Through your donation to The Historic New Orleans Collection, you are joining individuals, families, and organizations dedicated to preserving the rich history and culture of the Louisiana region and building on a legacy begun by THNOC's founders, Kemper and Leila Moore Williams (pictured above), more than five decades ago. Please know that every gift counts and that together, we can make a difference.


Online Donations

You can charge your gift to your MasterCard, Visa, American Express, or Discover via your My HNOC account.


Alfred E. Lemmon, Director of the Williams Research Center and champion of The Historic New Orleans Collection’s mission since 1981, died on August 26, 2023. His legacy is immeasurable and lives on in the WRC holdings he so passionately oversaw.  



Material Donation

The Historic New Orleans Collection has benefited immensely from generous donations of antiques, family papers, artwork, and other artifacts. We welcome inquiries about items you are considering to add to our holdings.

Monetary Donation

Gifts by Check

A check is one of the easiest and most commonly used ways of supporting THNOC. Make your check payable to The Historic New Orleans Collection and mail it to the following address:

The Historic New Orleans Collection
Office of Development
533 Royal Street
New Orleans, LA 70130


Tribute Gifts

Given in the name of a loved one, tribute gifts are unique expressions of thoughtfulness. At The Collection, there are two types of tribute gifts: Honor and Memorial Gifts.


An Honor Gift recognizes a person on a special occasion, such as a birthday, wedding or anniversary.

A Memorial Gift offers a meaningful way to pay lasting tribute to the memory of a loved one while also extending sympathy to the family.


Your loved one or their family will receive a special acknowledgment that recognizes the honoree and the donor. The amount of your gift remains confidential.


Bookplate Program

Your donation will be used to purchase a book which will be marked with a commemorative bookplate listing your name, another individual or family.


Book donations to public schools and libraries

In 1976, second-grader Brian K. Mitchell told his classmates about his ancestor, Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Oscar J. Dunn. “Brian, I think you’re mistaken,” responded his teacher. “There have been no Black governors or lieutenant governors.” Mitchell’s powerful response is now in print: Monumental: Oscar Dunn and His Radical Fight in Reconstruction Louisiana.

The books we read shape the history we know—and the world we make. Please help us in our efforts to distribute Monumental to public schools and libraries.



Planned Giving

Planned giving has become a powerful tool in estate management, due to its many benefits and the variety of charitable giving avenues.



Should you have any questions about donations, please contact

Lily Stanford, Institutional Giving Officer
The Historic New Orleans Collection
533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA  70130
(504) 598-7115


All inquiries are held in strictest confidence and without obligation.