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At right, one of the sketches from Gilberto Guillemard's plan for the repair of the Royal Jail, 1799, from Miscellaneous Record Book of New Orleans, 1760-1830.


AZA515
1760-1830

Miscellaneous Record Book of New Orleans, 1760-1830

1 v.

Miscellaneous records in French and Spanish bound together in a single volume. The records can be divided into five general categories (though they are not necessarily arranged physically in these groups within the volume):

Copies of private dispatches of colonial governor Estevan Miro, 1787-1790.

Miro (1744-1795) was appointed acting governor of Louisiana and West Florida in 1782, acting for Galvez, who was called to Haiti. He became governor in 1785 and served until 1791, when he was replaced by Baron de Carondelet.

The records are extracts from his private dispatches, the earliest dated November 3, 1787 and the latest, November 25, 1790. Some of the dispatches appear to be among those indexed in Index to the Dispatches of the Spanish Governors of Louisiana, 1766-1972 (S.C. Arthur, comp. New Orleans: Polyanthos, 1975). Also included is a letter from Miro to Don Francisco Antonio Valdes, dated May 22, 1790 and a letter from Brigadier James Wilkinson to Miro, dated June 20, 1970. Bound at the front of the volume is a digest of the dispatches and letters in English.

Copies of miscellaneous, unrelated Spanish records, 1784-1794.
Included are a record of the English adventurer, William Bowles and a letter dated December 16, 1791 from the governor of Pensacola regarding Bowles; letters of Governor Quesada, dated at St. Augustine, Fla., 1792, regarding the arrival of foreign ships; several documents concerning the Talapuche Indians; and a letter from Baron de Carondelet, dated May 17, 1794, concerning the inhabitants of Natchez. These records are also included in the English digest at the front of the volume.
Copies of miscellaneous, unrelated French records, 1760-1763.
Included are a "Plan to reestablish credit and confidence in the finances of Louisiana . . . " (1760) and an act of sale of a house and lot facing the Mississippi River near New Orleans by M. Lemoyne de Bienville to Father D'Arangour, a Jesuit (1763). These can also be found in the English digest.
Records relating to the property of Bernard Marigny, 1805-1830.
The records, in French, include an act of April 19, 1805, allowing the minor, Bernard Marigny, with his guardian, Solomon Prevost, to divide his plantation near New Orleans into lots and offer them for sale; an ordinance of the Conseil de Ville on May 18, 1805, authorizing Marigny to establish the Faubourg Marigny; various other ordinances concerning the Faubourg Marigny (1805-1820); and acts of sale or transfer of rights between Marigny and the Ponchartrain Railroad Company (February 23, 1830), Denis Delaronde (May 15, 1819), and Nicholas Destrehan (January 31, 1826). The majority of the records are copies, but two documents, dated June 16, 1805 and May 22, 1805 are originals. The former is stamped with the seal of Mayoralty of the City of New Orleans. None of the Marigny documents are included in the English digest.
Records relating to repairs and additions to the Royal Jail, 1799-1802.
On June 8, 1793, the Cabildo agreed to commission Gilberto Guillemard to draw up a set of plans for the repair of the royal jail. Guillemard submitted one set of plans in January of 1799 and a revised set in May. The contract was awarded to the successful bidder, Juan Maria Godefroi Dujarreau. The majority of the work was completed by March 1801, but disputes about Dujarreau's accounts continued for some years afterwards. (Further details on the repairs to the jail can be found in The Cabildo on Jackson Square, Samuel Wilson, Jr. and Leonard V. Huber. New Orleans: Friends of the Cabildo, 1970.)

The records, all of which are originals, include Guillemard's plans and accompanying measurements (it is unclear whether these are the first or second set of plans); various reports and letters concerning finances or the progress of the work signed by Guillemard, Dujarreau, colonial treasurer Juan de Castanedo, and various notary publics.

The records are available on one roll of 35mm microfilm, roll #75-400. They were originally filmed as "Miro, Estevan Rodriguez, 1744-1795. Private dispatches of Governor Miro, 1784-1794" (A515). The volume was originally cataloged as "Administration. Private dispatches of Gov. Miro. Also misc. records relating to the property of Bernard Marigny, 1784-1795; 1805-1830" (A515).

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AZA515
1760-1830

Miscellaneous record book of New Orleans, 1760-1830

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AZA950
1789-1816

Miscellaneous Spanish and French records of New Orleans, 1789-1816.

1 cu. ft.

