Louisiana Division/City Archives
New Orleans Public Library

Sources for Researching the History of Your House (Or Other Building) in New Orleans

Photographs

The Louisiana Division's Photograph Collection contains numerous photographs of properties throughout New Orleans, and a great many of them can be accessed online at neworleanspubliclibrary.org/photos/photolist.htm. Relatively few of the photographs, however, are identified by street address, so it is necessary to search, for example, through the various building files in hopes of finding a shot of your structure. Remember that it is possible that a photograph taken for one purpose may "accidentally" include a view of your building in the background.

To search online photographs by keyword, click on the "Search Our Website" link on the NOPL homepage (neworleanspubliclibrary.org). If you add the word "photograph" to your search string, your results will be limited only to photographs.

One collection, deposited in the City Archives by various city agencies, is arranged by street name. These photographs have been digitized and are available online at neworleanspubliclibrary.org/photos/streets/streetsphotos.htm.

The collection also includes two series of aerial photographs from 1946 and 1960, and a third series from 1949 covering portions of the city. The reduction in these varies from one series to the next, but in general they do provide an overview of an area similar to the Sanborn maps with the advantage of being actual images of the buildings rather than merely "bird's-eye" view drawings.

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