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New Orleans (La.) City Engineer's Office
Records, 1889-1947 [bulk, 1890-ca. 1925]

Acquisition:   Various
Terms of Access:   Records are available in-house to registered researchers.

Historical Background

Act 93 in 1900 established the Orleans Levee District and the Board of Commissioners that governed it. Section 6 of the Act further stated that, "The City Surveyor of New Orleans, who shall hereafter be styled City Engineer, shall be the chief engineer of said board...." The office of City Surveyor, which dated back to the municipality's incorporation in 1805, thus passed out of existence. In 1896, a new city charter confirmed the new name and placed the City Engineer among the executive officers of New Orleans, along with the Mayor, Comptroller, Treasurer, Commissioner of Public Works, and Commissioner of Police and Public Buildings. He was to be at least thirty years old and a citizen of Louisiana for at least five years prior to his appointment by the Mayor. Additionally, he was to be a Civil Engineer in good standing with a minimum of five years of experience.

In 1894, the office employed, in addition to the City Engineer himself, a chief clerk, a stenographer, four Assistant City Engineers, five rodman, two assistant clerks, a custodian, a messenger, a draughtsman, an assistant draughtsman, a tracer, four inspectors, and a porter. In addition, apparently through a separate appropriation for a topographical survey, the office also included a first assistant engineer, an assistant engineer, three gaugers, two draughtsman, three assistant gaugers, a stenographer, and a porter. At the end of 1907 the office staff included the City Engineer, a chief clerk, an assistant clerk, a custodian, five assistant engineers, an architectural draughtsman, a topographical draughtsman, two assistant draughtsmen, a building inspector, two street paving inspectors, a stenographer, six rodman, and a messenger (with another five assistant engineers, five inspectors, and four rodmen employed through funds authorized by ordinance #4538 NCS).

The new city charter of 1912 created a commission form of government for the Crescent City with five departments, each headed by a commissioner with both executive and legislative power. The City Engineer came under the umbrella of the Department of Public Property. Within that Department, the City Engineer had administrative and field responsibilities, oversaw the Municipal Repair Plant, and supervised the City's contingent of building inspectors. See a description of the Public Property records, including references to files relating directly to the City Engineer's Office.

The primary duties of the City Engineer were to:

  • furnish the Council and the proper authorities of the city, when so ordered, with all the plans and estimates and other information appertaining to his department which such Council or executive officers may require.
  • superintend the construction of all public works, and report after the completion of the same the manner in which the works have been executed
  • give all lines and grades for all sidewalks, streets, railroads and other works authorized by the Council, for which services no charge shall be made
  • establish and keep up to date a platted record, in book form, on a suitable scale, of the subdivision of each and every block in the city, as far as is practicable from the information in his possession and from the reports made to him by the deputy surveyors of their transactions
  • issue building permits and keep a record of such permits, describing the exact location and cost of each building or alteration
  • devise a plan for drainage of the City
  • maintain a record of street number changes
  • generally to protect the City's interest in the integrity of its streets and other property from harm by railroad and street railway companies, lighting companies, etc.
The names of the City Engineers, along with other members of the city administrations over the years, will be found in Administrations of the Mayors of New Orleans.

Scope Note

The records contain a wealth of information about buildings, streets, bridges, and other elements of the physical state of New Orleans between 1890 and 1947. Much of this information, though, will be difficult to access for a number of reasons.

  1. The "good stuff" is often buried amidst a mass of routine reports, communications, forms, and other documents.
  2. Available indexing is not uniformly keyed to any surviving filing locations or other designations. Many items listed in the indexes are no longer extant.
  3. The outgoing correspondence, the specifications, and some of the reports are present as letterpress copies. Typically, letterpress copies are problematic because of the thin paper used in the copying process, the amount of care (or lack thereof) taken by the workers making the copies, the condition of individual volume bindings, and other considerations.
  4. Much of the incoming correspondence as well as many of the reports were bound into thick volumes, many of whose bindings have failed to some extent. As a result, some documents have been damaged and/or are difficult to access within the books.
For these condition-related reasons, most of the City Engineer's Office records cannot be photocopied or scanned. Researchers may use digital cameras to make copies in most cases.

Despite the above caveats, individuals interested in buildings constructed, repaired, renovated, or remodeled during the period of the records will want to consult with an archivist about research strategies. Researchers concerned with the city's infrastructure and/or built environment may also be interested in exploring the records.

One example, a letter from Thomas Sully to L. W. Brown, City Engineer, dated November 23, 1892 is available online.


The records are of two general physical types:

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Boxed Records

Correspondence/Subject Files, 1889-1914

Note: The labels on the original wooden storage cartons, apparently added by a previous custodian of the records, were not particularly accurate, so the processing archivist used them only as a general guide in describing their contents. Handwritten filing notes on the documents themselves often were more useful indications of the intent of the originating agency.

The larger and more significant sub-series are described below, and an inventory of box/folder locations follows. Generally, correspondents include City Council members and other municipal officials & employees, architects, contractors, & others in the construction business, citizens, property owners, businesses, organizations, & institutions, and out of state companies/individuals interested in doing business locally. The various sub-series sometimes include items that do not appear to belong therein; no attempt has been made to "correct" original filing.

Incoming Correspondence (General)
Includes plans and specifications for altering, repairing, and building public property; condition of individual buildings, public & private, condition of streets, building laws, proposed building projects, and bids for public building projects

Incoming Correspondence (Levees)
Many of the letters are from the Orleans Levee Board and the U.S. Engineers

Incoming Correspondence (Canals)
Includes bridges over canals as well as sewerage & drainage matters

Incoming Correspondence (Paving)
Includes bids for jobs and completion of contracts for grading, paving, & gravelling; many of the letters are from paving contractors doing work for the city; letters re: stone curbing

Incoming Correspondence (Wharves)
Engineering & building records, records on pile driving for wharves & levees, reports on river stages

Incoming Correspondence (Miscellaneous)
reports on public schools, surveys, work done on city streets, and work done on the YMCA building; moving electric company poles on various streets

Incoming (Drainage)
Including rain gauges & measurement of rain and the topographical survey; also includes background, etc. on the 1895 “Report on the Drainage of the City of New Orleans” by the Advisory Board on Drainage; ditch on Tulane University property; bids on drainage pumps; applications for employment

Incoming Correspondence (City Departments)
Specifications for culverts & gutters; dangerous condition of streets & buildings; conditions of wharves & levees; permits for businesses; inspections & repairs of sidewalks; Dryades Market; location of Police Commissioners in the new Criminal Court Building; Mississippi River gauge; filling Coliseum Square; moving the ferry landing from Pine to Walnut Street

Incoming Correspondence (Reports)
Progress of work on various projects; violations of ordinance #7607; requests for business permits; buildings being erected without permits. Included are Reports of Inspectors forms, but usually with attachments (including original complaints) and/or continuing correspondence. Many detailed descriptions of issues with individual buildings, bridges, properties, streets, etc. are included. Many complaints filed by police officers are the subjects of these reports. Some reports of the Assistant City Engineers are also included

Correspondence with the Deputy Commissioner of Public Property, Division of Public Works
City Engineer’s reports on how he handled matters that were referred to him by the Deputy Commissioner or that the Deputy Commissioner otherwise had responsibility for or interest in

Incoming Correspondence (Applications for Positions)
Not formal applications but rather inquiries about possible openings, letters of introduction for job seekers, follow up letters, etc.

