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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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

Boyd, David French. Papers, 1833-1934 (bulk 1860-1899). 9 linear ft., 10 microfilm reels. Location: D:12-19, MF.MSS:B, OS:B, MAP CAGE: DRAWER 34 (BACK WALL). Confederate officer, president of the Seminary of Learning at Alexandria, Louisiana, and president and professor at Louisiana State University (1884-1886). Papers contain correspondence, including correspondence with William T. Sherman; writings about Civil War figures; academic papers; photographs; financial papers; and printed items. Manuscript volumes consist of school notebooks; memorandum books; diaries, including a Civil War diary; morning reports from Kentucky Military Institute and Locust Dale Academy; and a minute book of the Demosthenian Society. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 40, 99, 794, 890, 893, 1400, 1612, 4234.

Boyd, David French. William T. Sherman letters (part of the David French Boyd papers), 1859-1891. 0.3 linear ft., 1 microfilm reel. Location: U:179, MSS.MF:B, Vault:26. Civil War officers, educators. Letters refer to higher education, political issues, rights of freedmen, Ku Klux Klan activities, and the jetty system in New Orleans. Civil War letters concern Boyd's imprisonment. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 890, 893, 3362.

Boyd, Leroy Stafford. Papers, 1806-1955 (bulk 1900-1936). 12.25 linear ft., 50 volumes. Location: 65:12; 79:71-73; D:55-63; 79:71-73; OS:B; R:12-16; VAULT:1; VAULT:21; VAULT:40, VAULT MRDF 14, 22. Librarian for U.S. Interstate Commerce Commission. Correspondence, genealogical materials, photographs, printed items, and scrapbooks. Materials reflect the political environment; Boyd's political activities; his interest in Louisiana State University (LSU), General William T. Sherman, and his father, LSU President David F. Boyd; and his involvement with Kappa Alpha Fraternity. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 99.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Politics, Education, Baton Rouge, Medicine, LSU

Boyd, Thomas Duckett and Family. Papers, 1860-1966 (bulk 1872-1935). 6 linear ft., 29 volumes, 7 microfilm reels. Location: D:1-6, VAULT:2, OS:B, 145:57, MSS.MF:B. Younger brother of David French Boyd. Served as acting president of LSU upon David's resignation. Also served as the president of the State Normal School in Natchitoches. Papers are comprised of correspondence, financial papers, photographs, printed materials, and manuscript volumes. Also included is personal correspondence of Annie Fuqua Boyd and other family members. Photographs include those of Thomas Boyd, Annie Fuqua, and Governors Henry Fuqua and William H. Heard. Mss. 41, 241, 530, 744, 808, 893, 965, 1411, 1438, 1589, 1685, 1799, 1946, 2081, 2126, 2197, 2305, 2335.

Bradford, David, d. ca.1816. Family Papers, 1798-1882 (bulk 1833-1838). 50 items. Location: U:120. Planter of the Myrtles Plantation, Bayou Sara, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Papers include Spanish land grants, surveys, plats, conveyances, appraisals, and mortgages for land owned by David Bradford and family, chiefly in West Feliciana and East Baton Rouge parishes. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 735.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Baton Rouge

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