Louisiana State Archives

Louisiana State Archives, a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, is LOUISIANA'S HISTORICAL JEWELRY BOX and its mission is to collect, preserve, display and make available those records essential to the reconstruction of Louisiana's colorful history. Established in 1956, official governmental and historical collections, library and multimedia resources, premier genealogical records and one-of-a-kind historically significant exhibits are available to the visiting patron. Of international importance, Louisiana State Archives greeted patrons from each of the 50 states, 2 territories and 2 foreign countries recently in a three-month period.

Louisiana State Archives is handicapped accessible and is located at 3851 Essen Lane and is open 8-4:30 each weekday and 9-5 on the first Saturday of the month. Additional information is available at (225) 922-1200 and sos.la.gov/archives

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Select Accomplishments of Louisiana State Archives:

Consistently listed as one of the 101 Best Web Sites for Genealogy by FAMILY TREE MAGAZINE

Voted as one of the hidden gems of the state's art community by SOUTHERN LIVING MAGAZINE


How to Support

The best way to support LOUISIANA STATE ARCHIVES is to inform and educate the public of the many resources available. Archives staff respond to hundreds of research questions annually, from vital records to history to genealogy. Staff ask that final products using historical information retrieved from State Archives are provided to add to the resources available to our many patrons. Also, individuals are invited to join the FRIENDS of the Louisiana State Archives. FRIENDS members support the various outreach, research and conservation efforts and receive the FRIENDS Newsletter, invitations to workshops, lectures, exhibits and special events hosted throughout the year.

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