New Orleans Public Library
Date range: 1892-1896
Size of collection: 1 carton
Terms of Access: Available to registered researchers by appointment
John Fitzpatrick (1844-1919) was Mayor of New Orleans, 1892-1896. Orphaned early in life, he entered politics at an early age and rose steadily in the ranks of the city's Democratic machine. He served as Criminal Sheriff and Administrator of Public Works prior to his election as Mayor in 1892. Fitzpatrick was the only New Orleans mayor to be impeached (in 1894), but the District Attorney was unable to convict and remove him from office. Following the end of his term of office, Fitzpatrick remained active in Democratic politics and served in several official capacities, including on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Public Library (he was instrumental in bringing about the formal establishment of the Library in 1896).
Correspondence is arranged alphabetically by the name of the correspondent or the subject of the folder's contents. In addition to the correspondence there is also a copy of Fitzpatrick's 1896 report to the City Council and a questionnaire giving details on the operation of the Mayor's Office.
The records are "fragments" that have survived in the City Archives. Most of the records are in the form of incoming letters to the mayor. In some cases related materials are fastened together. The arrangement in alphabetical by name of correspondent (corporate or individual). Where only one or two items exist for a given correspondent, those items are filed in alphabetical miscellaneous folders. Much of the material is "ceremonial" (i.e., letters of introduction/greetings, letters of appointment, etc.) but there are documents of more significance, especially in the files for city of New Orleans government agencies. In the file "United States Treasury Department" there is a letter from the captain of the Rex carnival organization discussing parade routes.
Individual correspondents include Congressmen Newton Blanchard, C.J. Boatner, Charles Buck, R.C. Davey, Adolph Meyer, Andrew Price, and S.M. Robertson. Also represented is Archbishop Francis Janssens and the mayors of several American cities. In addition to the correspondence there is also a copy of Fitzpatrick's 1896 report to the City Council and a questionnaire giving details on the operation of the Mayor's Office.
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coded: 1/15/1999 coded by: Irene Wainwright