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MSS 134 - J. D. Schmidt Collection: Inventory


(Mss 134)


Earl K. Long Library

University of New Orleans

November 1980





Size:                           4 linear feet



locations:                 Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi


Inclusive dates:      ca. 1900-1965


Summary:                 Family papers consisting mainly of correspondence, diplomas, photographs, and miscellany.  The bulk of the collection is composed of 540 original photographs (glass and film negatives and paper prints) which have been arranged by subject categories.  Copy prints and negatives made by the UNO Library are identified as such.


Source:                     Purchase, November 1980


Access:                     No restrictions


Copyright:                Physical rights are retained by the Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans.


Citation:                    J. D. Schmidt Collection, Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans

Biographical Note


John Dieter Schmidt


            Born 1855, Bavaria, Germany; died July 26, 1934, New Orleans, La..  John Dieter Schmidt immigrated to the United States in 1870 and became a naturalized citizen in 1886.  He married Anna Schneider of New York State and had three children, John Dieter Jr., Reginald McClure, and Lilah.  An employee of the United States Corps of Engineers, he was also an amateur photographer and probably produced many of the photographs in the collection.


Reginald McClure Schmidt


            Born 1889, New Orleans, La.; died June 7, 1972, New Orleans, La.  Reginald McClure Schmidt graduated from Tulane University's School of Engineering in 1905.  He was an inspector for the Mississippi River Commission in 1912; an inspector on boat construction for the U.S. War Department in 1915 and 1916; an employee of the U.S. Corps of Engineers from 1918 to 1950.  An amateur photographer like his father, he probably made the photographs in the "Industrial Sites" category, while working as an engineer in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas.


Sources:  Biographical information gained from evidence in collection and New Orleans newspaper obituaries.

Container List



134-1              Correspondence pertaining to Reginald McClure Schmidt's career, 1906 - 1930.


134-12            Diplomas and certificates of Reginald McClure Schmidt.


134-2              Miscellany.




134-3                          Negatives, film, 482 items.


134-4-6                                  Negatives, glass, 158 items.




134-7,8,13                             Animal life (mainly in zoos), 32 items.


134-9,10                                Industrial sites, ca. 1912 - 1950, 80 items.


134-14,15                              Miscellaneous (stamps, currency, still life), 13 items.


134-11                                    New Orleans Carnival scenes, ca. 1915, 30 items.


134-16,17,23                         New Orleans parks, 105 items.


134-18,19,24                         Plant life, 31 items.


134-20                                    Resort areas (beaches, camps, hotel), 17 items.


134-25-28                              Schmidt family and friends, 176 items.


134-21,22                              Sporting events (including some stunt flying scenes), 44 items.


134-29,30                              Unidentified landscapes, 20 items.


Index Terms


Carnival—Louisiana—New Orleans

Photographs—Louisiana—New Orleans

Schmidt Family

Schmidt, John Dieter

Schmidt, Reginald McClure