchins, Thomas (1730- ) Biographical sketch 7/14/1969
Indian Customs in Louisiana Specifically dealing with peace pipes 9/3/1956
Indian Sites, Prehistoric On the site in West Carroll Parish 9/24/1956
Indigo Production Early history in Louisiana 1/29/1968
Irving, Washington On his visit to New Orleans in 1832 6/28/1965
Islenos On the 18th century settlers of the area around Delacroix Island, emigrants from the Canary Islands 6/10/1957
Islenos On the 18th century settlers of the area around Delacroix Island, emigrants from the Canary Islands 11/29/1971
Jackson Barracks, History
6/7/1976
Jackson, Andrew Unveiling of his statue on February 9, 1856 2/2/1976
Jefferson City Description in 1866 7/8/1963
Jefferson City, Early History Now part of Uptown New Orleans 12/24/1973
Jefferson, Joe (1829-1905) Biographical sketch 12/5/1966
Jefferson, Joe (1829-1905) Biographical sketch 12/12/1966
Jefferson, Thomas On the funeral services in New Orleans for Jefferson and John Adams, 1826 7/27/1959
Johnston, William Preston (1831-1899) Biographical sketch of the one-time president of Tulane University and Louisiana State University 9/20/1965
Jousting On a jousting tournament in Hammond, 1887 10/29/1962
Jousting in New Orleans, 1880s
10/26/1958
July Fourth Celebrations in New Orleans, History
6/29/1970
Kendall, George Wilkins Biographical sketch of the co-founder of the Daily Picayune 10/12/1964
Kenner, Duncan F. (1813-1887) Biographical sketch 4/30/1973
Kenner, History
10/28/1974
King, Grace Biographical sketch 8/20/1973
Kohn, Samuel (1783-1853) Biographical sketch 1/12/1970
Kossuth, Lajos On the Hungarian patriot's visit to New Orleans in 1852 1/27/1964
Labor Day On its first celebration in Louisiana, 1902 9/5/1960
Labor Day On its first celebration in Louisiana, 1902 8/24/1970
Lafayette Square, History
6/26/1972
Lafayette, City of Now the Garden Distict and Irish Channel sections of New Orleans 11/26/1973
Lafayette, Marquis de On his visit to New Orleans in 1825 6/15/1959
Lafayette, Marquis de On his visit to New Orleans in 1825 7/19/1976
Lake Poydras [quote/unquote] On flooding in the vicinity of Poydras and St. Charles Streets during the 1840s 8/12/1963
Latham, Henry English author of Black and White, a travel book with observations on post-Civil War New Orleans 11/5/1956
Latour, Arsene Lacarriere (d. 1839) Biographical sketch 8/25/1969
Leap Year Customs On an 1880 leap year newspaper article listing the city's 204 most eligible bachelors 2/29/1960
Leathers, Captain Thomas P. (1816-1897) Biographical sketch and information of the Leathers mansion at 2027 Carondelet Street 7/9/1973
Lesueur, Charles Alexander (1778-1848) Biographical sketch of the French scientist and artist who visited New Orleans 12/24/1956
Liberty Bell On its visit to New Orleans in 1884 10/5/1958
Lind, Jenny On her concerts in New Orleans during 1851 3/25/1963
Lind, Jenny On her concerts in New Orleans during 1851 10/5/1970
Lockett, Samuel H. Author of Louisiana As It Is, written in 1872 but never published 4/5/1971
Louisiana Jockey Club
3/14/1960
Louisiana Legion of the National Guard History of the military unit reorganized from the Louisiana Militia after the Civil War 8/19/1963
Louisiana State University-Tulane Football Game On their first meeting, November 26, 1893 12/15/1958
Louisiana-Texas Boundary Disputes, History
7/27/1970
Loyola University, History
10/30/1972
Mansfield, Battle of
4/7/1969
Mansfield, Battle of On the creation of a park and museum commemorating the 1864 Civil War battle 4/1/1957
Marigny de Mandeville, Bernard (d. 1868) Also includes information on the early history of Mandeville, Louisiana as a resort area 1/14/1957
Marigny de Mandeville, Bernard (d. 1868) Biographical sketch 4/15/1974
Martin, Francois Xavier (1762-1846) Biographical sketch 10/11/1965
Matas, Dr. Rudolf (1861-1957) Biographical sketch 10/16/1972
McDonogh, John Biographical sketch 5/13/1974
McDonogh, John On the two McDonogh statues, one in Lafayette Square and the other in Duncan Plaza 4/29/1957
Medical College of Louisiana, History
7/10/1961
Menken, Adah Isaacs Biographical sketch of the 19th century actress 11/23/1964
Merieult House (533 Royal Street)
9/20/1971
Metairie Cemetery
9/4/1972
Metairie Jockey Club
3/7/1960
Metairie, History
12/10/1973
