Manuscript Resources on Acadian History

In 1755, a group of French-speaking people were exiled from their homeland by British military tactics in a part of Nova Scotia then known as "French Acadia". Those Acadian immigrants who relocated to Southern Louisiana adapted to the unique challenges the region provided, to become known as the "Cajuns," an ethnic and cultural group much celebrated, and sometimes misunderstood.

The collection of manuscripts pertaining to the Cajuns that may be found in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections (LLMVC) of the LSU Libraries is varied in nature, ranging from the large group of records compiled by the Acadian Handicraft Project to a single French Acadian Music Festival program. Oral history interviews, personal papers, cartoons, photographs, scripts, and other artifacts are present in the manuscripts groups. A range of dates from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth centuries are present (see chronological listing).

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Miller, Ben R., Sr. Papers, 1920-1983 (bulk 1950-1979). 22 linear ft. Location: 46:5-14, 47:1, OS:M, MAP CAGE. Attorney and judge in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and active member of the American Bar Association. Papers address the legal profession, legal reform, and the evolution of the state and federal judiciary systems. Materials include correspondence, legal papers, memoranda, statements, reports, notes, photographs, and printed materials. Mss. 3785.

Miro, Estevan Rodriguez, 1744-1795. Letters, 1782-1791. 20 items [typed copies]. Location: Misc.:M, Vault MRDF 3, Vault:1. Governor of Spanish colonial Louisiana. Letters from Miro to Alexandre de Clouet, Commandant of Attakapas and Opelousas, and to St. Marc Darby and Juan de la Villebeuvre, government officials at Opelousas pertaining to administrative matters including successions, road repairs, and a decree restricting the movement of Acadians. In French and Spanish with English translations. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 298.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Acadiana, French

Mouton, J. Andre. Papers, 1928-1975. 263 items, 7 vols. (6 ms. vols., 1 printed vol.). Location: N:8, 79:117, OS:M. Native of St. Martin Parish, Louisiana. Mouton worked for the Southern Pacific and Illinois Central railroads, the Moore-McCormack Steamship line, and the New Orleans Dock Board. The bulk of the collection consists of invitations, public relations materials, and photographs pertaining to Mouton's speaking engagements and his involvement in clubs and organizations. Scrapbooks (1929-1965) contain clippings. Diaries (1959-1972), some written in Salinas County, Arkansas, discuss gardening, participation in church and recreational functions, speaking engagements, family news, and the weather. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3828.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Acadiana

Olivier, André A. Papers, 1843-1977 (bulk 1924-1977). 1 linear ft. Location: 52:, OS:O. Native of St. Martinville and known as the historian, guide, and ambassador of Evangeline and Teche country. Papers include correspondence, writings on local history topics, a writ of seizure and sale (written in English and French; 1843), printed materials, visitors' books from Olivier's Evangeline Museum, postcards, photographic prints, illustrations, a sketch, a scrapbook, and artifacts (buttons). Materials of interest include broadsides from Olivier's New Army Store, postcards of various buildings and structures in St. Martinville, and photographic prints from the set of the movie "Evangeline" (circa 1929). Mss. 3156.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Acadiana, African Americans, French

Jules and Auguste Perrodin. Records, 1864-1901. 0.3 linear ft., 26 volumes, 1 microfilm reel. Location: M:19, M:29-30, U:227, OS:P, MSS.MF:M (EDVIN MATT COLLECTION). General merchants of Opelousas, Louisiana. Records consist of daybooks, ledgers, letter file books, and waybills showing charges for freight on packets operating in the Opelousas and Atchafalaya area. Some loose records are in French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2395, 2422, 2423.

Referenced in Guides: Business, Acadiana, French

Photograph of steamboat William Garig, circa 1904-1918. 1 photographic print. Location: MISC:P. Hand-colored mounted photographic print of the steamboat William Garig, a shipping vessel that plied between Melville, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans. Photograph shows the steamer docked with passengers aboard. Mss. 5116.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Baton Rouge, Acadiana

Post, Lauren Chester. Papers, 1899-1977. 10 linear ft. Location: 7:11-22, 65:, W:10, OS:P. Native of Rayne, Louisiana, professor of geography at San Diego State University, and author of "Cajun Sketches" (1974) and "Louisiana As It Is" (1969). Correspondence, an autobiography, research materials, published and unpublished works, newspaper clippings, recordings of folk music, interviews, photos, and other material related to Post's books and research on Cajun folk-life and other topics. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2854.

Saint John the Baptist Parish records, 1791-1909. 198 items. Location: 36:4. Chiefly receipts and notes apparently from the succession papers of Jean Webre (1791-1829); Antoine Haydel (1831-1860); and F. Haguenier (1870-1875). Also three bills to the School Board. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 965.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Acadiana

Saint John the Baptist Parish scrapbook, 1873-1892. 1 volume. Location: P:20. Scrapbook kept by George W. Coombs and John Webre, tax collectors of Saint John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana, containing newspaper clippings, letters, notices, and blank forms pertaining to the business of the Tax Collector and Assessor Office. Mss. 1071.

Referenced in Guides: Business, Acadiana

Saint John the Baptist Parish volumes, 1852-1896. 6 volumes. Location: 36:4. Volumes contain the records of the tax collector for state, parish, and levee district taxes (1876-1896) and the records of the parish treasurer (1852-1871) for Saint John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana. Mss. 1057.

Referenced in Guides: Business, Acadiana

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