Throughout the 19th century, Louisiana was struck by at least 35 different tropical cyclones. The actual number of storms is likely much higher, but due to low populations outside of the city of New Orleans and the lack of maintained records we do not know the exact count. Many of these known storms are mentioned in local newspapers, which may be available for viewing through LSU Special Collection's Louisiana Newspaper Collection holdings. LSU Special Collections holds primary sources documenting storms in the years 1812, 1813, 1860, 1871, 1875, 1891, and 1895, in addition to the holdings listed on the specific Last Island and Cheniere Caminada pages of this guide.
Listed below are some recommended subject headings for searching for 19th century hurricanes. Full steps on how to use these subject terms can be found on this LibGuide's homepage.
Hurricanes -- Gulf States.
Hurricanes -- Louisiana.
Louisiana -- Hurricanes.
A few of the collections held by LSU Libraries Special Collections are listed below. Additional collections may be found utilizing the subject headings listed in the sections above.
Books and other published materials
Additional resources on 19th Century hurricanes may be located at the following link.
Images in the banner from left to right are numbered below 1 to 8.
1. Hurricane Audrey 2. Hurricane Betsy 3. Hurricane Camille 4. Hurricane Andrew
5. Hurricane Katrina 6. Hurricane Rita 7. Hurricane Gustav 8. Hurricane Ike
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