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Sep 13, 2006 5:12 am

The New Orleans Notarial Archives - II

As I mentioned in my earlier post (below), these Archives contain millions of notarial documents -- the raw materials of Louisiana (& other) history. But AP report that troops _refused_ entry to equipment essential to salvaging the documents. I have emailed the following about this:
The Federal Preservation Officer in charge of such rescue:- John Ketchum ( (see David Beito’s comment.)
The Chairman of the Preservation Section, Society of American Archivists:- Gregor Trinkaus-Randall ( The President of the SAA:- Richard Pearce-Moses ( Its Executive Director:- Nancy Beaumont (
The Heritage Emergency National Task Force ( -- they ask on their website for such information.

Quite possibly senior officers of the OAH, the AHA, & the Southern Historical Association should also be informed.

Hurricane Katrina caused a great human tragedy. After whatever help one can give there, I suggest the above should also be tackled. Please email one or more.

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David T. Beito - 9/8/2005

Sudha. You have done great work on this. BTW, I still have not heard back from Mr. Ketchum....perhaps he is on the job.