Meteors On the "grand meteoric shower" of November 13, 1868 in which nearly 300 meteors were counted 11/5/1962
Miller, Joaquin Biographical sketch of the picturesque poet who reported on the Cotton Centennial Exposition for several eastern newspapers 6/24/1957
Milneburgh On its condition in 1839 6/3/1963
Mississippi (Steamboat)
6/21/1965
Mississippi River Banks On erosion of the levee banks during the 19th century 4/13/1959
Mississippi River Bridge Crossings On an 1880s scheme by T. C. Clarke to build a swing bridge over the river 4/7/1959
Mississippi River, Navigation of On the problem of sandbars during the 18th and 19th centuries 9/10/1962
Mississippi Volunteers in the Mexican War, 1847
7/22/1963
Moreau Lislet, Louis (1767-1832) Founder of the Louisiana Civil Code 1/24/1966
Morgan City, History
8/22/1960
Morgan, James Morris (1845- ) Confederate sailor who wrote Recollections of a Rebel Reefer on his experences in the Confederate Navy 4/15/1957
Mosquitoes Early history in Louisiana 4/8/1968
Mugnier, George Francois (1857-1938) Biographical sketch 3/29/1976
Mule Races in New Orleans, 1880s
9/8/1958
Munday, Mrs. S. E. On the 19th century educator 1/9/1967
Municipal Boundaries of New Orleans
11/16/1970
Municipal Government in New Orleans On a mudhole dispute in 1826 that brought to light conflicts between the Creole and American sections of the city 8/31/1959
Muskrats in Louisiana
7/22/1968
Muskrats in Louisiana
10/14/1974
Natchez, Mississippi History and information on the origins of the Natchez Pilgrimage 2/25/1957
Natural Gas Discovery in New Orleans, 1868
4/22/1963
New Basin Canal, History
2/18/1963
New Orleans in 1802 On a 1882 Daily Picayune article describing the city fifty years earlier 10/12/1959
New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra Prehistory and history, dating back to 1893 10/21/1963
New Orleans Public Library History from 1865-1958 9/14/1959
New Orleans Public Library On the various buildings occupied by the Library 2/25/1963
New Orleans Public Library, Precursors On the New Orleans Library Society, the Touro Free Library Society, and the New Orleans Commercial Library Society 9/7/1959
Newcomb College, Early History
1/5/1976
Newcomb Pottery
5/26/1975
Newspapers in New Orleans Early history, 1794-1810 1/18/1960
Oleander Official flower of the city of New Orleans 11/25/1974
Olmsted, Frederick Law On his visit to New Orleans during the 1850s 11/26/1962
Orange Groves in Plaquemines Parish, History
12/3/1956
Oranges in Louisiana, History
6/25/1962
Organ Grinders in New Orleans, 1862-1880
4/8/1963
Orleans Parish Boundaries History from 1803-1870 4/8/1957
Orleans-Jefferson Parish Boundaries History of changes 3/17/1975
Paulhan, Louis On the visit of the early French aviator to New Orleans in 1910 2/22/1965
Perelli, Achille (1822-1890) On the first notable sculptor in New Orleans 4/14/1975
Pharmacy in New Orleans, History
1/1/1968
Piracy in the Gulf of Mexico, History
1/15/1968
Pitot House
1/7/1974
Point au Fer Lighthouse Located near Morgan City 9/27/1965
Poker On its origins in America, through New Orleans 11/6/1961
Polignac, Count de On the French royalist who served in the Confederate Army under Beauregard 10/29/1956
Polo in New Orleans, History First introduced in New Orleans in 1902 12/3/1962
Polo in New Orleans, History First introduced in New Orleans in 1902 12/10/1962
Polo in New Orleans, History First introduced in New Orleans in 1902 12/17/1962
Pontchartrain Railroad
1/21/1957
Pontchartrain Railroad
1/28/1957
Port of New Orleans History from 1815-1820 1/7/1963
Port of New Orleans On a description of port activities in 1861 3/23/1959
Postage Stamps, New Orleans Issued, 1861-1865
5/5/1958
Postal Service in New Orleans History, including the opening of the Post Office in the Custom House 1/27/1958
Postal Service in New Orleans History, including the opening of the Post Office in the Custom House 9/8/1969
Poydras Female Asylum, History
5/11/1959
Prairie Cottage History of the lakefront resort established by James H. Caldwell 5/18/1959
Radio Broadcast, First in New Orleans Also on the early history of radio broadcasting up to 1927 1/6/1968
Railroad Lines in Louisiana On the opening of the New Orleans, Mobile & Chattanooga Railroad in 1870 11/19/1962
Railroads in New Orleans Early History, 1831-1861 5/20/1957
