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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Avery, Dudley. Letters, 1815 January. 2 items [photostats]. Location: Misc.:A. Physician, resident of Baton Rouge, and speaker of the house in the West Florida legislature. Letters from Dr. Avery to Mrs. Mary Ann Avery during his service as a volunteer medical doctor with the Louisiana militia in New Orleans. Letters contain an account of the Battle of New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1874

Avet, Joseph. Document, 1848. 1 item. Location: Misc.:A. Slave bill of sale for a slave sold by Joseph Avet to Lucien Gex, New Orleans, March 27, 1848. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 610.

Bancroft, Thomas P. Letter, 1839 Jan. 15-16. 1 letter. Location: Misc.: B. Thomas P Bancroft of New Orleans, La., writes to F. C. Lowell of Boston, Mass. about the cotton trade and prices. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3775.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Business

Bank of Mississippi. Bill of lading, 1824. 1 item. Location: Misc:W. Bill of lading for the transport of nine thousand dollars specie, contained in an iron bound keg, to Natchez, Mississippi, from the port of New Orleans aboard the steamboat ,Tanny. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3666.

Barel, Leona Queyrouze, 1861?-1938. Papers, 1800-1950 (bulk 1860-1937). 2,614 items, 31 printed vols., 23 ms. vols. Location: X:96-101, OS:Q, 99:Q, Q:27. French-language writer, poet, essayist, and musician of New Orleans and New York City. Her father, Major Leon Queyrouze, was commander of the Orleans Guard Battalion during the Civil War. Papers include letters from writers and editors; literary writings and musical compositions; materials on the Anti-Lottery League; and Civil War and business papers of her father, a member of the factors' firm Queyrouze and Bois. In French and English. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reels 18-26. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1204, 1222, 1278, 1314, 1323, 1335.

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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