Through the Eye of Katrina  •  special issue, december 2007



Sampling of Media Coverage


Hurricane Katrina, Special Reports

National Public Radio

Katrina & Recovery

Katrina, One Year Later

Katrina’s Legacy, Two Years Later

NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Collecting and Preserving the Stories of Katrina and Rita

New York Times

Times Topics: Hurricane Katrina with the New Orleans Times-Picayune

Katrina: The Storm We Always Feared


noaa: Environmental Impacts of Hurricane Katrina

Map: Flooding in New Orleans, New Orleans Times-Picayune

An interactive graphic showing the progress of the storm through the city and the subsequent damage to levees and neighborhoods.

Map: “Draining New Orleans,” New York Times, 2005

An interactive map showing the stages of the flooding, a timeline of the political response, and revival of the city.

usa Today, Katrina Then and Now: A Photographic Journey through Time, August 2006

A series of comparative photographs and interviews with their photographers, showing the areas of New Orleans immediately following Katrina and in 2006 as the city recovers.

noaa Katrina Images

A series of maps that allow users to click on an area to see a bird’s-eye view of the damage to the Gulf coast of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama after Katrina made landfall.

noaa Katrina Graphics Archive

Follows Katrina’s path, notes areas that had warnings/tropical storm advisories, etc.

Illinois Photo: Hurricane Katrina Editorial and Stock Images Archives

An extensive photographic archive of images related to Katrina, arranged into “albums.”

United States Coast Guard Released Photographs: Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Collecting and Preserving the Stories of Katrina and Rita

Prologue to Katrina

Hurricane Betsy

LBJ and the Response to Hurricane Betsy

“Riding the Nightmare Express”: Memoir of Hurricane Betsy survivor (1965).

Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Collecting and Preserving the Stories of Katrina and Rita

“Improving the Odds: Hurricane Season 2007,” New Orleans Times-Picayune

An illustration showing the paths of past hurricanes.

New Orleans Census Data

Greater New Orleans Community Data Center

Pre-Katrina Data Center

Archival Sources

New Orleans Public Library Archival Inventories

Alexander Allison Photograph Collection

Louisiana Digital Map Library

Historical Louisiana state, township, parish, city, and Civil War maps.

Immigration, Ethnicities and Historical Research in New Orleans
Western European Studies Section

Rebuilding New Orleans Public Library: Katrina-Related Links

New Orleans Wiki

A volunteer-maintained collection of articles about the city of New Orleans.

Personal Responses to Katrina

Hurricane Digital Memory Bank: Collecting and Preserving the Stories of Katrina and Rita
102nd Military History Detachment

The 102nd Military History Detachment from the Kansas Army National Guard was dispatched to Louisiana for seven weeks during the massive recovery efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to document the work done by the Army National Guard. Included in this collection are interviews with National Guardsmen; Daily Battle Update Briefings; photographs taken by troops; official documents from Joint Task Force Pelican; and an electronic journal written by Lt. Col. Larry Hannan.

The New Yorker: “New Orleans Journal”

The journalist Dan Baum wrote a journal about post-Katrina New Orleans, January 31–June 1, 2007. His entries cover a wide range of issues, including personal experiences of those affected by the storm.

Hurricane Digital Memory Bank:
Collecting and Preserving the Stories of Katrina and Rita

The Hurricane Digital Memory Bank, uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the stories and digital record of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. These materials, along with featured collections, may be searched, browsed, and added to by site visitors.

The site’s search function allows researchers to isolate specific neighborhoods, organizations, or individuals from the tens of thousands of objects available within the database.  Individual submissions can be found through keyword searches as well as via a map:

A good example of the keyword function is found in the contributions of a quadriplegic University of New Orleans student named Courtney Giarrusso. Performing a search using her last name ( reveals that Giarrusso has submitted photographs and/or documents six separate times regarding her shifting status during the post-Katrina reconstruction period. Her postings not only document the experience of those with special needs; they also demonstrate the promise online collecting affords scholars: the opportunity to answer questions regarding continuity and change.

The Digital Memory Bank seeks to document the experiences of faculty and students from throughout the world who travel to the Gulf Coast to participate in the rebuilding process. The Student Hurricane Network Collection documents the work of law students from throughout the United States:

Another example of a collection is that of New Orleans writer Mary Gehman. Her sub-collection within the New Orleans Writers Collection is the first in a developing series.

A New Orleans activist and independent scholar, Gehman endured days on an interstate overpass with neighbors and strangers on one side and Orleans Parish Prisoners on the other, Her story illuminates the experiences shared by thousands of New Orleanians who awaited rescue at impromptu oases located on high ground throughout the city,

A.D.: New Orleans after the Deluge

An online graphic novel written and illustrated by Josh Neufeld and presented by smith magazine; tells the story of a cross-section of Crescent City residents in Web comic form.


Disasters and the Law: Katrina and Beyond
University of California, Berkley

Research Guide: Insurance Litigation in Louisiana in the Aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, Georgetown University

Briefly explains relevant case law and statutes, and provides additional resources concerning the litigation. Will be updated as decision is appealed.

Special thanks to Michael J. Mizell-Nelson for his help in preparing this list.