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Catholic Book Store Archives

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Collection 17

Scope and Contents

This collection consists largely of archival materials - minutes of board meetings, financial records, and correspondence with benefactors concerning donations.


  • Created: 1969-2012
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1969-2001
  • Other: Date acquired: 01/01/2001


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research use.

Conditions Governing Use

Physical rights are retained by the J. Edgar and Louis S. Monroe Library, Loyola University New Orleans. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. Copyright Laws.

Biographical or Historical Information

The Catholic Book Store opened in New Orleans on October 6, 1939 at 710 Common St. in the St. Charles Hotel. Changes in the hotel forced the bookstore to move to 350 Baronne St., where it remained until 1969 when it suffered serious damage from a fire. It then moved to 8039 Fig St., near Notre Dame Seminary. For most of its history, the Catholic Book Store was closely identified with Florence Henderson. A 1929 graduate of the Academy of the Sacred Heart in New Orleans, Henderson founded the bookstore and owned it for over three decades. Faced with the bookstore's growing financial difficulties, in 1974 she transferred ownership to a nonprofit foundation guided by a board of lay and religious people. She continued to manage the bookstore until her retirement in 1989. She died in 1992 at the age of eighty. Since 1939 the bookstore has been an important part of Catholic New Orleans. It was the city's first bookstore devoted to Catholic literature and has always focused on the needs of Catholic readers. In the wake of Vatican II, however, it grew more ecumenical, carrying more literature associated with other religions.

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Arrangement Note

These materials are arranged by year from 1969 to 2012 (Except for 1970 and 1982, which are missing). The collection also includes several folders containing articles, correspondence, photos, and miscellaneous items.

Method of Acquisition


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Related Materials

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Archon Finding Aid Title
Carpenter, Arthur
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Repository Details

Part of the J. Edgar and Louis S. Monroe Library, Special Collections & Archives Repository

6363 St Charles Ave
New Orleans 70118 US