City Archives
New Orleans Public Library

New Orleans Boards and Commissions
Edward Wisner Donation
Date range:  1971-2003
Size of collection:  3 boxes
Terms of Access:  Available to registered researchers by appointment
Acquisition:  Transferred to City Archives 2016

Historical Note

Edward Wisner was a philanthropist, newspaper editor, real estate developer, and entrepreneur from Michigan who made most of his fortune from the banking and lumber industries. He arrived in New Orleans around 1900 and quickly acquired over 1 million acres of seemingly "undesirable" marshland along the coast of Louisiana with the goal of developing the area for both residential and agricultural purposes. In 1914, Wisner donated 52,000 acres of land in the form of a trust to four beneficiaries: the City of New Orleans, the Salvation Army, Charity Hospital, and Tulane University. The Edward Wisner Donation was created as a 100 year charitable trust to support local efforts of beautification, education, recreation, and human services.

Edward Wisner passed away in 1915. Several years later, his widow and daughters filed suit to have the Wisner donation annulled. In 1929, the Wisner heirs and the beneficiaries came to a compromise which recognized the Wisner heirs as a fifth beneficiary, divided the trust among the five beneficiaries, and created an advisory committee to oversee the trust. The Wisner Trust is administered by the Mayor of New Orleans and the Edward Wisner Donation Advisory Committee. The 100 year trust was set to expire in 2014; however, as of 2020 it has been extended into perpetuity.

Scope and Arrangement

The Edward Wisner Donation records were transferred to the City Archives in August of 2016. They consist primarily of correspondence, grant applications, and City of New Orleans disbursement information. Records were kept in the order in which they were received. For additional information about the Wisner Donation, ask the archivist about materials housed in the City Documents collection such as annual reports and the Wisner Advisory Committee meeting minutes.

