City Archives
New Orleans Public Library

Information for City Agencies
on Transferring Records to the City Archives

The purpose of the City Archives is to retain permanently any city records that have or will have administrative, legal, or historical value either to city government itself or to researchers, scholars, political scientists, urban specialists, and other interested members of the public. (See Home Rule Charter of the City of New Orleans, 94:36-41.) These records should be retained by the creating agencies for any legally mandated period or as long as they are administratively useful. Once their legal retention period has expired and/or they are no longer needed for the day-to-day operation of the agency, the permanently valuable records should be transferred to the City Archives.

Records retention schedules, tailored to specific types of records held in individual City of New Orleans departments and officially approved by the Louisiana State Archives' Records Management Department, currently exist for only a few departments. Those agencies that do have approved retention schedules should refer to those schedules to determine which records are suitable for transfer to the City Archives. Agencies that do not have approved retention schedules must first consult with the Archivist before transferring any records to the City Archives. No unscheduled records may be transferred to the City Archives until they are at least 3 years old.

Contact Information:
City Archives | New Orleans Public Library
504 596-2610 |
The following links provide additional information about transferring records to the City Archives: Legally, the City Archives cannot authorize the destruction of records not deemed to have permanent archival value. The City Archives can only advise as to the records that should be transferred for permanent retention. As determined by state law, records retention schedules must be approved by the Louisiana State Archives, and requests for the disposal of non-archival records must also be submitted to the State Archives. (See R.S. 44:411.) Questions about records retention and the disposal of records not suitable for permanent retention in the City Archives should be directed to the Records Management Department of the Louisiana State Archives. Various State Archives' Records Managment Related Forms are also available online, including the form requesting Authority to Dispose of Records.

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