About the Author

Williams College B.A. 1963, Phi Beta Kappa,
Tulane University, M.A. 1965
Ph. D. in American History, 1968
5801 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, Louisiana 70115-5053


Married, to Sally Kittredge Evans Reeves


 "PWA and the Competitive Theory of Administration," Journal of American History (1973)

De La Barre: Life of a French Creole Family in Louisiana (Polyanthos, 1980) Vol. IV in Jefferson Parish Historical Series

Public Works Administration" in Government Agencies (Greenwood Encyclopedia of American Institutions, 1982)

Historic City Park: New Orleans (Friends of City Park, 1982); 2nd edition (City Park Improvement Association, 2000).

Westwego: From Cheniere to Canal (Dan Alario, 1996) Vol. XIV in Jefferson Parish Historical Series

Manresa on the Mississippi: for the Greater Glory of God (Manresa, 1996)

"A Transitional Plantation House in Louisiana Architecture" Arris, the Journal of the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians VIII (1997), 24-33.

Paths to Distinction: Dr. James White, Governor E. D. White and Chief Justice Edward Douglass White of Louisiana (Friends of the E. D. White Historic Site, 1999)

Review of New Orleans: Then and Now by Richard and Marina Campanella in Gulf South Historical Review XVI No. 2 (Spring 2001), 41-43.

Introduction to Digest of the Reported Decisions of the Superior Court of the Late Territory of Orleans and of the Supreme Court of the State of Louisiana by Judah P. Benjamin & Thomas Slidell

"Au revoir, Creole" in Louisiana Life (Winter 2002/03), 50-54.

Historic Louisiana: An Illustrated History (Historical Publishing Network: San Antonio, 2003)

From Tally-Ho to Forest Home: The History of Two Louisiana Plantations (D. Denis Murrell and David R. Denis: Bayou Goula, Louisiana, July, 2005)

Le Pavillon Hotel: A Century of Triumph (The Donning Company: Virginia Beach, VA., 2008)

"Critics, Janeites, and Austenmaniacs" Book Review of Jane's Fame: How Jane Austen Conquered the World by Claire Harman in JASNA News, The Newsletter of the Jane Austen Society of North America volume 26 No. 3(Winter 2010).

"Two Hundred Years of Maritime New Orleans: An Overview" with Sally K. Reeves in Tulane Maritime Law Journal volume 35 No. 1 (Winter 2010).

Hotel Monteleone, More than a landmark, the heart of New Orleans since 1886, Text by Jenny Adams, Research by William D. Reeves (The Donning Company: Virginia Beach, VA., 2011).

Louisiana: The Energy State. A History of Louisiana's Oil & Gas Industry (HPN Books: San Antonio, TX., 2013).

Notable New Orleanians: A Tricentennial Tribute (HPN Books: San Antonio, TX., 2018).

Unpublished Reports:

Archeological Investigations for the Greater New Orleans Bridge No. 2 for Coastal Environments, Inc. 1982-83 No. 700-13-48 GNOMRB #2

Archival Assessment of Mississippi River Floodwall in Orleans Parish for Corps of Engineers 1982-83. DACW29-82-M-1980

Cultural Resources Survey, United States Public Health Service Hospital, for United States Department of Health and Human Services 1981

River Front History (Jackson Square to Mandeville Street) for The Audubon Institute, October 1, 1990

Cultural Resources Survey, United State Public Health Service Hospital, Carville, La. 1991

History of Stella Plantation, 1991

History of Labranche Wetlands for Coastal Environments, Inc. 1992

History of Houmas House for Houmas House 1993

Horn Island, Mississippi, 18th century title research for Chris Beggerly, 1993

Cultural Resources Survey, Bayou Sauvage Wildlife Refuge, Department of the Interior, 1993.

Land Use and Cultural Resources Survey, Comite River Diversion Project, Corps of Engineers. 1993.

Land Use and Cultural Resources Survey, Belle Pass, Lafourche Parish, Corps of Engineers. 1993.

Land Use History, Clear Marais, Calcasieu Parish, Corps of Engineers. 1993.

Cultural Resources Survey, Bayou L'Ors, Lafourche Parish, Corps of Engineers. 1993.

History of Naval Support Activity Facility, Algiers, LA. US Navy. 1993

Archeological Testing of Quarters A (160R137) at the Naval Support Activity, West Bank Facility, Algiers, Orleans Parish, Louisiana. For Geo-Marine, Inc. by Melissa Green, Sally K. Reeves, William D. Reeves, Stephen P. Austin. for U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Fort Worth District. Contract No. DACA63-93-D-0014. Date of Draft Report June 1994.

Historic District Landmarks Commission, City of New Orleans, Photographic and Data Inventory of All Structures. 1994-95.

