City Archives
New Orleans Public Library

Sewerage and Water Board

Series With No Formal Finding Aids (1927-1974)


When the City Archives first came under the care of New Orleans Public Library in the late 1940's, the collection comprised mostly bound manuscript volumes. Library staff cataloged these volumes much as they would general library materials, but instead of using the accustomed Dewey Decimal system, they developed a unique alpha-numeric call number scheme based on the general provenance and form of each series. The various catalog records were recorded on typical library catalog cards and kept in the "City Archives catalog." The catalog also included records for published City of New Orleans documents, items housed in our "Official Vertical File" (OVF), and volumes created by the various civil courts for Orleans Parish.

Over the years, many of the records classified in the City Archives catalog were described more fully in formal archival finding aids. All of the pre-1862 records in the City Archives, for example, have finding aids (except for the records of the City of Lafayette, which came into the City Archives when that Jefferson Parish suburb was incorporated into Orleans Parish in 1852). Finding aids were also gradually created for other, later series of records. All of these finding aids can be found on our website (archives.nolalibrary.org/inv/invlist.htm), where they can be discovered by researchers from around the globe. The records listed in the City Archives catalog, however, were discoverable only in-house, when users visited the City Archives and were directed to the card catalog.

The inventory below is a transcription of the information on the cards in the City Archives catalog, presented here in this brief format until such time as Archives staff can describe the records series in more detailed finding aids. The transcription does not include any of the records series for which finding aids already exist, nor does it include published documents, items from the OVF (which will be inventoried at a later date) or the civil courts volumes (most of which are described fully on our website (archives.nolalibrary.org/inv/courts.htm). The intention is to provide researchers with a more complete picture of the materials available in the City Archives than has heretofore been provided by the existing finding aids alone.


Agency Series Dates Extent Call Number Notes
Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Audits of receipts and disbursements 1936; 1939; 1947-1951; 1958-1974 microfilm LL461 date 1973-1974 not microfilmed (in OVF); Scattered dates; see City Archives catalog for specific holdings
Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Joint report of Executive, Finance, Sewerage and Water, Drainage Committees 1949-1951; 1958-1970 microfilm LL204efsd date Scattered dates; See City Archives catalog for specific holdings (originals in OVF)
Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Mechanical and engineering blueprints and maps, sets number 1-300 n.d. 19 rolls 35mm microfilm LL620 date Includes index, 1959 (LL620 1959)
Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Monthly report of Committee on Drainage 1958-1975 microfilm LL204d date Scattered dates; See City Archives catalog for specific holdings
Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Monthly report of Committee on Sewerage and Water 1958-1970 microfilm LL2042 date Scattered dates; see City Archives catalog for specific holdings (originals in OVF)
Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Monthly report of Consulting Engineer 1963-1974 microfilm/typescript LL204c date 1973-1974 not microfilmed; Scattered dates; See City Archives catalog for specific holdings (originals in OVF)
Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Monthly report of Finance Committee 1944-1972 microfilm LL204f date Scattered dates; See City Archives catalog for specific holdings (originals in OVF)
Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Monthly report of General Superintendent 1927-1929; 1934-1951; 1958-1974 microfilm LL204s date 1974 not microfilmed; Scattered dates; See City Archives catalog for specific holdings (originals in OVF)
Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Monthly report of Medical Department 1949-1951; 1958-1972 microfilm LL204m date Scattered dates; See City Archives catalog for specific holdings (originals in OVF)
Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Monthly report of Secretary 1939-1940; 1944; 1949-1951; 1957-1974 microfilm LL204sec date 1973-1974 not microfilmed; Scattered dates; see City Archives catalog for specific holdings (originals in OVF)
Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Monthly report of Special Counsel 1945-1951; 1958-1974 microfilm LL204sc date 19730-1974 not microfilmed; Scattered dates; See City Archives catalog for specific holdings (originals in OVF)
Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Report of Pension Committee 1949-1951; 1957-1972 microfilm LL204p date 1973-1974 not microfilmed; Scattered dates; See City Archives catalog for specific holdings (originals in OVF)
Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans Report of Plumbing Conference Committee 1957-1972 microfilm LL204pl date Scattered dates; See City Archives catalog for specific holdings (originals in OVF)

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