History is an evolving story. Here at The Historic New Orleans Collection, we gather, research, and share artifacts from New Orleans’ many stories, weaving together the people, places, and events that connect us to the city. First Draft gives readers inside access to our vast institutional holdings and staff expertise in a fresh and dynamic way. Read the latest stories below, or scroll down to browse by theme.

September 29, 2023
Mallory Taylor, associate curator

For decades, studio photographer John E. Kuhlman spent his free time taking pictures of jazz musicians. THNOC is now home to that part of his archive.

September 14, 2023
Libby Neidenbach, interpretive training coordinator

Civil rights activist Katie Whickam was a beautician, community leader, and national civil rights organizer who helped thousands of Black Americans access their right to vote.

September 12, 2023
Emily Perkins, curatorial cataloger

The "Coming to New Orleans" series explores the grown of the city's Hispanic community in the 20th century.

September 1, 2023
Jessica Dorman, director of publications

Lighthearted ephemera from THNOC's holdings shed light on moments in history when New Orleans has welcomed America's Commander in Chief.

August 24, 2023
Lauren Goforth, 2023 DAGS fellow

An antique armoire gives insight into a New Iberia plantation's complicated history and road to preservation.

August 10, 2023
Alexandra Cullen, summer 2023 archives and special collections practicum intern

The Cane River Collection illuminates the complicated history of a multiracial community in Louisiana.

August 4, 2023
Emily Perkins, curatorial cataloger

The third part of the "Coming to New Orleans" series explores immigration to the Crescent City from the 1860s to the first World War.

July 20, 2023
Dylan Jordan, Visitor Services interpreter

As the young republic formed and took its first steps, print media served a crucial role in uniting the nation.

July 13, 2023
Kurt Owens, Visitor Services interpreter

THNOC's Aeolian organ harkens back to a decadent era in musical history.

July 7, 2023
Collin Makamson, education specialist

A product of New Orleans, Simmons sweated his way to spotlight.


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