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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Bell, William R., ca. 1814-1874. Papers, 1842-1941 (bulk 1842-1874). 78 items, 2 vols. Location: C:6. Native of Scotland, mortician, and owner of Union Stables in New Orleans. Business papers document Bell's stable and mortuary and include transactions with Union soldiers occupying New Orleans. Correspondence with his family discusses economic conditions and the Civil War. Collection includes a photograph of Bell. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2117, 2118.

Bermudez, I. Document, 1846.1 item. Location: Misc.:B. Judge of the Court of Probates for the Parish and City of New Orleans. Petition of John L. Lewis regarding the status of sheriffs under the constitution of 1845. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 316.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861

Bernard, E. L. Account books, 1838-1851. 2 ms. vols. Location: F:2. New Orleans merchant and importer. Journal and letter book of E. L. Bernard, who did business with Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, and Missouri merchants. Many of the letters to business firms in France refer to merchandise being exported to New Orleans. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 813.

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

Bertoli, Nicolas. Family Papers, 1807-1863 (bulk 1835-1855). 22 items. Location: U:20. Resident of New Orleans. Succession papers of Nicholas Bertoli and passports for J. B. Bertoli, merchant. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 721, 737.

Bienvenu family. Papers, 1779-1907. 143 items. Location: E:19. Planters of St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, and New Orleans. Business papers of Alexandre Devince Bienvenu and Pierre Armand Bienvenu largely concern land ownership and sales in the Attakapas region, St. Martin Parish and New Orleans. Collection also includes family letters and genealogical papers. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2604.