In honor of American Archives Month, Orleans Parish Clerk of Civil District Court Dale Atkins and her office will offer several free programs during October.

New Orleans has one of the richest land records archives in the nation. Dating back to the 1700s, it reflects the city’s early history as a French and Spanish colony.

Free tours will take place from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursdays, Oct. 8, 15 and 29, in the Notarial Archives Division, Suite 360, 1340 Poydras St. Space is limited, and participants must register in advance by contacting jstrawn@

A seminar discussing how to use notarial records will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at the same location. The history of Preservation Hall, 726 St. Peter St., will be presented as a case study. Space is limited to 25 participants, who must register in advance by contacting

The Clerk’s Office will conduct workshops for high school students to introduce them to the possibility of book and paper conservation as a career choice. If interested, contact

In addition to text records, the Notarial Archives Research Center houses thousands of watercolor architectural drawings of 19th-century properties, and copies are available for public purchase. Also available are 19th-century city directories, a reference library and free scans of E.A. Robinson’s “Atlas of the City of New Orleans and Environs.”

Notarial Archives Division staff members assist the public in using the collection for legal, architectural, historical and genealogical research. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For information, call (504) 407-0106 or visit

Dress for Success

Dress for Success will host its fourth annual inventory reduction sale and fundraiser, Shop for Change, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on two Saturdays, Oct. 3 and 10, at The Outlet Collection on the first floor of the Riverwalk, near the main entrance at Spanish Plaza.

Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, career-development tools and a network of support. The program has helped more than 550,000 women work toward self-sufficiency.

“Throughout the year, we receive so many beautiful items from our generous donors,” said Diane Riche, board of directors president for Dress for Success in New Orleans. “However, some items are not appropriate for our clients to wear during interviews or to work, and in some cases, we are overstocked in certain sizes.”

The local Dress for Success boutique is at 6117 Magazine St. For information, contact Laura Crow at (504) 891-4337 or visit neworleans.dressfor

Center for cancer patients

The Kelsey Bradley Favrot Memorial 5K Run/Walk to establish a local treatment center for brain cancer patients will be held starting at 8 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Shelter 10 in Audubon Park.

In memory of Favrot, who lost her battle with brain cancer in 2009, the event will benefit the LSU Neurosurgery Brain Tumor Center. Runners and walkers of all ages can participate in the inaugural event. Proceeds will go toward establishing a center to support the treatment of brain cancer patients in New Orleans.

There will be music by Mithras, refreshments and awards. Entry fees are $25 in advance and $30 on race day, with a $15 discount for youth and senior citizens. For information and to register, visit

Support the task force

The group French Quarter Advocates will host its first Second-Line for Safety to support the French Quarter Task Force from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Congo Square in Armstrong Park.

There will be music and food, and the second-line will be led by brass bands at 1 p.m. through the Quarter.

The cost is $25 for FQ Advocates members and $40 for others. T-shirts will be sold, and advance registration is available online at

Proceeds from the event will benefit the task force, which is committed to protecting everyone who lives or works in the French Quarter, or visits there.

Lynne Jensen writes about New Orleans community events and people. Contact her at