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The Classical Institute of the South at The Historic New Orleans Collection gathers and shares information about the material culture history of the Gulf South.



The Gulf South Decorative & Fine Arts Database is the publicly accessible repository of the information and images collected during the CIS's Gulf South Field Survey. This free public resource offers searchable images and descriptions of thousands of historic decorative arts objects, many of them in private collections, documented by CIS teams. The goal of the database is to encourage further appreciation and exploration of the Gulf South’s significance to decorative arts and material culture history. 

Since 2011, groups of graduate summer fellows have cataloged thousands of objects at sites in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. As an ongoing project, the database is updated periodically with new field survey findings. 

The database is hosted through the Louisiana Digital Library and managed by staff at The Historic New Orleans Collection.