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William Borah Papers

Call Number: MSS 494
Title: William Borah Papers
Creator: Borah, William E., 1937-2017 (Collector)
Date of Creation: 1861-2002
Predominant Dates: 1983-2002
Extent: 4342 items
Object Name: clippings (information artifacts)
legal documents
photographic prints
disks (object genres)
agendas (administrative records)
architectural drawings (visual works)
family papers
land use maps
maps (documents)
negatives (photographs)
personal papers
plans (maps)
Collection Type: Archival & Special Collections
Documents & Correspondence
Moving Images
Language: English
Biography/History: William E. Borah (1937-2017) was a lawyer in New Orleans active in matters of historic preservation and land use.
Scope and Content: This collection contains the papers of New Orleans land-use attorney and preservationist William E. Borah. Borah's activism is documented in letters, printed matter, and a wealth of newspaper clippings. Much of the material concerns real estate development and transportation in downtown New Orleans and its riverfront. Among the specific issues address are the Riverfront Transit Coalition's fight for a Riverfront Streetcar; developments resulting from the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition, especially in the Warehouse District; opposition to a land-based casino, particularly the Grand Palais planned by Christopher Hemmeter's Celebration Park Casino, Inc.; advocacy of a Canal Street Historic District; "The Second Battle of New Orleans"--Borah's battle against the proposed Riverfront Expressway through the Vieux Carré; and opposition to the destruction of the Sanlin Buildings on Canal Street to make way for a Marriott hotel. A very few national causes, such as Disney's America theme park in Virginia, are briefly mentioned, mostly in clippings. Additions to the collection include materials about David W. Pipes, Judge Wayne G. Borah, and William Borah's work opposing the Riverfront Expressway. Other additions include photographs, news clippings, letters, legal documents, and other papers relating to the controversy over plans to expand the Castellon Pharmacy on Oak Street in the Carrollton Riverbend neighborhood, and the opposition to a proposed Wal-Mart store in the Lower Garden District.
Arrangement: The William Borah Papers (Series I) are basically in original order. The only change made by the processor was to place items within each of the 17 sub-series (originally large accordion folders) or sub-sub-series (originally smaller manila folders) in chronological order. File names were also kept as sub-series and sub-sub-series names; in the case of missing file labels, a name was supplied by the processor, indicated by square brackets. The William Borah Papers Additions (Series II and III) are in original order without chronological arrangement.
Notes: William Borah Papers, MSS 494, Williams Research Center, The Historic New Orleans Collection.
Finding Aid: An unpublished finding guide is available in the Williams Research Center reading room. See MSS binders.
A detailed PDF finding aid is available online.
Restrictions: Researchers may be limited to consulting one or two items at a time, per the discretion of the Reading Room staff.
Reproduction of original documents, when permitted, must be performed by the Williams Research Center staff.
Requesting: Please provide the reference staff with the manuscript call number and folder number.
Collection Theme(s): Historic Preservation
Architecture and Urban Development
Built Environment and Land Usage
Public Transportation
New Orleans Neighborhoods
Buildings Commercial Structures
Buildings Residential Structures
Twentieth Century
City of New Orleans Government
Social Reform and Activism
Subjects: Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans -- More information
Riverfront Transit Coalition -- More information
New Orleans (La.). City Council. -- More information
Regional Transit Authority -- More information
Borah, William E., 1937-2017 -- More information
Carrollton (New Orleans, La.)
Central Business District (New Orleans, La.)
Crescent City Connection (New Orleans, La.)
French Quarter (New Orleans, La.)
Garden District (New Orleans, La.)
Riverfront (New Orleans, La.)
Historic buildings -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Urban ecology (Biology) -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Urban renewal -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
City planning -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Gambling -- Louisiana.
Lawyers -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Architecture -- Conservation and restoration -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Political activists -- Louisiana -- New Orleans.
Related Artwork &
"Second Battle of New Orleans," Working Papers 84-102-L
Borah Mardi Gras Collection 2008.0032.2
Wayne G. Borah Papers 2008.0114.1
St. Thomas Housing Development, Hope VI, Wal-Mart, Controversy Papers. 2008.0114.2
Lower Level Records: MSS 494.1; William Borah Papers, Series Level.
MSS 494.2; William Borah Papers, Additions, Part 1, Series Level.
MSS 494.3; William Borah Papers, Additions, Part 2, Series Level.
Accession Number: 99-5-L
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