The Historic New Orleans Collection has unveiled a new online tool for researching information on all French Quarter properties. The Collins C. Diboll Vieux Carré Digital Survey, available at www.hnoc.org/vcs/, is an electronic version of the Vieux Carré Survey, which has information on every block of the French Quarter, including maps, major site plans, old drawings, engravings, sketches, paintings, newspaper clippings, property records, photographs and more.
Before it was digitized, the data was kept in a series of nonindexed binders organized by municipal address, making much of the information difficult for users to access or analyze.
The work on the original survey was done in part from 1961 to 1966, and was completed from 1977 to 1980 with funding from architect Collins C. Diboll.
The Historic New Orleans Collection has been working on digitizing the survey since 2000, including working with photographer John Watson Riley to update visual records of all addresses in 2010.
Reference: New Orleans: Online Tool Allows Research of French Quarter Properties
Posted on March 18, 2012 by Gary D. Price