John N. Teunisson

Louisiana Division
New Orleans Public Library

Date range: ca. 1896-1910
Size of collection: 54 prints
Terms of Access: Available to registered researchers by appointment
Copyright Information: Please discuss with a Louisiana Division archivist

Historical Note

John Norris Teunisson was born in Pike County, Mississippi on January 20, 1869. He came to New Orleans 1892 and worked initially as an inspector for the Underwriters Inspection Bureau. The New Orleans city directories do not list him as a photographer until 1901, and the 1900 census gives his profession as "insurance inspector." In 1893, he married Mary Ellen Frost (his marriage announcement states that he was from Summit, Mississippi); the couple had four children, one of whom, Nellie May Teunisson, served for a time as her father's photographic assistant.

Once established, Teunisson had a long career as a photographer in New Orleans. His photographs were widely reproduced during his lifetime in tourist guides to New Orleans, in newspapers, and as postcards. In the 1950s, Teunisson moved to Washington, D.C., where he died on February 8, 1959, at the age of 90. He is buried in Metairie Cemetery.

Scope Note

This collection is comprised of Teunisson prints separated by a former Louisiana Division curator from the Division's "General Interest" collection, the Municipal Government collection, and prints and glass plate negatives originally described as part of the "Glass Slide" collection. A number of the photographs are clearly signed or stamped with Teunisson's name. The evidence used to identify the unsigned photographs as Teunisson's is not documented, although the curator apparently based her judgment on internal clues in the photographs themselves and on similarity to published Teunisson prints.

Physical details about the photographs can be found on the linked pages below.

Included in the collection are views of the Atlanteans carnival ball of 1940, carnival decorations on downtown streets in 1906, the Fisk Free and Public Library, local hotels (including photographs of drawings of hotels), riverfront scenes, and other miscellaneous local sites.

The prints were scanned as grayscale images at 400 dpi and saved as 2000 pixel TIFFs using Photoshop 4.0. The TIFFs are being retained as archival masters. Photoshop was also used to produce edited 600 pixel JPEGs and the 200 pixel JPEG thumbnails displayed on the pages listed below.

Additional collections of Teunisson photographs can be found at the Louisiana State Museum (click here for the LSU Digital Library's presentation of the LSM collection), Tulane University's Southeastern Architectural Archive and Latin American Library, the Historic New Orleans Collection, the University of New Orleans, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the Library of Congress.


The prints are numbered and filed sequentially. The digital versions on these pages have been arranged in general subject categories. Click on the links below to view thumbnail images; each thumbnail links to a larger image. Several photographs were missing at the time of scanning.

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