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Vertical crease in the middle of the entire booklet. Reprinted from Biennial Report, Board of Curators, Louisiana State Museum, January 1924. 15 pages in stapled, brown wrappers. Cline writes a brief introductory history of art in New Orleans dating back to 1840 and continues with the founding of museums and important collections. For this pamphlet, questionnaires were sent to artists who had lived and worked in New Orleans in recent years (relative to 1924) to obtain information about them and their art. The directory is incomplete as some artists failed to reply. On a side note of historical interest, Cline was the meteorologist and Chief Forecaster at the Weather Bureau's Gulf Coast center in Galveston, Texas when the 1900 storm hit the island and killed more than 6,000 people. He was the subject of Erik Larson's 1999 book, "Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History." The next year, the center relocated to New Orleans and Cline followed, serving the rest of his meteorology career there. After retiring from the Weather Bureau in 1935, Cline, who was also an M.D., devoted his life to his long-held passion for art, an interest he had developed long before retiring, as evidenced by this pamphlet. He painted, opened an art shop, and published a number of books about art. He died in 1955 at age 93.