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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Choppin, A. R. (Arthur Richard), Research reports, 1927. 1 volume. Location: W:5. Unbound volume of research reports and materials compiled by A. R. Choppin for a dissertation on 'The use of aluminum compounds in the manufacturing and refining of sugar.' For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2600-73.

Referenced in Guides: Sugar, Education

Choppin, Arthur Richard physical chemistry laboratory notebook,1923-1928. 1 vol. Location: E:44. LSU professor, dean of the College of Physics and Chemistry, 1944-1968. Laboratory notebook, for physical chemistry experiments at LSU and Ohio State, includes references, theoretical discussion, procedure, and discussion of data for experiments. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4859.

Referenced in Guides: Education, LSU

Clark, R. S. Diary, 1859.1 ms. vol. (typescript). Location: M:21. 'Journalist' for the Mountain Rangers, a group of students from the University of North Carolina. The entries describe a walking trip through a large portion of western North Carolina including Mount Michell and Asheville. Diary includes rules and regulations for the Rangers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 659.

Referenced in Guides: Education

Clinton school papers, 1826-1829. 3 items. Location: OS:C. Terms of tuition and regulations for an academy at Clinton, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana (1826); and contracts with Thomas F. Sale to teach grammar school literature (1828, 1829). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 925.

Referenced in Guides: Education

Coates, Charles E. and Ollie Maurin. Family Papers, 1862-1980 (bulk 1937-1972). 17.5 linear ft. Location: 12:15-23, OS:C. LSU professor of Chemistry. Correspondence, printed items, photographs, and writings of Charles Coates; and papers documenting Charles Coates and Ollie Coates involvement in Baton Rouge theater and pageantry. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3579.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Education, Baton Rouge, LSU

Coates, Charles Edward. Papers, 1891-1954. 3 linear ft. Location: 8:27-28, OS:C. LSU professor of chemistry and Audubon Sugar School. Correspondence, course materials, reports, patents, photographs, and postcards created and accumulated by Charles E. Coates pertaining primarily to sugar science, sugarcane cultivation, and sugar research at Louisiana State University. Mss. 2283.

Referenced in Guides: Sugar, Education, LSU

Coates, Raymond, 1875-1965. Manuscript music, 1953, 1956, undated 9 items. Location: 65:82. Composer and music teacher of Baton Rouge. Seven compositions of Raymond Coates, a composer and music teacher of Baton Rouge, La., and two copies of Felix Mendelssohn's "Concerto for the Violin" (Op. 64). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2382, 2406.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Education, Baton Rouge

Cockfield E.J. and Family Papers, 1854-1930 (bulk 1875-1890). 1.3 linear feet, 15 manuscript volumes. Location: A:65-66, P:19, OS:C. Planter and businessman of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Family papers spanning three generations include local Natchitoches news; correspondence and descriptions of the Cockfield family in Williamsburg County, South Carolina; and letters from a son in France during World War I. Included are items related to local public schools, including programs for musicals and plays at Louisiana State Normal College (now Northwestern State University). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 989.

Coco family. Papers, circa 1885-2009 (bulk 1964-2008). 12 linear ft., 1 compact disc. Location: AA:, OS:C, X:4-13. Residents of Mansura, Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana. Materials include personal and professional correspondence, printed items, personal papers, recordings (available for access on compact disc), and photographic items. Personal correspondence pertains primarily to the lives of Merlin, Lucy, Greg, and Linda. Major topics include family life and local matters in Mansura, the education of Greg and Lucy, and Greg's enlistment in the U.S. Army and activities in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Professional correspondence documents mostly Greg's career as a park ranger in Gettysburg. Printed items, personal papers, and photographic items pertain chiefly to Coco family history and the lives of the aforementioned Coco family members. Recordings were created by Greg while in Vietnam and document his experiences there. Mss. 5019.

Coleman, Viola, Collection, 1945-2008 (bulk: 1945-1947). 44 items. Location: Misc:C. Midland, Texas physician and Louisiana civil rights pioneer. Contains photocopies of correspondence, news clippings, and video transcript detailing Coleman's lawsuit for admission into LSU's medical school in 1946. For more information see online catalog. Mss. 4997.