Louisiana Division
New Orleans Public Library

Manuscripts Collections
Brief Descriptions
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Algiers Public Service Co., Inc.
Financial Records, 1938-1954 [MS-O6]

17 v. Incorporated in 1922, the Company operated both the Canal Street ferry and the Third District ferry through a franchise agreement with the city of New Orleans. Both ferries carried passengers between the east bank of New Orleans and Algiers on the west bank. The Third District operation was discontinued in 1958. In 1960 the state of Louisiana, through the Mississippi River Bridge Authority, purchased the company's assets and took over control of the Canal Street ferry.

The records consist of carbon copies of typewritten monthly reports of CPA firms to the Company showing statements of profit and loss, statements of operations of the two ferry lines, the company's balance sheets, and other financial matters. These copies were furnished by the Company to the city's Department of Utilities. They were transferred to the City Archives in May, 1982.

We have added to this collection two typewritten documents, both titled Classification of property, revenue and expense accounts for Algiers Public Service Company, Inc., New Orleans. One is dated May 10, 1923 and the other January 1, 1925. These were found loose in the box containing the official proceedings of the New Orleans City Council.

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4/5/1997 (updated, 5/10/2001)


Anderson, Ann Hughes (d. 1876)
Papers, 1869-1876 [MS 99-1]
8 folders

Manuscript letters and Western Union messages, many of them urgently requesting monetary assistance.

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1/24/2012


Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women
Convention records, 1955 [MS-82]

Manuscript and typewritten program notes and minutes for the organization's convention during November, 1955. The theme of the meeting was, "The Christian Woman combines modesty with dignity, in dress, conduct and speech."

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12/18/2003


Ardoyn Plantation
Records, 1864 [MS 97-1]
1 folder, 3 pieces

Document headed "A Statement of Monies Paid Negroes on Ardoyn Plantation for the Crop of 1863-1864," listing several score of slaves (first names), when they were employed, how long they were employed, and the monies paid to them.

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1/24/2012


Armor, James Emile (b. ca. 1826)
Papers, 1837-1854 [MS-100]

10 items (106 pieces). Armor was a New Orleans banker. The papers are manuscript letters to him, mostly from his adoptive father, James Armor, a New Orleans commission merchant. They deal with the son's schooling at the Abbeyville Institute near Lancaster, Pa. and later at the Mobile Institute in Alabama. The letters originated from such places as Covington, La., Mobile, New York City, and various towns in Pennsylvania. Among the other subjects discussed are:

  • business conditions, including the effects of the Panic of 1837 and the 1842 Louisiana banking crisis
  • local and national politics
  • the yellow fever epidemics of 1837 and 1841
  • New Orleans theatre and other amusements
  • agricultural concerns on the family's properties in Washington Parish.
Also included is an 1842 bill and an 1839 certificate from the Mobile Institute.

These papers were introduced as evidence in the Sucession of Josephine Heard Armor (#7676, Second District Court) and in the case of Henry J. Masson vs. J.E. Armor (#7883, Second District Court). See also the 1843 Probabe Court record in the Succession of James Armor.

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4/5/1997


Austin, Moses (1761-1821)
Letters to John F. Merieult, 1802-1805 [MS-41]

Miner and promoter of Texas colonization. Austin settled in Upper Louisiana in 1798 and soon established his home and mining operation at Mine au Breton. Photocopies of manuscript letters from Austin to Merieult, a merchant of New Orleans, dealing with the shipment and sale of lead from Austin's mines. The letters are dated June 18, 1802, January 25 and May 2, 1803, and December 24, 1805. The original letters are filed in the suit of Merieult vs. Austin (First Judicial District Court #3450).

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12/22/2003


Azar, Alexander James, 1902-1970
Course notes, 1923 [MS-117]

Typewritten notes from Dr. Rudolph Matas' course in the Department of Surgery at Tulane Medical School in 1923. Azar was then a medical student at Tulane; these note appear to have been his compilation, but were found in the papers of fellow student Ambrose Storck [MS-121]. Accessioned, March, 1985.

