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LOUISIANA RESEARCH SOURCES:

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If you are planning to create a History Day project about Louisiana local or state history, here are some resources that may be useful to you. Always check with individual institutions before visiting them to make sure they are available and that you will be granted access.

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Amistad Research Center at Tulane University

Website: www.amistadresearchcenter.org
Address: 6823 St. Charles Ave., Tilton Hall-Tulane University, New Orleans LA 70118
Telephone: 504-862-3222
Email contact: reference@amistadresearchcenter.org
Holdings available to middle and high school students: Holdings chronicling the history of ethnic minorities in the United States, including over 600 archival collections, 20,000+ books and periodicals, 1000 oral histories and approximately 400 works of art. The Center is open to middle and high school students.
Days/Hours of Operation: M-F, 8:30-4:30
Appointment needed? No, but researchers are encouraged to contact staff prior to visit.
Assistance available? Staff offer an introduction to the Center’s holdings and tips on how to conduct research. Staff can engage in limited research (typically 30 minutes) for researchers unable to visit the Center.

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The Chennault Aviation and Military Museum

Parent Institution: Louisiana Secretary of States Office
Website: www.chennaultmuseum.org
Address: 701 Kansas Lane, Monroe LA 71203
Telephone: 318-362-5540
Email contact: nell.calloway@sos.louisiana.gov
Holdings available to middle and high school students: We have scavenger hunts available for most groups. We can cater field trips according to topics that are being studied. We have a theatre with a large collection of movies. We have many lesson plans available for the teachers with appropriate benchmarks identified.
Days/Hours of Operation: Tues-Sat, 9am-4pm
Appointment needed? Only for groups and if tours are requested.
Assistance available? If a tour is not requested then a visitor is shown an introduction film and allowed to view the Museum at leisure.
Best way to proceed/Other important info: Call so we can make sure we have what you are looking for.

We have all of the wars from WWI through Iraqi Freedom represented and over 7,000 artifacts on display. We have an extensive library with one of the largest collections of books on the CBI Theatre and General Chennault. We also have an extensive collection of books that are no longer in publication.

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The Historic New Orleans Collection

Parent Institution: Kemper and Leila Williams Foundation
Website: www.hnoc.org
Address: 533 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 / 410 Chartres Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Telephone: 504-523-4662
Email contact: wrc@hnoc.org
Holdings available to middle and high school students: All of THNOC’s holdings—artifacts, photographs, paintings, maps, and manuscripts—are available to students at the Williams Research Center, 410 Chartres Street.
Days/Hours of Operation: Museum and Shop (Royal Street): Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30AM – 4:30PM, Sunday, 10:30AM – 4:30PM; Williams Research Center (Chartres Street): Tuesday–Saturday, 9:30AM – 4:30PM
Appointment needed? No appointments are needed for individuals or families. School groups should contact Daphne Derven, Curator of Education, at 504-598-7154, or daphned@hnoc.org for an appointment.
Assistance available? Our fully staffed orientation center, at 533 Royal Street, offers guided tours and general information about the facility. Our reference staff is available to assist with all research queries at 410 Chartres Street.
Best way to proceed/Other important info: Founded in 1966, The Historic New Orleans Collection is a nonprofit museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to preserving and celebrating the history and culture of New Orleans, Louisiana, and the Gulf South region. Our holdings range from French colonial maps and manuscripts to an original set of Louisiana Purchase transfer documents to Mardi Gras memorabilia, early jazz sheet music, Tennessee Williams play scripts, and an extensive collection of 20th-century New Orleans photography.

We have all of the wars from WWI through Iraqi Freedom represented and over 7,000 artifacts on display. We have an extensive library with one of the largest collections of books on the CBI Theatre and General Chennault. We also have an extensive collection of books that are no longer in publication.

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The Latin American Library at Tulane University

Website: http://lal.tulane.edu/
Address: 7001 Freret Street, New Orleans, LA 70118
Telephone: 504-865-5681
Email contact: hcalvo@tulane.edu
Holdings available to middle and high school students: Extensive holdings on Louisiana/New Orleans commercial, cultural and historical connections to Latin American and the Caribbean, beginning in the 19th century.
Days/Hours of Operation: Regular stacks are open as long as Howard-Tilton Library is open; the Latin American Library’s special collections are open M-F 8:30-5pm
Appointment needed? No.
Assistance available? We have three professional librarians who can provide reference services to users.
Best way to proceed/Other important info: Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. May be able to arrange a session to orient interested students/classes and introduce them to our resources. Please contact director.