Incoming Correspondence (Surveys)
Including various surveys, some with sketches included and/or attached. Generally, items larger than 8 ½” x 14” were removed to the Louisiana Map Collection where they will be cataloged with a reference to this location

Applications for sidewalk grades
Printed forms (not all fields were necessarily filled in) as follows:


I hereby apply for proper grade of sidewalk in front of my property known as No. _____ and on ______ side of ______ street and between _______ street and _________ street. I desire to construct the sidewalk of ________ and to make same _______ wide. The work to be done according to specifications in the office of the City Engineer.


Per _______

Occasional letters, notes, etc. are filed in lieu of the standard form.

Daily Reports of Inspectors
Filed more or less chronologically, using printed forms; reports on new school houses, street paving, railroads, street railways; occasional sketches are attached

Inventory of the Correspondence/Subject Files

Title Date(s) Comments Box Folder
Applications for sidewalk grades 1893
11 1
Applications for sidewalk grades 1894 Folder 1 of 6 11 2
Applications for sidewalk grades 1894 Folder 2 of 6 11 3
Applications for sidewalk grades 1894 Folder 3 of 6 11 4
Applications for sidewalk grades 1894 Folder 4 of 6 11 5
Applications for sidewalk grades 1894 Folder 5 of 6 11 6
Applications for sidewalk grades 1894 Folder 6 of 6 12 1
Applications for sidewalk grades 1895 Folder 1 of 3 5 11
Applications for sidewalk grades 1895 Folder 2 of 3 6 1
Applications for sidewalk grades 1895 Folder 3 of 3 6 2
Certifications of work done erecting public buildings 1910-1913 Transferred from Tulane University 10 8
Correspondence with the Deputy Commissioner of Public Property, Division of Public Works 1913
8 5
Correspondence with the Deputy Commissioner of Public Property, Division of Public Works 1914
8 6
Daily reports of Inspectors 1895/01-03
6 3
Daily reports of Inspectors 1895/04-06
6 4
Daily reports of Inspectors 1895/07-09
6 5
Daily reports of Inspectors 1895/10-12
6 6
Daily reports of Inspectors 1896/01-05
6 7
Daily reports of Inspectors 1896/05-08
7 5
Daily reports of Inspectors 1896/09-12
7 6
Daily reports of Inspectors 1897/01, 3
7 7
Daily reports of Inspectors (Schools) 1895
3 4
Daily reports of Inspectors (YMCA Building) 1895
3 3
Incoming Correspondence (Applications for Positions) 1892
10 2
Incoming Correspondence (Applications for Positions) 1893
10 3
Incoming Correspondence (Applications for Positions) 1894
10 4
Incoming Correspondence (Applications for Positions) 1895
10 5
Incoming Correspondence (Applications for Positions) 1896
10 6
Incoming Correspondence (Canals) 1890 1 item only 2 5
Incoming Correspondence (Canals) 1892
2 6
Incoming Correspondence (Canals) 1893
2 7
Incoming Correspondence (Canals) 1894
2 8
Incoming Correspondence (Canals) 1895
2 9
Incoming Correspondence (Canals) 1896
2 10
Incoming Correspondence (City Council) 1892
1 12
Incoming Correspondence (City Council) 1893
1 13
Incoming Correspondence (City Council) 1894
1 14
Incoming Correspondence (City Council) 1895
2 1
Incoming Correspondence (City Council) 1896
2 2
Incoming Correspondence (City Council) 1899 1 item only 2 3
Incoming Correspondence (City Departments) 1892
5 5
Incoming Correspondence (City Departments) 1892
5 6
Incoming Correspondence (City Departments) 1894 Includes a letter from Mayor John Fitzpatrick, dated December 26, to Assistant City Engineer H. C. Brown re: the suspension of L. W. Brown as City Engineer "pending the trial of the charges of extortion in office filed against him as per his request," and naming H. C. Brown as acting City Engineer 0 7
Incoming Correspondence (City Departments) 1895
5 8
Incoming Correspondence (City Departments) 1896
5 9
Incoming Correspondence (Drainage) 1892
4 13
Incoming Correspondence (Drainage) 1892 1 item only 3 5
Incoming Correspondence (Drainage) 1893
3 6
Incoming Correspondence (Drainage) 1893
4 14
Incoming Correspondence (Drainage) 1894
3 7
Incoming Correspondence (Drainage) 1894
5 1
Incoming Correspondence (Drainage) 1895
3 8
Incoming Correspondence (Drainage) 1895
5 2
Incoming Correspondence (Drainage) 1896
3 9
Incoming Correspondence (Drainage) 1896
5 3
Incoming Correspondence (Drainage) 1897 1 item only 3 10
Incoming Correspondence (General) 1889 Actually copies of a letter and attachment sent to City Council Committee No. 10 re: a proposed planing mill at South Liberty & Clio 1 1
Incoming Correspondence (General) 1890s Otherwise undated 1 7
