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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Humphrey, Hubert H. Papers, 1939-1942, undated. 24 letters, 1 application, 1 transcript. Location: MISC:H. Papers consist chiefly of correspondence regarding Hubert H. Humphrey's graduate studies at Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge. Many letters are letters of recommendation from faculty at the University of Minnesota recommending Humphrey for a graduate fellowship/scholarship at LSU. Mss. 5334.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Baton Rouge, LSU

Hunter Family Papers, 1841-1968. 79 items, 56 vols. Location: UU:102, N:26-27, 98. Merchants and residents of Waterproof, Tensas Parish, Louisiana. Family papers include several family photographs, L.S.U. students notebooks (1895-1899), and college textbooks. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2377.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Business, LSU

Hunter-Taylor family papers. 1848-1899, undated 346 items; 6 ms. vols. Location: W:27. Residents of East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Papers of Sereno Taylor, minister and principal of Silliman Female College in Clinton, Louisiana, and his wife Mary Emerson Creed Taylor on family, education, and the Civil War. Collection includes letters of Confederate soldier Samuel Eugene Hunter. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reels 9-10. Filed under Taylor, Sereno. Family papers of Sereno Taylor and Samuel Eugene Hunter in Archives USA. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3024.

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

Hutchinson, Charles W. Family Papers, 1803-1948 (bulk 1864-1888). 131 items, 6 vols. (4 ms. vols., 2 printed vols.). Location: UU:111, N:5, OS:H. Commission merchant and art collector of Utica, New York. His father, Holmes Hutchinson, was president of Oswego and Syracuse Railroad Co., and his brother, Edwin, was a faculty member at Yale University. Papers include letters and financial documents related to Charles Hutchinson's art collection. Also included are items and documents of Holmes Hutchinson concerning the railroad company and of Edwin Hutchinson concerning Yale University. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1856.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Business

Ives, C. A. (Clarence Albert), 1869-1966. Papers, 1895-1964. 2 linear ft. (1,748 items, 1 vol.). Location: 79:75-76. Dean of the College of Education at LSU and president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. Papers include Ives' professional correspondence, series of articles by local residents on the history of the parish, early settlers and the Baptist Church. Historical writings on Louisiana, and extensive records of the Southern Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools (1918-1945). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2002, 2227.

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

Jackson, Emma. Papers, 1914, undated 2 items. Location: Misc. Public school teacher and principal. Employment contract from Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, to teach as principal in the St. Paul (Colored) Public School (July 25, 1914) and a composition book of Emma Jackson, home economics teacher. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3437.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education, African Americans

Jackson, Willie, 1889-, interviewee. Oral history interview. 1993. 1 sound cassette (45 minutes), Index (3 pages). Location: L:4700.0282. Resident of Four Corners, an unincorporated community south of Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana. Jackson and his daughter, Emma Dell Peters, lived on Sterling Plantation; Jackson's grandparents were slaves. Jackson describes his childhood in Four Corners, work cultivating and harvesting sugarcane, and raising crops with his parents. He describes early transportation by horse, foot, and boat; churches in the area; and life on Sterling Plantation. Jackson also describes credit at the plantation store; illnesses; marriage customs; gambling on the card game 'Kotch'; use of French language; French language work songs; and schooling. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0282.

Jacotot Institute. Report, 1837. 1 item. Location: Misc. Institute for young men in New Orleans. School report signed by Louis Caboche, director of the Jacotot Institute. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1244.

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

James Madison. Will, 1812. 1 item. Location: Misc. First Protestant Episcopal bishop of Virginia and president of the College of William and Mary. Handwritten and typewritten copy of the last will and testament of James Madison recorded by the clerk of court, James City County, Virginia. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 893.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education

Jameson, M. Margaret. Papers, 1958-1986. 1 linear ft. Location: 91:40. Dean of Women and Dean of Students at LSU. Papers consist of speeches and materials related to Jameson's activities in the LSU Womens Faculty Club, the Pan Hellenic Council, the Intercollegiate Association for Women Students, and associations of women administrators and deans. Cassette tapes of speeches given at administrative conferences are included. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4703.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education, LSU

Janvier, Charles. Notebook. Circa 1917-1918. 1 vol. Location: M:20. Resident of New Orleans. Notebook containing copies of speeches given at religious, charitable, educational, and patriotic meetings. Included are copies of poems, quotations, and articles from published sources. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1253.

