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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Falk, Myron, interviewee. Oral history interview, 1993. 1 sound cassette (.75 hours), transcript (24 p.). Location: L:4700.330. Former director of the United Way in Baton Rouge and a writer and advocate of social welfare who endowed a scholarship in the School of Journalism at LSU. The interview describes Falk's family history, his education at Tulane, his wife Roberta's family history, her education, her career in social work, and her job with the Louisiana Conference of Social Welfare. Also described are Falk's work for the Transients and Migrants program during the Depression, his writings, and his presentations before Congress. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.330.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, Education

Family history project, 1972-1983. 6 linear ft. (photocopies).Location: 6:70-73, Mss. Mf.:F. Papers prepared by students of Dr. David Culbert, LSU History Department for his History 56 class. Family histories pertain mainly to the lives of the writers' grandparents and include information about American social and economic conditions in the first half of the twentieth century, especially in Louisiana. Copies of photographs and pertinent family documents are also included. The family photograph album of Marva Kador (#174) is available on microfilm. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2775.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU, Literature

Farrar, B.G. Papers, 1863-1870 (bulk: 1863-1865). 13 items. Location: Misc:F. Brevet Brigadier General Bernard G. Farrar, Colonel of the 6th U.S. Colored Artillery (Heavy). Letters, orders, and affadavits relate to recruiting African-American soldiers, anticipated attacks, and plundering of plantations in the Natchez and Vidalia area. An 1870 letter to Farrar from J.W. Alfvord, General Superintendent of Education, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands relates to the education of the freedmen. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4764.

Faulk, John T. Papers, 1833. 2 items. Location: Misc. Planter of Bayou DeSiard, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. Letter of John T. Faulk to Mr. Goodwin, teacher, outlining the course of study desired for his sons; and a contract with William Henderson to board Faulk's children in order that they could attend the public school house in Prairie Maroughe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 877.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Education

Feliciana Female Collegiate Institute. Records, 1851-1895 (bulk 1867-1895). 8 vols. (6 ms. Vols., 2 printed vols.). Location: F:8. Institute located in Jackson, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, 1867-1877; Afton Villa, West Feliciana Parish, 1877-1884; and Jackson again after 1884. Record books include accounts with students, merchants, and record attendance and deportment of students. Printed volumes include a catalog of the institute for 1893. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reel 9. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 757.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education

Ferguson, Samuel Wragg, 1835-1917. Papers. 1857-1915, undated 61 items. Location: T:13. Confederate general and lawyer of Charleston, South Carolina, and Greenville, Mississippi. During the Civil War Ferguson served as aide to General P. G. T. Beauregard and was commander of the 28th Mississippi Cavalry Regiment in the Atlanta Campaign. Letters, memoirs, and writings describe student life at West Point; the settlement of Kansas; religious missions and the life of missionaries in the Oregon territory; and the hostility of Indians and the fate of settlers bound for California and Oregon. Civil War materials include records of Ferguson's Confederate military service, descriptions of participation in several battles, and a description of the collapse of the Confederate government. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1416, 1576.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Politics, Civil War, Education

Ferraro, Louis and Family. Papers, 1926-1979, undated. 2.5 linear ft., 7 vols., 6 reels. Location: 32:108-109. Associate professor in the LSU School of Music. Papers contain scrapbooks, sheet music books, magnetic tapes, and ephemera created and collected by Louis and Hilda Ferraro. Mss. 3375.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Education, LSU

Ficklen, John R. Papers, 1832-1907. 44 items and 6 volumes. Location: U:98, G:6. Resident of Fredericksburg, Virginia, and member of the Department of History and Political Science at Tulane University. The bulk of the material consists of notes, rough drafts, and correspondence relative to Ficklen's work on the history of the Reconstruction period in Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 144, 209.

Finley, Etta Lucille. Papers, 1956, 1966. 3 items and 2 printed vols. Location: UU:166. Associate professor of textiles in the School of Home Economics, LSU. Printed articles and a typewritten copy of a speech primarily concerning the use of cotton fibers in textiles. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2233.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education, LSU

First Presbyterian Church Program, 1878. 1 program. Location: EPHEMERA COLLECTION SUBGROUP VI. Program for exercises commemorating the eleventh anniversary of the Sabbath Schools of the Presbyterian Church in New Orleans, La., held in the First Presbyterian Church on May 19, 1878. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1189.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, New Orleans 1866-, Education

Fisher, Lucy Maria W. F. Memoirs, 1889. 1 item; 25 pages [photocopy]. Location: Misc. School teacher from Connecticut who became a resident of Louisiana and taught in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans schools. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2497.