Incoming Correspondence (General) 1892
1 2
Incoming Correspondence (General) 1893
1 3
Incoming Correspondence (General) 1894
1 4
Incoming Correspondence (General) 1895
1 5
Incoming Correspondence (General) 1896 Includes lists of smoke stacks in the city 1 6
Incoming Correspondence (Levees) 1892
1 9
Incoming Correspondence (Levees) 1893
1 10
Incoming Correspondence (Miscellaneous) 1890s No exact dates or incomplete dates 4 12
Incoming Correspondence (Miscellaneous) 1892
4 7
Incoming Correspondence (Miscellaneous) 1893
4 8
Incoming Correspondence (Miscellaneous) 1894
4 9
Incoming Correspondence (Miscellaneous) 1894 1 item only 3 1
Incoming Correspondence (Miscellaneous) 1895
3 2
Incoming Correspondence (Miscellaneous) 1895
4 10
Incoming Correspondence (Miscellaneous) 1896
4 11
Incoming Correspondence (Miscellaneous) 1897/03-06
7 10
Incoming Correspondence (Miscellaneous) 1897/07-09
7 11
Incoming Correspondence (Miscellaneous) 1897/10-12
7 12
Incoming Correspondence (Paving) 1892
3 12
Incoming Correspondence (Paving) 1892 1 item only 2 12
Incoming Correspondence (Paving) 1893
4 1
Incoming Correspondence (Paving) 1894
4 2
Incoming Correspondence (Paving) 1894 2 items only 2 13
Incoming Correspondence (Paving) 1895
2 14
Incoming Correspondence (Paving) 1895
4 3
Incoming Correspondence (Paving) 1896
2 15
Incoming Correspondence (Paving) 1896 1 item only 4 4
Incoming Correspondence (Reports) 1893
10 9
Incoming Correspondence (Reports) 1895 Folder 1 of 3 10 10
Incoming Correspondence (Reports) 1895 Folder 2 of 3 10 11
Incoming Correspondence (Reports) 1895 Folder 3 of 3 10 12
Incoming Correspondence (Reports) 1895/01
12 2
Incoming Correspondence (Reports) 1895/04-06
12 3
Incoming Correspondence (Reports) 1895/07-09
12 4
Incoming Correspondence (Reports) 1895/10-12
12 5
Incoming Correspondence (Reports) 1896
10 13
Incoming Correspondence (Reports) 1896
12 6
Incoming Correspondence (Reports) 1896 Folder 1 of 2 9 7
Incoming Correspondence (Reports) 1896 Folder 2 of 2 9 8
Incoming Correspondence (Reports) 1897 Folder 1 of 2 9 9
Incoming Correspondence (Reports) 1897 Folder 2 of 2 9 10
Incoming Correspondence (Reports) 1898
9 11
Incoming Correspondence (Reports) 1899 2 items only 9 12
Incoming Correspondence (Reports) 1900
10 1
Incoming Correspondence (Schools) 1892
8 7
Incoming Correspondence (Schools) 1893
8 8
Incoming Correspondence (Schools) 1894
8 9
Incoming Correspondence (Schools) 1895 [mixed dates] Pages are "permanently" fastened together into non-chronological groups 9 3
Incoming Correspondence (Schools) 1895/01-07
8 10
Incoming Correspondence (Schools) 1895/08-09
9 1
Incoming Correspondence (Schools) 1895/10-12
9 2
Incoming Correspondence (Schools) 1896 [mixed dates] Pages are "permanently" fastened together into non-chronological groups 9 5
Incoming Correspondence (Schools) 1896/01-04
9 4
Incoming Correspondence (Surveys) 1892-1895
12 7
Incoming Correspondence (Wharves) 1890s 1 item only 2 22
Incoming Correspondence (Wharves) 1892
2 17
Incoming Correspondence (Wharves) 1893
2 18
Incoming Correspondence (Wharves) 1894
2 19
Incoming Correspondence (Wharves) 1895
2 20
Incoming Correspondence (Wharves) 1896 2 items only 2 21
List of streets…under contract to be paved, are being paved, or are completed, by the Rosetta Gravel, Paving & Improvement Co. 1890s 3 copies of the list with different annotations from one to the other 4 6
Miscellaneous (Applications for Positions) 1890s
10 7
Miscellaneous (Canals) 1890s
2 11
Miscellaneous (City Council) 1890s Includes notes re: furnishings for the Criminal Court Building 2 4
Miscellaneous (City Departments) 1890s
5 10
Miscellaneous (Drainage) 1890s
3 11
Miscellaneous (Drainage) 1890s
5 4
Miscellaneous (General) 1890s Including building permit statistics and a survey of Canal Street galleries 1 8
Miscellaneous (Levees) 1890s
1 11
Miscellaneous (Paving) 1890s
2 16
Miscellaneous (Paving) 1890s
4 5
Miscellaneous (Schools) 1890s
9 6
Reports 1898-1900 Folder 1 of 3 6 8
Reports 1898-1900 Folder 2 of 3 7 1
Reports 1898-1900 Folder 3 of 3 7 2
Reports of work done on sidewalks, curbs, etc. 1897/03-05
8 1
Reports of work done on sidewalks, curbs, etc. 1897/06-07
8 2
Reports of work done on sidewalks, curbs, etc. 1897/08-10
8 3
Reports of work done on sidewalks, curbs, etc. 1897/11-12
8 4
Weekly reports of the Assistant City Engineer 1896/08-12
7 3
Weekly reports of the Assistant City Engineer 1897/01-03
7 4
Weekly reports of the Assistant City Engineer 1897/04-08
7 8
Weekly reports of the Assistant City Engineer 1897/09-12
7 9

