First Draft - Local Life

June 1, 2023
Molly Reid Cleaver, senior editor

Before stereos and Spotify were commonplace, much of people’s musical lives happened at home. Music boxes, soirées musicales, and more in this survey of homemade music before the broadcast era.

May 25, 2023
Mark Cave, senior historian

In a substantial new acquisition, the archive of artist Bunny Matthews comes to The Historic New Orleans Collection.

May 18, 2023
Emily Perkins, curatorial cataloger

In the first part of THNOC's "Coming to New Orleans" series, curatorial cataloger Emily Perkins puts immigration to New Orleans in the context of American history.

May 4, 2023
By Joseph Will and Ashanty Felipe, fall 2022 Black digital humanities interns

Two student scholars find answers—and questions—in their search for records of Black craftspeople in New Orleans.

April 20, 2023
Sarah Duggan, DAGS project manager

Wondering why Baton Rouge's Old State Capitol is a castle? It's because of the Gothic Revival craze that took Louisiana by storm.

March 30, 2023
By Lydia Blackmore, decorative arts curator, and Molly Reid Cleaver, senior editor

The singular showgirl left behind a trove of furnishings and memorabilia, and THNOC has acquired a select group to preserve this spicy slice of French Quarter history.

February 27, 2023
By Michael M. Redmann, manuscripts cataloger

These images shed light on the lives of three Irish brothers who helped shape turn-of-the-century New Orleans.

February 2, 2023
By Nick Weldon, editor

Music educators are working to ensure that New Orleans’s marching band tradition continues for generations to come.

December 21, 2022
By Molly Reid Cleaver, senior editor, and Terri Simon, associate editor

From jazz to bounce, funk to klezmer, these songs add local flavor to the holidays.

December 12, 2022
Story by Joanna Robinson, Visitor Services interpreter; video by Xiomara Blanco, media producer

Inspired by the Enlightenment, Spanish king Carlos III enacted broad-ranging reforms across the Spanish empire, leading to major improvements in Spanish New Orleans.


First Draft Navigation
All Articles