Louisiana Division
New Orleans Public Library

Manuscripts Collections
Brief Descriptions
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Raffalovich, George (1880-1958)
Papers, 1955 [MS-71]

Educator and author. Typewritten, signed letter from Pierre Mendes-France (and manuscript translation of same) thanking Raffalovich for research. Also included are photocopies of documents relating to David Mendes-France, also with manuscript translations. Source unknown.

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4/28/1997


Railroad Scrapbook, ca. 1857-1950 [MS-194]

Includes miscellaneous articles and other items relating to railroads from Morgan's Louisiana and Texas Railroad and Steamship Co. (1880); ticket for second class passage on the Steamer Monroe, issued by the Western and Atlantic Railroad Co.; annual report of the New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern Railroad Co. to the Legislature of the State of Louisiana (January, 1861); receipt for goods transported on the New Orleans, Opelousas, and Great Western Railroad (1857); letterhead envelope from the Gulf, Mobile, and Northern Railroad Co.; two dollar note issued by the New Orleans, Jackson and Great Northern Railroad Co. (1861); one dollar note issued by West Feliciana Parish, 1862 (payable in Confederate notes); one dollar note issued by the New Orleans, Coast and Lafourche Transportation Co. (1861). Source unknown.

The materials in this collection formerly were contained in the "Railroad Scrapbook."

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4/28/1997


Reich, Louis A.
Letter, 1943 [MS-62]

Soldier. Manuscript letter from Philadelphia to his mother, Mrs. W.A. Reich, in New Orleans, relating his plans to attend Officers' Training School and his treatment for mustard gas poisoning. Source unknown.

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4/28/1997


Republican National Convention Collection, 1988
1 box [MS 163]

Printed material, newspaper articles, etc., covering the Republican National Convention in New Orleans in 1988.

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Republican Party, Parish of Jefferson
Minutes of meetings of the Parish Executive Committee, 1869-1870 [MS 17-1]
1 volume (32 pages)

Manuscript minutes of the Executive Committee of the Jefferson Parish Republican Party. Consists of approximately eight monthly meetings in 1869 and five in 1870. Also included is the membership of the Executive Committee, listed by different "clubs."

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1/24/2012


Republican State Central Committee
Certificate of nomination, 1896 [MS-187]

Certificate showing the Committee's nominees for electors for president and vice-president in the 1896 election. The nominees were selected at the State Republican Convention held that year. The document is signed by Thomas A. Cage, presiding officer of the Convention, and by L. J. Joubert, secretary. Attached is a certification of resolutions passed by the Convention, also signed by Joubert. Both documents are endorsed and dated as received by Secretary of State John T. Michel.

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12/18/2003


George Reyer
Papers, 1917-1942 [MS-184]

George Reyer joined the New Orleans Police Department in 1917 and rose through the ranks to become Superintendent in 1931. This small collection of his papers includes the official documents appointing him to the various positions that he held in the Department throughout his career. Also included is a New Orleans Country Club dinner dance program from 1942 and several NOPD-related pages from unidentified publications.

A number of photographs were included with these papers but have been removed to the Louisiana Photograph Collection. Online versions are available in Folder 33, Folder 34, and Folder 35 of the Recently Processed Additions to the Louisiana Photograph Collection.

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7/30/2002


Reynolds, Cynthia
Papers, 1852-ca. 1856 [MS-43]

Musician. Manuscript letters, photographs, program, and ticket relating to her musical career in New Orleans. Gift of Nan McLeod, Basel, Switzerland, 1961.

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4/28/1997


Richards, Thomas Smith (1803-1839)
Papers, 1838-1839 [MS-20]

Industrialist (owner of the Mobile Water Works.) Manuscript diary describing a voyage from Philadelphia to Mobile and New Orleans and the author's sojourn in the two cities. Contains detailed comments on social, economic, and political matters of the day. Partial manuscript and draft typewritten transcriptions are also available. Also included are coupons from the Star Restaurant in Mobile, a photograph of Richards, and a letter describing the diary and its author. Gift of Dr. Jay McLean, 1951 33

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4/28/1997


Sacramental Records of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kingston, Jamaica
ca. 1798-1826 [LN107 & LN108]

Two rolls of 35mm microfilm made by the Louisiana Division from two volumes of manuscript records in 1999 and from additional original materials in 2000. The films are filed under call number LN107 and LN108.