A collection of loose, manuscript records from the colonial, territorial, and early American periods of New Orleans. Many of the items are financial in nature, including bills, vouchers, receipts, and the like. Among these are documents relating to the construction and repair of the Cabildo, market buildings, jails, hospitals, bridges, and levees. Several items deal with efforts to repair dangerous breaks in the city's levees. Another document lists the merchant vessels that docked in New Orleans during 1797 showing date of arrival and last port of call.

There are also numerous documents dealing with the municipal lighting department. Included among these "chimney tax" records, basically censuses showing the number of fires or chimneys present in each of the city's buildings. Other lighting records document types of fuel used in lighting the city, along with the names of suppliers and costs.

A rather long document consists of a ca. 1804 inventory of the contents of the notarial office of Narcisse Broutin for the period 1790-1803. There are also records giving the names of local tavern keepers as well as payrolls of the municipal police officers of the era.

The latest item in the collection is an 1816 report on the subscription made by the citizens for the purpose of supplying clothing to the militia during the 1814-1815 British invasion. This report lists amounts subscribed by named individuals, supplies purchased, and materials delivered to the various units stationed in the area. It is the City Archives Collection's most detailed manuscript dealing with the Battle of New Orleans.

Among the individuals represented by one or more documents in the collection are Governors Carondelet, Miro, and Salcedo; the architect- builders Gilberto Guillemard, Barthelemy Lafon, and Gurlie & Guillot; merchant J.F. Merieult; and municipal officials Andres Almonester y Roxas, Juan de Castanedo, Pedro Pedesclaux, Matias de Alpuente, and Rudolph Joseph Ducros. It should be noted that at least some of the records bear a distinct resemblance to documents in the record series described as "Accounts of Juan de Castanedo, 1794-1803."

The Works Progress Administration appears to have arranged the documents into their present order, although there is no discernable logic to the arrangement. It is not chronological, nor is it truly a subject-based order. WPA workers numbered each document in pencil on its face. In some cases single pieces received several document numbers as separate endorsements were counted as additional documents. In other cases, though, multi-sheet documents stayed together under a single number. There are 361 documents according to the WPA arrangement.

The WPA also prepared Spanish transcripts from the documents, as well as English translations. Each of these products is in four typewritten volumes. The English translations include tables of contents at the front of each volume. Because both the Spanish and English typewritten versions use the WPA order and numbering system, we have retained that arrangement for the original records as well.

The records are available on one roll of 35mm microfilm, roll #89-367, filed under the call number noted above.

NOTE: portions of documents 175, 176, and 355 were not microfilmed properly (the bottoms of some pages were cut off). Photocopies of these documents are available in the collection file; see the archivist for further information.

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AA840
1791

Census of New Orleans, 1791.

Manuscript census, in Spanish, dated November 6, 1791 and signed by Carlos De Morant. There is no reference to this census in the acts and deliberations of the Cabildo.

The census is arranged by street of residence of the enumerated individuals, apparently the heads of households. In addition to the named individuals, each entry also records the numbers of other members of the household by category as follows: white men, white women, free men of mixed blood, free women of mixed blood, free negro men, free negro women, male slaves of mixed blood, female slaves of mixed blood, negro male slaves, and negro female slaves. Within each of these categories the numbers are further broken down into age groups (although the age groupings themselves are not specified).

Also recorded is the occupation of each white head of household, the number of members of the militia resident in each household, and the total number of persons living in each. The various statistics are cumulated for each street and a final total for the city is given at the end of the volume. Page one of the record, said to include residents of Front Street and of a portion of Bienville Street, is missing.

An English translation of the record, made by the City Archives Department, is also available. This translation was microfilmed by the Louisiana State Archives; a copy of the film is available (filed under the call number noted above) for in-house use.

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AB990
1822-1824

Records relating to the water works of New Orleans, 1822-1824.

3 items (14 pieces)

At its session of June 22, 1822, the Conseil de Ville passed a resolution authorizing W.W. Montgomery and Francis B. Ogden to "pass contracts in the North" for the purchase of iron pipes needed for construction of a water works for New Orleans. This project appears to have been the completion of the water works begun earlier by Benjamin Henry Latrobe.

Item one is a copy book, apparently kept by Ogden, in which he recorded diary entries, letters received and sent, and "Reflections on the subject of the water works of New Orleans," all dating between July and August, 1822. Included in the "Reflections" are drawings of a proposed reservoir structure, a map of the water supply system, and drawings of various pipe joints needed for the project.

