Suzanne L. Ormond Collection
Earl K. Long Library
Size: 2.5 linear feet
Inclusive dates: 1951-1972
Bulk dates: 1966-1972
Summary: Papers accumulated by Mrs. Ormond, a New Orleans preservationist; primarily concerned with a proposed New Orleans Riverfront Expressway and Uptown Mississippi River Bridge, but containing material on other controversies; included are some records of the Central Area Committee of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce, the Crescent Council of Civic Associations, the Independent Women’s Organization, the Louisiana Council for the Vieux Carré, the Mississippi River Bridge Authority, the New Orleans Planning Commission, the Orleans-Jefferson Bridge Advisory Committee, the Regional Planning Commission, the Regional Planning Forum, and the Uptown Civic Association. Includes announcements, booklets, contracts, correspondence, clippings, insurance records, maps, minutes, meeting agenda and reports, memoranda, notes, position papers, proposed bylaws, petitions, questionnaires, resolutions, reports, reprints, rosters, recommendations, studies, speeches, statements, serial publications, zoning regulations, and a poster.
collections: Mark P. Lowrey Collection (Mss 47); Marta B. Lamar Collection (Mss 62) and Marta B. Lamar Collection, Addendum 1 (Mss 69); Marta B. Lamar Collection, Addendum 2 (Mss 76); Marta B. Lamar Collection, Addendum 2 (Mss 77) David L. Campbell Collection (Mss 123); Vieux Carre Property Owners, Residents & Associates Collection (Mss 247)
Source: Gift, July 1975
Access: No restrictions
rights are retained by the Earl K. Long Library,
L. Ormond Collection, Earl K. Long Library,
Ormond was an artist and outspoken civic activist who owned Suzanne Ormond Pottery and fought to
preserve the French Quarter, save
In the 1960s,
Mrs. Ormond helped lead the fights against a proposed riverfront expressway
along the edge of the French Quarter and an Uptown bridge across the
Mrs. Ormond was instrumental in enlisting City Council candidate Eddie Sapir in the fight against the proposed bridge. She recalled in a 1988 interview how she met Sapir at the first meeting of the Uptown Civic Association. She said she literally backed Sapir into a corner and told him she wanted him to lead the opposition to the bridge. "I said, 'You see that wallpaper on the wall? You're going to stick to us like that wallpaper, or we are not going to endorse you,' " she said. Sapir was elected, and the idea of an Uptown bridge died. Instead, a second span was built next to the bridge that had opened in 1958.
was active in many other causes and organizations. She was a longtime member of the board of the
city's public library system, serving as its chairwoman from 1994 to 1996, and
was a founder and former chairwoman of the New Orleans Public Library
Foundation. She helped develop the
also was a former member of the Vieux Carré Commission, a longtime member and
treasurer of the Louisiana State Museum board of directors, a former president
of the Crescent Council of Civic Associations, and a former chairwoman of the
Citizens Advisory Committee of the Sewerage & Water Board, to name but a
few of her activities. She helped
organize the Louisiana Crafts Council, later presenting many one-woman shows
under its auspices, and the Foundation for the Crafts of the Newcomb Style,
which promoted the recognition of
was the author or co-author of "
Quoted almost verbatim from “Suzanne Ormond, Artist,
Including announcements, booklets, contracts, correspondence, clippings, insurance records, minutes, meeting agenda and reports, memoranda, notes, position papers, proposed bylaws, petitions, questionnaires, resolutions, reports, reprints, rosters, recommendations, studies, speeches, statements, serial publications, and zoning regulations, n.d., 1955, 1961-1972.
1955, 1961 -
G. Burke. Map of
O. Coxe, Jr. Plan for channeling
Engineers, Inc., and Howard, Needles, Tammen & Bergendorff. Plan [of]
Gandolfo, Jr. and Associates. Map of
a Portion of St. Bernard Parish.
59-7 Howard, Needles, Tammen &
Bergendorff, and deLaureal Engineers, Inc.
States Department of Interior. Geological
States Department of Interior.
Smith and Associates.
59-11 Poster: “M.R.B.A. / Mr. Neville / Levy, / Dear Sir: / No / Uptown / Bridge” (On reverse: “Sign taken from a five year old black girl in the march (parade) from the river to Pilgrim Progress Church at 3600 Loyola Ave., along Peniston Street. February 1970-”).
Bridges—Design and construction—
Ormond, Suzanne L.