Volume 1 comprises marriage records for the period ca. 1800-1819. The first group of entries covers the years ca. 1800-1804, the period of the "Spanish Chapel." There is a gap in the records from March 1804 through December 1808. Records from the "French Chapel" cover the years 1808-1811 and are followed by records from Holy Trinity Church, 1811-1819. Most of the entries are in French; a few are in English.

Volume 2 comprises baptismal records from Holy Trinity Church from January 6, 1818 to December 20, 1826. The materials on the second roll of film include copies of selected certificates of baptism, 1798-1804, a copy of a marriage act, 1803, and copies of selected burials, also 1803.

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12/22/1999 (rev. 6/24/2000)


St. Charles Hotel
Autograph book, 1880 [MS-87]

Autographs of the guests at a banquet honoring former President Ulysses S. Grant at the St. Charles Hotel in New Orleans, April 5, 1880. Grant's autograph is included. Gift of Frederick D. Grant, 1903.

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4/28/1997


St. Louis Cathedral
Recapitulation of Construction Expenses, 1851 [MS-85]

One page manuscript (dated March 25, 1851) recapitulation of labor and material expenses for construction of the new cathedral building under contract with John P. Kirwan. The expenses are divided by category of work (i.e., masonry, carpentry, roofing, locks, and paving), with a total of $85,730. It is signed by Sampson [Alexander H. Sampson, hired to superintend completion of the project following the collapse of the cathedral's central tower and Kirwan's subsequent departure from the job]. The document appears to represent expenses up until the time of Kirwan's termination. It is probably from a civil court suit record, but there is no docket number present nor is a court identified.

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12/22/2003


Saxon, Lyle
Papers, ca. 1927-1947 [MS-332]

Author and Works Progress Administration (WPA) official. The papers include a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, apparently selected because of their (not necessarily intentionally) humorous content, or because they illustrated some trait peculiar to New Orleanians. Also included is a partial manuscript of his Children of Strangers, a manuscript of The Man who Loved Animals, and a letter & a WPA report on wild horses in Louisiana. Gift of Robert Tallant.

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12/23/2003


Schooner Enterprise
Invoices, 1873
1 folder [MS 189]

Fifteen invoices from various New Orleans businesses for work and repairs done for the Schooner Enterprise. Mrs. Ellen Kennedy is identified as the owner of the schooner.

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12/23/2003


Schroeder, Hans Emil August (b. 1885)
Papers, 1933, n.d. [MS-118]

Physician. Typewritten memoir of his earl life in Germany, his emigration to the U.S. (arriving at New York in 1906), and his subsequent travels around the country. Dr. Schroeder also offers an "appraisal of American impressions" from the point of view of one brought up in the European tradition. His purpose is to "bring you to realize the struggles an immigrant has to endure to reach a position that a native-born American may find difficult enough to attain with all the advantages that are his." In the process, he offers his observations on various American institutions. The memoir is titled "Impressions of an Immigrant" and was written in 1933 under the pseudonym "John E. Taylor."

Also included is a memoir of Schroeder's 1908 climb of Pike's Peak, undated, also under the Taylor pseudonym.

Gift of Robert P. Jolet, August 21, 1986.

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4/28/1997


Seghers, Edward Dominique (1832-1976)
Account book, 1862-1865 [MS-88]

Soldier. Typewritten transcript of an account book showing Seghers' income and private expenses during his service in the Louisiana Infantry. The record illustrates his war time movements from Vicksburg (where he was captured when the town fell) to Mobile and other points in Mississippi and Alabama. Transcribed from the original in the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Gift of Edward D. Seghers, 1947.

