Tour 9: The Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection: 300 Years of Louisiana History

Friday, January 4, 2013: 2:00 PM-3:00 PM
Preservation Hall, Studio 1 (New Orleans Marriott)

Tour leader: Alfred Lemmon, Williams Research Center of The Historic New Orleans Collection

The research division of The Historic New Orleans Collection is named for the institution’s founders, Kemper and Leila Williams. A major repository of regional history, it boasts an extremely fine rare book collection, an extensive manuscript collection, as well as an extraordinary collection of maps, prints, photographs, and paintings. The holdings contain some of the earliest documentation on the region. Other strengths include the performing arts, jazz, land tenure records, Tennessee Williams, the War of 1812 in the South, the Battle of New Orleans, and the archives of immigrant communities. The Williams Research Center is home to the Vieux Carré Survey, an ongoing project to document every square inch of the historic French Quarter. The center has carried out major joint microfilming projects with archives in France, Spain, England, and Cuba. The tour and presentation on holdings will be lead by senior curators.

Please note: Participants will walk to 410 Royal Street.

(Limit 20 people) $10 members, $15 nonmembers

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