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Audubon Commission

Identifier: CA-LPA

Scope and Contents

Contains records related to the various Audubon Commission organizations, including Audubon Park, the Zoo, the Aquarium of the Americas, and the Nature center. Records include brochures, program information, financial documents, and other documents related to the commission and various parks under their administration.


  • Creation: 1891-2021


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Available to registered researchers by appointment.

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Reproduction or use of materials is prohibited without the permission of the City Archives & Special Collections. Please review the Archives' Permission to Publish note.

Biographical / Historical

In 1896 the Audubon Park Association was created to manage Audubon Park. In 1914 the Audubon Park Commission was created and became the new managers of Audubon Park. The Audubon Commssion was responsible for Audubon Park as well as the Audubon Zoological Gardens. In 1988 the Commission opted to maintain an oversight role over Audubon while granting the Audubon Institute authority to manage the park and zoo in a public-private partnership. In 1996 the Commission was renamed to the Audubon Commission.
Originally a fund-raising organization for the Audubon Commission, in 1988 the Audubon Institute took over most management responsibilities of the Commission in a public-private partnership. In 2001 the Institute became the Audubon Nature Institute. The Audubon Nature Institute oversees the Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Indsectarium, Audubon Park, Audubon Zoo, the Louisiana Nature Center, and other Audubon properties.


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This collection is divided into series based on the creator of the record: Audubon Commission or Audubon Nature Institute. With each creator series there are sub-series for functions of the creator such as the Zoo or Aquarium. When the records were not identified by creator, a best guess was made, so researchers may want to consult both series.

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Repository Details

Part of the City Archives Repository

City Archives & Special Collections
219 Loyola Avenue
New Orleans LA 70112