Wilson S. Howell
Photograph Collection

Louisiana Division
New Orleans Public Library


Wilson S. Howell's diaries, collected in the Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village Research Center in Dearborn Michigan, tell the story of Howell's life as a traveling inspector of electrical generating stations in the early 1890s. During his stint in this line of work, Howell began to develop a love for photography. His hobby left a record of the people and places of late nineteenth century New Orleans.

The collection consists of forty-four prints, though some are repeated images. The subjects in the first volume include New Orleans following the March 1891 flooding at the Ames Crevasse, residential buildings and plantation houses, the streets of New Orleans, ships, and other scenes of city life. The second volume includes photographs of African-American citizens of New Orleans.

The prints/negatives were scanned (by Louisiana Division intern Julia Irwin) as grayscale images at 500 dpi on a Hewlett Packard ScanJet ADF scanner and saved as 600 pixel TIFFs using Photoshop 5.0. The TIFFs are being retained as archival masters. Photoshop was also used to produce edited 600 pixel JPEGs and the 150 pixel JPEG thumbnails displayed below.

Most of the captions used are those written on the reverse of the mountings for the prints. Additional information on some photographs is included in brackets.


Description of the Photographs

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Click on a caption for a 600 pixel version of the photograph.


Gretna during Ames Crevasse March 1891.

Gretna during Ames Crevasse March 1891.

Gretna during Ames Crevasse March 1891.

Residential Buildings
March 1891 (?).

Plantation (3 Oaks) Arabi Lane March 1891.

Dwelling on St. Charles Avenue March 15, 1890 at 10:30 A.M.

Canal Street
March 13, 1890 at 11:00 A.M.

Custom House on Canal Street
March 15, 1890 at 3:15 P.M.

Canal Street
March 15, 1890 at 3:45 P.M.

Robert E. Lee Monument
March 13, 1890 at 1:45 P.M.

Trees
March 1891 (?).

Trees
March 1891 (?).

Indian Women at French Market
March 16, 1890 at 10:00 A.M.

Fishing Hut on the Levee
St. Bernard Parish
March 16, 1890 at 11:00A.M.

Fishing Hut on the Levee
St. Bernard Parish
March 16, 1890 at 11:00A.M.

Load of Cotton at the Levee
March 15, 1890 at 3:00 P.M.

Steamer Paul Tulane at Levee
High Water
March 13, 1890 at 9:10 A.M.

Steamer Paul Tulane at Levee
High Water
March 13, 1890 at 10:00 A.M.

"Alvin"
Mississippi River Boat
March 1890.

Riverboat
March 1890 (?).

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coded:January 16, 2002 revised: June 20, 2002
coded by: Julia Irwin


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