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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Leonard, Jonathan (Jonathan Shawn) and C. J. Letter, 1838. 1 item. Location: Misc. Residents of New Orleans. Letter to a former neighbor, Jonathan Cobb, postmaster of Sharon, Massachusetts, stating that Jonathan Cobb's son, William, has been appointed second surveyor in the Surveyor General's Office. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1399.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861

Letter from Augusta of Alexandria, La., 1851. 1 item. Location: Misc:A. Letter written from Augusta of Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, to her sister, Mrs. Sarah W. Simpson, Newburyport, Massachusetts. The letter describes the excitement in Alexandria among whites and African-Americans over Jenny Lind's concert in New Orleans, Louisiana; steamboats and fishing on the Red River; and other local news. Alternate title: Anonymous letter. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1008.

Letter on the lives of two women in New Orleans, 1849 Jan. 8. 1 letter. Location: MISC:L. In a letter to Rose, Eva tells of meeting a former schoolmate who had declined into poverty. She gives an account of the events that led to the woman\'s misfortune and describes her distressed living conditions. Eva also writes of her own social activities, which include parties and balls. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3775.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Women

Letter to Chs. [Charles] Biberon, 1856, Dec. 1. 1 item. Location: Misc:L. Anonymous letter (in French, with English translation) that refers to the hurricane that struck Last Island, a barrier island south of Houma, La., in August 1856. Letter mentions the effect of the storm on families, and cane and cotton crops. Appears to be the first page of a longer letter, since it bears no closing or signature. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4936.

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

Letter to Hannah Leach, circa 1840s. 1 letter. Location: Misc. This letter received by Hannah Leach of Portland, Me., from her sister studying in New Orleans, La., discusses her sister's health, her moving to another boardinghouse, acquaintances in New Orleans and Portland, the welfare of their parents in Maine, and clothing she has purchased. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4039.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Women