Inventory

Box Folder Folder Title Dates
1 18 7th Annual Carnival Latino 1995
1 10 A.S.K. 1994
1 1 Advocates For Science and Math 1995
1 2 African American Male Institute 1995-2000
1 3 African Heritage Foundation 1994-1997
1 4 Agenda For Children 1999
1 5 Alcee Fortier Senior High 2000
1 8 Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Education Foundation 1995-1998
1 7 Amistad Research Center Visiting Artists/Scholars 1995-2001
3 45 Amoco Lease 1974-1976
3 46 Arco Unit Division 1973-1975
1 9 Arts Council of New Orleans 1996-2002
1 11 Asia Baptist Church 1997
1 12 Asia Baptist Church Day Care Center 2000
3 36 Audubon Park Commission 1979-1989
1 13 Back On the Block Foundation 1994
3 47 Banking Public or Private Fund Debate 1990-1991
1 14 Bishop Perry Middle School 1998-1999
1 15 Boys Hope 1998-1999
1 16 Cabrini High School 2002
1 17 Carmel In the Business District 1996-2000
1 19 Carrollton-Hollygrove Adult Daycare 1994
1 20 Centenial Celebration Found 2001
1 21 Central Civic Improvement Association's Boy's Club 2001-2002
1 22 Christian Community Youth Against Drugs Foundation 1998
1 23 Christians United of LA, Inc. 1995-1997
1 24 Christmas in New Orleans 1990-1993
1 25 Citizens For Quality Nursing Homes 1997-1998
1 26 City of New Orleans Capital Budgets Bike Path 1997
1 27 City of New Orleans Microcomputer Training Program 1993-1994
3 49 City Park Driving Range 1984-1988
1 28 Clear Head Inc. 2002
3 48 Coastal Erosion Plan 1987-1988
1 29 Contemporary Arts Center 1996-1998
1 30 Contemporary Arts Center 1996-1999
1 31 Contemporary Arts Center Jazz in the Streets Program 1995-1997
3 50 Contracts (Boiler Plate) 1983-1985
1 32 Crescent City Peace Alliance 1997-2000
1 33 Dillard University, Project SEEC 1998-2003
1 41 Downtown Community Development Holy Cross 1998
1 34 Family Advocacy and Neighborhood Services 1998
1 35 Fearless Tiger Cultural Arts Center 1999-2000
1 36 First Unitarian/Universalist Church of New Orleans 2003
3 39 Fouchon Road 1977
1 37 Friends of City Hall City Channel 1996
1 38 Friends of NOCCA 1995
3 44 Glynn Properties, Lafourche 1970-1977
3 40 Great Southern Gas and Oil 1987
1 40 Greater Mount Carmel Tutorial and Development Organization 2000
1 42 Holy Cross Neighborhood 1996
1 43 House of Ruth 2000-2002
1 44 Israel M. Augustine, Jr. Criminal Justice Center 2001
1 45 Jazz Outreach Program Orleans Parish Schools 1994
3 38 Jeansonne and Son, Lafourche Parish 1972-1973
1 46 Jewish Community Center Alzheimer's Care & Enrichment Program 1995-1996
1 47 Jewish Community Center Kid's Fair 1995
1 48 Junebug Productions, Inc 1996-1998
1 49 Juneteenth Celebration African American Male Institute 1995-1997
1 50 Junior Achievement 2003
1 52 Kids-To-Africa 1997
1 53 Kuji Center 1994-1999
1 51 Kwan Tai Foundation 1997-1999
1 54 LA Children's Museum 1995
1 55 LA League of Good Government 1998
2 1 LA Philharmonic Orchestra 1995-2000
2 2 LA Philharmonic Orchestra 1996
2 3 LA Special Olympics 1995
2 4 Lafitte Youth Making a Change (LYMAC) 1996-1998
2 7 Make A Wish Foundation 1998-2000
2 10 Martin Luther King Holiday Grant Request 1987-2002
2 6 Mayoral Fellows Program 2003
2 11 Mayor's Foundation for Education 1996-1998
2 12 Mayor's Medal of Honor 1995, 2000
2 14 Mayor's Office National Youth Service Day 1995
2 13 Mayor's Office of Environmental Affairs: Delta Service Corps 2000
2 15 Mayor's Staff Planning Retreat Housing and Neighborhood Development 1994
2 16 Mayor's Team 1994 Grant 1994
2 17 Medical Center of LA Reach Out & Read Program 1995-1998
2 8 Methodist Home For Children 2003
2 18 Mid-City Green Project 1996
2 19 Minority Business Development Exploratory Committee 1996
2 5 Morial Fellows Program 2000
2 22 Mural Project Orleans Parish School 1994
2 20 Murphy McCaleb Education Fund 1995-1997
2 9 Music & Entertainment Comm Satchmo Summer Camp 2000
2 21 Music Business Institute, Inc. 2001
2 23 My House, Inc. 1997
2 24 National Conference For Community and Justice 1996-2000
2 25 National Conference of Christians and Jews 1997-1998
2 26 Neighborhood Housing Services of New Orleans 1999
2 27 New Hope Community Housing Development Organization 2000
2 38 New Olreans Opera Association, Tosca 1987-1990
