A New Online Collection of Old New Orleans’ Criminal Past

May 1st, 2019

A New Online Collection of Old New Orleans’ Criminal Past

Description

The Library’s Louisiana Division/City Archives & Special Collections Department houses a unique collection of mugshots and Bertillon cards from the New Orleans Police Department’s early records, dating from as early as 1895. The crimes represented in this collection are considered petty and are recorded as “criminal occupations.” These include burglar, sneak thief, confidence (con-man), suspicious person, pick pocket, prostitute, and forger, among many others.

The collection is now available to view here.

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