New Orleans Public Library
Louisiana Division

Alexander Allison
Photograph Collection

Alexander Allison, a long time civil engineer with the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, was also an amateur photographer. He shot many images of New Orleans houses, buildings, street scenes, churches, cemeteries, statues, port activities, Mardi Gras, and more. Allison also took numerous photographs of family members and family activities, including vacations.

In 1953, Mr. Allison donated 323 4x5 prints of his work to the Library. Following his death in 1964, Mr. Allison's daughter gave additional prints and his entire collection of negatives to the Louisiana Division.

Some of the negatives do not match the titles/descriptions that Allison wrote on the original negative envelopes. We have attempted to match negatives to the correct information but some educated guesses were necessary. In some cases we have added descriptive information not included by Allison. If you notice any inaccurate information for any of the Allison photographs, please let us know (e-mail Wayne Everard (

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