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Louisiana Division/City Archives

Website: http://neworleanspubliclibrary.org
Address: 219 Loyola Ave., New Orleans, LA 70115
Telephone: 504-596-2610
Email contact: iwainwri@gno.lib.la.us
Holdings available to middle and high school students: Books, periodicals, newspapers from or about New Orleans and Louisiana; state and local documents; the official archives for records of New Orleans city government; depository for the Orleans Parish civil and criminal court records, 19th and early 20th century.
Days/Hours of Operation: 10am – 6 pm, M-Th; 10 am – 5 pm, F & Sa
Appointment needed? Not for books, periodicals, microfilm, etc. Appointment preferred for archival material and court records.
Assistance available? Reference staff is available at all times.
Best way to proceed/Other important info: Review materials on our website at http://neworleanspubliclibrary.org/spec/speclist.htm. For students, it’s a good idea to call ahead and talk to the staff about needs or special projects.

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Louisiana State Archives

Website: http://www.sos.louisiana.gov/tabid/53/Default.aspx
Address: 3851 Essen Lane, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809
Telephone: 225-922-1000; Archives Research Library: 225-922-1207/08
Email contact: archives@sos.louisiana.gov - see website for specific email addresses
Holdings available to middle and high school students: All public archival holdings as well as non-archival library resources.
Days/Hours of Operation: M-F 8am-4pm; Sat 9am-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm
Appointment needed? No.
Assistance available? Reference assistants who guide patrons to research resources/holdings relative to their research.

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Louisiana State Museum

Website: http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/; Historical Center: http://lsm.crt.state.la.us/collections/hcenter.htm
Address: PO Box 2448, New Orleans, LA 70176
Telephone: Main Number: 504-568-6936; Historical Center: 504-568-3660 or 800-568-6968
Email contact: Museum Historian: Charles Chamberlain: cchamberlain@crt.state.la.us; Historical Center: Sarah Elizabeth Gundlach: sgundlach@crt.state.la.us
Holdings available to middle and high school students: Museum Exhibits: Cabildo – LA History and Culture; Presbytere – LA’s Carnival History; Old U.S. Mint: Mint History; LSM Baton Rouge: LA History and Culture; LSM Patterson: LA Aviation history and Cypress lumber industry history.

Historical Center: At the Old US Mint – appointment necessary – contact Sarah Elizabeth Gundlach – 504-568-3660 or 800-568-6968.
Days/Hours of Operation: 10AM – 4PM Tues-Sun
Appointment needed? No appointment necessary for exhibit visits; recommended for LSM Historical Center visits.
Assistance available? Historian Charles Chamberlain is available to answer research or history questions. For research assistance at the LSM Historical Center, contact Sarah Elizabeth Gundlach.

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Louisiana State University Library

Website: http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/
Address: Hill Memorial Library LSU Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Telephone: 225-578-6568
Email contact: http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/ref.html
Holdings available to middle and high school students:Open to middle school and high school students. Students under sixteen must be accompanied by a parent/guardian who has registered as a reader. (completed form and shown picture id with unique identifying number)
Days/Hours of Operation: 9AM - 5PM Monday-Friday (9AM-8PM on Tuesdays when classes are in session), 9AM-1PM most Saturdays
Appointment needed? No.
Assistance available? Closed stacks repository, so page items not on the reference shelves. Instruction in use of the collections is provided to new researchers. Researchers are also directed to materials of significance to their topic.
Best way to proceed: Review the online catalog (www.lib.lsu.edu); see the research tools available at: http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/ ; for images: http://www.louisianadigitallibrary.org/

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The National WWII Museum

Website: http://www.nationalww2museum.org/learn/education/for-teachers/gheens-foundation-library.html
Address: 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130
Telephone: 504-528-1944 x 350
Email contact: historyday@nationalww2museum.org
Holdings available to middle and high school students: Categories include: General WWII, The War in Europe, The War in the Pacific, The Home Front, The Holocaust, Biography/Memoir, Women in WWII, African Americans/Minorities, Weapons/Vehicles/Gear, and Reference and Atlases. Book and video lending is available to teachers and students with current Museum membership. Teacher and student memberships start at $20 a year.
Days/Hours of Operation: 2PM - 5PM Tuesday through Friday and by appointment
Appointment needed? Yes.
Assistance available? A librarian is at the desk during normal hours of operation in order to assist researchers with queries. Please call or email ahead in order to schedule an appointment for in-depth research assistance.
Best way to proceed/Other important info: Email historyday@nationalww2museum.org prior to your visit

