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.
"Early Images of Latin America" provides an array of images of various cities in the region from the mid-19th century to c. 1910, along with some scenes of rural areas. Included are images of people, places, landscapes and urban scenes from Buenos Aires, Guatemala, Havana, Lima, Mexico City, Montevideo, Panama, Rio de Janeiro, San José de Costa Rica, and Tegucigalpa.
Louisiana's colorful French and Spanish colonial history is documented by original maps, paintings, personal correspondence and government documents. Tulane University's Favrot Family Papers provide first-hand accounts of Louisiana's Spanish and French colonial administrations. Detailing events from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, these papers provide information concerning the Saint Domingue revolt, slavery in colonial Louisiana and the interaction between colonial administrators and Native Americans.