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4/28/1997


Sisters of Charity [Donaldsonville, La.]
Records, 1841-1891 [MS-34]

Correspondence (manuscript and/or transcription, and translation) dealing with the establishment of the order at Donaldsonville. Also included is a typescript "History of the foundation of St. Vincent's Home, Donaldsonville, La." begun in 1844 by Sister Mary Gonzago and completed in 1891. Photocopy.

Gift of Peggy Davis, Baton Rouge, La., 1981

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4/28/1997


Societa Italiana, DI M.B., Christoforo Colombo, New Orleans, La.
Records, 1914-1916 [MS 135]
1 folder, 3 pieces

The collection consists of the Constitution of the Societa Italiana di Mutua Beneficenza of New Orleans, Louisiana (Italia) in printed form, and two documents of the Society, in Italian, which were removed from the Civil District Court, case #118249.

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Soule College
Pamphlet collection, ca. 1882-1925 [MS-30]

Founded by Colonel George Soule (1834-1926) in 1856, the college is the oldest business and commercial school in New Orleans. The collection includes published commencement and other addresses of the founder, advertisements for the college, and miscellaneous pamphlets dealing with Soule and his school's curriculum. Source unknown.

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4/28/1997


South-Western Rail-Road Convention
Records, 1852 [MS-32-1]

Manuscript register of delegates, including the signatures and residences of each. The convention was called to promote the building of railroads in the Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Texas region. Delegates attended from throughout the region (and from as far away as St. Louis, Virginia, and Florida), but the Louisiana contingent was the largest and it proceeded to dominate the proceedings. Source unknown.

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4/28/1997


Squires, Laura Margaret (1837-1927)
Autograph album, 1855-1864 [MS-11]

A collection of ca. 200 autographs of Miss Squires' friends. Most are by Confederate soldiers who are identified by unit. An index with some annotation is included, probably added at a later date by the donor. Donated by W. H. T. Squires, 1945.

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12/22/2003


Stanton-Stevens-Wilmot Family
Papers, 1878-1959 [MS-36]

Correspondence, diary, scrapbook (containing additional pasted-in correspondence and newspaper clippings), and miscellaneous papers of three related New Orleans families prominent in business and social circles. Correspondents include Anna Roosevelt Dall, Dorothy Dix, and Edgar J. Goodspeed.

Gift of Mrs. Caroline Wilmot Gray and Huey Raimey, 1979-1981.

Note: The scrapbook is filed with the oversized manuscripts as item 05.

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4/28/1997


Sullivan, Violet Mary (1877-1956)
Papers, 1913 [MS-4]

Educator. Scrapbook of letters, notes, and post cards of congratulations on her appointment as principal of Paulding School in New Orleans.

Gift of Mrs. Henry W. Eckhardt.

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4/28/1997


Suviah (Ship)
Records, 1846-1847 [MS-12]

Log of voyage from New Orleans to Brasos St. Iago, commencing December 23, 1846, William Gardiner, master. The ship reached the Chalmette battleground, where it met with an accident that forced it to return to the city. Most of the record recounts efforts to clear the decks and make the vessel seaworthy. The voyage was not continued.

From the suit of John P. Barnett vs. William Gardiner and J.W. Zacharie, Fifth District Court #408.

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4/28/1997


Temple, Keith (1899-1980)
Cartoons, ca. 1937, 1962-1965 [MS-327]

Editorial cartoonist. Forty-seven original cartoons that appeared in the Times-Picayune. The 1962-1965 items were donated by the New Orleans Police Department.

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12/23/2003


10th Regiment, U.S. Colored Artillery (Heavy) in New Orleans
Muster rolls, 1865-1866 [MS 314]
2 folders

The manuscript rolls give the names of soldiers, their rank, and a variety of information regarding their enlistment and service. Also available on microfilm under call number LN56.

