Manuscript Resources on The History of New Orleans Before the Civil War

This guide to manuscripts collections on the history of New Orleans before 1861 covers topics such as trade and shipping; cotton and sugar; the War of 1812 and the Battle of New Orleans; the Mexican War; and art, opera, plays and literature in New Orleans. It includes the records of residents of and visitors to New Orleans, planters, physicians, attorneys, politicians, soldiers, clergymen, educators, merchants, factors and commission merchants, banks, and businesses located in New Orleans and other states.

Materials represented in this guide include land deeds and sales, slave sales, bills of lading, papers (personal, financial, legal, business), educational materials, personal and business correspondence, diaries, poems, sheet music, photographs, and newspaper clippings.

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Tibbitts, William. Document, 1835. 1 item. Location: Misc.:T. Resident of New Orleans. Certification by Recorder of Mortgages document certifies the mortgages held by William Tibbitts on his New Orleans, La., property. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 321.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861

Tiernan, Charles. Letters, 1838-1839. 2 items. Location: Misc.:T. New Orleans agent for the commission firm of Luke Tiernan & Co. of Baltimore, Md. Tiernan comments on economic conditions caused by the Panic of 1837, financial losses by the Commercial Bank of Natchez, and remarks on payments to the Bank of New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2106.

Titcomb, Charles C. Collection: Louisiana State Bank. Records, 1817-1927. Location: 79:8-21, Vault:13, Vault:21. Documents pertaining to the construction of the Louisiana State Bank of New Orleans; the bank's correspondence; financial, legal, and administrative documents and volumes; and a few items of its successor in 1871, the State National Bank of New Orleans. Part of the Charles Titcomb Collection. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1785.

Turpin, Jean Baptiste. Promissory note, 1814. 1 item. Location: Misc.:T. Resident of New Orleans. Promissory note by Turpin to the order of B. Tremoulet. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1919.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, French

Urquhart, David. Journal, 1833-1841. 1 vol. Location: P:5. Member of the firm Urquhart and Milligan, New Orleans, La., factors. Records involve cash transactions, payments collected for clients, interest payments, deposits, charges, and other financial dealings, many of them concerning real estate. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1277.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Business

Vairin, Jules. Letter, 1833. 1 item. Location: Misc.:V. Commission merchant in New Orleans. Letter written by Jules Vairin, a commission merchant of New Orleans, La., to his brother. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 222.

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

Vallas, Antal. Family papers, 1831-1995 (bulk:1841-1968). 2.25 linear feet. Location: 109:33-34; J:26-27; OS:V; Vault:1. A native Hungarian who served as a professor at the Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy and an Episcopalian minister in New Orleans. Contains correspondence, printed items, personal papers and photographs related to the professional and family life of Vallas and his descendants. Consists of materials in English, Hungarian, German, French, Spanish and Latin. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4439.

Verret, Theodule. Papers, 1804-1894, undated (bulk 1850-1870). 1 linear ft. Location: E:38, OS:V. Business owner, justice of the peace, and parish treasurer from Mandeville, St. Tammany Parish, La. Primarily business papers concerning the rent or lease of his property in New Orleans, his sawmill and lumber business, and his position as parish treasurer. Receipts, bills, and contracts are present as well as personal letters and printed materials. Some records are in French.

Vialet family. Papers, 1799-1875, 1959 (bulk 1815-1855). 78 items. Location: 19:10. Personal and business letters and financial and legal documents of the Vialet family of Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Catherine Miranda de Casas and Pierre Ladouceur of Baton Rouge, B. Piveteau-Fleury of New Orleans, and the Bissonet, Primeau, and Ladouceur families of St. Louisi Missori. Mss. 5082.

Vignaud, Benoit Oscar. Land Sale, 1857 March 11. 1 item. Location: Misc.: V. Land sale between Benoit Oscar Vignaud and J. B. Slawson for the sale of six lots in New Orleans Municipal District No. 2. Mss. 5275.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861

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