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Guide to the New Orleans Collection
1770-1904 (bulk 1804-1836)
  MS 1944

New-York Historical Society
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New York, NY 10024
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Collection processed by Melissa Haley

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 02, 2011
Description is in English.

Container List

Series IV. Public Works Records, 1804-1861, undated (bulk 1820s)

Scope and Contents note

Bulk in French. Documents pertaining to the construction and maintenance of New Orleans, including contracts, surveyor reports, payroll records, and offers. Contracts involve the construction of levees, bridges, streets, canals; leveling earth; draining ditches; paving; maintenance of public buildings; operating carts and steamboats; collection of market and wharfage fees. Surveyor reports (most to the mayor) concern public hazards and the repair needs of bridges, sidewalks, streets, walls, buildings, and levees; also ordinance violations and filth. Vicinities mentioned include Vieux Carre, Faubourg Marigny, Faubourg St. Mary, Bayou St. John, riverbanks. Payroll records cover city cart drivers, street cleaners, pavers, carpenters, Garde de Ville, masons, lamplighters. The majority includes names, with signatures or marks. Also included are offers and proposals for city work, and a list of gas lamps.

See also Series VII for bills, receipts, and promissory notes for city accounts, most of which pertain to construction and maintenance.

Container 1 Container 2   Title Date
Box: 2 Folder : 7 Reports, Surveyor
1808-1823
Box: 2 Folder : 8 Reports, Surveyor
1824-Sept. 1828
Box: 2 Folder : 9 Reports, Surveyor
Oct. 1828-1831, 1856-1859, Undated
Box: 2 Folder : 10 Contracts
1804-1812
Box: 2 Folder : 11 Contracts
1814-1821
Box: 3 Folder : 1 Contracts
1822-1824
Box: 3 Folder : 2 Contracts
1825-1829
Box: 3 Folder : 3 Contracts
1830-1834, 1849
Box: 3 Folder : 4 Payroll, Garde de Ville
1814, 1821, 1828, 1842
Box: 3 Folder : 5 Payroll, Carts
1816, 1821-1822
Box: 3 Folder : 6 Payroll, Carts
1823-1827, 1836
Box: 3 Folder : 7 Payroll, Carts for street cleaning, paving
1823-1827
Box: 3 Folder : 8 Payroll, Masons
1823-1825
Box: 3 Folder : 9 Payroll, Carpenters
1823-1828
Box: 3 Folder : 10 Payroll, Lamplighters (Second Municipality)
1840, 1846-1849
Box: 3 Folder : 11 Payroll, Various
1806, 1833-1837
Box: 3 Folder : 12 Offers
1809-1822, 1836
Box: 3 Folder : 13 Letters/proposals to Surveyor, Second Municipality
1836-1839
Box: 3 Folder : 14 List of gas lamps
1861

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