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4/7/1997


Baker, J. G.
Diary, 1868 [MS-104]

Resident of Franklin, La., and a student at Belle Vue High School near Lynchburg, Va. Manuscript diary entries recording school and social events, interspersed with copies of lessons. Also included are several printed lists of students and teachers along with printed descriptions of the school and its programs. Source unknown.

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12/17/2003


Benedect, Jane West Hounor (1851-1924)
Papers, 1871-1884 [MS 19-2]
1 folder

Manuscript diary, consisting of 56 pages, July-August, 1870, including Benedect's sea voyage from England to France.

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1/24/2012


Barrow, Bennet H. (1811-ca. 1854)
Diary, 1830-1846 [MS-9]

Planter. Typewritten transcript of the original. Daily record of the operation of Barrow's Locust Grove (now Highland) Plantation in West Feliciana Parish. Includes detailed information on slavery, cotton, and politics. This transcription differs in many respects from the published version of the diary, Edwin A. Davis, Plantation Life in the Florida Parishes of Louisiana, 1836-1846, as Reflected in the Diary of Bennet H. Barrow (New York: Columbia University Press, 1943). Gift of Leo C. Browne, 1955.

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12/17/2003


Lois Battle
Storyville (manuscript) [MS-331]

Editor's manuscript of her novel Storyville, published by Viking in 1993. Cover letters are included. Ms. Battle donated the manuscript in October, 2001.

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11/1/2001


Berkele, Kate Wherit (d. 1944)
Recipe Books (2 folders) [MS 108]

One manuscript recipe book and six printed recipe books.

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1/24/2012


Bertram, Elna
Photograph Albums

Two albums containing photographs of Elna Bertram and her family & friends in and around Vinegar Bend, Alabama, ca. 1910s-1920s. Also included are photos taken during family vacations in such places as Houston & Galveston, Texas, Davenport, Iowa, and the West. There are several taken in New Orleans. Photographers unknown.

In the first album the photos are in glued corner fasteners, with pencilled-in captions for most. Some of the photos have come loose from their fasteners. The second album has photos glued directly onto the album pages; some have come unglued. Each page of this album is accompanied by a slip of paper on which captions were written. Also included in the second album are news clippings dealing with Vinegar Bend, Ms. Bertram's brother(?), and others who were apparently friends of the family. Most of the clippings appear to date from the 1950s and 1960s.

Gift of Mrs. Jeanne Craig, 4419 King St., Metairie, LA, August, 1993.

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Ernest Bjerknes
Journal, 1935-1936 [MS-176]

Ernest Bjerknes (1865-1955) was a Norwegian civil engineer, city planner (in Oslo), and outdoorsman. The journal is a transcription of his account of a stay with New Orleans relatives in 1935-1936. It includes descriptions of his trip to America and visits to Savannah, Georgia, and to Mississippi; of daily life in New Orleans; of parks, outings, the Vieux Carre, local planning & building, water purification & drainage, Mardi Gras, the new Huey Long bridge, and other topics. Also included are his descriptions of events such as the Archbishop's inauguration, Leif Ericson Day, and a consular picnic. The narrative is accompanied by sketches made by Bjerknes of scenes in and around New Orleans as well as a strip of small photographic portraits made in 1939. A typescript in Norwegian is also available.

Gift of Hilda Hansen (Bjerknes' granddaughter), 2000.


Blom, Frans, ca. 1893-1963
Letter, 1927 [MS-65]

Blom was a prominent archaeologist. This item is a signed typewritten letter transmitting a copy of field reports of the first expedition conducted by the Tulane University Exploration Society. Source unknown.

