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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Lebrai Brothers. Account book, 1829-1830. 1 vol. Location: G:15. Account book of the Lebrai Brothers, general merchandise firm of New Orleans, La. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 215.

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

Lebreton. Document, 1764. 1 item. Location: MISC:L. Adjudication concerning a house and land of Mr. Lebreton to be sold to Mr. Guachinard, New Orleans, Louisiana. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 217.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, French

Lefèvre, Pascal. Pascal Lefevre--Alphonse Gardes document, 1853. 1 item. Location: Misc. Residents of New Orleans and representatives for the heirs of Pierre Baron Boisfontaine. Petition (copy) of Lefevre and Gardes pertains to the sale of slaves at public auction. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 537.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, African Americans

Lefevre, Paul. Letter file book, 1856-1859. 1 vol. (218 items). Location: F:8. Resident of Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, Louisiana, and apparently a drygoods merchant dealing in women's apparel and accessories. Business correspondence of Paul Lefevre and his wife from New Orleans and New York merchants. Included are a few letters from customers. In French.For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 754.

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

Lejeune, John Archer, 1867-1942. Papers, 1815-1955 (bulk 1918-1919). 17 items, including 1 vol. Location: U:116, Misc:L. Commandant of the United States Marine Corps and Superintendent of Virginia Military Institute. Originally from Point Coupee Parish, Louisiana, Lejeune attended LSU before graduating from the Naval Academy. Papers document Lejeune's military career and include a citation for the Cross of the Commander of the Legion of Honor (in French) and biographical materials. An 1815 letter deals with the Battle of New Orleans. One item in French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1690, 2553.

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