Special Thanks To:

The Carnegie Corporation of New York
School of Visual Arts and its alumni
Jeff Hirsch of Photo Care
Ron Chapman
Nunez Community College
Walter Williams
Allison Pena
Dr. Joyce Jackson
And the people of New Orleans

Do You Know What it Means is a collaborative project established by the School of Visual Arts in New York through a grant from The Carnegie Corporation of New York. They teamed up with a number of different organizations to unite their expertise in sociology, ethnology, history, photography and archival technology.

In the beginning, the School of Visual Arts donated equipment and administrative support to launch this project and SVA’s Alumni Society served as fiscal manager; George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media stored and archived the collection; The Historic New Orleans Collection furnished technology consultation, archiving and preservation capabilities and office space; anthropologist Dr. Joyce Jackson of the The Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve provided anthropological and historical research on the Fazendeville group; and the University of New Orleans offered staff and student volunteers to help analyze gathered material.

Today George Mason University’s Center for History and New Media continues to store and archive the collection while The Historic New Orleans Collection has taken over all other responsibilities for the collection, and will continue to work towards documenting the cultural fabric of New Orleans, with a new and exciting goal of fostering a continued sense of community through a focus on the city’s unique neighborhoods.

The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center, and publisher dedicated to the study and preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf South region.