The Old U.S. Mint is also home to the Louisiana Historical Center, one of America's great archives. Since it opened in 1982, the Center has served thousands of researchers from around the world. Besides its priceless collections of colonial-era manuscripts and maps, the Louisiana Historical Center houses a wealth of primary and secondary source materials in a wide range of media.

The Center’s archives include colonial Louisiana documents, such as records of the French Superior Council (1714-1769) and the Spanish Judiciary (1769-1803), which are invaluable primary sources for researching Louisiana’s history. The general manuscript collections date from 1584 and feature the original 1724 Code Noir signed by Louis XV, as well as documents from the Battle of New Orleans, the War of 1812, the U.S.-Mexican War and the Civil War. More than a thousand maps and an extensive range of microfilm are also part of the collection.

The Louisiana Historical Center’s archives are open to anyone with an interest in Louisiana history and culture, from professional scholars to family genealogists. All services are free during regular hours or by appointment.

The Louisiana Historical Center’s Donald M. Marquis Reading Room is open to the public on Tuesday–Friday. The Donald M. Marquis Reading Room is located on the second floor of the Old U.S. Mint. Hours are 9:30am-12pm and 1:00pm-4:30pm. Please contact the Reading Room Attendant for more information. 

Sarah-Elizabeth Gundlach
Curator of Maps & Manuscripts
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Reading Room Attendant
[email protected]