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4/7/1997


Bloom, Charles James, 1886-1947
Papers, 1907 [MS-16]

Bloom was a physician and author. This item is a manuscript paper (probably a draft) titled "Wage problems in textile mills of New Orleans." It is a sociological investigation of the wage earners employed at the Lane and Maginnis mills during Bloom's junior year at Tulane University.

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4/7/1997


Bloom, Khaled J.
The Mississippi Valley's Great Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1878 [MS 165]

Advanced uncorrected proof of Bloom's book, published by LSU Press

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Boudro, Henry George
Papers, ca. 1910-1916 [MS-70]

Boudro was a New Orleans author and actor. The papers include a manuscript of his play "Cocheta," manuscript poems, and a scrapbook of playbills advertising local productions of his work. Source unknown.

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4/7/1997


Boyd, John, ca. 1783-1858
Diary, 1850 [MS-89]

Boyd was a U.S. Surveyor and planter. This is a typewritten transcription of his manuscript diary at the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. The diary records Boyd's movements around the state and includes his regular descriptions of weather conditions and comments on the comings and goings of other surveyors. Also included is a photocopy of a sample page from the original. The transcription was given to the Library by Edward D. Seghers in 1947.

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4/7/1997


Brehm, Stuart
Interviews, 1981 [MS-324]

Executive Director, Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans. Interviewer is Pat Tunstall. The interviews were recorded on five reel-to-reel tapes (no transcripts are available). They deal with the history of drainage in New Orleans and with the development of the water and sewerage systems in the Crescent City. The interviews were broadcast over radio station WBYU-FM as a five-week series of one hour "Omniscope" programs from June 21-July 19, 1981.

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12/23/2003


Bright Light Spiritual Church
Records, 1938-1951 [MS-170]

The Bright Light Spiritual Mission appears to have been organized in the Algiers section of New Orleans sometime prior to June 1938 when the body held its first board meeting. By 1948 the records are referring to the congregation as the Bright Light Spiritual Church. The congregation had a small membership, with no more than twenty-five communicants active at any time during the period covered by the records.

The records comprise two manuscript volumes in which are recorded minutes, financial records, and membership rolls. MS-170-1 contains primarily minutes of general meetings of the body along with a membership roll at the end of the minutes. At the rear of the volume various financial, and additional membership, details are recorded. The financial records deal with "taxes" levied for various special purposes, dues, and church collections. Membership records include dates of birth and "blessed" dates for members as well as detailed listings of dues paid by each congregant.

MS-170-2 contains minutes of board meetings as well as additional financial records (dues, special taxes, light bills) and membership rolls.

These records were separated from Civil District Court suit record #300397, filed in 1951. The remainder of the suit record should be available through the office of the Clerk of Civil District Court.

9/3/1997

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Buddy Bolden Jazz Funeral Collection
1996-1997 [MS 172]
2 cartons

Photocopies of minutes, notes, research materials, correspondence, clippings, photographs, and other materials relating to the September 6, 1996 jazz funeral memorializing pioneer jazz musician Charles "Buddy" Bolden. Original materials are housed in the Public Relations Office of Delgado Community College, with additional materials in the possession of DonaldM. Marquis, jazz historian and author of Bolden's biography. The collection was inventoried by Robin C. Leckbee of Delgado's West Bank Library staff. Copies of the inventory are filed with the collection and in the Louisiana Division's collection file for the BBJFC.

9/3/1997

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Bureau of Governmental Research of New Orleans
Preliminary report on scrip in New Orleans, 1933 [MS-193]

Typewritten report (20 pages), apparently not published, of a study on the question of issuing scrip for in payment of current obligations of the city and public schools. Gift of the Bureau.

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6/16/2004


Cable, George Washington, 1844-1925
Letter, 1920 [MS-64]

Unsigned manuscript letter regretting that the author and his wife would be unable to attend a reception at the New Orleans City Hall for General Robert George Nivelle. Source unknown.

