Louisiana's antebellum history is reveled through a variety of artifacts that document a variety of critical topics in American History. Maps from the Louisiana State Museum, The Historic New Orleans Collection and Tulane University Library Special Collections follow the territorial growth of the United States from the Louisiana Purchase through the 1850s.
The collection depicts Bourbon Street during World War II and the boom years that followed. Architect Walter Cook Keenan took over 200 photographs of the vibrant artery, documenting its night clubs, burlesque shows, boarding houses, restaurants and neon signs.
This collection of Louisiana political photographs spans the 1920s through the 1940s; most of the photographs are from the late 1920s through the 1930s. It depicts many of Louisiana's most famous elected officials in a variety of situations: campaigning, at home with family, in staged photo opportunities, at work, and even lying in repose. Among the political leaders featured are Huey P. Long, Earl Long, Richard Leche, O.K. Allen, and others.
Ephemera are small printed items such as pamphlets and leaflets. These political flyers, brochures, and campaign cards concern both New Orleans local elections and Louisiana statewide elections. They preserve a wealth of information including names, parties, factions, offices, and dates of elections. They also often include information about a candidate’s family, religion, race, political beliefs, social activities, and businesses.