Postcards of Louisiana’s Catholic Sites

The Special Collections & Archives Department of the Monroe Library has recently uncovered a collection of historic postcards featuring numerous Catholic sites and structures from around the state of Louisiana. These postcards date from the early 1900s and feature both black and white images and hand colored images, as well as artistic renditions of the featured sites.

A large portion of the collection features sites and structures here in New Orleans. You may recognize some of them!

Historic Photograph of Jackson Square

A true image of Jackson Square around the turn of the century.

Artistic rendition of Jackson Square

An artistic rendition of Jackson Square.

The backside of the above postcard featured a tagline for the city: “New Orleans – America’s Most Interesting City.”

These sites should be especially familiar to Loyola students:

Hand colored photograph of Loyola University Campus

A hand colored photograph of Loyola's Campus.

An historic photograph of St. Mary's Dominican Academy at Broadway and St. Charles

St. Mary's Dominican Academy at Broadway and St. Charles. The central building is now Greenville Hall on Loyola's Broadway Campus. The building to the right is no longer in existence.

These structures might be a little harder to recognize:

The 3rd Ursuline Convent building in the 9th Ward at the turn of the century.

The 3rd Ursuline Convent building in the 9th Ward at the turn of the century.

Hotel Dieu - once run by the Sisters of Charity, this structure is now a part of the Interim Louisiana State University Public Hospital.

Hotel Dieu - once run by the Sisters of Charity, this structure is now a part of the Interim Louisiana State University Public Hospital.

The collection also features sites from outside of New Orleans:

Catholic churches in Donaldsonville, Louisiana.

Catholic churches in Donaldsonville, Louisiana.

St. Landry Catholic Church, Opelousas, Louisiana

St. Landry Catholic Church, Opelousas, Louisiana

Interior of St. Michael's Convent Order of the Sacred Heart, Convent, Louisiana

Interior of St. Michael's Convent Order of the Sacred Heart, Convent, Louisiana

Found in the Archives is a recurring series of crazy cool stuff found in the Monroe Library’s Special Collections & Archives.

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