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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Andry, M. T. (Michel Thomassin), 1811-ca. 1871. Family Papers, 1840-1882 (bulk 1858-1879). 0.3 linear ft. (199 items). Location: UU:66. Sugar planter of St. John the Baptist and St. Charles parishes, Louisiana, and resident of New Orleans. Collection includes correspondence and legal and financial papers. Letters received by Andry's daughter Rosa from his sons describe their participation in the Battle of Shiloh, campaigns in Kentucky, and skirmishes at Camp Beauregard in the Civil War. Partly in French. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 1. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1318.

Anonymous account, 1786-1788. 1 item. Location: Misc:A. Account of an unidentified merchant in New Orleans, Louisiana. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 133.

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

Anonymous commercial journal, 1836 July-August. 1 volume. Location: M:18. Journal belonging to a son of a New Orleans, Louisiana commission merchant, probably a schoolboy. Day-to-day entries made while he was working in his father's firm describe business transactions, office duties, and bank affairs; and record personal observations, descriptions of merchandise, and a few local incidents. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2168.

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

Anonymous diary, circa 1847. 1 diary. Location: MISC:A. Woman's diary. She writes mainly of being at her aunt and uncle's house, possibly a plantation, near Biloxi, Mississippi. She writes of leaving New Orleans, Louisiana and reaching Biloxi (June 24); of a boat race around Deer Island (August 23); and of Governor Albert G. Brown dining at her aunt and uncle's house (September 23). Mss. 5359.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Women

Anonymous letter about yellow fever, 1847. 1 item. Location: Misc:A. Letter from New Orleans, Louisiana, refers to the yellow fever epidemic. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1801.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Medicine

Anonymous New Orleans scrapbook, 1855-1867. 1 volume. Location: H:10. Scrapbook of newspaper clippings, mainly of poems published in New Orleans papers, and sentimental engravings. Items are glued over ledger entries (1855-1857). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3012.

Archinard, Cesario. Land grant, 1807. 1 item. Location: Misc:A. Resident of New Orleans. Land grant, signed by Luis Hector Baron de Carondelet, Spanish Governor of Louisiana, awarding land in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, to Archinard. The land was surveyed by Carlos Trudeau. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 254.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics, New Orleans to 1861

Asbury, Francis, 1745-1816. Broadside, 1833 December 25. 1 item. Location: E:Imprints. First bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church in North America. An elegiac poem written by Jesse Jennett at the death of Francis Asbury printed at the Creole Office at New Orleans, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 965.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, New Orleans to 1861, Literature

Aubert Document, 1764. 1 item. Location: Misc.:A Commandant of the fortress 'Laplace'. Notarized document describing the sale of a house and lot on Bourbon Street, New Orleans, by Aubert to La Foresto (1764). In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 16.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, French

Avart, Valentine Robert. Document, 1806. 1 item. Location: Misc.:A. Notarized copy of a land conveyance for a plantation sold by V. Robert Avart to Lancelot Pearson at public auction. The plantation near New Orleans was given to receivers by its former owner, Charles Latours. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 18.

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

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