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Separated Records

These were separated from the main body of City Engineer's Office records for one reason or another. Some are marked "autograph" or "letterhead," and apparently were retained by Archives staff for those reasons rather than for their value as official records of city government. Markings on some of the other items indicate that they were intended for a subject folder in the vertical file. It is quite possible that many similar documents were disposed of by staff because they did not fit into any of the categories deemed suitable for retention. Over the years, an effort has been made to gather such separated records from their Library locations and to restore them to their proper place in the Archives collection based on their provenance. In the case of the City Engineer's Office materials, we have chosen to maintain them as a series of Separated Records rather than attempt to return them to their proper location within the record group. In the list below, we have highlighted some of the items found in each folder. Many of them have content that is typical of the bulk of City Engineer's Office records.

Folders are filed as below, alphabetically, in a single archives box:

  • Building Inspector P. W. Nicaud's copies of letters from the City Engineer, City Architect, and others, 1927-1934
    --mostly letters of instruction sent to all inspectors with some being specific directives sent to Nicaud
  • Correspondence of the City Architect, 1926-1928
    --notes on meetings between city officials and several local architects regarding construction of a St. Charles Avenue (at Antonine Street) building deemed to be a fire hazard
  • Correspondence of the City Architect, 1930-1938
    --March 15, 1938 letter to Lyle Saxon regarding a party wall at his property, 528 Madison Street
    --inspection of City Hall and a proposal to construct a new City Hall using federal recovery funds
    --regarding the Fire Marshal's orders for repair or demolition of 826 Toulouse Street
    --inspections of several theaters around the city
  • Correspondence of the City Architect, 1943-1946
    --revival tent for the Salvation Army to be located at Annunciation and Richard Streets
    --complaint of an adjacent property owner about the condition of a brick wall between that property and the Presbytere
  • Correspondence of the City Engineer, 1892-1898
    --New Orleans Water Works Company's pipes during construction of the Melpomene Canal in 1892
    --two letters from L. Soards regarding changes in street names and numbers in 1892-1893
  • Correspondence of the City Engineer, 1900-1908; 1918
    --problem with a new culvert at Dufossat and Baronne Streets
    --1900 report on inspections of private markets
  • Correspondence of the City Engineer, 1922-1929
    --proposed tenement buildings in Algiers, with plan attached
    --September 22, 1928 letter from the Acting City Attorney requesting a survey of "the neighborhood in which premises 7519 Burthe Street is located, with the view of ascertaining whether or not the neighborhood is white or colored, under the Segregation Ordinance."
    --1922 report on levee inspections
  • Correspondence of the City Engineer, 1930-1939
    --demolition of 1201 Chartres Street
    --previous uses of 910-916 Chartres Street
    --application for CWA funding to remodel/reconstruct New Orleans Fire Department engine houses
    --ferry rights at the foot of Jackson Avenue
    --John D. Nix's law office in a residential building at 4018 Pitt Street
  • Correspondence of the City Engineer, 1940-1946
    --permit for construction of the Higgins plant at Michoud
    --dangerous conditions at the French Opera House Bar at Bourbon and Toulouse Streets
    --demolition of a brick wall in the courtyard of 517-519 Dumaine Street and construction of three apartments at the rear of that courtyard
  • Correspondence regarding balconies in the Loew's State Theatre, 1927-1929
    --concerns about the structural integrity of the balconies
  • Correspondence regarding the apartment building under construction at the corner of St. Charles Avenue and Antonine Street, 1927-1928
    --controversy with owner John D. Nix over alleged violations of the building code
  • Letters of permission for construction or other development in the vicinity of Chef Menteur Pass, Lake Catherine, and the Rigolets, 1935-1946
    --twenty-two carbon copies with blueprint maps and plans attached
  • Paving bill, 1906
    --for paving by the Louisiana Improvement Company in front of Guiseppe Musacchia's property on Conti between Bourbon and North Rampart Streets
  • Petition of Engineering Division employees for an increase in their rate of pay, 1920
    --accompanied by several graphs and charts designed to bolster their argument
  • Plans and Specifications, undated
    --Second floor plan, repairs to the American Legion Home, corner of Conti and Royal Streets
    --Specifications and plan, alterations to 632 Canal Street for Bagur's Clothing Shop
  • Reports, 1902-1943
    --Monthly reports to the Orleans Levee Board by their engineer, April 1902, May 1906, and undated
    --Superintendent's report of operations, Municipal Repair Plant, February 1908
    --Public parks and playgrounds, January 6, 1926 (listed by municipal district and showing acreage of each)
    --Monthly report of the City Engineer, August 1927
    --Report on the Esplanade Avenue bridge over Bayou St. John, 1929
    --List of employees of the Building Division and date of employment, February 9, 1943 (showing home address and title for each employee)
  • Specifications, 1894-1919
    --Specifications for the extension of the franchise of the St. Charles Street Railway Company, for a period of twenty-five years from the date of expiration of the existing franchise (1894)
    --Specifications governing raising of City Park end of the Bayou St. John bridge at Esplanade Avenue, undated
    --Proposal and specifications, sub-surface drains, culverts, curbs, gutter bottoms, and sidewalk pavements, Lowerline Street from St. Charles Avenue to Jeannette Street, with Pitch Lake Asphalt, 1919
    --Proposal and specifications for re-paving with small granite block, the lake side roadway of North Rampart Street from St. Peter to St. Ann Streets, 1915 (proposal of J. R. Stiehl)
    --Proposal and specifications for re-paving with small granite block, the lake side roadway of North Rampart Street from St. Peter to St. Ann Streets, 1915 (proposal of Craven & Lang)

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    Bound Volumes


    Note: Many of these volumes index material that is no longer extant. They may still be useful as evidence that something once existed, but our ability to find individual items will be extremely limited.

    • KJ100

      Index to papers on file, 1892/05-1896/04

      1 v.

      Recording ordinance number or date, title/description, and location (A# and No.) The volume indexes 44 books (A1-A44), the first nine of which apparently listed ordinances relevant to the City Engineer's work. Those volumes, however, appear to no longer be extant in the City Archives.

    • KJ160
      no date

      Index to the contents of boxes in case X, no date
      1 v.

      The index begins on page 33; it includes a box-by-box listing of each box's contents with an alphabetical index following. Page 1 is a list of "leading streets" in the First Ward, showing length and widths of street and sidewalks. Pages 3-31 include property ownership records, probably derived from other sources for use by the City Engineer's Office.

    • KJ310
      no dates

      Indexes to ordinances for City Engineer, no dates

      2 v.

      Listed by subject with references to another, non-extant, volume rather than directly to the ordinance number.

    • KJ510

      General index to correspondence and specifications, 1892-1918

      5 v. [click HERE for a detailed list of the extant volumes]

      The first three volumes, 1892-1900, are marked "General Index to Letter Books." There is a gap from 1900-1911 after which the books resume, marked (#7 & #8) "Letters Sent." All of the volumes record for each letter date, description, book, and page. Not all of the references, however, lead to extant items in the City Archive collection.

    • KJ511i

      Letters sent, 1911-1918
      1 v.

      An index to letters sent during the period, including date, "object," and page/book.

    • KJ600

      Index to street profiles, 1897

      1 v.

      Arranged alphabetically by street name, showing the length of each street profiled (i.e., from the first to the last cross streets), municipal district, and a number, with dates also written in. It is not known to what the numbers refer, but whatever it is, it is probably no longer extant.

    • KJ620i

      Index to plans on file, 1892/07/16-1897

      3 v.

      Cover titles vary: v.1--Index to plans on file, City Engineer's Dept.; v. 2--Index to plans on file, Engineering Dept., L. W. Brown, City Engineer, Case C; and v. 3--Index, Plans on file, Case "C," Engineering Dept., A. C. Bell, City Engineer. Entries in v. 1 give date, title/description of plan, and filing location (drawer/file in most instances, but also case/no. and other variations). Entries in v. 2 are not dated (old cataloging assigned it the years 1892-1896) and give title/description of plan and filing location (File C/Box No. or Case C/Shelf No.) Entries in v. 3 are in two parts within each letter of the alphabet--in the first part, entries are undated and give title/description and filing location (shelf or box); entries in the second part show date, plan number, geographical location, title/description, original (case/drawer/no.), tracing (case/drawer/no), blueprint (case/drawer/no.), and another number written in at the end of each listing. Some of these plans probably exist in the Louisiana Map Collection, but most are not present in the City Archives/Special Collection (some MAY remain in the custody of the Dept. of Public Works at City Hall).

    • KJ630i

      Index to contracts and specifications, 1892-1896

      1 v.

      The old catalog card gives the 1892-1896 date range, but entries are undated except for those made in 1896. Each entry gives a description of the individual project (usually with a note as to whether it refers to a specification or a contract) and a location (apparently to a volume and page number in an unknown series of books).

    • KJ630i

      Index to specifications, 1892-1919
      1 v.

      Records location (case/no.), date, material, street & cross streets, committee referred to, date reported favorably, date adopted by Council, ordinance number, company bidding, date bid accepted, and contract number. This index, at least in part, was probably compiled sometime after 1892.

    • KJ660i

      Index to contracts, 1925-1947
      1 v.

