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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Bark Atticus account, 1848 Dec. 23. 1 letter. Location: Misc. Seth McLellan in New Orleans, La., writes his brother, Captain Jacob McLellan in Portland, Me., giving an account of expenses incurred at New Orleans at the close of the tenth voyage and the start of the eleventh voyage of the bark Atticus, as well as loans taken. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4023.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Business

Barker, Andrew S. Letter, 1835. 1 item. Location: Misc.:B. Probably a Northerner living in New Orleans. Letter to his sister in New York City describes the ceremonies which took place on the anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1399.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861

Barksdale, William. Receipt, 1815 February 25. 1 item. Location: Misc:B. Receipt for payment for 'going as express' with dispatches to Major Thomas Hinds of the Mississippi Territory Volunteer Dragoons by order of Brigadier General John Coffee of New Orleans. It is signed by Colonel Thomas Butler, Gen. Coffee's aide-de-camp. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1670.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861

Barron, Charles. Letters, 1840-1845. 6 items. Location: MISC:B. Seaman on the ship Sharon. Letters to Barron's parents in Topsham, Maine, written from New Orleans and New York. They describe individual ships and the shipping business trade from the Northeast to New Orleans and to Liverpool, England. Included are comments on freight, ship crews, weather, and activities at various ports. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1221, 1248, 1274, 1334.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Transportation

Barrow notebook, 1831. 1 vol. Location: M:18. Handwritten copies of poetry and quotations by British authors and excerpts from The Spectator, Life of Pope, and Art of Thinking. Some of the writings, particularly those in pencil, may be original poems. J.C.B., 1831, New Orleans, appears on the last page containing writing. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 24.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Literature

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