|Louisiana Division/City Archives
New Orleans Public Library
Sources for Researching the History of Your House (Or Other Building) in New Orleans
Many of the published books in the Louisiana Division will be helpful in researching the history of Crescent City buildings. It is impossible to list all of the potentially useful books in this space. Researchers should consult the Library's online catalog (available at the NOPL homepage: nolalibrary.org) and also ask the Louisiana Division reference staff for recommenations. Listed below are some of the more important publications:
There are numerous volumes that may be more or less accidentally of use to architectural research. These include guide books that contain photographs of different parts of New Orleans; programs of conventions and other events that often include advertisements portraying the structures that housed the advertisers; and school (and other) yearbooks that picture buildings associated with the school or other institution. Also of potential value are documents compiled by or for various municipal agencies and housed in the City Archives collection.