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Cover image of Soard's New Orleans Trade Guide from 1897

Soards' New Orleans Trade Guide
LC Catalog Record: 99000850

The Soards' New Orleans Trade Guides contained 'a complete list of every business and professional man in New Orleans' and while not the 'Blue Books' they did contain listings for 'FB's' or Female Boarding Houses, which in many instances identified the houses of prostitution.

Storyville: a resource guide to sources about commercialized vice in historic New Orleans.

February 2018

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Image (left): Soards' New Orleans Trade Guide
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Courtesy of Nanette Gibbs 'Guidebooks to Sin: Louisiana history,' Pamela D. Arceneaux. [Lafayette, La., etc.], [Louisiana Historical Association] v. 28no. 4, Fall 1987 p. 397-405  F366 .L6238

In this edition of the Journal of the Louisiana Historical Society, Pamela D. Arceneaux gives an overview of the Blue Books of New Orleans noting that the "blue" of the title refers, however, more to subject matter than the color of the covers which was not always blue. The term 'tenderloin 400' was used on some, indicating that those listed were the crème of the demimonde. (p. 397-398.) A larger and more detailed work also by Pamela D. Arceneaux contains many illustrations which feature the Blue Books and is cited in the next bibliographic entry.

This work, published in 2017 contains illustrations of the Blue Books of Storyville and provides extensive coverage of not only the Blue Books but other publications which detailed where female boarding houses were located. Explanations for alphabetical designations for women in city directories such as the Soards' New Orleans City Directory are discussed as well. For example: "W" for white; "C" for colored; "Oct" for octoroon (for women of color who were 1/8 Black); Stars or "J"; for Jewish; "B" for houses where beer was served; and, '69' for French houses. Photographs of prostitutes at the time of their arrest are also included. Guidebooks to sin: the blue books of Storyville, New Orleans.  Pamela D. Arceneaux with a foreword by Emily Epstein Landau. New Orleans, Louisiana . The Historic New Orleans Collection, [2017] 159 pages HQ146.N6 A73 2017
'The Book Preview: Loose Ladies of New Orleans from the French Quarter to be published this fall by Knopf' by Asbury Herbert. The American Mercury, v. 39, n. 154, October 1936, p. 235-253. New York: Knofp, 1924-1950 ISSN: 0002-998X  AP2 .A37

This work has the 1936 book review of 'Loose Ladies of New Orleans' which appeared in 'American Mercury.' It provides insight into the politicians, police and various officials who sanctioned graft in the form of prostitution throughout the city of New Orleans.

This work includes information on prostitution in New Orleans, specifically legislation abolishing prostitution in New Orleans with the passage of the Draft Act of 1917. Appendices are comprised of charts and manuscript sources with specific reference to record groups at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., appear at the end of the book along with chapter notes. Brandt, Allan M. No magic bullet : a social history of venereal disease in the United States since 1880 New York : Oxford University Press, 1985. viii, 245 p., [14] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm. RC201.47 .B73 1985 ISBN: 0195034694 Landau, Emily Epstein, Spectacular wickedness : sex, race, and memory in Storyville, New Orleans  Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c2013. HQ146.N6 L36 2013 ISBN: 9780807150146

This work has an extensive notes and bibliography section which includes citations for Supreme Court cases, Federal Courts, Lousiana Supreme Court, New Orleans Civil District Court, New Orleans Criminal District Court, Government documents and official records, Municipal Records, Manuscripts and Special Collections, newspapers, published primary sources and secondary sources which are comprehensive in scope and critical to the study of prostitution in New Orleans.

This work includes information on Sidney Story for whom Storyville was named. He was the sponsor of the 1897 vice-district ordinances. Includes a comprehensive bibliography which is useful in exploring this topic further.  Long, Alecia P. The great Southern Babylon : sex, race, and respectability in New Orleans, 1865-1920  Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c2004. HQ146.N6 L66 2004 ISBN: 0807129321 Schafer, Judith Kelleher. Brothels, depravity, and abandoned women : illegal sex in antebellum New Orleans. Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c2009. HQ146.N6 S33 2009 ISBN: 9780807133972

Comprehensive in scope, this work includes a notes and bibliography section that has newspaper references, court cases and ordinances. In addition, illustrations from special collections such as The Historic New Orleans Collection and Tulane University appear in this work.

This work gives extensive background on Storyville and notes that it is not a history of Storyville jazz or New Orleans Jazz; however, it does include a list of the two hundred musicians who once played in Storyville in Appendix F. The Appendices also include copies of the many ordinances regarding prostitution, newspaper articles and a useful bibliographical note section. An extensive index is also included. The author notes that most all items used for the book were donated to the Rare Book Division of the Howard-Tilton Memorial Library at Tulane University in New Orleans.  Storyville, New Orleans, being an authentic, illustrated account of the notorious red-light district. University of Alabama Press, 1974, HQ146.N6 R67 ISBN: 0807129321

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