      Records location (case/no.), date, contractor, material, street & cross streets, ordinance number, and date filed.

    • KJG100

      Dept. of Safety & Permits
      Index to building records, ca. 1900-1989

      6 boxes [available on 6 rolls of 16mm microfilm]

      In the early 1990s, the Department of Safety and Permits transferred the Plan Processing Section's building plan index to the City Archives. The Historic New Orleans Collection arranged for the index to be microfilmed and for copies of the film to be available in the Louisiana Division.

      The index comprises building control cards, most for construction projects after 1947, but some from at least as early as 1893. The index cards appear to have been made after 1947 by the Division of Regulatory Inspection. They record all or some of the following information: permit number, case, plan, main street, between [which streets], bounded by, owner, contractor, architect, character of building, coast, date applied for, and date approved. There are also stamped or handwritten notes showing when individual sets of plans were destroyed or transfered to the Archives. Not all of the listed plans, therefore, have survived in the City Archives, but the data provided may be useful in tracking down building permits and/or copies of the plans in other locations.

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    • KJ510

      Outgoing general correspondence, 1892/05/12-1919/01/31

      102 v. [click HERE for a detailed list of the extant volumes]
      Letterpress copies, some of which are indexed. The 1892-1896 volumes are marked, "Engineering Department, General Correspondence," and are numbered A-A9 (book A8 is missing). The 1896-1900 volumes are marked "Letters, Engineering Department," and are numbered 1-12. The remaining volumes, numbered 1-92, are marked "Letters, City Engineer."

    • KJ510b

      Outgoing correspondence of the Building Department, 1911-1923
      16 v.

      Letterpress copies sent by the Chief Architect, who was head of the Department. Many, but not all, are over both his signature and that of the City Engineer. Many are copies of brief, routine notices, but others deal in some detail with individual buildings or with general construction/use issues. Occasional attachments are present. There is considerable detail on early plans for the proposed John Dibert Memorial Tuberculosis Hospital and for the city’s Isolation Hospital. Several letters in May 1917 refer to the Commissioner of Public Property’s order to the Chief Architect to “investigate the structural as well as sanitary condition of all buildings and premises within the “Colored” Restricted District, and to serve such notices as would be necessary to bring about the desired improvements” (each letter gives the address, name of owner, and a brief statement of the work needed). Letter of 9/19/1923 to Dr. Oscar Dowling, Louisiana State Board of Health, giving permission to erect temporary buildings on the downtown river corner of St. Louis & Bourbon Streets to be used to house lepers at present in the Parish Prison.

      Volume Dates
      v. 01 1911/01/10-1911/06/26
      v. 02 1911/06/26-1912/02/05
      v. 03 1912/02/06-1912/11/04
      v. 04 1912/11/06-1913/07/15
      v. 05 1913/07/14-1914/04/11
      v. 06 1914/04/11-1915-01/25
      v. 07 1915/01/25-1915/11/04
      v. 08 1915/11/04-1916/08/09
      v. 09 1916/08/10-1917/06/01
      v. 10 1917/05/31-1918/07/25
      v. 11 1918/07/26-1919/06/04
      v. 12 1919/06/04-1919/11/07
      v. 13 1919/11/06-1920/04/16
      v. 14 1920/04/17-1921/02/15
      v. 15 1921/02/16-1921/05/04
      v. 16 1921/05/04-1921/07/26
      v. 17 1921/07/26-1921/10/10
      v. 18 1921/10/08-1922/03/10
      v. 20 1922/09/06-1923/04/10
      v. 21 1923/04/11-1923/09/19

    • KJ510c

      Instructions to Assistants, 1892/05/18-1900/03/30

      4 v. [click HERE for a detailed list of the extant volumes]

      Volumes 1, 2, & 4 are indexed. The instructions are orders/directives from the City Engineer for specific projects rather than more general instructional letters.

    • KJ510e

      Outgoing correspondence to the Mayor and other city administrators, 1892/05/11-1896/04/30

      2 v. [click HERE for a detailed list of the extant volumes]

      Letterpress copies. Volume 1 is indexed.

    • KJ510f

      Outgoing correspondence to the Orleans Levee Board, 1892/05/13-1896/08/02

      2 v. [click HERE for a detailed list of the extant volumes]

      Letterpress copies. The City Engineer served as consulting engineer to the Board. Most of the letters are addressed to members of the Board or its employees, but others were sent to contractors or other parties with levee interests.

    • KJ510g

      Outgoing correspondence to the City Council and its committees, 1892/05/11-1896/04/20

      3 v. [click HERE for a detailed list of the extant volumes]

      Letterpress copies. Indexed.

    • KJ510i

      Outgoing correspondence to the Building Department, 1892/10/03-1897/05/29

      1 v.

      Letterpress copies. This volume contains good information on buildings erected during the period.

    • KJ510j

      Outgoing correspondence relative to drainage, 1893/06/07-1896/04/20

      1 v.

      Letterpress copies. Indexed.

    • KJ510r

      Letters received, 1910-1919
      1 v.

      An index to letters received during the period, including date, "object," and page/book.

    • KJ510s

      Outgoing correspondence relative to discharge into the streets, 1900/11/14-1903/09/19

      1 v.

      Letterpress copies. Including discharges from factories and other business concerns. Indexed.

    • KJ511

      Letters received by the Engineering Department, 1899/01/27-1923/11/12

      118 v.

      Incoming correspondence bound into volumes (except for the one for 1900/01/25-09/14, which has lost its binding and is stored in an archives carton). There are several gaps in the records: 6/15-9/21/1917, 1/31/1919-12/27/1920, and 9/7/1921-4/16/1922. The contents are similar to the loose correspondence described in the boxed records series, but filed in chronological order rather than by subject/category. A volume-by-volume listing, with dates, is available in the collection file.

    • KJ511b

      Letters received by the Building Department, 1910/12-1922/11/18

      21 v. [click HERE for a detailed list of the extant volumes]

      Three volumes were added after the catalog cards were typed: v. 19, 1920/12/28-1921/09/06; v. 20, 1922/04/17-1922/11/18; and v. 21, 1922/11/20-1923/11/23 (there is a gap from 1921/09/07-1922/04/16). Letters in each volume are in rough chronological order from back to front.

      The records include correspondence with builders and suppliers of building materials. City projects mentioned include several schools, the Juvenile Court building, Dibert Memorial Tuberculosis Hospital, and a city market. There are also numerous complaints from private citizens, police officers, and firemen. Safe storage of automobiles is frequently mentioned in the complaints as well as danger from dilapidated structures and fences.

      Public offices in regular communication with the Building Division included the Fire Marshal, the Mayor, police officers & officials, the Public School Inspectors, and the City Engineer.

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    • KJ204ch

      Reports of the City Engineer's Chemist on Cement Tests, 1906-1919

      1 v.