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4/7/1997


Campbell, W.A.
Letters, 1935 [MS-91]

Campbell was a biblical scholar and critic residing in Kingston, Jamaica. These two manuscript letters are addressed to Dr. Rudolph Matas in New Orleans. They deal with the proposed American edition of a book by Campbell. Also mentioned is his paper, "The Gospel as Biography." Source unknown.

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4/8/1997


Carondelet Street and Carrollton City Railroad
Minute book, 1871 [MS-22]

The Company was organized in 1871 to compete with the New Orleans and Carrollton Railroad in providing street railway service to the upper part of the city and to the city of Carrollton. It failed, however, to secure sufficient trackage rights and went out of business ca. 1874. Manuscript minute book kept during the Company's organizational period. Included are specifications for construction of the railway, the Company's bylaws, and a list of stockholders. Originally filed as evidence in the suit of Benjamin S. Harrison vs. the Company (Fifth District Court, #5036). This item was separated from the remainder of the suit record in 1983.

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12/22/2003


Carre-Morey Family
Papers, 1846-1923 [MS 109]
16 folders

Family and railroad-related correspondence, sketches, certificate of admission to the practice of law, Louisiana printed materials, family and vacation photographs. Return to Manuscript Inventories.

1/24/2012


Carstens Family
Papers, 1897-1960 [MS-156 ]
1 folder

Michael Charles Carstens (1898-1960) married Mabel Clothilde Ballotta (1897-1987) on January 24, 1922. They had seven daughters: Mabel Mary (Mrs. Allen H. Everard, Jr.), Lavonne (Mrs. Floyd Maduell), Jeanne (Mrs. Russell Bernard), Rose (Mrs. Morris Smith by first marriage; Mrs. Ernest Buras, by second marriage), Gloria (Mrs. Anthony Fresina), Norma (Mrs. Walter Smith), and Marie (Mrs. Ray Henning). The family moved to Metairie several years after their marriage, and purchased a home at 235 Aurora Ave. in 1929.

Mr. Carstens worked as a mechanic for the Pan-Am Petroleum Co. and made crab nets for a hobby. He died on May 18, 1960. Mrs. Carstens, a mother and homekeeper, was also active in the Altar Society at St. Catherine of Siena Church. She died in 1987.

The papers are a very sparse group of documents. They include: baptismal certificates for both Mr. and Mrs. Carstens; documents dealing with the purchase and upkeep of the Aurora St. home (including mortgage loan account books from Dryades Building and Loan Association); and an attorney's statement for services rendered in the settlement of Mr. Carstens' succession.

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Cave, Jess S., 1872-1948
Papers, 1936 [MS-45]

Cave was a local politician and office holder; he served briefly as acting mayor of New Orleans during the summer of 1936. These papers consist of typescripts of two radio addresses urging the election of the Long-Allen-Leche ticket in the 1936 statewide election. Source unknown.

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4/8/1997


Certfied Building Inspection Associates, Inc.
General building inspection, 442 S. Rampart St., 1996
1 folder [MS 173]

Typewritten report from January 1996 of inpsection of 442 S. Rampart. Photographs included

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Certfied Building Inspection Associates, Inc.
General building inspection, 1009 Poydras St., 1996
1 folder [MS 174]

Typewritten report from January 1996 of inpsection of 1009 Poydras St. Photographs included

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Churchill Farms, Inc.
Records, 1923-1934
6 folders [MS 136-1-6]

Typewritten correspondence dealing with land purchased by Churchill farms. Topographical maps, photos.

