Manuscript Resources on The History of Education

This guide describes collections documenting the history of education in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections (LLMVC) at LSU. It includes the papers of education officials; college deans; university presidents; professors; principals; teachers; and students. It also contains some records of defunct universities, colleges, and schools. There are a number of collections containing records of teachers' associations and student clubs and organizations.

Records of Louisiana State University, which are part of the LSU University Archives, and the papers of LSU faculty, students, and alumni, are not described in this guide unless they also relate to education apart from LSU. A separate guide to the papers of LSU faculty, students, and alumni is forthcoming. Many University Archives records are described in the University Archives section of the Special Collections web site.

The guide contains school notebooks of elementary and university students; term papers and theses; diplomas; and materials on medical and legal education. There is also information about public, private, and parochial schools; higher education; and school integration. Most of the collections are from Louisiana, but there are also materials from other parts of the Lower Mississippi Valley.

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Davis, Joseph M., Jr., interviewee. Oral history interview, 1993. 1 sound cassette (45 minutes), Index (4 pages). Location: L:4700.232. Resident of Four Corners, a community south of Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, who owned a trucking company and was a police juror for 20 years. Davis describes working as a child; his college career; involvement in his family trucking business, and challenges of breaking into the white dominated trucking industry; federal programs for minorities; his political involvement; and his family values. Davis also discusses the history of South Coast Plantation and his parents' employment there; plantation life in the 1950s and 1960s; and sugarcane. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.221.

Dawson, John B. (John Bennett), 1800-1845. Letter, 1843. 1 item. Location: Misc.:D. Request to the editor of the District School Journal, New York, to send eight copies of the School Journal to New Orleans, and enclosing payment. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2466.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Education

de Caro Francis A. and Rosan A. Jordan. Collection. 1956-2009, undated (bulk 1966-2003). 13 linear ft. Location: 11:19, 15:15-21. De Caro and Jordan were folklorists, authors, and Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.) professors. The collection includes personal and professional correspondence, writings, exhibitions, photographs, printed items consisting of brochures, handbills, newspapers, and posters; and topical files that document de Caro's folklore class at LSU, his work with the Louisiana Folklife Commission, and Jordan's work with the women's movement. Writings as well as exhibitions comprise material primarily related to folklore within Louisiana and British colonial life in India. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3197, 4089, 4164.

De La Vergne family. Papers, 1751-1972. 1 ft. and 1 reel of microfilm. Location: 77:21, O:22, Mss. Mf.:D Family of lawyers, planters, and businessmen of New Orleans. Correspondence, military papers, genealogical material, and other papers include material on banking and finance, the Consolidated Association of the Planters of Louisiana, defense of New Orleans during the War of 1812, and Jefferson College. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2642.

Deer, George Harvison, 1903-1966. Papers, 1940-1966. 18.75 liner ft. Location: 80:1-15. Served as principal of the LSU Laboratory School and professor of education from 1940 until his appointment as dean of Junior Division in May of 1959. Papers pertain to Deer's work in education and university administration. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2170, 2328, 2794.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU

Deiler, J. Hanno. Items, 1840, ca. 1904. 4 items. Location:Mss. Mf.:D Former professor of German at Tulane University, New Orleans. Microfilm copies of two articles, concerning German immigration to Webster Parish, Louisiana, and to Texas, by J. Hanno Deiler, and a related newspaper clipping; and a copy of The Native American, March 28, 1840. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1112.

Delelis, O. Leon. Scrapbook, 1843-1874. 1 ms. vol., 1 microfilm reel. Location: UU:252, Mss. Mf.:D. Schoolmaster and writer of St. Martinville and Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Scrapbook of manuscript writings and newspaper clippings, some pertaining to the Civil War and Reconstruction. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2677.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Education, French, Literature

Delsarte, Francois Alexandre Nicolas. Papers, 1811-1934 (bulk 1830-1899). 1,448 items, 107 volumes, 8 microfilm reels. Location: 35:, OS:D, MSS.MF:D. French educator, music and dramatic instructor, and originator of a widely recognized system of elocution. Professional papers contain materials relating to the study of pantomime; notes and manuscripts of writings by Delsarte's pupils, William Alger and James MacKaye, together with studies of the Delsarte system by S. S. Curry, Claude Shaver, and others. Partly in French. Preliminarily processed but open for use. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1301.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Education, French, Literature

Derman, Herbert. Scrapbook, 1937-1939. 1 volume. OS:D, AA:. Herbert Derman earned a Bachelor of Science from Louisiana State University in 1941, followed by a medical degree in 1943. Scrapbook contains newspaper clippings dated from 1937-1939. Most are from the Daily Reveille and pertain to the LSU football team. Others concern campus social events, such as speakers, dances, military parades, campus improvements, Homecoming, and political cartoons. Additional newspapers featured include the New Orleans Item and Knoxville News-Sentinel. Due to the fragility of the original, patrons must use digital scans. Mss. 5241.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Baton Rouge, LSU