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Terre Haute Plantation
Payroll book, 1885 [MS-112]

Manuscript record o f names of workers, time worked, rate of pay, and amount of payment for laborers on a St. John the Baptist Parish sugar plantation. Some notations on the type of work done are included, as are other miscellaneous expenditures of the overseer, A. Armant. Filed as evidence (oversized) in the suit of Lehman, Abraham & Co. vs. James W. Godbery, Jr. (Civil District Court #14057). For additional information, see the suit record.

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4/28/1997


Testut, Charles (ca. 1818-1892)
Papers, 1889-1890 [MS-47]

Poet. Typewritten copies of two poems, "Mon dernier chant" and "A Madame Boudousquie." Source unknown.

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4/28/1997


Thompson, W. B.
Statement before the U.S. House of Representatives, 1910
1 folder [MS 196]

Sixty-seven page typewritten statement and questions and answers of Mr. Thompson before the House Subcommittee of the Committee on Agriculture, dealing with the "Cotton and Grain Anti-Option Bill."

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Times-Picayune
Subscription Book, 1932 [MS 132]
3 folders

List of subscribers in "Route 61," listed by address and name.

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1/24/2012


Trudeau, Charles Laveau
Memorandum, 1804 [MS-110]

Surveyor General of Louisiana. Titled "Nottes pour L'intelligence du plan de la Ville de Nelle Orleans et les environs" (Notes for understanding the plan of the City of New Orleans and surroundings), this document is Trudeau's explanation of his 1798 plan of the city.

Filed as evidence in the 1838 Parish Court suit of Kenton vs. Pontalba (#13490) and apparently removed from the suit in the 20th century. Also included is an English translation of the original French document.

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4/28/1997


Unglaub, Walter G., Jr.
Papers, 1958-1967
1 box, 25 folders [MS 122]

Typewritten correspondence of Walter Unglaub, Associate Professor of Medicine at Tulane University, from 1958-1967, with other doctors and government agencies dealing with medical situations in South America, especially Columbia and Bolivia.

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United Slavonian Benevolent Association (New Orleans, La.)
Records, 1961
1 folder [MS 154]

Typewritten biographical information on members of the Association. Also included is a brief history of Slavonian immigration into New Orleans and a history of the Association. (The organization included more than 300 members in 1961.)

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United States Army. Quartermaster's Office.
Records, 1863-1864 [MS-38]

Miscellaneous receipts of the Assistant Quartermaster at New Orleans. Photocopies of original documents in the possession of Charles G. Gies of Detroit, Michigan. Copies made ca. 1979.

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4/28/1997


United States Treasury Department. Supervising Special Agent at New Orleans.
Records, 1863 [MS-37]

Duplicate receipts for property seized from rebels at New Orleans. Photocopies of original documents in the possession of Charles G. Gies of Detroit, Michigan. Copies made ca. 1979.

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4/28/1997


United Way for the Greater New Orleans Area
Priorities Development Project Questionnaire, 1976
3 folders [Ms 145-1-3]

Typewritten questionnaire from various agencies participating in the United Way

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La Varieté Association
Records, 1889-1905 [MS-15]

Social club of New Orleans, founded in 1849. It built four important theatre buildings during its history, the last being the Grand Opera House (1871-1906). The records include one manuscript minute book of the Association, 1899-1905 (several meetings per month), which detail the operation of the building and the Association's dealings with the lessee, Henry Greenwall. Also included are various legal papers (stocks, typewritten correspondence, a summons from the Circuit Court of the United States) and miscellaneous typewritten extracts from the minutes, 1904-1905. Source unknown.

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4/28/1997; rev. 1/24/2012


Vegetable Exchange of Louisiana, Inc.
Minutes, 1933 [MS-106]

Organized in 1933 to act as an exchange for the sale of fruit, vegetables and other farm products, especially those grown in Louisiana. The records include acts of incorporation, by-laws, minutes (including lists of stockholders and records of stock sales). Gift of the French Market Corporation, n.d.

