Cartographic Legacies: Historical Maps at the Williams Research Center
September 28–December 11, 2021
Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street, 2nd Floor
Admission is free.

About the Exhibition

Historic maps reveal so much about the geographic understanding, priorities, and preconceptions of their makers, the governmental entities that commissioned them, and the audience for which they were intended. An early 17th-century map of America by Flemish publisher Jodocus Hondius was the first item in the museum’s holdings, and over the last 45 years, the institution’s map collection has continued to grow. Cartographic Legacies showcases a selection of noteworthy maps collected by L. Kemper Williams, who cofounded The Historic New Orleans Collection with his wife Leila Moore Williams, and pairs them with thematically related examples acquired since his death in 1971. Providing a taste of THNOC’s diverse and extensive cartographic holdings, the exhibition addresses early exploration, Native Americans, colonial development, warfare and diplomacy, maritime and river navigation, economic development, and travel.

Related Stories

November 24, 2021
By Xiomara Blanco, Eli A. Haddow, and Jason Wiese

Maps are more than visual representations of landscapes and geographic features; they’re also storytellers. Cartographers imprint their views of the world on the maps they make, leaving significant messages in tiny details.

October 2, 2020
By Lydia Blackmore, decorative arts curator

October 2, 2020, marks the 100th wedding anniversary of General L. Kemper and Leila Moore Williams, founders of The Historic New Orleans Collection. To celebrate this milestone, we look back at their biographies to see how their personal histories set forth the impetus to collect, preserve, and share the history of Louisiana.