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Chicago Hotel (New Orleans, La.)
Guest Register, 1907-1912 [MS-318]

Alfred O. Smith operated the Chicago Hotel in the 200 block of South Rampart Street during the first part of the twentieth century. The establishment's letterhead in use after 1910 noted that the hotel and its restaurant were:

Open all night. With its private Dining Rooms for Special Parties. A three story brick building with three halls, all rooms lead into halls. Reasonable prices for first-class service. Fire-proof safe for deposits. Hot and cold water baths. Barber shop, electric lights, fans, pianos, and ice cream soda fountains, Lemonade, etc. The Chicago Hotel has a two-fold purpose that is to maintain a high grade of morals among our boys and girls, as well as to give employment to them. An advertisement in the 1914 Woods Directory indicates that:

The Chicago Hotel has been a haven of rest for a class of people who were far-sighted enough to realize the need of a quiet, home-like place, where they and their families could stop while in the city. The hotel is located in the heart of the city, just one block from Canal street, the principal street of the shopping district, and in the midst of all the theatres and amusement places. The hotel is open day and night, and affords the necessary protection both morally and financially, which a stranger needs while visiting a great city.

The Proprietor of the hotel is also President of the Louisiana Park Association, an organization having for its object the erection of a large Park and Amusement Resort. The capital stock of this association is $100,000, divided into shares of $10 each. The Association invites the cooperation and support of the colored people in and out of the city in order to supply this much-needed enterprise.

The hotel relocated to 1310 Iberville Street sometime after 1914 and Smith continued to operate it there until his death in 1934. For some time thereafter his cousin, E. Bertha Smith, continued the business, but it was gone from the local directory by 1938.

The register includes manuscript entries showing the name and city of each guest (in most instances, the names appear to be signatures). Some entries also include the room number, number of days paid for, and/or amount paid. Among the registered guests were Prof. J.S. Clark (then president of Baton Rouge College) on October 24, 1909 and educator/author I. Garland Penn on December 6, 1910. The Williams and Stevens Stock Company stayed at the Chicago during April, 1910 while performing at the nearby Temple Theatre. Several visiting baseball teams also called the hotel home while in New Orleans, including the All Cuba team from Havana in April, 1911.

Found inside the register was a business card, a letterhead, and an envelope. These have been placed in an acid-free folder at the front of the book.

The register apparently was introduced as evidence in the suit of Alfred E. Milon vs. A.O. Smith, #105327, Civil District Court (1913). Milon, a resident of Nicaragua, sued Smith for non-payment of a loan. Smith claimed that the alleged loan actually was payment for Milon's share of the barbershop that Smith ran across Rampart St. from the hotel.

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Children's Home of the Protestant Episcopal Church in New Orleans
Papers, 1876 [MS-73]

2 items. Manuscript report signed by Sister Roberta, Superior, describing the origin and activities of the Home. Also includes a clipping of a published report on the Home. Source unknown.

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12/17/2003


Randy Clement Donation
[MS-182]

In 1995, Randy Clement of Albuquerque, New Mexico, donated a group of family papers to the Special Collections Department at Tulane University's Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. Mr. Clement requested that Tulane send photocopies of the papers to the New Orleans Public Library. An inventory of those copies follows.

  1. Marriage Contract between Victor Sere de Villede and Marie Emma Moussier 3 November 1845 4 pp French. true copy
  2. Copies of church documents certified by Antonio Maria Segovia, 5 September 1854 including extract of the parish register of St. Augustine Church in New Orleans. 4 November 1845 on the marriage of Victor Sere de Villede and Marie Emma Moussier 31 August 1854 French with Spanish translation; extract from the Baptismal Register of St. Mary's Church, New Orleans for the baptism of Louis Joseph Sere on 26 April 1848. French with Spanish translations 4 pp.
  3. Another copy of the above document 3 pp.
  4. Note listing some members of the St. Maxent family 1 p.
  5. Extract from the Baptismal registry of St. Louis Church for the baptism of Antoinette Marie Joseph daughter of Antonio Gilbert de St. Maxent and Elizabeth Lauric. copy of 12 January 1829. Spanish 1 p.
  6. Certificate that Dona Antonia Maria Josefa de St. Maxent., widow of Osorno was a native of New Orleans and is of good character. 13 January 1829. Spanish, 1 p.
  7. Extract of the register of baptism from St. Louis Church, New Orleans of Marie Emma daughter of Jean Batiste Mousssier and Marie Lezongard. Copy of 25 Sept 1845. French, 1 p.
  8. Villalobos, Spanish Consul in New Orleans certifies the signature of Luis Man, assistant pastor of St. Louis Church, in New Orleans 13 January 1829 1 p. 2 copies
  9. Extract of the baptismal registry of St. Louis Church New Orleans for the baptism of Victor Sere on 27 June 1827 (born 18 May 1821) copy signed by Antonio de Sedella 2 July 1827. French and Spanish, 1 p.
  10. Incomplete history/genealogy of Bernardo de Galvez. n.d. French 4pp.
  11. Partially printed receipt for sugar tax paid by V. de la Sere, Havana. 1 July 1846. Spanish, 1 p.
  12. Extract of the death register of the commune of Poitiers on the death of Joaquin Osorno 4 May, 1819. French, with copy of a letter from Francisco de Osorno to Josefa de St. Maxent de Osorno. copy of 5 January 182(9?) 3 pp.