Jarvis, Nathan. Letters, 1843. 2 items. Location: MIsc.:J. Resident of New Orleans, La. Letters relate personal and social activities in New Orleans. He also discusses the business of the school committee that he chairs. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3572.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Education

Jefferson College. Library slips, undated 2 items. Location: Misc.:J. Located in Convent, St. James Parish, Louisiana. Library slips from Jefferson College. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 995.

Referenced in Guides: Education

Johnson, Charles James. Papers, 1827-1866 (bulk 1836-1862). 162 items, 1 volume. Location: C:31. Physician of West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, 2nd lieutenant in the 11th Louisiana Infantry. Letters of Johnson while he attended University of Nashville; letters to his wife, Louisa Butler McCrindell, while he was in the Confederate Army; and correspondence of the Edington, Bowman, Bell, Stirling, Hereford, Courtney, and McCrindell families. Miscellaneous items include a deed for a land sale (1827), a broadside (1833), and a petition for opening the succession of Mrs. Harriet McCrindell (1863). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1152.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Medicine

Johnson, S. L. Letter, 1844 Mar. 5. 1 item. Location: Misc. J. S.L. Johnson in New Orleans, La., writes Andrew H. Green in New York City regarding possible changes to chancery proceedings promulgated as a result of recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions.Mss. 3974.

Referenced in Guides: Education

Johnson, Walter B. Scrapbook, 1962.1 vol. Location: M:19. Scrapbook of clippings from English-language Indian newspapers contains information about urban problems, industry, education, the arts, and other aspects of contemporary life in India. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2825.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Education

Johnston, J. Bennett, 1932-. Papers, 196?-1996. Ca. 500 linear ft., Location: IMJBJ, OS, Range 59-60, Vault. A Shreveport attorney and state legislator, he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1973 and retired in 1996. In addition to energy and defense, Senator Johnston focused on navigation, flood control, hurricane protection, and other natural resources programs. Primarily records of his Senate career, including correspondence, trip files, records of his administrative and legislative assistants, legislative files, papers related to Louisiana grants and projects, speeches, news releases and photographs, and committee files. Also found are papers related to his campaigns and the Democratic Party as well as the annual Washington Mardi Gras ball and the Mystick Krewe of Louisianians. Mss. 4473.

Jones, Ellen E., b. 1852. Ellen E. Jones journal and Claude Perry letter, 1854-1872 (bulk 1871-1872). 2 items. Location: MISC:J. Resident of Georgia. Journal contains reminiscences about Jones's school years in Georgia and Pennsylvania. She discusses life in Macon, Georgia, mentioning holidays, balls, and theatrical productions. Also included is a letter from her aunt, Claude Perry, to her mother. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reel 15. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4057.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Women, Education

Jordan, Randell M. Papers, 1963-1971. .3 linear ft. Location: E:64, 98:J. Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan in Winnfield, Louisiana. Manuscript materials include instructions given to Klan members and a speech given by Jordan. Printed items include political and informational materials, rules, codes, procedures, membership forms, oaths, and ephemera. Some materials relate to racial integration of Parkview Estate Nursing Home in Winnfield in the late 1960s; integration in schools; and political actions of John. F. Kennedy and others. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3360.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education, African Americans

Kahao, Mary Jane. Mary Jane Fly Kahao collection of photographs and ephemera, [ca. 1887-1910]. 26 items. Location: UU:250. This collection includes twenty-three photographs from people in the Baton Rouge area. Eight of these portraits were made by Baton Rouge photographer Andrew D. Lytle. Also in the collection are invitations to commencement ceremonies from the LSU Corps of Cadets (1891), Silliman Collegiate Institute (1887), and the S. A. K. Literary Society (1891). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4703.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education, Baton Rouge, LSU

Keller, Anatole J. and family. Papers, 1885-1919. 2.5 linear ft. Location: 77:94-95, OS:K. Sugar technologist from Hahnville, Louisiana, active in the support of various African American causes (1918-1919). Correspondence pertains to social life, Keller's work as a sugar technologist, sugar technology in the West Indies, and elementary school education in Louisiana. Papers related to African American activism include copies of the 'Negro' Advocate." Included are class notes and assignments (1907-1911) from Louisiana State University. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2910.

Referenced in Guides: Sugar, Education, African Americans, LSU

Keller, Helen, 1880-1968. Letter, 1947 March 24. 1 item (1 page, typewritten). Location: Misc. Deaf and blind author, educator, lecturer, and counselor of the American Foundation for the Blind. Letter addressed to 'Dear Miss Peaslee' containing an appeal for funds for the Committee on the Deaf-blind of the Foundation. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3330.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education

Kent, Doris. Scrapbook, 1914-1919. 11 items, 1 ms. Vol. Location: Misc., H:24, OS:K. Native of Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, and newspaper reporter for the "New Orleans Times-Picayune." Scrapbook contains mementos of student days at Sophie Newcomb College, and newspaper clippings, letters, and telegrams reflecting her work as a reporter. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1268.

