Manuscript Resources on Baton Rouge History

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was first discovered and named by the French explorer Iberville in 1699, almost three centuries ago. In the eighteenth century, it was ruled successively by the French, British, and Spanish. Incorporated in 1817, Baton Rouge became the state capital in 1849, though it lost that status during the Civil War and would not regain it until 1882.

This guide to manuscript resources on Baton Rouge and East Baton Rouge Parish, of which it is a part, includes a wide variety of materials on the history of the area, among them the papers of Baton Rouge families; the records of businesses and organizations; photographs; newspapers; maps; and oral histories. Although Louisiana State University has been a major part of Baton Rouge for many years, collections relating to LSU are included only if they also relate explicitly to Baton Rouge--for example, the papers of an LSU professor who was also active in community organizations and whose papers documented those organizations. Similarly, the papers of individuals in state government are not included unless they also relate explicitly to Baton Rouge.

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Reynaud Family. Postcards, 1907-1913, undated. 35 items. Location: 10:62. Louis Favrot Reynaud (1842-1921) was a physician and medical instructor born in Baton Rouge, La., and residing in New Orleans. The collection consists of picture postcards from the early 20th century. They depict scenes in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Shreveport, Louisiana. About half of the postcards are blank, while the majority of the others are addressed to L. F. Reynaud from his daughters. Mss. 5233.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans 1866-, Baton Rouge

Richardson, Carrie. Margaret Dixon scrapbook, 1935-1972. 1 ms. vol. Location: M:21. A native of New Orleans, Margaret Dixon was a journalist, editor, and dean of the Louisiana Capitol Press Corps. Scrapbook, compiled by Mrs. Roger W. Richardson, containing newspaper clippings, photographs, and other items which document Dixon's career as a journalist and editor of the Baton Rouge paper, Morning Advocate. Included are obituaries of Dixon. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3003.

Richardson, Cary Johnson. Papers, 1864-1986, undated (bulk 1955-1963). 1 linear ft. Location: 12:25. Collection includes correspondence, clippings, playbills, recipes, scrapbooks, volumes, and an original typescript for Eudora Welty's, The Ponder Heart. Mss. 4189.

Richardson, Roger, interviewee. Oral history interview, 1983. Transcript (22, 25 pages), 2 sound cassettes (1 hour). Location: L:4700.0052. Roger and his wife, Carrie Johnston, were LSU students. Carrie's father, Hamilton Johnston, and Roger Richardson were professors in the College of Engineering. Interview deals with Roger and Carrie Richardson's experiences as students at the old and new campuses of LSU in the 1920s. It mentions attending football games with Huey Long, Hamilton Johnston's involvement with the construction of John M. Parker Auditorium, and Roger Richardson's LSU career. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0052.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Baton Rouge, LSU, Long Family

Risley, Alice Farmer and family. Papers, 1856-1939 (bulk 1860-1930). 174 items; 4 volumes; 3 reels. Location: 9:29, J:21, OS:R; MSS.MF:R. The family papers and photographs of Phoebe Farmer, Alice Risley, and Sam Risley include material on life in Civil War Louisiana (especially New Iberia and New Orleans), participation in Grand Army of the Republic and National Association of Army Nurses of the Civil War, poetry, education, and Civil War hospitals. Within the collection are a Civil War diary of Alice Risley of her life in New Orleans and 91 period photographs. For more information, see online catalog. Mss. 2269, 4901.

Robinson, Chester B. Photographs, 1950. 0.2 linear ft. Location: 19:10. Commercial photographer specializing in photographic wall decor. Color 35mm slides, color 120mm negatives, black/white 4 x 5 negatives, and 35mm black and white negatives are present. Scenes depicted include Louisiana landscapes, agriculture, the seafood industry, plantations, Mardi Gras in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, the State Capitol, and Louisiana State University. Portraits of African Americans include the caretaker of The Cottage plantation. Mss. 4685.

Robinson, Michael D., Collection, 1907-1944. 13 items. Location: Misc:R One letter and twelve picture postcards comprise this collection. Letter from Willaim Weeks Hall praises the job the military is doing during the war (presumably World War II) and the country's gratitude toward the soldiers. Postcards are of Baton Rouge, LSU, and New Orleans buildings and include, among others, images of the State Capitol and grounds, Huey Long pool at LSU, North Boulevard, the French House, general campus scenes (old and new campus), Charity Hospital, and the interior of the Roosevelt Hotel. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4845.