      Apparently stationed at the Municipal Repair Plant, the Chemist tested samples of pavement, oil, and other materials in addition to cement.

    • KJ205

      Reports to the City Engineer, 1892-1894

      1 v.

      Letterpress copies of manuscript and typewritten reports made by the several Assistant City Engineers. Indexed by name of Assistant City Engineer.

    • KJ205ae

      Reports of Assistant Engineer, Engineering Department, 1900-1919

      18 v.

      Daily and some monthly reports in letter form addressed to the City Engineer from his several assistants. Much of the material concerns the paving of streets and the associated construction and activity that accompanied street paving: curb building, grading, sidewalk construction, estimates, contractor relations, inspections of contractors' work, issuance of certificates of completion, etc. Reports also cover drainage, utility obstructions, bridge building (especially along Bayou St. John), West End construction & maintenance, problems with school buildings, street openings, and market (both public & private) locations.


      Volume Dates Remarks
      v. 01 1900/05-1902/04 Dates are approximate
      v. 02 1902/04-1904/12 Dates are approximate
      v. 03 1904/01-1907/01 Dates are approximate
      v. 04 1904/02/15-1908/02/15
      v. 05 1908/02/17-1908/11/14
      v. 06 1908/11/14-1909/06/14
      v. 07 1909/06/17-1909/12/29
      v. 08 1909/12/30-1910/06/02
      v. 09
      v. 10 1910/11/09-1911/05/02
      v. 11
      v. 12 1911/10/02-1912/02/28
      v. 13 1912/02/26-1912/08/05
      v. 14 1912/08/05-1913/02/24
      v. 15 1913/02/22-1913/08/11
      v. 16 1913/08/11-1914/01/20
      v. 17 1914/01/19-1914/10/28
      v. 18 1914/11/02-1916/02/02
      v. 19 1916/02/09-1918/04/02
      v. 20 1918/04/05-1919/01/17

    • KJ206i

      Reports of Building Inspectors, 1900-1925
      32 v.

      The first 13 volumes are numbered consecutively and comprise reports of the various inspectors to the City Engineer; the remainder of the volumes do not have volume numbers (some are marked “1911” or “1912” and some have paper labels that are mostly illegible) and are reports of individual inspectors to the Chief Architect (the later volumes are arranged chronologically for each inspector and assigned volume numbers in continuation of the series; call numbers are used for ease in refiling). The earliest reports are for public building projects. They use ca. 6” x 10” forms with spaces for date, location, name/type of building, kind of work in progress, number in employment force, progress of work, condition of work, weather conditions, loss of time & cause of loss, and remarks (not always included, but often quite detailed when present). Each volume has a tabbed index at the rear, though in the later volumes the indexes are blank. The second volume is not comprised of the standard forms, but rather handwritten reports dealing with private as well as public buildings. Subsequent volumes combine both the standard forms and handwritten reports. Some of the volumes, especially those from the individual inspectors are very thick. Most bindings have failed to some degree, the thicker examples being the most obvious, and the contents have been damaged as a result. Most reports are intact, at least, though suffering from edge damage, creasing, and curling. In volume 2, plans for the House of Detention as well as for the Sixth Precinct jail are bound in with the reports. Also in volume 2, there are several reports from May 1900 dealing with the St. Charles Theatre following the June 1899 fire.


      Volume Dates Remarks
      v. 01 1900/05/03-1901/09/07
      v. 02 1900/05/07-1905/01/30
      v. 03 1901/09/09-1904/09/12
      v. 04 1905/01/31-1906/12/04
      v. 05 1906/12/03-1907/09/07
      v. 06 1907/09/06-1908/09/28
      v. 07 1908/10/02-1909/09/24
      v. 08 1909/09/13-1910/04/30
      v. 09 1910/04/06-1910/08/20
      v. 10 1910/08/15-1910/11/18
      v. 11 1910/11/07-1913/07/24
      v. 12 1913/07/28-1916/04/07
      v. 13 1916/04/12-1919/02/03
      v. 14 1923/05/20-1925/05/29 Inspectors Ed. H. Alberstadt and Dewey Schmid
      v. 15 1919/10/24-1922/01/14 Inspector Joseph Brandner
      v. 16 1920/02/26-1921/07/13 Inspector A. J. Castaing
      v. 17 1921/07/14-1922/07/25 Inspector A. J. Castaing
      v. 18 1922/08/10-1923/06/21 Inspector A. J. Castaing
      v. 19 1923/07/24-1924/09/25 Inspector A. J. Castaing
      v. 20 1924/09/30-1925/06/01 Inspector A. J. Castaing
      v. 21 1910/12/26-1911/08/12 Inspector A. L. Davidson
      v. 22 1911-1920 Inspectors A. L. Davidson, W. R. Burk (Acting), F. J. Rolland, and N. Fraiche
      v. 23 1911/01/10-1915/06/24 Inspector R. J. Goebel
      v. 24 1911-1919 Inspector Joseph Grasser
      v. 25 1911/01/06-1915/08/30 Inspector W. D. Marshall
      v. 26 1915/09/01-1919/08/30 Inspector W. D. Marshall
      v. 27 1919/09/09-1921/05/19 Inspector W. D. Marshall
      v. 28 1921/05/20-1921/10/07 Inspector W. D. Marshall
      v. 29 1921/09/29-1923/08/14 Inspector W. D. Marshall
      v. 30 1923/07/25-1925/06/02 Inspector W. D. Marshall
      v. 31 1911/06/07-1914/02/26 Inspectors R. G. Memory and S. Muller
      v. 32 1925/06/02-1925/12/24 Inspector C. Shepherd

    • KJ206p

      Inspector’s Paving Reports, 1907-1919
      Multi-purpose forms bound into volumes. Each form includes name of company performing paving work, location, and end of the week data. Each form also had space to record statistics, etc. for the following types of work: pipes installed, manholes constructed, catch basins constructed, curb constructed, sub-grade completed, concrete laid, binding laid, and wearing surface laid, along with spaces for the individual inspector’s signature and any remarks. An example of the remarks, from February 10, 1912, for work on Gentilly Road at the Peoples Avenue Canal: “All piles and sheet piling driven on the east side of the canal. Average no. of men, sixteen (16). One foreman.” Also present with the report volumes was an empty binding marked “Volume 29,” suggesting, perhaps, that the reports were continued beyond January 11, 1919.


