New Orleans Historical features stories & scholarship about New Orleans.

New Orleans Historical is a project of the Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies at the University of New Orleans. First published in 2012, in partnership with Tulane University, it is now available as a free app for iPhone or Android mobile devices via the App Store and Google Play. You can also enjoy the stories on the web at neworleanshistorical.org.

New Orleans Historical promotes the idea that historical scholarship should be freely and publicly available. Our content comes from scholars, writers, artists, community members, and students. The project’s place-based storytelling, mapping sites throughout the city, captures familiar, lesser-known, and forgotten narratives from New Orleans’s past. NOH tours are grouped by theme, period, or location, while links to individual sites allow users to explore the stories around them. Historical photographs, ephemera, and oral histories and videos bring these stories to life for locals and visitors alike.

Special thanks to our founding sponsors: UNO's Department of History, Tulane's Department of Communication, and New Orleans Center for the Gulf South.

Funding for technical support provided by anonymous donors in memory of the Samuelson, Wolfson, and Fertel families.

Want to become involved? We are always seeking new partners, stories, and sponsors.

In memory of Michael Mizell-Nelson.


  • Project Director: Mary Niall Mitchell, University of New Orleans
  • Managing Editor: Jessica Dauterive, George Mason University
  • Assistant Editor: Lauren Smith, University of New Orleans

All inquiries: midlocenter@uno.edu

Founding Directors

  • Vicki Mayer, Tulane University
  • Michael Mizell Nelson, University of New Orleans

Rights and Reproduction

Photographs in the New Orleans Historical website and mobile apps are used with the expressed permission of their creators, owners, or other caretakers (for example, a library or archive). Sources are cited in the captions for each image. For further information about photographs, including requests for reproductions, please contact the listed source directly. Please note that we cannot give the contact information of private individuals, nor are we empowered to grant permission for further use of any photographs.


This site is powered by Omeka + Curatescape, a humanities-centered web and mobile framework available for both Android and iOS devices. 

Privacy Policy

The Midlo Center for New Orleans Studies at the University of New Orleans operates the New Orleans Historical website and app. Whenever you use New Orleans Historical, we collect basic information that your browser or device sends to us that is called Log Data. This Log Data may include information such as your computer’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, browser or device version, content that you visit, the time and date of your visit, the time spent on those pages, and other statistics, including your location (if you have given us permission to do so, e.g. by enabling location services in your browser or device). We use this information only to provide core functionality and do not collect personally identifiable information for marketing or any other purpose. On the website – but not in the mobile apps – New Orleans Historical shares some collected information with Google for the purpose of analyzing general usage patterns. Google's terms and policies are available here. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding our Privacy Policy, please contact us.