Rodrigue, George print, undated. 1 item. Location: OS:R. Print of a George Rodrique painting depicting Louisiana Lt. Governor Bobby Freeman (1980-1988) and his wife in front of the Old State Capital in Baton Rouge. Print is signed by Bobby Freeman. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4432.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Baton Rouge

Rolston, William A., Sr. Papers, 1911-1952. 846 items, 63 printed vols. Location: 79:45-48. Sugar technologist and superintendent of the Francisco Sugar Company, Francisco, Province of Camaguey, Cuba; and a native of Baton Rouge. Papers include correspondence, drawings, blueprints, reports, and files related to Rolston's work for the Francisco Sugar Company. Other papers relate to sugar growing and processing, building materials, engineering, and the lumber industry. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2038.

Referenced in Guides: Sugar, Business, Baton Rouge

Ronaldson and Puckett Company, Ltd. Papers, 1881-1914. approx. 3,400 items, 22 vols. Location: UU:6-8, O:15. Baton Rouge grocers, commission merchants, and dealers in general merchandise. Business papers and account books of Ronaldson and Puckett; and account books of their predecessor companies, David, Garig and Company; and David, Garig, and Thomas. Also included are records of the New Orleans patent medicine firm, the Minute Man Oil Medicine Company, Ltd. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1397.

Rose, Julia. Old South Baton Rouge Collection, 2004-2013, undated (bulk 2004-2005). 0.4 linear ft. Location: 119:3, OS:R. LSU doctoral student's notes and files compiled during her time as a research assistant of Dr. Petra M. Hendry and Dr. Jay D. Edwards. Research covers a project documenting the history of the Old South Baton Rouge neighborhood in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mss. 5165

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Baton Rouge, African Americans

Rosenbaum, Max. Family Letters and Photographs, 1898-1945, undated. 0.3 linear ft. Location: S:165. World War I veteran and shopkeeper-resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Collection includes a series of letters written from Max Rosenbaum to his son, Bert Rosenbaum, who was in Europe serving in the United States Army during World War II. The collection is also comprised of photographs of Ruth (Elgutter) Rosenbaum's German-Jewish immigrant family. Mss. 4878.

Ross, David. Land grants and indenture, 1771-1795. 3 items. Location: OS:R. Two land grants and one indenture regarding the real property of David Ross, all located in either the Baton Rouge or Manchac districts of the Province of West Florida. Some items in Spanish. Mss. 4967.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Baton Rouge

Ruggles, Daniel, 1810-1897. Confederate military report, 1862 August 9. 1 item (12 pages, bound). Location: E:42. Brigadier general in the Confederate army in the Civil War. Manuscript report of Ruggles to his commanding officer, Gen. John C. Breckinridge, describing the action of the troops under his command at the Civil War Battle of Baton Rouge (August 5, 1862). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1543.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Baton Rouge

S. M. Hart and Company. Account books, 1854-1857. 2 vols. Location: P:20. Commission firm of Baton Rouge. Letterpress copy books of accounts with the Louisiana State Penitentiary, the Deaf and Dumb Asylum, and others. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 992.

Referenced in Guides: Business, Baton Rouge

Samuelson, Hyman, 1919- . Papers, 1936-2007. 3 linear ft. Location: X:16-18. Correspondence, diaries, personal narratives, military records, photographs, and illustrations reflect the life of a young Jewish man while attending Louisiana State University and his military experiences while serving in New Guinea in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 96th Battalion. They relate his academic and social activities in college and difficulties encountered as part of an engineering regiment of African American troops. Samuelson discusses military bureaucracy, troop morale, discipline, engineering projects, and tropical diseases. Throughout the diaries, he tells of his personal growth and his interpersonal relationships, especially with Dora Reiner. He also refers to damaged caused by a severe storm in the Pacific, probably Typhoon Helen. Mss. 4934.

Saucier, Gertrude B. (Gertrude Bott), 1881-1978. Family Papers, 1821-1960. 351 items, 1 ms. Vol., 2 printed vols. Location: UU:82; OS:S. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 17. Resident of Baton Rouge, the daughter of John Phillip and Mary Buchel Bott. Both sets of Saucier's grandparents were of German origin. She was an honorary president of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Papers consist primarily of business, personal, and legal papers of the Buchel and Bott families, with a few items from the Saucier family. Collection includes thirty-one muster rolls of Louisiana Confederate regiments. Photographs in the collection include studio portraits, views of Baton Rouge houses, and a banquet of the United Daughters of the Confederacy meeting in 1947. Some items in German, French, and Latin. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3293.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War, Baton Rouge, French, German