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Concordia Parish Police Jury
Proceedings, 1848-1855 [MS 133]
1 folder, 14 booklets

Printed material. Proceedings of the Police Jury.

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1/24/2012


Conway and Brother
Records, 1865-1866 [MS-24]

C.A. Conway and John R. Conway operated as grocers and commission merchants in New Orleans under the name Conway and Brother. John Conway later served as mayor of New Orleans (1868-1870). The records comprise a single cash book in which are recorded the firm's receipts and expenditures. Also included at the front of the volume is a financial journal of another firm, possibly H.R. Austin & Co., for the first half of 1846. Source unknown.

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4/8/1997


Coulon de Villiers, Louis
Papers, 1754 [MS-44]

According to Stanley Arthur, Old families of Louisiana, Louis Coulon de Villiers commanded the detachment of French troops that engaged, and defeated, George Washington's forces at Fort Necessity in 1754. These papers consist of a manuscript copy of his account of the Fort Necessity capture. The copy was made by A.E. Gosseling, Archivist, from records at the Archives du Seminaire de Quebec in 1905.

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4/8/1997


Crenshaw, William A.
Letters, 1839-1841 [MS-46]

Merchant. Typewritten copies of two letters describing the 1841 yellow fever epidemic in New Orleans. Also includes a typewritten copy of a third letter, possibly from Mary Crenshaw Bowe, describing life in New Orleans. Source unknown.

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12/17/2003


Cummings and Co./Cummings, Brown and Co.
Record books, 1861-1867 [MS-21]

Commission merchants of New Orleans (the firm comprised R. C. Cummings and J. G. Brown; in 1866 D. H. Cummings joined Brown as heads of the company). The records include two volumes of press copies of letters sent (1862-1866), mostly business letters dealing with the sale and shipment of cotton, orders for goods in New Orleans, and occasional inquiries into labor and real estate conditions. Includes one letter to Henry Watkins Allen in Mexico City conveying money collected by his friends in Louisiana. Also includes one volume of press copies of accounts current (182-1867) and one volume of account sales (1861-1865). Each volume is indexed. Source unknown. NOTE: the pages in these volumes are very brittle and have been damaged by acidic ink.

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12/17/2003


Daughters of the American Revolution
Sketches of Louisiana Women, 1923 [MS 168]
1 folder, 1 book

Book entitled Sketches of Louisiana Women, compiled by the Daughters of the American Revolution. Brief biographies of 11 leading Louisiana women. An additional copy is the Louisiana Division book collection under call number 361.74 D245.

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Daughters of the American Revolution, New Orleans Chapter
Records, 1948 [MS-78]

Typewritten copy of a talk delivered by Mrs. W. A. Brannan for the Chapter's birthday, January 13, 1948. The talk dealt with the history of the Chapter from its founding in 1913. Also included is a cover letter signed by Mrs. Frank V. Russell, Regent, dated January 14, 1948.

