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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Taylor, Hiram and Thomas Thomson. Papers, 1836, undated 2 items. Location: A:57, Mss. Mf.:T. Resident of Matagorda Bay, Texas, and a member of a company of American volunteers assisting Texans in their War for Independence. Father of Thomas Thomson Taylor. Letter from Hiram to his wife Mary, in New Jersey, recounting his voyage from New Orleans to Galveston Bay and some information about the military situation in the area of Matagorda Bay, Tex. Included is an autobiographical sketch of Thomas Taylor and genealogical data concerning the Taylor family. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 971.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861

Taylor, John M. Records, 1842-1845. 7 items. Location: Misc.: T. Records relate to the account of Judge John M. Taylor for the sale and shipment of cotton from New Orleans, Louisiana. Mss. 5268.

Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1850, Letter, 1829 August 6. 1 item. Location: Misc.:T, Vault:1, Vault MRDF 5. Twelfth president of the United States and U.S. Army general. Letter from Fort Crawford, Michigan Territory, to Colonel Maunsel White, New Orleans merchant. Item pertains to Taylor's business interests in Louisiana and contains a few remarks concerning the advantages of being stationed at Fort Crawford. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1785.

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

Lafon, Barthélémy, 1769-1820. Territoire d'Orleans. Comte d'Orleans. Quartier, de la concession [a Lancelot Pearson, par] A. Trouhard, commissionne par Barthelemy Lafon, 1807. Translation: Territory of Orleans. County of Orleans. Neighborhood of the concession [to Lancelot Pearson by] A. Trouhard. Commissioned by Barthlemy Lafon. 1 map. Location: OS:T. Hand painted, manuscript copy of original map and deed of land grant (1807) to Lancelot Pearson, attested to in a note by Barthelemy Lafon, Deputy Surveyor. Hand-written note signed by Lafon on 18 Feb. 1818, shows transfer of property to Nicolas Reggio, such transfer recorded in Register H. Book 8 and signed by H.B. Cenas, Register. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4833.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, French

Tessier, Charles. Papers, 1810-1848. 26 items. Location: A:63. Parish judge in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Papers of Charles Tessier include a set of letters in French written by Tessier and J. Soulie, a representative of the firm Tanneret & Gourgon, concerning a court case involving a property dispute with a Mr. Dubreuil; letters from John Nicholson concerning Tessier's stewardship of the Baton Rouge branch of the Carrollton Bank of New Orleans; a cadastral map showing property owned by Tessier; and a letter of friendly salutations from Richard Raynal Keene. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 238.

Thibodeaux, Lucien. Account books, 1860-1861, 1888-1890. 2 vols. Location: H:24. General merchant of Convent, St. James Parish, Louisiana. Account books consisting of a ledger (1860-1861) containing accounts for groceries, wearing apparel, notions, and hardware; and an invoice book (1888- 1890) for merchandise purchased principally from New Orleans. Ledger in French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 165, 794.

Thoillier, Antoine. Papers, 1831. 2 items. Location: Misc.:T. Papers consist of a promissory note (1831) of Antoine Thoillier to Francis Castleman of New Orleans, La., and a declaration of protest (1832). For further information, see online catalog.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861

Thompson, A. C. Letter, 1845 Apri.l 14. 1 item. Misc.:T. Letter written by A. C. Thompson, merchant of New Orleans, La., to Smith Tuttle, Esq., of Fair Haven, Conn., discusses business affairs. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 3402.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Business

Thompson, Charles L., d. 1950. Louisiana history collection, 1699-1949. 543 items, 17 vols. (4 ms. vols., 13 printed vols.). Location: T:17, OS:T. Resident of New Orleans and collector of materials related to the history of New Orleans and Louisiana. Collection contains correspondence, research notes, and papers collected or prepared by Thompson related to New Orleans and Louisiana. Includes copies of manuscripts of the colonial, territorial and early statehood periods, maps, and photographs. Also included is a collection of watermarks. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 998.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861

Thurston, George N. Family Papers, 1843-1907. 64 items, 3 vols. Location: C:45. Mississippi River steamboat captain for the New Orleans Ice Company, and a sugar planter at Baskerville Plantation, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana. Papers include personal and business letters related to Thurston's work, and diaries and account books kept by his wife, Mary Thurston, concerning the household and plantation. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1124.