The Classical Institute of the South at The Historic New Orleans Collection
The mission of the Classical Institute of the South, a division of The Historic New Orleans Collection, is to gather and share information about the material culture history of the Gulf South.
The Classical Institute of the South accomplishes this mission through:
- Field work in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama that records fine and decorative arts with provenance in the Gulf South
- Distribution of this information through a publicly accessible database
- Partnerships and collaborations with museums, historical societies, and preservation organizations that share these goals
The Classical Institute’s Gulf South Field Survey Project began in 2011 and, to date, has included sites in New Orleans and St. Francisville, Louisiana; Natchez and Columbus, Mississippi; and Huntsville, Alabama. Over 2000 important pre-Civil War objects have been recorded to date. Our partner organizations include The Historic New Orleans Collection, the Louisiana State Museum, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Louisiana State University Museum, and the Historic Natchez Foundation. The ClS's Gulf South Decorative & Fine Arts Database is available through the LOUISiana Digital Library. The impact of Classical Institute’s initiatives has been reported in The Magazine Antiques (March-April 2014), the Baton Rouge Advocate, and the New Orleans Advocate (March 30, 2014).
In 2015, The Historic New Orleans Collection incorporated the Classical Institute of the South into its mission, and established the Paul M. Haygood Fund to honor the CIS's founder and to enable future field survey work.
The Classical Institute is assisted in its endeavors by an Advisory Council that includes colleagues at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, the Decorative Arts Trust, and the Winterthur Program in American Culture.
For additional information about the Classical Institute and its objectives, or to make a tax-deductible donation in support of these efforts, please contact:
Matthew A. Thurlow, Chairman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sarah Duggan, Coordinator and Research Curator (email@example.com)