2 31 New Orleans Aids Monument 1999
2 28 New Orleans Area Literacy Coalition 1996
2 33 New Orleans Council For Young Children 1996-1997
2 34 New Orleans Fire Museum 1994-1997
2 29 New Orleans Holocaust Project 2001-2002
2 51 New Orleans Jazz Orchestra Sculpture Garden 2009-2010
2 30 New Orleans Lyceum Jazz Outreach Program 1996
2 35 New Orleans Masjid Al-Islam 1997
2 36 New Orleans Metro Charities 1996
2 40 New Orleans Opera Association 2000-2002
2 39 New Orleans Opera Association, Figaro 1990-1998
2 37 New Orleans Opera Association, Flying Dutchman 1988-1998
2 41 New Orleans Outreach, Inc. 2001
2 42 New Orleans Pharmacy Museum 1995
2 43 New Orleans Police Foundation "Cops For Kids" 2003
2 45 New Orleans Public Library Wisner Children's Book Collection 1995
2 46 New Orleans Recreaction Department (NORD) 1992-1994
2 47 New Orleans Recreaction Department (NORD) 1995
2 48 New Orleans Recreaction Department (NORD) 1996
2 49 New Orleans Recreaction Department (NORD) 1998
2 53 New Orleans Recreaction Department (NORD) 1990-1991
2 52 New Orleans Recreation Department (NORD) Summer High School Basketball League 1994
3 8 New Orleans Summerbridge 1995-1999
2 54 New Orleans Teen Court 2002
2 55 New Orleans Youth Action Corps 1994
2 56 New Orleans Youth Action Corps 1995
2 32 New Orleasn Ballet Association 1999-2003
2 57 Parks and Parkways 2001
2 58 Parkway Partners Program 1997-1999
2 59 Paul B. Habans School 1997-2000
2 60 Payne Leadership Education and Development Corporation 1995-2000
3 42 Piazza D'Italia 1978
2 61 Preservation Resource Center African American Heritage Preservation Program 2002-2003
2 62 Project Informed Welfare Rights Organization 1996
2 44 Project Sir 1995
2 63 Recovery Works, Inc. 1996
2 64 Ruach, Inc. 2000
2 73 Salvation Army Summer Camp 1989-2003
2 74 Save the Children Youth Organization 1997-1999
2 75 Screens and Print 2001
2 50 Seabrook Neighborhood Association Hooping It Up Program 1995-2004
2 76 Seventh Ward Community Services 1996-1997
3 1 Shalom Zone Community 1999
3 2 Sidney Bechet Centennial Conference, University of New Orleans 1997
3 3 Sisters of the Holy Family 1999-2003
3 6 Sothern University of New Orleans Technology Transfer Center 1996
3 5 Soutern Rep Theater 1992-2001
3 4 Southern Institute For Education and Research, Tulane University 1995
2 71 St. Anna's Academy 1998
2 65 St. Augustine High School 2000-2001
2 66 St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church 1998
2 68 St. Mark's Community Center 1997-1999
2 67 St. Mark's Community Center Americorps 1997-2000
2 69 St. Mary of the Angels, All Congregations Together 2002
2 70 St. Nicholas Childrens Academy 2002
2 72 St. Thomas Health Services 1996-2002
3 9 Summerbridge 2003
3 7 Summerbridge Program 1994-2000
3 11 Taahirah's Hearts 2002
3 10 Tambourine & Fan 2000
3 12 Technology Institute of New Orleans 2000-2003
1 6 The Alternative Christians United TA-CU 2001
1 39 The Good Shepherd Nativity Mission School , Inc. 2001
3 13 Touro Infirmary Foundation 1997-2000
3 14 Treme Community Education 1997
3 15 Tulane Catholic Center 2001
3 16 Union Baptist College and Theological Seminary 1994-1998
3 17 University of New Orleans, College of Urban & Public Affairs 1997-1998
3 18 University of New Orleans, Earl K. Long Library 1997-1998
3 19 University of New Orleans, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art 2001
3 20 Urban League of Greater New Orleans 1997
3 21 Urban Youth Against Violence 1997
3 22 Ursuline Academy 1999
3 23 Vietnamese Initiative in Economic Training (VET) 2002
3 24 Volunteers and Information Agency 1997-1998
3 25 Wisner Blvd Bikeway Dept of Public Works 2000-2001
3 37 Wisner File Grant Process 1984-1990
3 41 Wisner Land, Lafourche Parish 1970-1972
3 43 Wisner Wilderness Park 1975
3 26 WLAE-TV Channel 32 1999-2000
3 27 WRBH Radio 1994-2002
3 28 Wyes 1997-2001
3 33 YMCA Greater New Orleans 2000
3 31 YMCA Operation Mainstream 1995-1997
3 32 YMCA Operation Mainstream Adult Literacy Program 1994
3 29 Young Audiences 1997
3 30 Young Leadership Council 2001
3 34 Youth Inspirational Choir, Inc. 1995
3 35 Zeta Phi Beta 1996-2001


Back to Louisiana Division Homepage

Created BS, 2020