Derr, Lucile Elizabeth. M. A. thesis, 1927. 1 item [on microfilm]. Location: Mss. Mf.:D. Copy of Lucile Elizabeth Derr's master's thesis, "Administration of Estevan Miro, 1784-1791," (University of California Graduate School, Jan. 1927). Also included is an appendix of translations from the original Spanish documents (1781-1791). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3381.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education

DeRussy, Rene Edward. Letter, 1838 Dec. 1. 1 item. Location: Misc.:D. Letter to Benjamin L. C. Wailes, Jefferson College, Adams County, Mississippi declines an offer of a position as a teacher of mathematics and civil engineering at Jefferson College. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1053.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Natchez, Mississippi

Dialect Atlas of Louisiana Workbooks, 1944-1946, 1948-1949, 1951-1955. 41 vols. Location: 37-39. International authority on phonetics and Professor Emeritus of Speech, Head of the Speech Dept. At Louisiana State University. Linguistic Atlas of Louisiana workbooks based on South Atlantic Worksheets of the Linguistic Atlas of the United States and Canada under the direction of Hans Kurath, University of Michigan, and Claude Merton Wise. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1307.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU

Dialectic Society. Resolution, 1859 September 10. 1 item. Location: Misc. A student literary society at the University of North Carolina. Resolution by the Dialectic Society upon the death of a member, Norman A. Morrison of Richmond County, North Carolina, who graduated from the University in 1857. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1832.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Literature

Dixon, William Y., 1843-1874. Papers, 1860-1905 (bulk 1860-1874). 14 items (9 ms. vols.). Location: UU:119. Confederate soldier, student. Diaries record the battles at Baton Rouge (Aug. 1862), Vicksburg (1862), and Port Hudson (1863) and casualties suffered. Entries also refer to camp life 1860-1864), transportation of troops by steamboats (1863), diseases among soldiers and civilians (1860-1864), and the involvement of African American soldiers at Port Hudson. Other material relates to his education and financial affairs. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 4. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3423.

Doerr, Charles T. and Family. Papers, 1837-1967. 0.6 linear ft. Locations: 12:13, OS:D. Child of German immigrants and jeweler in New Orleans, Louisiana who designed a chalice for St. Alphonsus Church. Collection consists of personal papers, printed items, newspaper clippings, photographs, and artifacts. Mss. 3312.

Dolbear Commercial College. Annual circular supplements, 1869. 1 catalog. Location: E:Imprints. Supplement to the annual circular outlining the departments, faculty, courses, graduates, and other details of Dolbear Commercial College. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1353.

Referenced in Guides: Education

Morgan, Elemore. Photographs of Caroline Dormon, 1967-1970. 3 Photographs. Location: MISC:D. Caroline Dormon (1888-1971) was an artist, author, and a naturalist. She worked for the Louisiana Forestry Department as their public relations representative; she aided in establishing Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana; and she wrote numerous works including Bird Talk, Flowers Native to the Deep South, and Southern Indian Boy. The photographs are three photographs featuring Caroline Dormon. One photograph depicts Dormon in her home at 'Briarwood,' Louisiana and is taken by an unknown photographer. Another features Dormon by a magnolia macrophylla and is photographed by Elemore Morgan. The third picture is photographed by John C. Guillet and is a head shot of Dormon by a tree. Mss. 5139.

Referenced in Guides: Education

Dornier, R. L. Collection, 1874, 1880-1890. 5 items, 1 ms. vol. and 2 printed vols. Location: C:25. School record book contains minutes of the St. James Parish School Board. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2286.

Referenced in Guides: Education

Dugas, Claiborne J., 1898-. Scrapbook, 1907-1980. 2 items; 1 vol. (1 reel microfilm). Location: Mss.Mf:D. Louisiana Democrat, educator, journalist, and publisher of Donaldsonville Chief. He served as Secretary of Louisiana Senate, member of the Board of Tax Appeals. Scrapbook contains letters, news clippings, memoirs documenting 'Bobby' Dugas' activities, service to education in Louisiana, and developments in Louisiana and national public affairs. Includes typescript copy of speech on higher education. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3571.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education

Dugas, Claiborne J., 1898-. Scrapbook. 2 items; 1 vol. (on microfilm). Location:Mss. Mf.:D. Louisiana Democrat, educator, journalist, and publisher of DONALDSONVILLE CHIEF. Scrapbook contains letters, news clippings, memoirs documenting 'Bobby' Dugas' activities, service to education in Louisiana, and developments in Louisiana and national public affairs. Includes typescript copy of speech on higher education. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3571.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education

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