Louisiana Historical Center

The Louisiana Historical Center, located in the French Quarter at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, is one of America’s great archives. Since it opened in 1977, the Center has served thousands of researchers from around the world. In addition to its extensive sheet music collection and priceless collections of Colonial-era manuscripts and maps, the Center houses a wealth of primary- and secondary-source materials in a wide range of media. A general summary of manuscript collections and selected finding aids can be found online. The Colonial Documents Database is also available to researchers.

The Louisiana Historical Center’s archives are open to anyone with an interest in Louisiana history and culture- from professional scholars to family genealogists. All services are free of charge during regular hours. The Reading Room is open to the public on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 9:30 AM to 12:00 PM and 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM.

The Center also relies on private, corporate and foundation support for our mission to collect, preserve and provide wide access to Louisiana’s history through the documentary record. Contributions may be made through the nonprofit Louisiana Museum Foundation.

Finally, the Center invites donations of historically significant documents to build our collection. Please consider us as an ideal permanent home for family or institutional papers, diaries, letters, photographs, scrapbooks, rare books and albums, maps, prints, posters and other ephemera.

For research appointments:
Reading Room Attendant
Phone: 504-568-3659

For information on the Historical Center:
Sarah-Elizabeth Gundlach, Curator
Phone: 504-568-3660