Help Make Louisiana French and Spanish Colonial Judicial Records Accessible to New Generations of Researchers

THANKS TO CENTURIES OF EFFORTS by dedicated notaries, historians, archivists, court clerks, scanning experts, and many others, some 220,000 manuscript pages of French and Spanish colonial Louisiana judicial records are now available online at LAColonialDocs.org and in the Louisiana Historical Center (LHC) reading room.

THE LHC AND THE NEW ORLEANS JAZZ MUSEUM CONTINUE THEIR WORK TO IMPROVE ACCESS to this collection. On October 13, the Museum will host its first Colonial Documents Transcribathon, a marathon-style event where participants will use new technologies to create open-access transcriptions and translations of selected documents. The museum also aims to extend the hours of the LHC reading room in order to serve a wider public.

YOUR CONTRIBUTION WILL HAVE A DIRECT AND IMMEDIATE IMPACT on ensuring the significance of these historical legal records for new generations of researchers. Your gift will support volunteer efforts to make the records more searchable, readable, and translatable for a global audience. You will also help ensure the LHC reading room is open five days a week as a space for researchers from all walks of life to continue their work on Louisiana history with the Center’s extensive collection of primary sources.

THE JAZZ MUSEUM INVITES YOU TO CONTRIBUTE by mailing a check payable to the Louisiana Museum Foundation on behalf of the NO Jazz Museum Transcribathon & LHC Reading Room to

New Orleans Jazz Museum
400 Esplanade Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70116

Or click HERE to make an online payment to the LA Museum Foundation.
Please use the Additional Information/Purpose of Donation field of the online donation page to specify that your donation is for the “NO Jazz Museum Transcribathon & LHC Reading Room”

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Please use the Additional Information/Purpose of Donation field of the LA Museum Foundation online donation page to specify that your donation is for the “NO Jazz Museum Transcribathon & LHC Reading Room”