Item two is another copy book, this one recording letters received and sent by Ogden during the period August through November, 1822.

Item three includes eleven individual shipping bills, invoices, and letters received by the Mayor and Conseil de Ville from the pipe suppliers contracted with by Montgomery and Ogden.

Samuel Richards, Benjamin B. Howell, and William Kemble, along with Montgomery, Ogden, and Mayor Joseph Roffignac, are the primary individuals represented in the letters and other documents. The letters included in these records were written from Elizabethtown (New Jersey), New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Trenton.

Available on 35mm microfilm roll #89-368, filed under the call number noted above.

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AB312
1831-1857

Digests of ordinances and resolutions of the city of New Orleans, and related laws, 1831-1857.

10 v.

The Conseil de Ville, the three municipality councils, the General Council, and the Common Council all passed ordinances and resolutions for the general and particular government of the city of New Orleans. These municipal regulations, along with related state acts and other legal writings, were compiled periodically into digests that were designed to set forth the important laws in force at the time of compilation. Usually prepared at the behest of one of the legislative bodies, these digests generally provide an alternative to the original records of ordinances and resolutions. Their inclusion of related material from several sources, along with the presence of indexes, further enhance the value of these volumes as convenient documentation of municipal government and its activities. Several of the digests were printed in both French and English.

The ten volumes described here represent the digests held in the New Orleans City Archives Collection. Additional works were prepared in various years; several of these are available at other repositories, mainly in Louisiana. This collection of digests is arranged chronologically and the individual volumes are listed and described below.

New Orleans (La.) Conseil de Ville.
A general digest of the ordinances and resolutions of the corporation of New-Orleans. (Printed by J. Bayon, 1831. Made by order of the City council, by their secretary, D. Augustin) 415 p. 22 cm.

[AB312 1831 -- mf roll #89-253, item 1]

Printed in both French and English (on alternating pages), with an index at the front of the volume.

New Orleans (La.) Conseil de Ville.
Digeste des ordonnances, resolutions et reglemens de la corporation de la Nouvelle-Orleans, et recuell des lois de la legislature relatives a la dite ville. Publies par ordre du Conseil de Ville de la Nouvelle-Orleans. (Nouvelle-Orleans, Gaston Brusle, 1836) xii, xxi, 573, iv, iv, iii, iii p. 23 cm.

[AB312 1836 -- mf roll #89-253, item 2]

Ordinances and resolutions, with index, are recorded at the front of this volume; acts of the Louisiana legislature, also with index, are at the rear. Included in the latter section are copies of the 1805 and 1836 city charters. The digest is printed in French and English (on alternating pages).

New Orleans (La.) Second Municipality Council.
Digest of the ordinances and resolutions of the Second Municipality of New Orleans, in force May 1, 1840. (New Orleans, Printed by F. Cook & A. Levy, 1840. Compiled by order of the Council. By John Calhoun) 392 p. 23 cm.

[AB312 1840 2nd Mun -- mf roll #89-253, item 3]

Indexed at the rear, this volume also includes ordinances and resolutions of the General Council. It is printed in English only.

A Digest of the ordinances and resolutions of the General council of the city of New Orleans... (New Orleans, Printed by J. Bayon, 1845) 109, 7, 8 p. 24 cm.

[AB312 1845 -- mf roll #89-253, item 4]

Printed in both French and English (on alternating pages) and indexed at the rear of the volume.

New Orleans (La.) Second Municipality Council.
Ordinances and resolutions passed by the council of the second municipality, 1840-1846. (New Orleans, 1846?) 206 p. 23 cm.

[AB312 1846 2nd Mun -- mf roll #89-253, item 5]

Not truly a digest, this volume is actually a printed version of all municipality ordinances and resolutions passed from May, 1840 to December, 1846 (#1-#1608). Printed in English only, with an index at the front of the volume.

Collens, Thomas Wharton, 1812-1879.
Analytic digest of the acts of the legislature, now in force, constituting the city charter of New-Orleans. (New Orleans, Printed by A. Brusle, 1846; compiled by T. W. Collens; revised and published by C. Morel, esq.) 64 p. 23 cm.

[Call number of this bibliographic volume is A210 1846e. It is, however, bound with another bibliographic volume (see next record) and filed under the call number for that record, which is AB312 1846e 1ST MUN -- mf roll #89-254, item 1]

Printed in English and indexed at the end of the Analytical digest section. This digest was an attempt to publish an up-to-date version of the city charter, showing provisions of the 1805 law left in effect after passage of the new charter in 1836. A separate, French- language version also was printed.