      Volume Dates Remarks
      v. 01
      v. 02 1907/06/29-1907/11/02
      v. 03 1907/11/02-1908/03/21
      v. 04 1907/03/21-1908/11/21
      v. 05 1908/11/21-1909/05/15
      v. 06 1909/05/15-1909/08/28
      v. 07 1909/08/28-1910/01/01
      v. 08 1910/01/08-1910/05/07
      v. 09 1910/05/21-1910/09/24
      v. 10
      v. 11 1911/02/04-1911/07/08
      v. 12 1911/07/15-1912/03/09
      v. 13 1912/03/08-1913/03/14
      v. 14 1913/03/29-1914/01/17
      v. 15 1914/01/17-1914/07/18
      v. 16 1914/07/25-1915/04/10
      v. 17 1915/03/27-1915/07/24
      v. 18 1915/07/21-1915/12/04
      v. 19 1915/12/11-1916/06/05
      v. 20 1916/06/12-1916/09/23
      v. 21 1916/09/30-1917/02/24
      v. 22 1917/02/24-19117/08/11
      v. 23 1917/06/09-1918/01/26
      v. 24 1918/02/02-1918/06/06
      v. 25 1918/07/13-1919/01/11

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    • KJ670

      Building permit logs, 1893-1917
      7 v.

      Note: There are no original labels or other markings to indicate the originating agency for these records. Since the ordinances placed the issuance of building permits under the responsibilities of the City Engineer, they are listed here as records of that entity. It may be possible that some or all of the books actually were kept by another office, but that seems unlikely except in the case of the volume covering 1896-1902.

      • Volume 1--this book previously was cataloged as having been kept by the Department of Police and Public Buildings. At its beginning, each entry gives permit number, owner, builder, location, type of work, date visited (occasionally), and inspector(?) visited by. The earliest date shown is July 10, 1893. Permit numbers 1709-3322 are included. There is a gap in permit numbers from #3323-5378. The listings resume in February 1895 with permit number 5379 and continue through number 7836. This section of the volume lists permit number, owner, builder, location, type of work, and value.
      • Volume 2--this book was also previously cataloged as having been kept by the Department of Police and Public Buildings. It is a tax assessment record book used to record building permits in the First Municipal District (it may actually have been used by the Assessor's Office to keep track of properties to be revalued following construction, improvements, demolition, etc.) during the period January 15, 1896-December 31, 1902. Entries list date, owner, location, type of work, and several columns of numbers and/or brief comments (the numbers MAY indicate square numbers, values, and cost of permit; the comments include "ent," "not ent," "not in that name," "fire repairs," etc.).
      • Volume 3--this book was in use during 1911-1912 and includes permit numbers 1893-3190. Entries record permit number, "character of building," builder, owner (and address), and initials (perhaps of building inspector--RJG appears often and R. J. Goebel was indeed a building inspector during the period). Entries are not dated, but a note on page 65 indicates that permits for the year 1912 began at that point.
      • Volume 4--this book was in use during 1912-1913 and includes permit numbers 3191-4954. Entries record permit number, "character of building," builder, owner (and address), and initials.
      • Volume 5--this book was in use during 1913-1914 and includes permit numbers 4955-6360. Entries record permit number, "character of building," builder, owner (and address), and initials.
      • Volume 6--this book was in use during 1914-1915 and includes permit numbers 6361-7774. Entries record permit number, "character of building," builder, owner (and address), and initials.
      • Volume 7--this book was in use during 1915-1917 and includes permit numbers 7775-10433. Entries record permit number, "character of building," builder, owner (and address), and initials.

    • KJ670

      Building permits/applications for building permits, 1927/01/05-1947/02/20
      144 v.

      These record books include permits #1-26900. On March 5, 1947, a new permit series started with a new #1 issued by the Division of Regulatory Inspection under the Department of Public Safety. Initially, the permit form included the following information, not all of which was necessarily filled in all instances: application number, owner, street, municipal district, bounding streets, character of building, character of occupancy (permit #1 has "white" marked in this space), walls [material], stories [number of], roof [type], area-floors, cost, architect, builder, engineer, signature of applicant, approved by [name], permit number, certificate of grade (with date and surveyor's signature), and oath of notary public. Forms did not began using the heading, "Department of Public Property, Engineer's Office, Building Division" until May 7, 1931. Application forms changed over time, but most of the essential information about the building project remained. Some volumes contain carbon copies of applications only, while other contain copies of the application and the permit itself. Some also have attachments, including building plans or sketches (later forms included space on the reverse of the application for a sketch to be drawn directly on the form).

    • KJ670bb

      Bill board permits, 1930-1948
      3 v.

      These record books include permits #201-495. Entries record owner, erector, charges, permit number, date, location, maximum vertical dimension, horizontal dimension, height, average open space beneath board, distance from nearest building, manner of construction, whether located on corner lot, whether within the fire limits, and more, including the permit clerk's signature. Not all spaces are filled in on every form. The Division of Regulatory Inspection began handling the forms ca. October 1948.

    • KJ671t

      Permits for gasoline storage tanks, 1915-1921
      1 v.

      Receipts for permits issued, recording permit number, capacity of tank in gallons, fee charged, dae, grantee, location of tank, and year issued for. Some of the earlier receipts indicate if tanks for located below ground. Relevant ordinances are pasted into the front and back of the volume.

    • KJ682

      Collection of taxes for building permits, 1926/06/16-1928/12/29
      5 v. [click HERE for a detailed list of the extant volumes]

      Daily record of permit fees collected by the City Engineer's Office and turned over to the Department of Public Finance, Accounting Division. On the reverse of most pages is a list giving permit number, general type of building (e.g., residence, garage, additions, repairs), value of work, amount of permit, and total collected for the day.

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    Maps and Plans

    The Louisiana Map Collection is a work in progress. Currently, there are 1400 items in the database for the collection, with perhaps several hundred being maps, surveys, plans, etc. produced by the City Engineer's Office. Some are original manuscript plans and others are mechanical reproductions of one type or another. An example from the database:

    --894/17 [map number]
    --City Engineer's Office [creator]
    --Iron gates for new court house & jail building [title/description]
    --April 24, 1894 [date]
    --Manuscript [format]
    --25" x 27" [approximate dimensions]
    --Good, some edge damage, staining [condition]
    --A7 [filing location]
    --Detail of gate at carriage entrance on Franklin between the morgue & the court house building & gate at entrance to the jail building on Gravier St. [subjects/notes/comments]

    An example map, with attached correspondence between City Engineer John Klorer and the Commissioner of Public Property, is available online.

    Access to the map collection is limited. Researchers should consult with an archivist regarding specific needs or interests. Several items from the collection, though none from the City Engineer's Office, have been digitized and can be viewed on the Louisiana Map Collection page.

    Only a relative handful of the building plans submitted to the City Engineer (and to his predecessor, the City Surveyor) survived long enough to be transferred to the City Archives by their successor agency, the Department of Safety and Permits. All of the transferred plans were for commercial, institutional, and other non-residential structures. Most of the plans from the City Engineer have been microfilmed and are readily available to researchers in the reading room. For more information on all building plans in the collection, including those later submitted to the Division of Regulatory Inspection, the Department of Safety & Permits, the Vieux Carré Commission, and others, see Building Plans in the City Archives. An Index is included on that page.

