New Orleans Incorporated: 200 Years of the City Charter
Louisiana Division | New Orleans Public Library

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One of the most striking features of the 1882 Charter was its expansion of the City Council from seven to thirty members. The size of the pages needed to record the new body’s roll call votes had to grow as well in order to display all of the members’ names on a single page. Earlier record book pages of this type measured only 7” x 12.5” rather than the 9.5” x 15” example shown here. It is unlikely that anyone in city government during the 1880s calculated the increased cost of buying the larger volumes!
          [City Council. Roll book of yeas and nays, 1883]

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