French-Language Manuscript Materials

The imprint of French culture on Louisiana and the Lower Mississippi Valley has been deep and long lasting. French explorers and colonists were among the earliest Europeans to arrive in the region, beginning in the seventeenth century. Louisiana, named for Louis XIV, belonged to France for much of the 1700s and again from 1800 until it was sold to the United States in 1803. French settlers came to Louisiana both directly from France and indirectly from other areas. The latter included Acadians expelled from present-day Nova Scotia in the mid-eighteenth century and refugees from St. Domingue (present-day Haiti) in 1804. Some followers of Napoleon arrived in Louisiana after their leader's defeat in 1814. Other French immigrants came to Louisiana for a variety of reasons throughout the nineteenth century.

The French-language manuscript resources in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections (LLMVC) at LSU touch upon all these sources of French cultural influence. This guide to these resources includes descriptions of the papers of early colonists, French-speaking planters and free people of color in the nineteenth century, and residents of cities and towns like New Orleans and Natchitoches. The documents it describes came from farmers and merchants, writers and artists, women and men, the famous and the anonymous.

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Forcelle, Francois O. Letter. 1835. 1 item. Location: Misc. Resident of St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana. Personal letter inviting the parish priest to dinner. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 222.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, French

Forstall, Nicolas. Letter, 1790. 1 item. Location: Misc.:F. Spanish colonial official in New Iberia. Official letter from Nicolas Forstall to Estevan Miro requesting authorization and funds to repair a road to New Orleans in the vicinity of Bayou Courtableu. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 382.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, French

Fouque, Gabriel. Account book, 1838-1846. 1 ms. vol. Location: Misc. Native of France and teacher in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana. Accounts of Gabriel Fouque. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1724.

Referenced in Guides: Education, French

Fouque, Gabriel. Correspondence, 1831-1852. 16 items. Location: Misc. Native of France and teacher in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana. Correspondence from members of his family and friends in France. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 222.

Referenced in Guides: Education, French

Fourchy, Alexandre Francois, 1787-1854. Family Papers, ca. 1848-1908, undated 185 items and 2 pamphlets. Location: U:117. Lawyer and writer of New Orleans. Family papers consist of correspondence and related items (1891-1895); family and religious cards; and 66 New Orleans trade cards. Included is a copy of Fourchy's Quelques Mots, a literary work dedicated to the memory of Napoleon I. Partly in French and in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1692, 1694.

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