Reference Sites for New Orleans Research and Family Primary Source Documentation

Archdiocese of New Orleans, Archdiocesan Archivist
1100 Chartres Street in the French Quarter, three blocks from Jackson Square
Telephone: (504)529-2651, Fax: (504)529-3075
Web Address:

The Archdiocesan Archivist has published multiple volumes of Sacramental Records of the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. All are available for purchase and may be ordered. The reference books are also available at the New Orleans Public Library.

New Orleans Archdiocesan Cemeteries
Suite 500
1000 Howard Avenue
New Orleans, La. 70113
Telephone: 504.596.3050, Fax: 504.596.3055

For questions relating to specific tombs, lots, ownership, Perpetual Care, etc.

The Historic New Orleans Collection
533 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130
Telephone: 504-523-4662, Fax: 504-598-7108
Web Address:

The Williams Research Center of The Historic New Orleans Collection, composed of curatorial, manuscripts, and library collections, is housed in a restored police and court building at 410 Chartres Street.

The Survey of Historic New Orleans Cemeteries, a project sponsored by the Collection in conjunction with Save Our Cemeteries, is housed at the Collection. This survey includes inscriptions, photographs, general descriptions, and condition reports of tombs in nine historic New Orleans cemeteries: St. Louis I & II, Lafayette I & II, St. Joseph I & II, Cypress Grove, Odd Fellows Rest, and Greenwood. (from on-line description) Their manuscript collections include personal and legal papers of families and organizations. Also available in microfilm are New Orleans newspapers from 1803 to the present.

The Louisiana State Museum

The original source for the George François Mugnier and Samuel T. Blessing photographs of the cemeteries.

LSU digital library

Here one can view much of the Louisiana State Museum Photograph collection, including the George François Mugnier and Samuel T. Blessing photographs of the cemeteries.

New Orleans Public Library
219 Loyola Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70112-2044
Telephone: 504-529-READ
Web Address

Microfilms of the Tombstone Index by the WPA in the 1930s, (New Orleans cemeteries-[GS36 266-308]. The original index is at the Historical Center of the Louisiana State Museum, 400 Esplanade Ave.

Also available at the library is the multi-volume set of the Sacramental Records of the Roman Catholic Church of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Cross-references maiden and married surnames, combination names & significant surname variations. LouR 929.3 W894s [Ask at the reference desk]

The Preservation Resource Center
Leeds-Davis Building
923 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, LA
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The Preservation Resource Center is a private non-profit organization that promotes the preservation of New Orleans architecture and neighborhoods.

Save Our Cemeteries, Inc.
P.O. Box 58105
New Orleans, Louisiana 70158-8105:
Phone: 504-525-3377, Fax: 504-525-6677
1-888-721-7493 (Toll Free)
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Save Our Cemeteries, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting the historic cemeteries of New Orleans. Activities of the organization include cemetery cleanups, grounds maintenance, cemetery security, community outreach, educational programs and tomb restoration.

Tulane School of Architecture
Preservation Studies
Web Address:
Tulane Special Collections
(Architectural, Manuscripts, Louisiana History, Jazz and more)
Jones Hall
Tulane University Libraries
New Orleans LA 70118 USA
Telephone: 504-865-5699, Fax: 504-865-5761
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Architectural plans, maps, cemetery documentation and hundreds of collections of family papers within the Manuscripts Department.

Vieux Carré Commission
334 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130.
Telephone: (504) 528-3950; Fax: (504) 528-3945
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Louisiana Division of Historic Preservation
Office of Cultural Development
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Reference Sites for Conservation

Our heritage is all that we know of ourselves;what we preserve of it, our only record ... Conservation is the means by which we preserve it…It is a commitment not only to the past, but to the future. — Philip Ward: 1986

American Institute for Conservation of Historic & Artistic Works (AIC)
1717 K Street NW, Suite 200
Washington, DC 20006
202-452-9545, 202-452-9328 (fax)
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Conservators On-Line

Illustrated Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation

National Park Service - Links to the Past

National Center for Preservation Technology and Training

National Trust for Historic Preservation

Heritage Preservation
1730 K Street, NW Suite 566
Washington, DC 20006-3836
202-634-1422 / 888-388-6789
Fax 202-634-1435
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Save Outdoor Sculpture (program of Heritage Preservation):

The Association for Gravestone Studies
30 Elm Street, Worcester, MA 01609
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The Association for Preservation Technology (APT)

AATA Online
AATA Online is a comprehensive database of more than 100,000 abstracts of literature related to the preservation and conservation of material cultural heritage.
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English Heritage
At site, search on "cemeteries." They have a booklet online called Paradise Preserved, an introduction to the assessment, evaluation, conservation and management of historic cemeteries.

*Opening quote: Philip Ward, The Nature of Conservation: A Race Against Time, Marina del Ray, CA: Getty Conservation Institute, 1986. Quote used on the home page of AIC