German-Language Manuscript Resources

From the "German Coast" villages, also known as the Cote des Allemands (in present day St. John the Baptist and St. Charles Parishes), to the scattered planters throughout the Lower Mississippi River Valley, German immigrants had a presence in Louisiana and the lower Mississippi River valley that began early in the colonial period. The first Germans moved from New Biloxi to inland points of Louisiana. In 1768, they joined with Acadians from the Cabannocé Post area to march on New Orleans and overthrow Spanish colonial governor Antonio de Ulloa. Their close association with the Acadians led to intermarriage, and many Cajuns came to be known as "German Cajuns" as a result.

The German-language resources in the Lousiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections (LLMVC) at LSU touch upon a range of topics and dates. The authors of these various papers, letters, notebooks, and other materials were students, planters, merchants, soldiers, and housewives, among other roles. The collections contain descriptions of aspects of the Civil War, plantation life, immigration experiences, business practices, travel accounts, the Nazi regime, and many other subjects. The dates of these materials range from 1776 to 1979 (see Chronological Listing, below).

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Gayarré, Charles E. A. Collection, 1720-1895 (bulk 1845-1857). 588 items, 1 microfilm reel. Location: U:124-132, VAULT:7, MSS.MF:G. Louisiana planter, statesman, jurist and historian. Plantation and business records, legal documents, historical and political writings, and personal correspondence of Gayarré. The collection indicates national and state political sentiment and activities and records Gayarré's career as a historian and political analyst and the founding of Louisiana's state library. Partly in French, Spanish and German. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 156.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics, Plantations, French, German, Literature

German immigration documents, 1852-1853. 2 items. Location: Misc. A blank contract with Victor Marziou & Co. of Paris gives the terms, conditions, provisions, and cost for German passengers and crew for a voyage from Havre to either New York or New Orleans in the 1850s. A list of those reporting in Bavaria intending to sail with Strecker, Klein & Stoeck between April 1852 and April 1853 gives the name, town, and country of the applicant; the ages and number in the family; the name and residence of the agent; and the sum due from the applicant for passage. In German. Mss. 3719.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, German

Gillespie, James A. and family. Papers, 1776-1929 (bulk 1840-1890). 1,530 items, 20 volumes. Location: E:22-24, E:118, G:16, 65:G, OS:G Vault:38. Planter of Hollywood Plantation, Adams County, Mississippi, and Indian Village Plantation, Concordia Parish, Louisiana. Collection includes plantation records, business papers, and correspondence of the Gillespie family and business papers of the Davis family. Papers include slave sales, land deeds, a will, diaries, portraits, maps, sheet music, and fashion publications. Includes some printed items in German. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 6061: University Publications of America Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 4, Reels 5-8, or Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series I, Part 3, Reels 13-14. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 669, 695, 1104, 2086.

Hammer, Carl, 1910-. Papers, 1947-1964. .3 linear ft. (230 items, 2 printed vols.). Location: UU:132. Professor of German at LSU and a Goethe scholar. Papers include correspondence, manuscripts, and newspaper clippings related to Goethe scholarship. Some items in German. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2011.

Referenced in Guides: German, LSU

Hansen, Eduard T. (Eduard Theodor). Diary and writings, 1864-1868. 2 vols., 1 microfilm reel. Location: M:20, Mss. Mf:H. Native of Luxembourg who was discharged from the Confederate army in the Civil War and subsequently joined the U.S. Army as a member of the 2nd Missouri Light Artillery, stationed in Louisiana and then as part of the Powder River Expedition. Diary records Hansen's enlistment and service in the U.S. Army in Louisiana and in the Great Plains. It includes copies of letters received by Hansen as well as prose and poetry. In English, German, and French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 758.

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

Heberle, Franziska,. Letters, 1872-1986. 102 items [photocopies]. Location: Y:82. Immigrant from Germany, student of social welfare, employee of the Louisiana State Public Welfare Administration, and wife of LSU Boyd Professor of Sociology Rudolf Heberle. Letters to family and friends describing in detail experiences of the writer, her husband, and their three children while adjusting to life in the U.S. Included are accounts of travels in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3624.

Referenced in Guides: Women, German, LSU, Jewish Community

Heberle, Rudolf. Papers, 1918-1991 (bulk 1936-1980). 9.5 linear feet. Location: 78:93-98, OS:H, Vault:1. Native of Germany and Boyd Professor of Sociology at LSU. Personal papers consist primarily of correspondence (some in German) relating to his need to leave Germany and obtain a position in the U.S. Professional papers include correspondence with sociologists and colleagues world-wide, research on displaced persons in Mississippi and Louisiana, social problems in Germany, German immigration, and World War II, as well as his comments on Naziism. Also included are notes, lectures, published and unpublished writings, and research files. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1921, 2254, 2345.

Hottinger, Jacob. Letter, 1856 July 15. 1 letter. Location: Misc. Jacob Hottinger in New Orleans, La., writes his friend, Jacob Kreis, to find where he is living so he can reestablish contact with him. He had learned that his wife, the daughter of Martin Führer of Cincinnati, had known the Kreis family in Tennessee and that they may have moved to St. Louis, Mo., or Montgomery, Ala. Hottinger had moved to New Orleans the previous fall and he and his wife had a baby girl recently. He complains of the heat, reports no yellow fever or cholera, and notes that murders and killings occur daily. In German. Mss. 3907.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, German

Jules A. Dornier and Family Papers, 1917-1965. 0.3 linear ft. Location: 50:15, OS:D. Farm and sugar planting family near Convent, Saint James Parish, Louisiana. Correspondence and ephemeral related to the family's farm business including World War II prisoner of war labor contracts. The collection also contains letters from former POW laborers and records showing Lillian Dornier's involvement in the Cooperative for American Remittance to Europe (CARE, Inc.) program.. Mss. 3468.

Lange, Theodore. Letter, circa 1878-1945. 1 letter. Location: MISC:L. Personal letter from Theodore Lange in Königsberg, East Prussia to his friend Louis discussing family news, circa 1878-1945. The letter is written in Kurrentschrift, an old form of German-language handwriting based on late medieval cursive writing. Mss. 822.

Referenced in Guides: German

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