Scheler, Armin, Papers. 1925-2007, undated (bulk 1949-1985). 3.75 linear ft. Location: 18:1-2, OS:S. Sculptor and professor at Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.). Papers include correspondence, drawings, photographs, printed items, slides, and writings related to Scheler's activities as a sculptor and professor while living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 4989.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Baton Rouge, LSU

Schloss Gin. Record book, 1916-1929. 1 ms. vol. Location: Misc.:S. Cotton gin located in Baton Rouge. Record book lists customers and costs of ginning services. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2975.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Business, Baton Rouge

Schwartz, Kurt S. Papers, 1932-1967, undated (bulk 1932-1935). 18 items. Location: C:96 OS:S. Schwartz was a member of the Louisiana State University Cadet Band during the 1930's. Papers consist of student paraphernalia including an LSU Library card, Athletic Association student tickets, commencement program, concert programs for the LSU Cadet Band, a University Directory, a freshman beanie, and a LSU license plate. Also included are a letter from Huey P. Long stating that Long had no influence in securing scholarships and a copy of the musical score for EVERY MAN A KING for solo clarinet. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3740.

Seely, P. N. Letter, 1863, March 31. 1 item. Location: Misc:S. Union soldier stationed north of Baton Rouge during the Civil War. Letter from Seely to Miss C. C. Holmes in Albany, New York, mentions his poor health, dislike for the girls in the area, and news of friends in the service. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3659.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Baton Rouge

Shaver, Claude L. Papers, 1924-1973. 6 linear ft. Location: 77:103-109, OS:S. Professor, Louisiana State University (LSU) Department of Speech. Papers include professional correspondence, materials relating to the Southwest Theater Conference, and items pertaining to theater groups in Louisiana; teaching speech and drama at LSU; and other aspects Shaver's career. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2769.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Education, Baton Rouge, LSU

Sheet music collection, 1826-1912. 53 items, 2 vols. Location: 65:. Sheet music, popular and sacred, some illustrated, printed, composed, or sold in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana. Mss. 2600-73.

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (Baton Rouge, La.). Christian debutante presentation program, 1977. 1 volume. Location: EPHEMERA COLLECTION SUBGROUP VI. Program for Shiloh Baptist Church's Christian debutante presentation on August 14, 1977, including photographs of debutantes, sponsors, and church officials, as well as advertisements from local businesses. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3198.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Women, Baton Rouge

Shropshire, Charles A. Papers, 1943-2018 (bulk 1996-2002). 1.5 linear ft. Location: UU:335-336, OS:S. First African American district attorney of Louisiana in the 20th Judicial District (East Feliciana Parish and West Feliciana Parish). Papers include correspondence, newspaper clippings, other printed items and ephemera, genealogical items, certificates, awards, plaques, a scrapbook, a guest book, daily planners, photographs, negatives (35mm film strips), six VHS tapes, one floppy disk (3.5-inch), and other materials documenting Charles A. Shropshire's personal life and professional career as an attorney, an assistant district attorney, and a district attorney. Topics covered include Shropshire's 1996 campaign and election as district attorney for the 20th Judicial District of Louisiana; his 2002 re-election campaign; and his involvement in African American churches and professional organizations in Greater Baton Rouge, East Feliciana Parish, and West Feliciana Parish. Collection unprocessed but open for use. Mss. 5393.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Baton Rouge, African Americans, LSU

Simon, Joseph. Family Papers, 1882-1944. 772. Location: C:80-81, O:3. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, jeweler and a member of the Jewish community. Papers include personal and professional letters, newspaper clippings, and various printed volumes. Materials related to Judaism include letters concerning the Baton Rouge Jewish congregation, an issue of "The Jewish Outlook' (1937). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2379.

Simon, Joseph and family. Papers, 1882-1948. 1.5 linear feet, 28 volumes. Location: 98:S, C:80-81, O:59-60, OS:S. Papers of Joseph Simon consist of tax, real estate, and financial documents, and store merchandise inventories related to J. Simon & Son, Simon’s jewelry business, and properties that he owned in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Other papers include correspondence related to Simon’s participation in Congregation B’nai Israel and its efforts to recruit newly arriving Jewish families in the city. Mss. 2379.