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

Kentucky Military Institute volumes, 1888-1893. 5 ms. vols. Location: G:17. Class record books of W. P. Martin, S. R. Douglas, W. H. Conner, and Colonel P. Albert Moore, teachers at the Kentucky Military Institute, Farmdale, Kentucky, during the period David F. Boyd, formerly president of LSU was superintendent of the school. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 965.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU

Ker, John, 1789-1850. Thesis, 1811. 1 item [typescript copy]. Location: Misc.:K. Medical doctor of Good Hope Plantation of Concordia Parish, Louisiana, the father of Mary Susan and William H. Ker. Thesis presented by John Ker in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 945.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Medicine, Natchez, Mississippi

Kidd, Edwin. Family Papers, 1792-1994, undated (bulk: 1836-1884). Location: UU:63. Edwin E. Kidd was a lawyer, politician, and businessman. Kidd served several terms in the Louisiana Legislature. Papers include correspondence from Edwin’s father, Wilson M. Kidd, and then later, from Edwin. Wilson M. Kidd fought in the Creek War of 1836 as a volunteer in the Alabama militia. Correspondece recounts Wilson Kidd's experiences in the militia and Edwin Kidd's education, experiences in the Civil War, and post-war political career. In addition to correspondence the collection includes photographs, receipts, legal documents, and genealogical information. Mss. 5178.

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

Kilbourne, Hal Harper. Family Papers, 1849-1861. 1 vol. [on microfilm]. Location: Mss. Mf.:K. History and minutes of the organization, titled "First Book of the Chronicles of the Mystic Seven, Temple of the Wreath," located at Centenary College, Jackson, La., written in cryptic language, includes names of members, dates they joined, and secret names taken in the organization. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2891.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Literature

Kilbourne, Hal Harper. Family papers, 1826-1984 (bulk 1895-1910). 1.25 linear ft. Location: E:126, OS:K, MSS.MF:K. Lawyer and judge of Clinton, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Collection is comprised of papers and photographs. He was the son of James Kilbourne, M.D. and grandson to the planter, jurist and state legislator James Gilliam Kilbourne. Papers contain correspondence, personal papers, genealogical material, printed items and photographs pertaining to the Kilbourne family and Clinton. Mss. 2891.


Referenced in Guides: Education, Medicine

Kilbourne, Lillian. Papers, 1880-1903 (bulk 1880-1894). 0.5 linear ft., 1 volume. Location: T:29. Daughter of James Gilliam and Almena Leonora Perkins Kilbourne. She attended Goucher College and Johns Hopkins, and taught at Silliman Female Collegiate Institute, Clinton, Louisiana; and married Eldridge Smith of Mississippi. The collection consists primarily of personal letters Kilbourne received when she was teaching in Clinton and Bayou Sara, Louisiana. Correspondents are relatives and friends from Clinton, Wilson, and Bayou Sara. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reels 33-34. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4391.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education

King, William W. and family. Papers, 1833-1954 (bulk 1837-1936). 9,400 items, 174 volumes. Location: N:6-8, OS:K, UU:32-57, Vault:27. New Orleans lawyer and father of writer Grace King. Papers of correspondence, bills and receipts relating to the law firm of Elmore and King; L'Embarrasse Plantation in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana; and the period during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Also included are papers concerning the education of the children; the social, cultural, religious, and economic life of New Orleans; the anti-lottery movement; and travel in the U.S. and Europe. For further information, see online catalog. Part of the Grace King Collection. Mss. 1282.

Kirby, Thomas Austin. Oral history interview, 1982. 1 sound cassette (1 hour), Transcript (27 pages). Location: L:4700.31. Served as Chair of the Department of English at LSU from 1940 to 1973. Kirby is best known for his work Troilus: A Study in Courtly Love. Interview concerns Kirby's education in the 1930s, his work at the LSU English Department, and his colleagues. Topics include Kirby's predecessor, rivalry between certain professors, Huey Long's effect on LSU, and the demise of the Southern Review. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.31.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education, LSU

Kittel, Jane B. Letter, 1857. 1 item. Location: Misc. Letter from a New England farm girl to her sister, telling of the brutality of the local schoolmaster, a young man with strict religious practices; and family and local news. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1511.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education

Knapp, James S. Family Papers, 1849-1909 (bulk 1865-1895). 1,187 items, 16 vols. Location: U:182-185, OS:K. Dentist and dean of the New Orleans Dental College. Early papers include dental bills and receipts; and the charter for the New Orleans Dental College. Post-1865 papers concern the Louisiana Dental Association and the New Orleans Dental College. Also included are personal papers. Papers of J. Rollo Knapp deal with his dental practice. Frederick H. Knapp's papers include certificates from the Board of Medical Censors of Adams County, Mississippi, and the University of Havana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 880.