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New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Archives

Website: http://www.jazzandheritage.org
Address: 901 Toulouse Street New Orleans, LA 70119
Telephone: 504-558-6138
Email contact: archive@jazzandheritage.org
Holdings available to middle and high school students: All holdings are available to researchers.
Days/Hours of Operation: M-F 9AM - 5PM or by special appointment
Appointment needed? Yes.
Assistance available? A librarian is at the desk during normal hours of operation in order to assist researchers with queries. Please call or email ahead in order to schedule an appointment for in-depth research assistance.
Best way to proceed/Other important info: Call ahead of time so the archives can verify ownership of desired materials.

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New Orleans Notarial Archives

Website: http://www.notarialarchives.org/
Address: 1340 Poydras St. Ste. 360 New Orleans, LA 70112
Telephone: 504-568-8577 Fax: 504-599-1443
Email contact: archive@jazzandheritage.org
Holdings available to middle and high school students: A government agency that files and maintains land records and other contracts recorded in Orleans Parish. The agency also serves historical researchers and genealogists through its research center. The Research Center houses records dating from 1734-1970, plus Plan Book Plans which are architectural drawings (watercolor) which were created for third party sales, such as sheriff sales.
Days/Hours of Operation: M-F 8:30 am – 5 pm
Appointment needed? No.
Assistance available? 4 full time and 1 p/t research assistants are available, plus the Archivist.

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University of New Orleans Library

Website: http://www.library.uno.edu/specialcollections/lacol_index.cfm
Address: 2000 Lakeshore Dr., New Orleans, LA 70148
Telephone: 504-280-6544 or 504-280-6543
Email contact: Florence Jumonville, Ph.D., Department Chair, fjumonvi@uno.edu
Holdings available to middle and high school students: Not restricted to or specific to any one age group; however, most of our researchers are undergraduate and graduate university students, as well as Ph.D. candidates. For a complete list of subjects, see our Subject Guide.
Days/Hours of Operation: Vary based on semester and intersession dates; always check the Hours and Contact Information page for the most up-to-date information.
Appointment needed? No.
Assistance available? An associate or librarian is always on the desk in the reading room during normal hours of operation in order to assist researchers with queries and retrieval of archival materials. Please call or email ahead in order to schedule an appointment for in-depth research assistance.
Best way to proceed: Please see the Getting Started and More Information pages.

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William Ransom Hogan Archive of New Orleans Jazz

Website: http://specialcollections.tulane.edu/JazzHome.html
Address: 6801 Freret Street Room 304, New Orleans, LA 70118
Telephone: 504-865-5688
Email contact: raeburn@tulane.edu
Holdings available to middle and high school students: Research facility available to college students and academic researchers; high school students by appointment.
Days/Hours of Operation: M-F 8:30-5:00
Appointment needed? Yes.
Assistance available? An associate or librarian is always on the desk in the reading room during normal hours of operation in order to assist researchers with queries and retrieval of archival materials. Please call or email ahead in order to schedule an appointment for in-depth research assistance.
Best way to proceed: Call first or send e-mail.


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EDUCATION PROJECTS:

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Student Travel – WWII Educational Tours
High school and college students, learn the leadership principles that helped win WWII on a trip to France or during a weeklong residential program in New Orleans. College credit is available, and space is limited.

See You Next Year! HS Yearbooks from WWII
Collected from across the United States, the words and pictures of these yearbooks present a new opportunity to experience the many challenges, setbacks and triumphs of the war through the eyes of America’s youth.

The Victory Gardens of WWII
Visit the Classroom Victory Garden Project website to learn about food production during WWII, find lesson plans and activities for elementary students, get tips for starting your own garden and try out simple Victory Garden recipes!

The Science and Technology of WWII
Visit our new interactive website to learn about wartime technical and scientific advances that forever changed our world. Incorporates STEM principles to use in the classroom.

Kids Corner: Fun and Games!
Make your own propaganda posters, test your memory, solve puzzles and more! Learn about World War II and have fun at the same time.

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