Simpson, Lewis P. Papers, 1923-2004 (bulk 1980-2000). 24 linear ft. Location: 95:83-106. Professor of English at Louisiana State University, 1948-1980. Collection documents the professional life of Simpson and includes correspondence, essays, drafts, conference materials, articles, memos, photographs, reviews, speeches and lectures, reports, meeting minutes, bibliographies, awards, clippings, poems, film projects, television scripts, contracts, and curriculum vitas. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4412.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Baton Rouge, LSU, Literature

Sims, Robert Nicholls. Address, 1903. 1 item (typed transcription). Location: MISC:S. Louisiana educator and public official, and New Orleans banker. Address given at the ground-breaking services for Alumni Hall on the old campus of LSU. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2347.

Sims, Robert Nicholls. Diary, 1885-1886. 1 vol. Location: M:20. Father of Nita Sims Breazeale, and father-in-law to H. Payne Breazeale, prominent Baton Rouge, Louisiana, residents. Diary kept while Robert Sims attended LSU describe academic life when Sims was a student at LSU. Entries concern his studies, student life, and social life. Diary entries For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2442.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Baton Rouge, LSU

Skimmers Club. Records, 1921-2005. 2 linear feet. Location: 92:20-21. Social group and unofficial book club formed by wives of LSU faculty in 1927. Includes scrapbooks (1946-2000) containing clippings, photos, banquet invitations and napkins, guest lists, bylaws, bulletins, correspondence, Thank You cards, memorials, and obituaries. Collection also includes historical data, rules, bylaws, officer and member lists, treasurer's reports and meeting minutes and agendas, and book lists. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4625.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Baton Rouge, LSU, Literature

Skipwith, Fulwar, 1765-1839. Records and account book, 1794-1815 (bulk 1794-1799). 3 items, including 1 vol., 1 mf reel. Location: Vault, Mss.Mf:S. Consul to France during the French Revolution and later a planter in Baton Rouge. Account book contains official and personal accounts while Skipwith was consul in Paris, France. Entries report names of American ships, descriptions of cargo, and accounts of individuals including James Monroe and Thomas Pinckney. Two loose items are a record of the import and sale of American cotton in the 1790s and a deposition dealing with the sale of cotton in 1815. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2000.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Transportation, Business, Baton Rouge

Skipwith, Fulwar, 1765-1839. Correspondence, 1797-1826. 37 items, 1 mf reel. Location: Vault:22, Mss.Mf:S. Consul to France during the French Revolution and later a planter in Baton Rouge. Most of the correspondence is addressed to Skipwith at Montesano Plantation near Baton Rouge, and relates to political and civic matters, and financial affairs. Collection also includes an account book (1795-1797). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2024.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Plantations, Baton Rouge

Skipwith, Fulwar, 1765-1839. Document, 1807. 1 item. Location: Misc:S.. Consul to France during the French Revolution and later a planter in Baton Rouge. Official letter from the director of the General Liquidation of the Public Debt of France. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1257.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Business, Baton Rouge, French

Skolfield, Grace Lane. Papers, 1909, 1949. 9 items. Location: Misc.:S. Blank lumber forms and legal documents from members of the Skolfield Family of Baton Rouge. Included is a United States Office of Price Administration Rental Dwelling Form (1942). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2510-83.

Referenced in Guides: Baton Rouge

Slowey, Robert M. Photographs, circa 1961-1979. 1,912 color slides [35mm]. Location: V:48. 1941 graduate of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, La. Images depict various plantations (buildings, grounds, and remains), historic markers, churches, banks, schools, museums, courthouses, hospitals, cemeteries, ruins, landscapes, and other architectural sites in Louisiana and Mississippi. Mss. 4598.

Smith, J. L. Letter, 1844. 1 item. Location: Misc.:S. Resident of Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. Letter from Smith to a brother in North Carolina, telling of the sinking of the steamer Belle of Nashville by the steamer Louisiana above Baton Rouge. Part of the George DeForest Collection. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1525.

Referenced in Guides: Baton Rouge

Smith, Mrs. Bel W. Letter, 1865. 1 item. Location: Misc.:S. Resident of Baton Rouge. Letter to Mrs. Daigre regarding the rental of her home. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 396.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Business, Baton Rouge

Smith, Winifred Thomas. Papers, 1901-1958. .5 linear ft. Location: D:80, LSU alumna and Baton Rouge resident. Daughter-in-law of James Monroe Smith, Sr., past president of LSU. Photographs, correspondence, printed items, illustrations, and other materials related to the football career and later life of Arthur J. 'Tommy' Thomas, Winifred's father. Items related to Winifred's academic and social life at LSU are included. Some items in the collection belonged to James Monroe Smith, Sr. Vault. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3517.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Baton Rouge, LSU

Snee, J. E. (Joseph Emmett), 1895-1966, Photograph collection. 1914-1944. 41 items (35 are photographic copies, 6 are photocopies). Resident of Baton Rouge, employee of the Standard Oil Company, and director of the Stancola Refinery Band. Photographs made or collected by Snee of LSU students, Governor Ruffin G. Pleasant's inauguration, World War I military service, Baton Rouge landmarks, and Standard Oil Company. Collection also includes two band programs and other ephemera. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4069.

