The Classical Institute of the South is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to identifying and documenting fine and decorative art objects in the Gulf South and making that information available to all. We believe that objects are dynamic, provocative, and vital to understanding the past. Since the first Gulf South Field Survey in 2011, fellows and staff of the Classical Institute of the South (CIS) have cataloged over 1,000 objects in private collections dating from the 18th century through the Civil War. The survey spans Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, and we are continually expanding our reach throughout the region.
So far, the Gulf South Field Study has only scratched the surface of the rich cultural material that survives in the region. In addition to expanding into new physical areas, the CIS also seeks to explore new material evidence of the cultural diversity represented in the Gulf South. As cataloging efforts continue, new information and images will be added to this database in order to draw attention to the objects and to the research possibilities that they present.
Such an undertaking would not be possible without the cooperation of willing homeowners and institutional partners. The CIS is pleased to participate in the active cultural community of the Gulf South region along with collaborators such as The Historic New Orleans Collection, the Louisiana State Museum in New Orleans, Louisiana, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the LSU Museum of Art in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the Historic Natchez Foundation in Natchez, Mississippi, and others.
The Historic New Orleans Collection has provided advisory and technical support throughout the project, and hosts the database as part of its contributions to the Louisiana Digital Library.
Visit the Classical Institute of the South's website for news on the progress of the project, highlighted objects, and information on how to get involved.
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