Images of the Month Gallery
October 1998

Alexander Allison, a long time civil engineer with the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, was also an amateur photographer. He shot many images of New Orleans houses, buildings, street scenes, churches, cemeteries, statues, port activities, Mard i Gras, and more. In 1953, Mr. Allison donated 323 4x5 prints of his work to the Library. Following his death in 1964, Mr. Allison's daughter gave additional prints and his entire collection of negatives to the Louisiana Division. The Allison Collectio n includes one group of photographs taken during the period 1905-1915 and a second group dating from 1948-1952.

We have assembled below a small sample of images from the Alexander Allison collection. In many ways they are typical of the collection as a whole in that they document the way that New Orleans looked at two separate points in its history. We will alway s be grateful to Mr. Allison for sharing his photographic memories with us and with the public.

[Click on a thumbnail below for a larger image and a brief description of the scene depicted]

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