Knapp, Seaman A. Papers, 1902-1957 (bulk 1902-1911, 1933-1957). 13 items, 4 volumes. Location: U:239. Louisiana agriculturist and educator, contributed to the economic and agricultural development. Papers relate to the dedication of the Wilson and Knapp Memorial arches connecting the U.S. Agricultural buildings in Washington, D.C. and commemoration of the Golden Anniversary of Farm Demonstration by Texas A&M College and McNeese State College. Included are Ezra Taft Benson's remarks upon acceptance of the Seaman A. Knapp Silver Cup at the opening of the Cotton Exhibit; and a speech delivered by Henry Wallace at Knapp's funeral in Iowa. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1867.

Referenced in Guides: Education

Kniffen, Fred Bowerman. Papers, 1879-1989. 22 linear feet. Location: 49:1-12; OS:K. Professor of geography and anthropology, retired from Louisiana State in 1970. Papers consist of family papers, correspondence, writings, teaching materials (ca. 1936-1969), printed and graphic materials, and papers related to the Association of American Geographers. Unproc. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3488.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU

Knight, Thomas J. Papers, 3 items. Location: U:186. Biographical sketches of Newton Knight, by his son, Thomas J. Knight, relating to his rudimentary education, the loyalty of Jones County, Mississippi to the Federal government; resistance to the conscription acts of the Confederacy; the organized resistance to Confederate cavalry. Also included is a muster roll and list of engagements of the Knight company. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 495.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Education

Lafargue collection, 1851-1956. 3 items. Location: Misc. The Lafargue Collection consists of a commission from Governor Joseph Walker appointing Adolphe Lafargue as Superintendent of Public Schools of Avoyelles Parish, La. (1851); a transfer of title from Zéphérine De Zoriche to her son, Adolphe Lafargue, made in 1877 in Marksville, La., with a cover letter from Mrs. A.J. Lafargue to Mr. A. Irion Lafargue in 1956; and a letter from A.B. Irion of Eola, La., to P. Esmond Irion of Baton Rouge, La., declining to help a man who claims to be a relative (1883). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4626.

Referenced in Guides: Education

Lakanal, Joseph. Papers, 1793-1834. 22 items. Location: MISC:L, VAULT:12, VAULT MRDF 8-9. French educator, political figure; appointed president of the College of Orleans in Aug. 1822. Papers conprised primarily of correspondence. Correspondents include General Lafayette, Antoine Lavoisier, Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, Daubenton and Sebastien Chamfort. Letter to Monsieur Arnault, member of the Institute of Paris, jjustifies Lakanal's resignation as president of the College of Orleans. Another relates to the punishment of young slave and problems of master-slave relations. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 244, 1312.

Lambert, John W. (John Walter), 1861-1932. Papers, 1872-1932 (bulk 1900-1931). 872 items, 59 vols. Location: U:196-197, G:15, OS:L. Physician, mayor of Tangipahoa, Louisiana, druggist, general merchan, and director of Amite Bank and Trust Co. Business papers, correspondence, and financial documents related to Lambert's professional activities as a doctor and druggist. Papers also include printed items related to Tulane University Medical School, and Volunteer Midical Service Corps. Membership certificate (1918). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 829, 1556.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Business, Medicine, 20th Century Wars

Lambremont, John D. Family papers, 1843-1978. 0.5 linear ft., 7 vols. (3 on microfilm). Location: OS:L, M:12, W:28, Mss. Mf.:L, Vault:1. Educator of St. James Parish, La. Items include historical materials on St. James Parish, a print of the Convent of Sacred Heart (1974), some U.S. currency (1860-1874), and a number of printed items and manuscript volumes. Some financial and legal papers concern his father-in-law, Nelson Paul Himel. Correspondence includes a typed letter from Warren Dicharry, in which he describes teaching in China (March 19, 1949). Some materials in French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2863.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Education, French, Literature

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