3 Replies Latest reply on Oct 4, 2020 1:09 PM by Alice Lane

    Seeking New Orleans Federal Land Bank Records


      Does anyone know where to find federal land bank records from the 1920 - 1950s??  A black family was banished by the KKK from Brundidge, Alabama in 1926 and had to leave all of their properties behind.  However one of the family members was savvy enough to take out loans upon the properties through the New Orleans Land Bank since he could not do anything in Alabama, with the KKK at the peak of their power, and so well entrenched in Alabama politics. Appreciate any help, direction, anyone may have!!  Thank you!

        • Re: Seeking New Orleans Federal Land Bank Records
          Susannah Brooks Pioneer

          This article states what happened to the Federal Land Bank of New Orleans, but says nothing about the records.


          The National Archives has records of the Farm Credit Administration, but I do not know if they include records of individual with loans or accounts


          • Re: Seeking New Orleans Federal Land Bank Records
            Jason Atkinson Ranger

            Dear Mr. Steiger,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!

            The records of the land banks and their customers’ accounts were not accessioned to the National Archives, because, although they were initially established by the government under Pub. L. 64-158 and under later laws were regulated by the Farm Credit Administration (FCA), once established they functioned as private corporations rather than federal agencies and therefore were not subject to the Federal Records Act.


            As the link shared by Ms. Brooks explains, the Federal Land Bank of New Orleans and its successor, the Federal Land Bank of Jackson, no longer exists. You may wish to contact the Farm Credit Administration to inquire as to whether any other banks or other organizations acquired the bank’s records when it was dissolved. However, there is a strong probability that records of inactive accounts were not retained by the bank or transferred to other banks.


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located 50 record series related to federal oversight of land banks in the Records of the Records of the Farm Credit Administration (Record Group 103). These records are unlikely to have any information about individual customers of the land banks. Questions about these record series may be directed to the reference units listed in the Catalog descriptions.


            Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from these units. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.


            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!


            • Re: Seeking New Orleans Federal Land Bank Records
              Alice Lane Pioneer

              Hi Bradley,

              Welcome to History Hub

              Found information about who took over New Orleans land bank



              The Federal Land Bank of New Orleans was moved to Jackson, Mississippi and became the Federal Land Bank of Jackson which was subsequently placed into receivership in 1988 and sold to the Farm Credit Bank of Texas.



              If you are wanting to research the property go to.


              United States Dept. of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records



              Alice Lane

              Research Volunteer