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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Wescott, Joseph. Letter, 1832 Dec. 28. 1 letter. Location: Misc. Joseph Wescott in New Orleans, La., writes to Messrs. Welherley & Jarvis, merchants of Castine, Me., and owners of the ship "Canavec," regarding the ship's voyage from Maine to New Orleans, the prices being fetched for their goods, and the conditions of some individual crewmen. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4023.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Business

Wharton, Thomas K. Diary, 1853-1859, 1862. 2 vols.(on microfilm). Location: Mss. Mf.:W Secretary to the commission for the New Orleans Custom House and assistant to Major P. G. T. Beauregard as superintendent. Wharton was superintendent of construction in 1861 after Beauregard's resignation. Diary and sketch book describing Wharton's journey from New Orleans to Boston (1853) and continuing after his return to New Orleans until December 1854. Diary includes comments on his work on the Custom House. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 807.

Wheeler, Willard. Letter, 1843 March 25. 1 item. Location: Misc.:W. Ship captain. Letter describes his difficult sea voyage from Boston to New Orleans, the intense religious feelings he experienced attending Protestant Sunday services in New Orleans, and his disdain for what he considers the lax and dissipated Sunday customs of New Orleans residents. The letter closes with a description of the cargo. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1334.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Transportation

White, Sam and Belcher, F. A. Civil War soldiers letters, 1863. 6 items. Location: Misc.C. Sam White and F. A. Belcher, Union soldiers stationed in Louisiana during the Civil War. Letters to their families describe their sea voyage to New Orleans and encampments at Baton Rouge, Algiers, and Brashear City (now Morgan City), Louisiana. Other topics include contraband slaves as laborers and as military recruits; and medical care. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3188.

Wikoff, William, Jr. Promissory note, 1804 May 12. 1 item. Location: Misc.:W. Resident of New Orleans, Louisiana. Promissory note for the amount of $29.00 signed by William Wikoff Jr. of New Orleans, La., with a promise to pay back the sum by January of 1805. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 448.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861

Wilkinson, James, 1757-1825, Letter, 1799 June 24 1 item. Location: Misc.:W. United States Army officer and politician. Letter from New Orleans referring to property damage and personal injury committed by a detachment of American troops stationed near the city, recommending payment to be made to the injured party. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2830.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, New Orleans to 1861

Wilkinson, N. Letter, 1839 Aug. 19. 1 letter. Location: Misc.: W. N. Wilkinson writes on behalf of Rogers, Gray & Co. in New Orleans, to the wife of T. W. Winship, the captain of the RICHMOND. He informs her that her husband died of yellow fever while at sea. The letter describes his activities before setting sail and his fear of contracting the disease. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3775.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Medicine

Williams, Phillips, & Co. Letter, 1839 May 25. 1 item. Location: C:61. Letter from New Orleans, Louisiana, factors, Williams, Phillips, & Co., to Thomas B. Wafer of Quay, La. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1209.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861

Williams, Thomas. Document, 1835 Sept. 26. 1 item. Location: Misc.:W. Resident of New Orleans. Louisiana. Mortgage of a young female slave by Thomas Williams to John Kellar, both of New Orleans, La. Mortgage is attached to a certification signed by the recorder of mortgages for the city of New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 451.

Wilmerton, John. Letter, 1846. 1 item. Location: Misc.:W. Apparently an employee on a New Orleans-Cincinnati packet line. Letter from Wilmerton in Cincinnati, Ohio, to a friend, Charles Stokes, of Rancocus, Burlington County, New Jersey, mentioning a trip on the steamer Duke of Orleans; the severe winter in New Orleans; and the activity at the Cincinnati wharves. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1164.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Transportation

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