Someone who spent decades chronicling this city's history through his writings and photographs is historian Leonard V. Huber. Though he died in 1984, his books remain valuable resources. They cover Mardi Gras and Rex, the Battle of New Orleans, the Cabildo and city cemeteries. His best-known book is 1971's New Orleans: A Pictorial History, packed with photos of people, places and happenings from colonial times to the modern era. Born in New Orleans in 1903, Huber ran a mortuary and crematory business established by his father. In addition to his writings, his civic efforts included serving as president of the Louisiana Landmarks Society and a member of the Vieux Carre Commission, Orleans Parish Landmarks Commission, Friends of the Cabildo, Louisiana State Museum and Beauregard-Keyes House.