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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Baton Rouge aerial views, ca. 1920s. 3 items. Location: E:. Photographs of taken from a rooftop near North Boulevard and Third Street First image looks southwest toward the Old State Capitol. Second image shows the intersection of Saint Louis Street and North Boulevard. Third image looks north along Third Street. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3693.

Referenced in Guides: Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge post cards, undated 3 items. Location: E:. Three postcards of Baton Rouge and LSU. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3726.

Referenced in Guides: Baton Rouge, LSU

Baton Rouge Arsenal. Papers, 1848-1927. 5 items [photostats]. Location: U:7. Plats and a survey from the late U.S. Surveyor General's Office, Louisiana, now a part of the records of the State Land Office. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 893.

Referenced in Guides: Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Audubon Society. Records, 1962, 1974-1988 (bulk 1975-1988). 8 linear feet. Location: 109:35-38. Newsletters, brochures, newspaper clippings, correspondence, press releases, publicity information, by laws, and miscellaneous organizational records document the activities of the Baton Rouge Audubon Society (BRAS). Includes copies of the BRAS newsletter BARRED OWL (1975-1985), and numerous publicity and press releases pertaining to events and environmental awareness. Lists of the Christmas bird counts also included. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4133.

Referenced in Guides: Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre. Programs and brochures, 1959-1994. .4 linear ft. Location: E:38. Non-profit company organized in Baton Rouge in the late 1950s as the Baton Rouge Civic Ballet, and incorporated in 1960 as the Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre. Programs of performances and brochures. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4610.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Barracks. Papers, 1821. 4 items. Location: Misc.:B. Report from Colonel Talbot Chambers, commander of the military post at Baton Rouge to General Edmund P. Gaines, with accompanying statements from the quartermaster and surgeon at the post. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2115.

Referenced in Guides: Baton Rouge, Medicine

Baton Rouge Board of Trade. Letter, 1911. 1 item. Location: E:Imprints. Form letter advertising exhibition of the Gates Biplane on the Kleinert Tract. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2395.

Referenced in Guides: Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Business and Professional Women's Club. Papers, 1925-. Location: MISC:B, OS:B, 5:. Papers consist of newspaper clippings, photographs, committee reports, monthly minutes, yearbooks, programs, scrapbooks, a history (1925-1950), and other items. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2738.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Civil War broadsides, 1860-1864 (bulk 1862-1864). 22 broadsides, 26 photocopies. Location: MISC:B, OS:B. Broadsides include a political poster of the Constitutional Union Party; a resolution of the Confederate city government of Baton Rouge; and broadsides posted by federal occupation authorities. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2779.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge Civil War images, 1863. 3 items. Location: E:73. Three images (cartes-de-visite) taken in Baton Rouge during the Civil War: an African-American male in a wagon pulled by mules; a military encampment (possibly Pikes Hall); and a tree-lined street (Garrison Lane). The first is by McPherson and Oliver, and the other two are probably their work as well. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3272.

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

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