Manuscript Resources on Business History

This guide describes collections documenting business history in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections (LLMVC) at LSU. It includes the business papers of merchants; manufacturers; planters; factors; commission brokers; and lawyers. It also contains business records of stores; companies; plantations and plantation stores; banks; hotels and inns; restaurants and taverns; and blacksmiths and livery stables. There are also materials on cotton and sugar; national and international trade; and shipping, often by steamboat. Finally, there are materials relating to labor including information about wages, contracts, and conditions.

Formats represented in these collections include account books and ledgers; bills and receipts; business correspondence; and advertising. Most of the collections are from Louisiana and Mississippi, but there are also materials from other areas of the Lower Mississippi Valley. Several collections deal with business relations between the South and the Northeast, and include records of New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Connecticut firms.

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Anonymous account book (E), 1866-1870. 1 volume. Location: F:1. Record book of an unidentified general merchandise store in New Orleans, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 312.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans 1866-, Business

Anonymous account book (F), 1891. 1 volume. Location: F:1. Unidentified ledger of cash accounts. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 218.

Referenced in Guides: Business

Anonymous account book (H), 1866-1879. 1 volume. Location: F:1. Journal lists food, fuel, and beverages purchased for a restaurant in France. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 458.

Referenced in Guides: Business, French

Anonymous account book (M), 1748. 1 volume. Location: Vault:1. Account book for Baton Rouge merchant containing entries for mercantile items, loans, and passage and shipping to the West Indies (Jan. 1-March 20, 1748). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 519.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Business, Baton Rouge

Anonymous account books, 1919-1920. 3 volumes. Location: J:10. Anonymous account books of a general merchandise store in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 927.

Referenced in Guides: Business

Anonymous account books (G), 1869-1886. 4 volumes. Location: F:1. Unidentified ledgers of a general merchandise firm in West Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 485.

Referenced in Guides: Business

Anonymous account books (L), 1919-1920. 3 volumes. Location: J:10. Anonymous account books of a general merchandise store in Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 927.

Referenced in Guides: Business

Anonymous cashbooks (K), 1867-1902. 3 volumes. Location: F:2. Accounts for a general store in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Entries list the names of many of the prominent planters in the area and include some plantation records. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 848.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Business

Anonymous Charleston, South Carolina letter, 1839 Mar. 21. 1 letter. Location: Misc:A. An unknown scribe in Charleston, South Carolina, writes to Mr. S. Stocking of Chatham, Connecticut, describing his accounting work, his relationship with his superiors, the gift of an instrument shaped like a guitar with a bellows for the left hand and keys for the right, foreign members of the city's orchestra who board at the same hotel as he, his efforts to learn the trumpet, and his friendship with Louis Parocheau. Mss. 4099.

Referenced in Guides: Business

Anonymous commercial journal, 1836 July-August. 1 volume. Location: M:18. Journal belonging to a son of a New Orleans, Louisiana commission merchant, probably a schoolboy. Day-to-day entries made while he was working in his father's firm describe business transactions, office duties, and bank affairs; and record personal observations, descriptions of merchandise, and a few local incidents. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2168.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Education, Business

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