Godchaux and Rillieux: Two Men in Sugar, a presentation for Jane Godchaux Emke 1995.

Adaptation to the Dynamic Coastal Area affected by the Atchafalaya Basin Outlets: An Historical Geography Analysis, South Central Louisiana for Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, 1998.

Local Consultant, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center, Story Theater, Tom Wilson Narrative, by American History Workshop, New York, New York. 1997

Historical and Archival Research for Mississippi River Bridge to I-10/I-12 Interchange in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for Geo-Marine, Inc., Plano, Texas.

A history of Alma Plantation, Pointe Coupée Parish

Project Director, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, "Inventory of Selected Courthouses of Louisiana" November 2000 to May 2001.

History of 840 Conti Street for the Prince Conti Hotel. December 2002.

Research and report preparation for Coastal Environments, Inc., (CEI) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, relative to a study of the Houma Navigation Canal Project, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. 2003

Historical and grants writer for Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art, Biloxi, Mississippi, 1999-2003

History of Destrehan Plantation in St. Charles Parish, for the River Road Historical Society.

Maritime History of New Orleans for National Park Service

History of 3623 Camp Street

History of 16 Audubon Place

History of 4528 Freret Street

History of 5531 St. Charles Avenue

History of 1527 Sixth Street

History of 1216 Jackson Avenue

History of 1623 Fourth Street

Survey of the Architecture of Mandeville, LA

Survey of the Architecture of Madisonville, LA


Reports for Law Firms:

Title History Criminal District Court Building, Orleans Parish for Middleberg & Riddle, Attorneys 1983 

History of Lafourche & Barataria Canal and Zeringue Plantation for Stone, Pigman, Walther, Wittmann & Hutchinson, contact David K. Hall, 1993.

Title Research for property of Poydras Home, for Board of Directors and Lugenbuhl, Burke, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard, contact Peter G. Burke, 1993.

History and title of city squares under Rivergate Convention Center for Wootan, Saunders & Markle, contact Barrett B. Daly, 1994.

History of Bucktown square 134, Metairieville, Jefferson Parish for Dorsey & Bossetta. 1998 

History of 716 Dauphine, the Gardette-Le Pretre House, for Frank J. D'Amico, Esq. 1998

Research and witness regarding French Quarter alley for Stone, Pigman, Walther, Wittmann & Hutchinson in case of Cathey LaNasa Wetzel, et al, v. Shahzad Kahn. 1999.

Research and witness regarding 19th century ownership of Chenier Ronquillo. In the Matter of: Members of a Class of Descendants of the former owners of Cheniere Ronquillo v. State of Louisiana et al., No. 31-205 C/W 39-749 Div. "B", 25th Judicial District Court, Parish of Plaquemines. Trial July 24, 2000. Qualified as Expert Witness in the three areas of history of Louisiana, historical chain of title, and translation of ancient Louisiana legal documents from French to English. 

Witness on question of navigability of Metairie Bayou, for Steeg and O'Connor, L.L.C. in the case of Metairie Small Animal Hospital v. DeCourval, c/w State of Louisiana, DOTD v. Metairie Small Animal Hospital, 24th JDC, Jefferson Parish. 

Research in ownership of Company Canal in Lafourche Parish for the firm of Duval, Funderburk, Sundbery, Levell & Watkins, P.O. Box 3017, Houma, LA 70361. Year 2002.

Study of the history of Equitable Shipyards from 1966-1976  for the Law firm of Jim Logan and others. 2012. 

Research of shoreline, Bucktown, Jefferson Parish. Sid-Mar’s Restaurant & Lounge, Inc., et al v. State of Louisiana, 24th JDC No. 632-032, Division K, for The Steeg Law Firm, L.L.C. 2009. Testified as Expert Witness.

Academic Positions Held: 

Tulane University, Instructor of History 1967-1968 

University of New Orleans, Instructor of History 1968 

Xavier University, Assistant Professor of History, 1968-1974 

Xavier University, Chairman of the History Department 1971-1974


Business Positions Held:

1974-1976 Director, New Orleans Bicentennial Commission

1979-1994 Trustee Terra Firma Trust 

1984-1991 President, Louisiana National Life Insurance Company

Civic Activity:

President, Louisiana Historical Society 1997-2003

Chairman of the Holy Name of Jesus Parish Council 1995

City-wide elected Member of the Orleans Parish School Board 1972-78

First Chairman of the Board of Southern Repertory Theatre 1988-90

Treasurer Round Table Club 2006-09

Founding member & Treasurer Churchil Society of New Orleans 2004-09

Founder and former Board Member of the New Orleans Wine and Food Experience 1992-5 

Founding Member and Past President of the New Orleans Coalition 1970

President Serra Club of New Orleans, 2009-10