Sommer, Ray. Concert programs, 1929-1960. 268 items. Location: W:2. LSU assistant registrar (1926-1971). Programs collected by Sommer of various types of musical performances, given chiefly in Baton Rouge, including operatic, orchestral, and individual and choral performances. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2600-73.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Baton Rouge, LSU

Southern Mutual Insurance Company. Register, 1859-1862. 1 ms. Vol. Location: M:20. Insurance company in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Register contains subscribers to capital stock of the company. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 992.

Referenced in Guides: Business, Baton Rouge

St. James Episcopal Church (Baton Rouge, La.). Papers, 1843-1895. 12 items, 5 vols. Location: A:17. Protestant Episcopal Church of Baton Rouge. Papers, pamphlets, and volumes pertaining to the St. James Episcopal Church. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 893.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Baton Rouge

St. Vincent's Academy panoramic photograph, circa 1920s. 1 item. Location: OS:S. Catholic boys' academy in Baton Rouge. The academy was founded in 1894 and became Catholic High School for Boys in 1929. Panoramic photograph depicting Brothers of the Sacred Heart and students in front of St. Vincent's Academy. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4586.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Education, Baton Rouge

Standard Oil Company of Louisiana. Baton Rouge office photograph, August 13, 1930. 1 panoramic photograph. Location: OS:S. Panoramic photograph is a group shot, most likely of employees, outside of the Baton Rouge office. Mss. 5145.

Referenced in Guides: Business, Baton Rouge

Steele, Oliver Brice. Andrew Lytle photograph collection, 1816-1904. 36 items. Location: D:96. Confederate veteran, Baton Rouge banker, and Louisiana state auditor who collected these photographs by Andrew David Lytle, a Baton Rouge photographer. Collection contains various photographic media. Included are cabinet cards and prints of etchings of Louisiana governors (ca. 1816-1904), cabinet cards of LSU officials and cadets, and 8x10 enlargements of photographs of steamboats. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4028.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Transportation, Civil War, Baton Rouge, LSU

Stevens, John B. Diary, 1863 April 21-August 21. 1 vol. ; 17 x 8 cm. Location: Misc.:S. Farmer from Petersham, Massachusetts, enlisted in the United States Army, Massachusetts 53rd Infantry, Sept. 15, 1862. He served as a private until he was mustered out Sept. 3, 1863. Civil War diary gives an account of Stevens' stay in a Baton Rouge hospital. Suffering from dysentery, he described his condition and treatment; he also mentioned the deaths of fellow soldiers. One entry (June 17, 1863) tells of preparations made for more wounded arriving from Vicksburg, Mississippi. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4711.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Baton Rouge, Medicine

Stewart, Ashton L. Papers, 1790-1967. 0.6 linear ft. Location: 91:29. Lawyer for the law suit of the Recreation and Park Commission for East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, versus Al. H. German. Papers include correspondence, manuscript documents, Baton Rouge maps, and legal documents. There are also five color photographs of Magnolia Mound Plantation house and grounds. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2445.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Baton Rouge

Stones, Margaret. Native flora of Louisiana collection, 1974-2014, undated. 2.3 linear ft. Location: 42:, 43:57. Internationally known British botanical artist. Items pertain to Margaret Stones' work on the Native Flora of Louisiana watercolors and their subsequent exhibition and reproduction for Louisiana State University. Items include correspondence, memoranda, planning documents, printed materials, and photographs. Collection is unprocessed, and some materials are restricted. Mss. 4781. 

Referenced in Guides: Women, Baton Rouge, LSU

Stopher, Henry Wallace. Papers, 1882-1944 (bulk 1914-1940). 1.5 linear ft., 1 volume. Location: UU:134-135, OS:S. Head of the Department of Music and later Director of the School of Music, Louisiana State University (1915-1940). Collection includes Stopher's correspondence and related papers and his records during the period he was associated with LSU. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2224.

