City Archives & Special Collections
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City Archives & Special Collections

Digital Collections

The City Archives & Special Collections Digital Collections is primarily made up of 40,000 individual photographic prints, negatives and slides. The remainder includes items such as drawings, documents, unique printed materials and watercolors.

While a large portion of our photograph collections are already available digitally on the internet, images will continue to be added as they are inventoried and digitized. Many collections are only available on our new Digital Collections website, which can be accessed using the large link below. The remaining photograph collections on this page will be transferred to the new site over time.

Click here for information on obtaining reproductions. Please note that images on our website are optimized for internet viewing, and high resolution images obtained via reproduction requests are provided unedited.

City Archives & Special Collections Digital Collections

You may search the photograph collections on both our old and new sites by using the embedded search bar below: The new site contains additional collections.


General Interest Collection

Arranged by general subject heading, these photographs were collected from numerous sources and have not been fully digitized. Please click the link above to see a folder listing with descriptions.

    "Recent Additions" Collection

    This collection consists of over 1,000 photographs obtained through donations and other sources. These photographs were scanned as a group by City Archives & Special Collections staff in 1999 in order to provide immediate access.

    Municipal Government Collection

    The following collections are arranged under the city agency that produced or collected the photographs. Collections that have not yet been transferred to the new site are indicated below with a icon.

    Mayors of New Orleans

    City Agencies

    Special Collections

    Individual collections organized by name of photographer or collector. The larger collections are further subdivided by general subject heading. Collections that have not yet been transferred to the new site are indicated below with a  
    Online Exhibits Collection
    This collection contains the digital versions of exhibits that have been on view on the third floor of the Main Library since 1996. These exhibits were drawn from the Louisiana Division collections and from the City Archives.

    Image of the Month Galleries

    The Images of the Month Gallery was one of the NOPL website's earliest features, begun soon after our web page's debut on April Fool's Day, 1995. Each month, the Gallery presented both single and series of thematically linked images from our collections. The Gallery was discontinued at the end of 2012.

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