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12/17/2003


Davis, Mrs. Henry Hampton
Memorandum, 1856 [MS-94]

Mrs. Davis was a resident of Greenwood (Wilkinson County), Mississippi. This item is a manuscript list of slaves, with probable ages, that had been transferred to her husband by his mother, Mrs. Susan Davis, in payment of a debt. Source unknown.

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4/9/1997


Davis, Susan Gartley
Letter, 1865 [MS 126] 1 folder

Manusript letter from Susan Davis, sister of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, to her niece, informing her that President Davis has been imprisoned. Includes bits of family information. Letter is faint but reasonably legible. Included is typewritten copy of letter. Return to Manuscript Inventories.

1/24/2012


DeBlanc, Louis
Will, 1825 [MS-54]

A typewritten copy of DeBlanc's last will and testament. The original document is in the St. Martin Parish court house. Source unknown.

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April 11, 1997


Denegre, Edith Bayne, ca. 1864-1936
Letter, 1912 [MS-58]

Manuscript letter noting a change of location for the annual meeting of the St. Vincent's Sewing Circle due to the threat of contagious disease at the Home. Source unknown.

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April 9, 1997


Dodge, Louis A., ca. 1871-1957
Telegram, 1899 [MS-60]

Telegram announcing his time of arrival from Savannah, Georgia. Source unknown.

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April 9, 1997


Dorr, Russell
Letter, December 15, 1878 [MS-191]

Photocopy of a letter written by Dorr, probably from New Orleans (but written on stationery from a St. Louis Hotel), to his mother Julie Carolin Ripley Dorr, a poet and novelist in Vermont. Dorr describes a Mississippi River voyage from Memphis, his association with James Buchanan Eads, the work to deepen the River's navigable channel, New Orleans, and the yellow fever of 1878. Donated by James H. Dorr, 2001.

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June 3, 2004


Duffel, Henry L., 1821-1906
Memorandum book, ca. 1880-1898 [MS-90]

Duffel was an attorney and planter residing in Ascension Parish. This item is a typewritten copy of an original manuscript in the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. It appears to be comprised of Judge Duffel's random thoughts along with extracts from various publications and scattered personal memoirs. Accompanying the copy is a photocopy of a sample page from the original. Gift of Edward D. Seghers, 1947.

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April 9, 1997


Duggan, Lida Blanche McIlvaine, 1877-1953
Papers, 1925-1932 [MS-114]

Mrs. Duggan, the wife of Dr. Timothy A. Duggan, was a teacher and housewife. These papers relate to the schooldays of her son, Timothy Loyola Duggan (1906-1976), at the New Orleans College of Oratory and Elocution from which institution she also had graduated. Included are two bound volumes of dated, typewritten lessons and teachers' notes from the College. Pasted into one of the volumes are letters, photographs, clippings, programs, and other materials relating to Timothy's school work and extracurricular activities and to Mrs. Duggan's own continuing friendship with Lily C. Whitaker, co-founder of the College. Most of the letters are from Miss Whitaker. Also included are loose materials similar to those pasted into the volume. Gift, 1985. NOTE: Items 1 & 2 are in the oversize manuscript collection with numbers O13-1 and O13-2.

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April 11, 1997


Dugue-Johnston Family
Papers, ca. 1813-1940 [MS-81]

Manuscript birth, marriage and death records written on pages that may be from a family bible. Most of the recorded events are for members of the Johnston family of Virginia, Kentucky, Missourie, Louisiana, and Texas. The Dugues married into the Johnston family in Louisiana and are also included in the entries. There are also typewritten transcriptions of the original records. The papers also include two letters. The first, dated 1938, is from New Orleans attorney Eraste Vidrine, addressed "To Whom It May Concern," and serving as a testimonial to Joseph Dugue, who is stated to be a white man. The second letter, dated 1940, is from B. D. Orgain of Beaumont, Texas, addressed to William J. Dugue, thanking him for supporting Orgain's candidacy for the Texas Democratic Executive Committee. Portraits of some family members were transferred to the Louisiana Photograph Collection. All of these materials were separated from the suit record in Civil District Court #255966.