Stovall, James L. Papers, 1989-1992. 6.6 linear ft., 2 sound cassettes. Location: 10:67-70. Methodist minister of Baton Rouge. Papers include personal files related to the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism and documents related to David Duke. Includes correspondence, information sheets, advertisements, press releases, reports, speeches by Duke, and clippings. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4467.

Stumberg, Jo, 1902-, interviewee. Oral history interview, 1978. Transcript (109 pages); 2 sound cassettes (1 hour, 50 minutes). Location: L:4700.0061. Baton Rouge educator. Interview discusses campus life, Strumberg's first Master's thesis on women's occupations in Baton Rouge, and her career as elementary school teacher and LSU teacher. She mentions being fired by Huey Long, the expansion of LSU, and the status of women in 1920-1930s. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0061.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education, Baton Rouge, LSU, Long Family

Survey Collection, 1786-1928. 2 linear ft, 1 mf reel. Location: E:106-107, OS:S, Mss. Mf:S. Collection consists of land surveys, chiefly by Spanish surveyors, in central, south, and southeastern Louisiana, including East Baton Rouge Parish and Orleans Parish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 552, 743, 933, 936, 955, 961. Container list.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, New Orleans to 1861, Baton Rouge

Suydam, G. H. Photograph collection, 1845-1864 (bulk 1863-1864). 26 items. Location: E:73, MISC:S, 98:Suydam. Captain in the 162nd New York Volunteers in the Civil War. Photographs depicting occupied Baton Rouge, Farragut's fleet, and a Union military headquarters and hospital, probably taken by Baton Rouge photographers McPherson and Oliver. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1394.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Baton Rouge, Medicine

Suydam, George H. Correspondence, 1861-1899, undated (bulk: 1863-1865). 1.2 linear ft. Location: E:72. Collection is comprised of correspondence received by George H. Suydam before, while, and after he served as a lieutenant and captain in the United States Army during the Civil War. Letters were received from family members and friends. Topics include information about daily life, family life, the war, and other current events. Collection also contains some printed materials. Mss. 5307.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War, Baton Rouge, African Americans

Swaye, Frank J. Collection, circa 1839-1999, (bulk 1955-1969). 0.75 linear ft. Location: V:99, 104:-105. Materials related to Swaye's studies as a student in geography at Louisiana State University. Materials cover field research of the Mississippi River Delta and South Pass mudlumps (1966-1970). Field notes and photographs by Fred B. Kniffen cover trips to False River and Pierre Part, Louisiana (circa 1955). Collection materials comprise research-related photographs, slides, field notes, maps, printed materials, and news clippings. Mss. 5212.

Referenced in Guides: Sugar, New Orleans 1866-, Baton Rouge, Acadiana, LSU

Sykes, George. Letter, 1868 August 29. 1 item. Location: Misc.:S. Career United States Army officer. Letter written from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, addressed to General Charles P. Kingsbury concerning the murder of Dr. Brannan by Lieutenant McFee at the Baton Rouge Barracks. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3196.

Referenced in Guides: Baton Rouge

Tate, General Foster Joseph. Photograph album, circa 1920-1929. 0.20 linear ft. Location: 65:2. Foster Joseph Tate was a field artillery officer who commanded a division in Italy during World War II and was awarded the Legion of Merit for his service. The photograph album (unbound) contains 103 black and white gelatin silver prints mounted on paper showing scenes from several locations in Louisiana during the 1920s. Mss. 4963.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans 1866-, Baton Rouge, Acadiana

Taylor, Cecil G., 1909- interviewee, Oral history interview. 12 sound cassettes (14 hours), Transcript (590 p.). LSU French professor, assistant to the president, dean of arts and sciences, and chancellor. In a series of 8 interviews, Taylor describes his career as a French professor and administrator at LSU. He describes his family background, his education at the University of North Carolina, and his French language studies and Cajun French. He also describes Baton Rouge beginning in the 1930s, Huey Long and Louisiana politics, and the desegregation of education in Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0071.

Taylor, John M. (John McCarthney), d. 1867. Papers, 1861-1866. 4 items. Location: Misc.:T. Editor of the Baton Rouge Advocate and captain of the Baton Rouge Rangers, mustered into the Confederate army as Company B, 1st Louisiana Cavalry, during the Civil War. Papers consist of a bond issued by the Police Jury of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, for the purpose of arming and equipping Taylor's company; and a U.S. Internal Revenue license issued for the occupation of manufacturer. Other items include a tax receipt issued to A. Monton, Jr., by the Board of Education for Freedmen for 1864 taxes in East Baton Rouge Parish; and a Confederate States tax receipt. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 893.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Baton Rouge

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