    Some of the building plans in the collection were produced by the City Engineer's Office; they are identified as such in the above-noted index. Included are a number of plans, mostly original manuscripts, transferred to the City Archives by Tulane University, ca. 1976. That transfer included plans for street paving projects and other non-building items. Those plans are filed in a single archives box under call number KJ620 1869-1902 (click HERE for a complete list of the transferred items). A digitized example is the plan for a new Jackson Avenue Ferry House, approved by L. W. Brown, the City Engineer, in 1896; the design was probably the work of one of his deputies.

    Also of importance is:

    Streets of New Orleans showing number changes in 1894.
    6 rolls of 16mm microfilm [click HERE for a detailed list of the extant volumes]

    This plan was prepared by the City Engineer to record the street number conversion. Arranged alphabetically by street name, it shows the old and new number for each block. Numbers actually assigned to buildings that existed in 1894 are circled. Also given is the distance between lot lines and, for some blocks the type of building on the property is indicated (S.H. = Single House; D.H = Double House; C.H. = Commercial House).

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    Other Records

    As a key official in city government, the City Engineer is represented in the records of the mayors and other city agencies. A search (via the Search the NOPL Website page) for "City Engineer" will return links to some of the available sources.

    Of more direct interest are the Bridge Records, described elsewhere on our web site.

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    City Documents

    The following items previously were treated as "published" documents and shelved in the City Documents collection.

    • KJ202

      Report of W. J. Hardee, City Engineer, and Foster Olroyd, City Electrician, on the proposal of the Colonial Electric Corporation, to construct a lighting and power system for the City of New Orleans, La. to be operated by the City of New Orleans and the proposal of the New Orleans Railways Company to light the public highways of the City of New Orleans, La. for ten years by contract (September, 1903).

    • KJ202

      Report of Capt. W. J. Hardee, City Engineer, on repair of asphalt pavements by contract and by a municipally owned and operated plant (New Orleans, La., Nove. 6th, 1905)

    • KJ202

      Project of W. J. Hardee, City Engineer, for capitalizing the reserve fund of the City of New Orleans for fifty years, the proceeds to be devoted to works of public improvement (March 1906)

    • KJ601

      Proces verbal and maps of the Orleans-Jefferson boundary line survey, 1940
      1 v.

      The typewritten proces verbal provides a detailed explanation of the methodology used in making the survey of the boundary line between the two parishes on the West Bank of the Mississippi River. Two fold-out color survey maps are bound into the volume.

    • KJ630

      Specifications for the construction of a system of drainage for the City of New Orleans, Louisiana (L. Graham & Son, Ltd., New Orleans, La.)

    • KJ630

      Specifications governing the installing of sub-surface drains and the paving and banquetting of streets. City of New Orleans, Louisiana (Act No. 69, General Assembly, State of Louisiana, Session of 1916)

    • KJ630
      n. d.

      Specifications for Incinerator Plants in Districts "B" and "C" for City of New Orleans, La.

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    Miscellaneous Records

    • KJ310

      Record of bridge complaints and repairs, 1902/01/03-1904/12/29

      1 v.

      Includes reference to location of bridge with little or no description of the complaint or repair, dated, and also with an OK date. Some entries also identify the complainant (e.g., police, Rosetta Gravel, etc.)

    • KJ410

      Record of permits issued and of gravel paving, 1892

      1 v.

      The first page records the number of permits issued between May 1892 and May 1893 for various types of work and the respective aggregate dollar values. No additional records of this type exist in the volume. Later pages were used to record, undated, the amount of gravel and other paving, by block, for various streets, mostly in the Uptown area.

    • KJ480

      Payrolls, 1894/10/16-1907/12/31

      1 v.

      Records payrolls for the first and second half of each month during the period. Lists names, addresses, positions, time, and pay per month for each employee. In addition to the regular payroll there is also, through 10/1896, a separate listing under the heading "Topographical Survey." Also, beginning at the end of 1903, additional employees are listed under the heading "Special Payroll" as authorized by various ordinances.

    • KJ480r

      Payrolls of the Municipal Repair Plant, 1913
      1 v.

      Records the name, occupation, address, time worked, rate of pay, amount of pay, and signature of the employee. Each payroll is stamped as approved by the City Engineer and other officials involved in the payroll validation process.

    • KJ541

      Appoved bills, 1897/10/25-1906/01/01

      1 v.

      Actual bills, mostly on the billheads of individual vendors, pasted into a thick volume. Generally, the bills itemize articles sold to the City Engineer's Office, showing prices, and marked "OK" or "Approved." Also included are itemized receipts for petty cash reimbursements to employees of the Office.

    • KJ541

      Bills for labor and materials used in making repairs and alterations to the Isolation Hospital, 1918/06/07-1919/06/25

      1 v.


    • KJ542

      Itemized expenses incurred by various utility companies for work ordered by city government, 1900-1906
      1 v.

      Records expenditures by the New Orleans Waterworks Co., Edison Electric Co., Cumberland Telephone & Telegraph Co., and the New Orleans Lighting Co.

    • KJ621m

      Measurements, calculations, and dimensions relative to drainage, 1892/10-1895/12

      1 v.

      Letterpress copies. The cover reads: H, Engineering Department, Measurements, Calculations, and Dimensions, L. W. Brown, City Engineer. Not all of the entries relate to drainage; they tend to be miscellaneous in nature. Only the first twenty-eight pages of the volume were used.

    • KJ630

      Specifications, 1892/05/15-1908/08/31

      8 v. [click HERE for a detailed list of the extant volumes]

      Letterpress copies. The first four volumes are marked D, D-1, D-2, and D-3, with the last four marked as No. 1-4. Also included are annual reports of the Municipal Repair Plant and some correspondence.

    • KJ650s

      Certificates of sidewalk construction, 1921/05/03-1927/11/10
      1 v.

      Actually, the stubs retained when the certificates were issued. Included are receipts for #4951-5228, with some gaps (most of the volume is unused). Stubs/receipts record certificate number, date, owner, address, bounding streets, kind of pavement, information on curbing, width & length of sidewalk, drain pipe (if used), name of person giving grade, name of person doing performing work, name of inspector, slip number, and remarks.

    • KJ851

      Applications for sidewalk grades, 1892/01/02-1898/01/07
      2 v. [click HERE for a detailed list of the extant volumes]

      Actually log books of applications applied for. In v. 1, uptown and downtown addresses are listed on opposite pages. Applications record date, owner, address & bounding streets, date grade given, contractor or applicant, material, curb material, date certificate applied for, by whom, when given, and how found. Later entries do not include data in the last five columns. In v. 2, uptown addresses are recorded in the front of the book and downtown addresses in the back. The records include date, owner, location, date grade given, by whom, applicant, and certificate number. Some of the applications herein recorded are present in the boxed records.

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