New Orleans (La.) First Municipality Council.
A digest of the ordinances in force in Municipality no. one, on 13th May, 1846. (New-Orleans, A. Brusle, 1846. By Christoval Morel, esq. and T. W. Collens, by authority) 237 p. 23 cm.

[AB312 1846e 1st Mun -- mf roll #89-254, item 2]

Printed in English and indexed at the end of the A digest of ordinances section. A separate, French-language version also was printed.

Collens, Thomas Wharton, 1812-1879.
Digeste analytique des actes de la legislature, maintenant en force, formant la charte de la ville de la Nouvelle-Orleans. (Compile par T. W. Collens, revu et publie par Christoval Morel. Imprime par A. Brusle, 1846) 68 p. 23 cm.

[Call number of this bibliographic volume is A210 1846f. It is, however, bound with another bibliographic volume (see next record) and filed under the call number for that record, which is AB312 1846f 1ST MUN -- mf roll #89-254, item 3]

Printed in French and indexed at the end of the Digeste analytique section. This digest was an attempt to publish an up-to-date version of the city charter, showing provisions of the 1805 law left in effect after passage of the new charter in 1836. A separate, English -language version also was printed.

New Orleans (La.) First Municipality Council.
Digeste des ordonnances en force dans la Municipalite no. un, le 13 mai 1846. (Par Christoval Morel et T. W. Collens. Nouvelle Orleans, Imprime par A. Brusle, 1846) 246 p. 23 cm.

[AB312 1846f 1st Mun -- mf roll #89-254, item 4]

Bound with: Digeste analytique des actes de la legislature, maintenant en force, formant la charte de la ville de la Nouvelle-Orleans... Nouvelle-Orleans, 1846. Printed in French and indexed at the end of the Digeste des ordannances section. A separate, English-language version also was printed.

New Orleans (La.) General Council.
Digest of the Acts of the Legislature, and decisions of the Supreme Court of Louisiana, relative to the General Council of the City of New Orleans : together with the ordinances and resolutions of the former city council and the general council of the city of New Orleans, in force on the first of August, 1848. (New Orleans : Printed at the office of the Daily and Weekly Delta, 1848; compiled under a resolution of the General Council, Approved May 6th, 1848 by Perry S. Warfield) 182 p. ; 22 cm.

[AB312 1848as -- mf roll #89-254, item 5]

The legislative acts, court decisions, and ordinances & resolutions are presented in separate sections, with a general index to all sections at the end of the volume. Printed in English.

Southmayd, F. R.
Digest of the ordinances and resolutions of the Second Municipality; and of the General Council of the city of New Orleans, applicable thereto. January, 1848. (New Orleans, Printed by W. H. Toy, 1848. Comp. by order of the Council, by F. R. Southmayd) 400 p. 23 cm.

[AB312 1848 2nd Mun -- mf roll #89-254, item 6]

Printed in English, with an index at the rear of the volume.

Leovy, Henry J. (Henry Jefferson), 1826-
The laws and general ordinances of the city of New Orleans : together with the acts of the legislature, decisions of the Supreme Court, and constitutional provisions, relating to the city government : revised and digested, pursuant to an order of the Common Council. (New Orleans : E.C. Wharton, 1857) xxvi, 439 p. ; 23 cm.

[AB312 1857 -- mf roll #89-254, item 7]

Includes introductory material on the development of the administrative and legal development of the city. The ordinances, legislative acts, constitutional provisions, and court decisions all are included together under each relevant topical heading. Printed in English, the volume includes an index at its rear.

Available on two rolls of 35mm microfilm, as indicated by roll & item numbers shown above.

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New Orleans (La.) City Archives Pamphlet Collection, 1850-1861.

29 v.

This is a collection of miscellaneous printed pamphlets either produced by/for municipal offices or closely related to the conduct of city business. Subjects represented include the city debt, public schools, the fire department, drainage, the John McDonogh estate, railroads, and the House of Refuge. There are two copies of the city charter with amendments, two annual messages of the Mayor, and a souvenir of the 1852 memorial service honoring Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and John C. Calhoun.

The pamphlets are arranged in chronological/alphabetical order, with several undated items arranged alphabetically at the end of the series. They are listed by title in the following inventory.

Available on one roll of 35mm microfilm, roll #89-257, filed under film call number LN35.

