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Odd Bits in the Louisiana Division/City Archives Collections
This is a collection of stray notes about bits and pieces of information to be found in the nooks and crannies of the Louisiana Division. Some of these items were called to our attention by users of the collections, while others are things that staff members ran across while in pursuit of other, usually unrelated, bits of information. This page provides the staff with a place to store these bits of knowledge and a way to share them with potential users. We'll add new bits to this list from time to time.

  • Attached to an application for a marriage license in 1860 is an affidavit noting that the prospective bride, a young white woman, had been raised by a free woman of color (in VEF678 12/16/1860).

  • Among the reports of the Captain of the Day Police and Night Watch (Second Municipality) on February 26, 1842 is the record of the arrest of Felix Piquery and P. Russell. They were arrested along with a number of slaves at 2 am, accused of "unlawful assemblage, fiddling and dancing." Piquery had on his person a clarinet and Russell had a violin.

  • Site plan and plans for representative buildings in the Mirabeau Manor Apartments in the 1900 block of Mirabeau Ave. In City Planning Commission minute book (AQ300 1940/2/15).

  • Map, 1942, showing ownership of property and the physical environment of Chef Menteur Highway up to Bayou Sauvage. In City Planning Commission minute book (AQ300 1942/1/20).

  • The August, 1942 number of Southern Fisherman (a New Orleans publication). In City Planning Commission minute book (AQ300 1942/10/23).

  • Consideration of a permanent location for the "Streetcar named Desire" (including New Orleans Public Service's part in the project and plans to use it as a tourist information center). In City Planning Commission minute book (AQ300 1966/6/7).

  • Photographs of the intersection of South Claiborne and South Carrollton, ca. 1956, prior to the construction of the new K&B drugstore. In City Planning Commission minute book (AQ300z 1956 #43/56).

  • Photographs of the 1100 block of Esplanade Ave., ca. 1958, showing buildings on the uptown side of the street, including the now-demolished #1120. In City Planning Commission minute book (AQ300z 1958 #4/58).

  • Photographs of the intersection of Magazine Street and Henry Clay Avenue, ca. 1959, showing buildings formerly on the site of the Henry Clay Apartments. In City Planning Commission minute book (AQ300z 1959 #3/59).

  • Photograph of L. Gandolini's horse drawn hot waffle wagon. In City Planning Commission minute book (AQ300z 1959 #36/59).

  • Photographs of the Mecca Theater, 721 Adams St. (now demolished). In City Planning Commission minute book (AQ300z 1959 #26/59).

  • Photographs of the Texas Pacific-Missouri Pacific passenger station on Annunciation St. and surrounding properties. In City Planning Commission minute book (AQ300z 1960 #56/60).

  • Photograph of the intersection of South Claiborne and Napoleon Avenues, ca. 1961, prior to construction of the National American Bank. Also a photo of the Beacon Restaurant across Napoleon. In City Planning Commission minute book (AQ300z 1966 #26/66).

  • Photographs of the Convent of the Sisters of the Holy Family (Bourbon and Orleans), ca. 1962, prior to construction of the Bourbon-Orleans Hotel. In City Planning Commission minute book (AQ300z 1962 #48/62).

  • Photographs of the interior of Langenstein's on Arabella St., ca. 1957. In City Planning Commission minute book (AQ300 1947/8/21).

  • There is a "map of the settled portion of New Orleans" in the Daily Picayune, December 5, 1909 (p. 4). Thanks to Mary White for this bit!

See also Notes on Miscellaneous Orleans Parish Court Records
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