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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Belew, Louise E. Letters and writings, 1961-1969, undated. 12 letters, 1 article. Location: MISC:B. Resident of Baton Rouge, La. and New Orleans, La.; Korean war veteran; and student at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Graduate School of Library Science. Letters document Belew's ongoing feuds and criticisms that she had with staff of the LSU Library, the LSU Graduate School of Library Science, and the New Orleans Public Library. Mss. 2625.

Referenced in Guides: Women, New Orleans 1866-, Education, Baton Rouge, LSU

Bellemont Hotel. Collection, 1973-1992 (bulk 1980-1992), 1.5 linear feet. Location: UU:58-59, OS:B. The Bellemont Motor Hotel was a plantation-style hotel and convention center on Airline Highway in Baton Rouge, LA. The hotel was built in 1946 by developer A. C. Lewis and his partner, Jamar Adcock. The collection consists of hotel office files with information on advertising, rates and listings, guest services, staff and employees, invoices and service agreements, hotel inventories, promotional plans, and other documents relating to the hotel’s operation. Mss. 5219.

Referenced in Guides: Business, Baton Rouge

Bennett, Harry Jackson, 1904-. Papers, 1942-1973, undated 3 linear ft. Location: 7:67-69. Professor of zoology at LSU and director of the LSU Marine Laboratory on Grand Isle. Professional papers consist of correspondence, proposals, reports, photographs, and other materials pertaining to the LSU Marine Laboratory; and materials pertaining to oyster bed surveys conducted by Bennett along the Louisiana Gulf Coast. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2948.

Referenced in Guides: Baton Rouge, LSU

Bennett, William T. and Family. Papers, 1845-1997, undated (bulk 1961-1982). 15 linear ft., 3 vols. Location: 92:11-18, 104:, OS:B. The professional and personal papers of Judge William T. Bennett and the Bennett family from Clinton, Louisiana in East Feliciana Parish. The collection includes correspondence, election records, legal documents, military papers, etc. from Judge Bennett’s professional papers. Family papers include correspondence, club and organizational records, photographs, manuscript volumes, financial documents, and printed items. Also included are records for the family’s ancestral home, The Brame-Bennett House, and materials related to the family’s legal fight to prevent the widening of Highway 67 in Clinton. Mss. 4657.     

Biggs, General. Baton Rouge Arsenal Commandant's House Drawing, 1857-1858. 1 item. Location: E:65, vault:1. Original drawing and photographic reproduction of the commandant's house at the Baton Rouge Arsenal in Baton Rouge, La. Original is inscribed on back with "… done by General Biggs." For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4183.

Referenced in Guides: Baton Rouge

Bolton, George W. and Mimi. Papers, 1915-1992. 2.25 linear ft. Location: 4:27-28, G:21, OS:B. Literary authors. Mimi Bolton was also a graphic and fine artist. Manuscript writings, correspondence, photographs, and printed items document the personal lives and literary careers of George and Mimi Bolton and Mimi's career as a graphic artist. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4653.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Baton Rouge, Literature

Boudreaux, C. Dreaux. Papers, 1972, 1974. 3 items. Location: Misc.:B, OS:B. Resident of Baton Rouge. Papers include a proposal for the establishment of an aviation museum in Patterson, Louisiana, and bound copies of correspondence, clippings, pictures, and other items relative to Boudreaux's research on the history of the Wedell-Williams Air Service. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3236.

Referenced in Guides: Baton Rouge

Bower, Garner and Harrison. Papers, 1863-1888 (bulk 1863-1868). 0.25 linear ft. Location: E:51. New Orleans commission merchants. Letters of New Orleans, Louisiana commission merchants to a member of the firm at Baton Rouge, Louisiana (1863) and Natchez, Mississippi (1864-1868). Additionally, there is a receipt book (1866-1867). At the end of the volume are loose financial items (1869-1888). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1388.

Bowers, Laura Boddie Jones. Papers, 1906-1990, undated (bulk 1931-1955). 3.25 linear ft. Location: E:119-121. Librarian in Louisiana. Primarily correspondence documenting the family life, student life, and early career of Bowers in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Natchitoches, Louisiana. Newspaper clippings, notes, post card collection, printed items, and a scrapbook are also present. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 3546.

Boyd, David French. Letter, 1873. 4 items. Location: MISC:B. Letter (May 15, 1873) and envelope from Boyd to E. G. Randolph, thanking him for a gift of military books. Boyd also mentions mismanagement of state affairs in Louisiana and "Radicalism." Included with the letter are two circulars describing facilities at Louisiana State University and soliciting contributions to the University. Mss. 3219.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Baton Rouge, LSU

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