A Guide to the Superior Council of New Orleans Papers, 1738-1745
The judicial body of government for French Louisiana, the Superior Council in Nouvelle-Orléans, present-day New Orleans, was chartered by France in 1712 as a court for both criminal and civil cases. In 1763, the Superior Council was dissolved when French Louisiana was ceded to Spain at the end of the Seven Years’ War.
Source: Wymond, John, and Henry Plauché Dart. The Louisiana Historical Quarterly. New Orleans, La: The Louisiana Historical Society. 1917. p. 279
A volume of orders, statements, agreements, and declarations comprises the Superior Council of New Orleans Papers, 1738-1745. These administrative papers, French and Spanish transcriptions of the original documents, chronicle the activities of the New Orleans Superior Council, including the declaration of supplies for Spanish voyages from New Orleans and land dealings of Louis Juchereau de St. Denis.
This collection is open for research use.
Superior Council of New Orleans Papers, 1738-1745, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Basic processing and cataloging of this collection was supported with funds from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) for the Briscoe Center’s “History Revealed: Bringing Collections to Light project,” 2009-2011.
Detailed Description of the Papers