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Report of Commissioners of the General Sinking Fund, January 15th 1850. New Orleans, 1850.

City digest: including a sketch of the political history of New Orleans; the decisions of the Supreme Court of Louisiana, relative to the powers of the corporation of New Orleans; the consolidation and other acts; organizing the new corporation of New Orleans, and a digest of the old laws, relative to the City, now in Force, with copious index and marginal notes. By Alexander Walker. New Orleans, 1852.

Statement of the consolidated debt of the city of New Orleans, April 12, 1852. New Orleans, 1852.

A history of the proceedings in the city of New Orleans, on the occasion of the funeral ceremonies in honor of Calhoun, Clay and Webster, which took place on Thursday, December 9th, 1852. Published by order of the General Committee of Arrangements, on authority of the City Council. New Orleans, 1853.

The new city charter, with the amendments of 1853. New Orleans, 1854.

[NOTE: Two copies of this pamphlet appear on the microfilm; the first is complete, while the second is missing a page].
Rules for the government of the public schools, prescribed by the Board of School Directors, of the First District, of the city of New Orleans. Printed by authority of the Board. New Orleans, 1854.

Annual report of Superintendent of Public Schools, Fourth District, New Orleans, May 12, 1855. New Orleans, 1855.

Fundamental rules for the administration of the general estate of John McDonogh, adopted by the Commissioners and Agents of New Orleans and Baltimore; and the opinion of Mr. Roselius as to their powers and duties. New Orleans, 1855.

Report upon the wealth, internal resources, and commercial prosperity of the city of New Orleans. New Orleans, 1855.

Annual report of the Board of Directors of the Public Schools of the First District of New Orleans, for the year ending June 30, 1856, submitted to the Hon. the Common Council of the city; with the report of the Finance Committee to the Board of Directors, May 15, 1856, (appended by order of the Board.) New Orleans, 1856.

The city charter. 1856. New Orleans, 1856.

Report of the Grand Jury of the Parish of Orleans. By order of the First District Court. New Orleans, 1856.

General message of Mayor C.M. Waterman, to the Common Council of the city of New Orleans, October 1st, 1857. [New Orleans], 1857.

Report of the Board of Commissioners of the House of Refuge to the Common Council. New Orleans, 1857.

Report on drainage by Louis H. Pilie, City Surveyor. Communicated to the Common Council October 5th, 1857. New Orleans, 1857.

Message [of the Mayor, to the Common Council, relative to the New Orleans Jackson and Great Northern R.R. Co., April 13th, 1858]. [New Orleans, 1858].

The American Fire Alarm and Police Telegraph. To which the attention of the municipal government, insurers and property holders of the city of New Orleans is respectfully requested. John N. Gamewell & Co., of Camden, South Carolina, proprietors. New Orleans, 1859.

Annual report of the Chief Engineer of the Fire Department, of the city of New Orleans, for the year 1858. New Orleans, 1859.

Memorial of the Board of Commissioners of the House of Refuge, to the Common Council of New Orleans. [New Orleans, 1859].

Message of the Mayor [to the Honorable the Common Council, October 11, 1859]. [New Orleans, 1859].

Report on proposed system of drainage for First Draining District, New Orleans. By Major G.T. Beauregard, Chief Engineer. New Orleans, 1859.

Annual reports of the officers and committees of the Firemen's Charitable Association, for the year 1859. New Orleans, 1860.

Memorial and documents in relation to the plan for closing crevasses, etc. invented by E.H. Angamar, patented by Letters Patent of U.S., 12th July, 1859. New Orleans, 1860.

[Report of the Secretary of the McDonogh School Fund to the Common Council, July 10, 1860]. [New Orleans, 1860].

Report of O. Robin, Special Commissioner deputed to ascertain where saltpetre could be procured, etc., to the Board of Aldermen, August 9, 1861. New Orleans, 1861.

In the Supreme Court. City of New Orleans versus the Wardens of the Church of St. Louis. Appeal from the Fourth District Court. [New Orleans, n.d.]

In the Supreme Court. Legatees of Nicholas Girod versus A.D. Crossman, J.L. Lewis, and the city of New Orleans. Appeal from the Second District Court. [New Orleans, n.d.]

Memorial [of the city of New Orleans to the Honorable, the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled]. [New Orleans, n.d.]

Rules to regulate the proceedings in the Board of Aldermen of the city of New Orleans. [New Orleans, n.d.]

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