Railroads in New Orleans History, Mississippi River to Lake Pontchartrain 2/11/1957
Rayne Memorial Church, History Also includes a biographical sketch of Robert W. Rayne 5/28/1973
Rice Production History in Louisiana 10/1/1962
Richardson, Henry Hobson Biographical sketch of the architect 5/31/1971
Roffignac, Count Louis Philippe de Biographical sketch of the New Orleans mayor from 1820-1828 12/10/1956
Roller-Skating Introduction to New Orleans in 1869 12/16/1963
Roosevelt, President Theodore On his visits to New Orleans in 1898 and 1905 9/25/1961
Roundabout On the gossip column published in the New Orleans Times 12/24/1962
Rouquette, Adrien (1813-1887) Biographical sketch 10/14/1963
Rousseau, Lawrence (1790-1866) Biographical sketch 7/28/1969
Rowing Clubs On the Louisiana Rowing Club's meeting in 1889 2/4/1963
Rowing Regattas in New Orleans, History On the origins of the Wave Boat Club in the 1830s and regattas beginning in 1839 7/15/1957
Rowing Regattas in New Orleans, History On the origins of the Wave Boat Club in the 1830s and regattas beginning in 1839 7/22/1957
Rowing Regattas in New Orleans, History On the origins of the Wave Boat Club in the 1830s and regattas beginning in 1839 7/29/1957
Rowing Regattas in New Orleans, History On the origins of the Wave Boat Club in the 1830s and regattas beginning in 1839 8/5/1957
Rowing Regattas in New Orleans, History On the origins of the Wave Boat Club in the 1830s and regattas beginning in 1839 8/12/1957
Rowing Regattas in New Orleans, History On the origins of the Wave Boat Club in the 1830s and regattas beginning in 1839 8/19/1957
Ryan, Father Abram Joseph (d. 1886) On the "Poet-Priest of the Confederacy" 11/27/1961
Saengerfest On the 26th annual music festival held in New Orleans during 1890 5/19/1958
Salt Deposits in Louisiana, History
2/3/1964
Sedilla, Antonio de Biographical sketch of "Pere Antoine" 11/4/1963
Sedilla, Antonio de Biographical sketch of "Pere Antoine" 3/1/1976
Sellers, Captain Isaiah First to use the name Mark Twain 1/1/1962
Seven Oaks Plantation, History
5/10/1976
Shrimping, History
7/22/1974
Silverware Factory On an unnamed silverware factory that began operating in at Bienville and Derbigny Streets during 1860 9/30/1963
Skipwith, Fulwar (1765-1839) Biographical sketch 2/5/1968
Smith, Marshall J. (1854-1923) Painter 10/18/1965
Snow and Ice in New Orleans On the snowfall of 1899 and the ice floe on the Mississippi River in 1825 2/19/1968
Snowfall in New Orleans On the snowfall during the carnival season of 1899 2/9/1959
Social Customs of the Creoles On the custom of chaperonage in New Orleans during the early 19th century 5/4/1959
Southern Yacht Club, History
10/23/1967
Spanish Fort
6/12/1972
Spanish Moss History and uses 4/2/1973
St. Charles Hotel On the 1858 description of the hotel by Charles Mackay 7/19/1965
St. Charles Hotel, History
2/5/1973
St. Charles Theatre, History
10/7/1963
St. Elizabeth's Asylum, History
1/29/1962
St. Joseph's Day Customs, History
3/18/1963
St. Mary's Assumption Church
2/8/1971
St. Maxent, Gilbert Antoine de Biographical sketch 1/27/1969
St. Maxent, Gilbert Antoine de Biographical sketch 5/19/1969
St. Patrick's Church, History
4/21/1958
St. Patrick's Church, History
3/12/1962
St. Patrick's Day Celebration On the 1870 celebration in New Orleans 3/16/1959
St. Patrick's Day Celebration On the first in New Orleans 3/10/1969
St. Philip Street Theatre History from 1810-1811 5/27/1963
St. Roch's Chapel
7/10/1972
St. Stephen's Catholic Church, History
4/26/1976
State Seal, History
6/17/1968
Steam Fire Engines Use of these "masheens" in New Orleans 9/23/1963
Steam Plows On the first in New Orleans, 1867 9/23/1957
Steam Plows On their introduction into Louisiana, 1867 12/8/1958
Steamboat Race On the race between the Natchez and the Robert E. Lee, 1870 2/8/1965
Steamboats On the 1827 proposal to organize a line of packets to operate between New Orleans and Louisville 1/25/1960
Straw Hat Day On the early 1900s custom of firing cannons to signal the change from straw to felt hats 11/15/1965
Strawberry Cultivation in Tangipahoa Parish, History
1/13/1964
Street Numbering System in New Orleans On the changes brought about by the 1893 ordinance 3/11/1957
Sugar Production in Louisiana History during the years 1795-1926 11/12/1962