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December 18, 2003


Duplessis, Martin
Letter, 1794 [MS-125]

Duplessis was a soldier and public official. This item is a manuscript letter dated 21 July 1794 to the Baron de Carondelet, Governor of Louisiana, offering Duplessis' services for the military. Includes manuscript endorsements of Carondelet and of J.B. Macarty, commander of the Carabineers. A translation is attached to the original document. NOTE: Filed in oversize manuscript box O16; photocopies are in the Duplessis collection file.

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April 11, 1997


Madeleine Duvic (1905-1992)
Papers, 1963-1971 [MS-178]

Madeleine Eulalie Cherbonnier (Mrs. Noel) Duvic was active in the United States Daughters of 1812, serving for a number of years as president of the Louisiana State Society of the organization.

The papers document her participation in the Daughters of 1812. Included are membership lists for the late 1960s,financial records from as early as the 1940s, several publications, and various programs/invitations to events sponsored by the organization.

Also included are several letters to Mrs. Duvic from various local groups (and a Christmas card from author Harnett T. Kane), programs, invitations, etc. from other area historical organizations (including her badge and ribbon from the 1965 Sesquicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans), and a credit card/receipts from D. H. Holmes department store.

Gift of Timmie Reineke (Mrs. Duvic's daughter), ca. 1993.

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4/19/2001


Edenborn, William, 1848-1928
Papers, 1881-1900 [MS-92]

Edenborn was the first president of the American Steel and Wire Co. and founder of the Louisiana Railway and Navigation Co. These are photocopies of typewritten letters signed by Edenborn along with some typewritten transcripts of additional letters to and from him. All were written in 1898 and deal with railroad construction, negotiations for purchases of right of way, purchases of steamboats, and the railway and steamboat freight business in general. Also included are copies of patents for various wiremaking machines invented by Edenborn and miscellaneous materials collected by Glen Coleman. Gift from Glen Coleman, Kirkwood, Missouri, 1981.

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Edmonds, James E.
Papers, 1937-1943 [MS-74]

Military officer and journalist. Correspondence and bills (40 pieces) relating to his 1937 journey to Japan to do research for a series of articles on that country's importance to the U.S. cotton business to be published in the Cotton Trade Journal. Edmonds served as associate editor of the publication. The letters, mostly to Francis Hickman, the Journal's editor, were written in the Canal Zone, Tokyo, Osaka, and Bombay. In addition to Edmonds' journey the letters also deal with a subsequent dispute between him and Hickman that grew out of the trip. There are also some comments by Edmonds on the ongoing Sino-Japanese War and the political situation in Europe. The materials were separated from the suit record in the matter of the Cotton Trade Journal vs. Edmonds (Civil District Court #234,839).

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12/22/2003


E. E. Lester & Co.
Records, 1923 [MS-66-1]
1 folder, 8 pieces

Building contracts, cancelled checks, and invoices relating to the construction of residences for Mrs. J.A. Larmew. Includes contract for building of a "one-story double cottage" on Valence Street. Separated from an unidentified Civil District Court suit record.

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April 11, 1997


Era Club
Records, 1914-1919 [MS-25]

The Era [Equal Rights Association] Club was founded by Jean and Kate Gordon in 1896 and reorganized in 1914 after internal dissention led to its dissolution. Women's suffrage was the group's main goal, but it was also involved in a variety of civic and reform endeavors. The records date from the reorganization and include the minutes of board meetings, business meetings, and open meetings, all in a single volume. Gift of Mrs. Joseph E. Friend. NOTE: Available on microfilm LN81.

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