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4/28/1997


W. Cox & Company
Letters, 1860-1861 [MS-49-1]
1 folder, 24 letters

Cotton factors in New Orleans. Manuscript letters to General William E. Ashley of Little Rock, Arkansas, dealing with cotton prices and the general economy on the eve of the Civil War. Photocopies of the original letters in the Pulsaski County [Arkansas] Probate Court. Gift of R.P. Baker, Arkansas History Commission, 1973.

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4/28/1997


Wherrit, Mary Jane Miller
Papers, ca. 1849-1919 [MS-107]

Two manuscript receipt books (ca. 1856 and 1862) along with miscellaneous notes, bills, and printed matter (ca. 1910-1919). Also included are manuscript calling cards (ca. 1849-1855) left by gentlemen calling on Mrs. Wherrit prior to her marriage. Among the cards are invitations to social events in the Lancaster, Kentucky area. Gift of Jeanette K. Laguaite, May, 1983.

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4/28/1997


Whitaker, John T. (ca. 1856-1930)
Letter, 1902 [MS-67]

Attorney. Manuscript letter proposing his fee for handling the succession of James Jackson. From an unidentified Civil District Court case.

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4/28/1997


Wilkinson, James (1757-1825)
Letter, ca. 1807 [MS-169]

Manuscript letter to Secretary of the Navy Robert Smith discussing the Burr Conspiracy. He reports on several conversations with Aaron Burr and includes quotes from the former Vice President. Source unknown.

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6/18/1997


Williams, Louis J. (1892-)
Autobiography, ca. 1974 [MS-10]

Typescript, with manuscript revisions, of his autobiography, A Dropout from the Bayou Country (New York: Vantage Press, c. 1975). See LOU R 976.3350924 W72d for the published version.

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12/22/2003


Williams, William H. (ca. 1817-1886)
Papers, 1860-1879 [MS-5]

Surveyor and civil engineer. Survey notes, records of receipts and expenditures, and other miscellaneous records. The volume was apparently later used for personal financial accounts by his son, William C. Williams during 1887. Source unknown.

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4/28/1997


Woman's League
Papers, n.d. [MS-69]

Carbon copy of a report by the League's Sanitation Committee, signed by Harriet C. Barton, League Secretary, dealing with conditions in and around public markets. Source unknown.

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4/30/1997


Wood, Albert Baldwin (1879-1856)
Papers [MS337]
1 box

Albert Baldwin Wood was a world-recognized engineer and designer of water pumps, notable the "Wood Screw Pump," designed in 1913. He served with the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans in the early 1900's and was General Superintendent from 1938 until his death in 1956. He was a graduate of Tulane University with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1899.

Printed materials include Tulane University commencement programs; a copy of the Congressional Record of May 21, 1953 (in which Woods testified before Congress concerning control works limiting the flow of water from the Mississippi River to the Atchafalaya River; 1949, 1953-1954 New Orleans Annual Reports; other miscellaneous items.

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Wood, Elmer E. (ca. 1860-1928)
Papers, ca. 1899-1908 [MS-2]

Colonel, Second Louisiana Volunteer Infantry (Spanish American War). Memoirs (part manuscript and part typewritten) describing the organization of the unit and its activities. Also includes a list of members who died in service and a list of reinterments of deceased members, along with correspondence relating to the compilation of the lists, a portrait of Col. Wood, and a photograph of the unit's camp in Cuba (Camp Columbia).

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12/20/2003


Woodman, Caroline
Letters, 1856-1857, undated [MS-103]

Wife of Oliver O. Woodman, a New Orleans merchant. The manuscript letters were written to Mrs. Woodman in New Orleans, Philadelphia, and Hinds County, Mississippi, by Gardner Furness from such places as Washington, Boston, Baltimore, New York, Vicksburg, and New Orleans. The letters document an adulterous affair between Furness and Mrs. Woodman that culminated in divorce proceedings brought by Oliver Woodman against his wife. Separated from the suit record in Second District Court #13322 (O. O. Woodman vs. Caroline Woodman, his wife). [Note: These letters have been removed from the Manuscripts Collection and returned to their original location in the Second District Court case #13322.]

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12/17/2003


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