City Archives & Special Collections - New Orleans Public Library

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The City Archives & Special Collections the official; repository of the records of the Municipal Government of the City of New Orleans, 1769 to the present. The Division collects those records that form the building blocks of the city and those that will guide its future.

The City Archives & Special Collections also preserves collections important to the history of the City. This includes among others; a Carnival Collection, Local Photograph Collection, Map Collection, Menu Collection, Postcard Collection, Manuscript Collection, and a Rare Book Collection.

The Division's extensive Genealogy Collection contains books, periodicals and microfilms with emphasis on New Orleans, Louisiana, the Southeast United States, Nova Scotia, France, and Spain.

The City Archives & Special Collections provides education opportunities to learn about the collections and their uses. We are able to do this through our programming, exhibits, partnerships and outreach.

Transforming Lives, Enriching Neighborhoods, and Preserving History

City Archives & Special Collections
Main Library
219 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70112


Open: Monday to Friday
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
By Appointment.

Please contact us to make an appointment or if you have a question.

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New At the Archives
Marion James Porter Photograph Collection
An Introduction to Genetics for the Genealogist

Research Guide


Search & Copy Services:
Requesting Searches & Copies
General Guidelines

City Archives:
City Archives Finding Aids & Inventories
Orleans Parish Courts Finding Aids & Indexes
Orleans Parish Finding Aids & Inventories
Synopsis of Ordinances, 1841-1937
Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo, 1769-1803
New Orleans Mayors, 1803 - Present
Administrations of the Mayors of New Orleans, 1803-1936
New Orleans City Council Members, 1954 - Present
New Orleans Parks and Squares, Openings, Name Changes, Etc.
Publication Dates of City Ordinances in the Official Journal, 1992-2006

Programs and Presentations

Digital Collections:
Photographs and Digital Collections
Exhibits and Digital Galleries
Obtaining Reproductions and Permission to Reproduce
Release Form

Special Collections:
Carnival Collection
Early Recording Collection
Early Sheet Music Collection
Friends of the Cabildo Oral History Program
Louisiana Scrapbook Collection
Manuscripts Collections
Map Collection
Menu Collection
Online Pamphlets
WPA Materials at NOPL

Guide to Genealogical Materials
Biography/Obituary Index
Index to the Justices of the Peace Marriage Records, 1846-1880
New Orleans Newspaper Marriage Index, 1837-1857
New Orleans City Directories
NOVA Transcriptions of City Archives Records
Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New Orleans
Naturalization Records in New Orleans
Birth Records for New Orleans
Hints on Using the 1850 Census
Hints on Using the 1860-1920 Censuses

Property Research:
Sources for Researching the History of Your House...
Building Plans in the City Archives & Special Collections
Alphabetical and Numerical Index to Changes in Street Numbers
Alphabetical Index of Changes in Street Names
Index to Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps for New Orleans, 1885-1909
Underwriters Inspection Bureau of New Orleans, Street Rate Slips, 1897
Orleans Parish (La.) Board of Assessors Property Tax Assessment Rolls
New Orleans (La.) Historic District Landmarks Commission: Surveys and Photographs

Newspapers on Microfilm in the City Archives & Special Collections
Miscellaneous African American Newspapers
Miscellaneous Louisiana Newspapers
Newspaper Collection, 1787-1974--Holdings by Year
Local Serials in the Archives
Index to the Etches of Ebony Louisiana calendars
Index to the Riders' Digest, 1956-1976
Index to the Roosevelt Review
Index to Architectural Art and Its Allies

For City Agencies:
Information for City Agencies on Transferring Records to the City Archives

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Updated 1/9/2017