Sully, Thomas Architect 10/1/1973
Swiss Settlers in New Orleans, 1718-1855
4/16/1973
Telegraph in New Orleans, Early History On the use of telegraph to report the bombardment of Fort Sumpter, 1861 9/2/1957
Telegraph in New Orleans, History
5/22/1961
Telegraph in New Orleans, History
10/10/1966
Telephone Service in New Orleans, History
4/1/1963
Telephones in New Orleans On a "telephone concert" given by the telephone company in 1879 with Miss Minnie Wolf singing the Pizzicato Polka and other pieces 2/16/1959
Temperature in New Orleans On the hottest recorded, 102 degrees on July 14, 1901 8/11/1969
Tennis in New Orleans On the New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club (1876), the oldest tennis organization in the U.S. 6/18/1962
Theatre in New Orleans On the actor Junius Brutus Booth during the 1830s 4/22/1957
Theatre in New Orleans On the efforts of Mayor Nicholas Girod to regulate theatres during his administration 11/26/1956
Theatre in New Orleans On the first theatre in the city, 1792 2/17/1964
Theatre in New Orleans On the first theatre in the city, 1792 3/30/1964
Theatre in New Orleans On the French-speaking company of the Orleans Theatre and Joseph Bonaparte's sponsorship of its tours 10/15/1956
Toledano, Albert Architect 10/1/1973
Touro, Judah (1775-1854) Biographical sketch 2/19/1973
Tranist in New Orleans On Beauregard's efforts to install a cable car system in New Orleans, 1869-1877 5/27/1957
Transit in New Orleans Early history during the 1860s 3/25/1957
Transit in New Orleans On the opening of a new horsecar line between Canal Street and Jackson Barracks, 1866 2/11/1963
Transportation in New Orleans On the modes of transportation in 1862 10/12/1958
Tulane University Athletics On the first and second annual Spring Games held in Audubon Park, 1889-1890 4/27/1959
Tulane University, Early History
9/3/1973
Turners' Hall On the German society's building on Dryades and Lafayette Streets 10/9/1967
U.S. Marine Hospital In McDonoghville 5/12/1975
U.S. Mint, History
5/24/1976
Ursuline Convent History of the building at 1114 Chartres Street 6/14/1971
Ursuline Nuns in New Orleans On the arrival of the Ursulines in 1727 and the problems they faced 3/18/1957
Utopian Societies On the Icarians and their passing through New Orleans on their way to Texas from France 8/24/1959
Verandah Hotel On its burning in 1855 9/23/1963
Versailles On the de la Ronde plantation in Chalmette 8/6/1973
Vetivert Essential Oil Corporation of Mandeville On the use and production of vetivert oil in the area 12/9/1963
Walker, Dr. Mary E. On the first woman to wear pants in New Orleans(?), 1851 11/2/1964
Walker, William (1824-1860) Biographical sketch of the first editor of the New Orleans Crescent 9/9/1957
Walker, William A. (1838-1921) Painter 12/11/1972
Walking Endurance Contests in New Orleans, 1860s
6/9/1958
Walking Endurance Contests in New Orleans, 1860s
11/17/1969
Wallace, William Vincent On the visit of the violinist/pianist to New Orleans, 1843 12/1/1963
Washington's Birthday Celebrations in New Orleans, Early
2/14/1962
Washington, George On the statue of Washington placed in the lobby of the St. Charles Hotel, 1837; also alludes to the statue adjacent to the Library 2/1/1960
Watermelons On the watermelon trade during the 1890s 7/6/1959
Waterworks in New Orleans History during the colonial period and in the 19th century 9/10/1956
Waterworks in New Orleans On ideas of building a waterworks system during the 1880s 9/17/1962
Waterworks in New Orleans On its condition in 1853 5/20/1963
Wax Myrtle Tree On uses during the colonial period 12/22/1975
West End
11/19/1956
West Florida, Republic of
9/22/1969
Wharves in New Orleans On the excavation of a wharf site in 1883 9/1/1958
White Hall Plantation
4/3/1961
Whitman, Walt On his life in New Orleans, 1848 5/29/1961
Wikstrom, Bror Anders On the 19th century painter 5/24/1965
Wilde, Jennie Biographical sketch of the poet and designer of carnival parades during the late 19th century 3/4/1957
World's Industrial and Cotton Centennial Exposition, 1884 Description of the grounds 11/30/1970
Yellow Fever On the epidemic of 1822 9/28/1959
Yellow Fever On the generally high death rate in New Orleans during the 1820s 8/3/1959


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