The Big Easy for the Big 7-5!

Photograph of a Map of New Orleans from a 1905 National Board of Fire Underwriters Report in The Library’s collection.
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For many years The Insurance Library has offered courses to help insurance professionals achieve their CPCU designation. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the CPCU Society, and this weekend kicks off the Society’s annual meeting in New Orleans. For those of you attending, we have ideas on where and what you should eat, and what to see in your downtime. If you’re looking for more insights into The Library and plans for the future, be sure to catch up with our executive director, Paul Tetrault, at one of the many sessions or committee meetings he’s attending.

Though not all of us can make it to New Orleans this weekend, we have a reading list that will make you feel like you’re there. If you’re missing out because you don’t have your designation yet, we can help you with your CPCU studies!

Below are some books and articles in our collection that feature New Orleans as well as some of our favorite articles from CPCU Publications.

  • Report on the City of New Orleans, LA, (June,1905) The National Board of Fire Underwriters Committee of Twenty.
  • A New Orleans Beer Stamp Hangover, Independent Agent, 109 no. 9 (September, 2012): 30
  • New Orleans Boosts Flood Defenses: Risk Managers Hope upgrades will reduce insurer fears, Rates, by Rod Zolokos, Business Insurance, 46 no 2 (January 9, 2012): 1, 18
  • The Thin Green Line, by Cyril Tuohy, Risk & Insurance 23 no. 6 (July/August, 2012): 20-22
  • New Orleans 10 Years Later: Lessons Learned from Katrina, by Patricia L. HarmanClaims Magazine, 63 no.8 (August, 2015): 12-13
  • The Battle for New Orleans and 99 other Cities, Risk & Insurance, 27 no.5 (June 2016): 10 (Update on the project here)
  • Louisiana Crippled No More, Braces Itself for Trouble to Come, Property Insurance Report, 25 no.9 (October15, 2018): 1, 4-8, 10



  • The Society of Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriters — September 2, 1943 to June 11, 1948, by E. Adrian Teaf, Historian, The Annals of the Society of Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriters, 1 no.1 (March, 1949): 5-20
  • Improving the Comprehensive Liability Policy, by Northern California Chapter, CPCU, The Annals of the Society of Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriters, 10 no.1 (January, 1958): 80-92
  • Commercial Multi-Peril Forms and Coverages, by William H. Rodda, The Annals of the Society of Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriters, 16 no.4 (Winter, 1963): 343-353
  • What Role Will the Insurance Industry Play in the Fight Against Pollution?, by Dan R. Anderson, PhD, CPCU Annals, 25 no.1 (March, 1972): 23-31
  • Occurrence: Coverage Problem of the 80’s, by David J. Garthe, J.D., CPCU Journal, 37 no.3 (September, 1984): 160-170
  • Redlining, Property Insurance and Urban Markets: Concepts, Issues, Initiatives, and Solutions, by Rosemary Baptiste, James Carson, PhD, George Flanigan, PhD, John Jolliff and Sue Watkins, CPCU Journal, 49 no.2 (Summer, 1996): 82, 84-96
  • “Green” Insurers: Assessment of the Practices of the P&C Industry to “Go Green” and the Impacts Upon Key Stakeholders, by The CPCU Society’s Connecticut Chapter Research Project Team, CPCU eJournal, 62 no.5 (May, 2009): 1-23
  • General Liability Insurance and The Opioid Epidemic, by Terri A. Sutton, Insights, 5 no.4 (Winter 2018): 7-11
A Sampling of Good Eats:

Compere Lapin (their Caribbean Series is a real treat)

District Donuts. Sliders. Brew (even the sprinkles are made from scratch!)

Gracious Bakery & Cafe (seasonal fritters and at some locations amazing waffles)

Herbsaint (Housemade Spaghetti with Guanciale and Fried-Poached Farm Egg is life changing)

Jimmy J’s Cafe (fried ribs?!)

Mother’s Restaurant (don’t miss the Grits with Debris & Cafe Au Lait)

For more thorough lists, see Food 52 (twice), Joy The Baker, Eater, and Bon Appetit

A Little Leisure:

Carousel Bar (Liberace used to perform here, need we say more?)

Mardis Gras World (where you can see parade floats in the off-season)

The National World War II Museum (designated by congress as the official World War II Museum)

The Spotted Cat Music Club (worth a trip outside of the French Quarter)

Looking for more, check out Thrillist, Timeout and Atlas Obscura.