Throughout the 19th century, New Orleans established itself as a distinguished musical destination by establishing theatres and concert halls across the city. In addition to attracting performers from other places, these venues played host to local musicians, as well as events such as balls, receptions, and debuts. These theatres included the Athenaeum, the St. Charles Theatre, the Tulane and Crescent theatres, The Orleans, the Theatre on St. Philip Street, the Variété Club of New Orleans, and the Théâtre de la rue Saint-Pierre. Many of the venues built during the 18th and 19th centuries did not survive to the 21st century as a result of accidents, such as fires. In the 20th century, venues such as the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre, the New Orleans Federal Theatre, the Saenger Theatre, and the Mahalia Jackson Theatre helped to maintain the state’s music traditions.
Listed below are some recommended catalog key terms for searching for other music venues. Full steps on how to use these key terms can be found on this LibGuide's homepage.
Actors and musicians photographs
Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre
New Orleans Athenaeum
New Orleans Federal Theatre
Listed below are some recommended subject headings for searching for other music venues. Full steps on how to use these subject headings can be found on this LibGuide's homepage.
Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre.
Minstrel shows -- Louisiana
Musicals -- Louisiana
Performing arts -- Louisiana
Theater -- Louisiana
Vaudeville -- Louisiana
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.