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

Fisk, Clinton B., 1828-1890. Letter, 1865. 1 item. Location: Misc. Union general in the Civil War, assistant commissioner of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands at Nashville, Tennessee. Letter to a Dr. Kirk contains an optimistic report on Reconstruction in the South, and describes his work in rehabilitating freedmen and his educational plans. He refers the South's opposition to Northern clergymen. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1428.

Fitzpatrick, Joseph F., Jr. Papers, 1930-2000 (bulk 1965-1998). 15 linear feet. Location: IMJFF, 35:, OS:F. This collection contains professional correspondence, field notes from field work in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and professional and travel diaries of Dr. Joseph F. Fitzpatrick, Jr., a professor at the University of South Alabama and later Tulane University and researcher in the field of astacology, or crawfish taxonomy. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4945.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans 1866-, Education

Fleming, Walter L. (Walter Lynwood). Manuscript, 1912. 0.5 linear ft. Location: A:6. Walter Lynwood Fleming served on the faculties of several universities in the South as a professor of English and history, including Louisiana State University from 1907 to 1917. This is the edited typescript and copies of illustrations for Walter L. Fleming's "General W.T. Sherman as College President." For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4211.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Education, LSU

Fleming, Walter L. (Walter Lynwood). Manuscript, 1931. 2 typescripts. Location: UU:132. Walter Lynwood Fleming served on the faculties of several universities in the South as a professor of English and history, including Louisiana State University from 1907 to 1917. Edited first typescript of chapters 12-19 and edited carbon copy of second typescript of chapters 12-19 of Fleming's "Louisiana State University, 1860-1896." Mss. 2147.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU

Fleming, Walter L. and family. Papers, 1861-1973 (bulk 1894-1963). 2.25 linear ft. Location: Z:6-7; OS:F. Educator and historian who wrote about the Civil War and Reconstruction history. He also fought in the Spanish-American War. Scrapbooks, correspondence, educational materials, photographs, and postcards document Fleming's personal and professional life. Among the photographs are portraits of Fleming and photographs of Ku Klux Klan members in Klan regalia. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3530.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Education, LSU

Fleming, Walter L. Collection, 1848-1914 (bulk 1860-1890). 2 linear feet. T:64-65. Collection consists of transcriptions of material pertaining primarily to the organization, history, and administration of Louisiana State University. Correspondence relating to official University business comprises bulk of the collection. Some early correspondence reflects political views at the time of the Civil War, and later correspondence of Walter Fleming and Leroy S. Boyd, son of David F. Boyd, relates to the history of the LSU. Other material consists of reports, printed items, writings, and the research notes. Also included are photographs of early LSU Boards of Supervisors, faculty, and other persons associated with the University. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 890, 893.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War, Education, Baton Rouge, LSU

Florence letter, 1884 August 24. 1 item. Location: Misc:F. Teacher residing in Lecompte, Louisiana. Personal letter mentions Rapides Parish and Alexandria, Louisiana, opportunities in the area, and the Wells-Wood Plantation. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4604.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Education

Focillon, Henri, 1881-1943. Letter, 1923 January 4. 1 item. Location: Misc. Professor at the Sorbonne, art critic, and authority on Romanesque and Gothic architecture. Brief letter to an associate. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2600.

Referenced in Guides: Education, French

Foster, James. Family Papers, 1829-1904. 92 items, 7 ms. vols. Location: U:117. O:3. 1Medical doctor of Natchez, Mississippi, and owner of the Hermitage Plantation near Natchez. Correspondence consists chiefly of personal letters from family members concerning travel in the East; yellow fever in New Orleans; and plantation affairs. Some letters relate to student life at Oakland College (Mississippi) and Harvard University. Three manuscript volumes contain poetry and four record books concern a Confederate monument in Natchez, listing subscribers to a memorial fund (1888-1889). Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 6. Mss. 1705.