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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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

Winsor, Daniel L. Bills of lading, 1846-1847, 1849. 7 bills of lading. Location: Misc. These bills of lading were issued to Daniel L. Winsor by various New Orleans consignees and shipping agents for goods shipped between New Orleans and Boston. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4021.

Winsor, Daniel L. Papers, 1826-1851. 1 linear ft. Location: S:127 OS:W. Ship captain and agent for Magoun & Son, Boston shipowners. Personal and financial receipts, ship manifests, ship accounts, bills of lading, payments to seamen, and other matters related to Winsor's maritime business. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4740.

Winsor, Daniel Loring, b. 1804. Letter, 1847 Dec. 4. 1 letter. Location: Misc. Daniel L. Winsor was a ship captain and agent for Magoun & Son, shipowners of Boston, Mass. Winsor in New Orleans, La., writes Messrs. Magoun & Son in Boston, Mass., regarding the cotton trade and General Zachary Taylor's visit to New Orleans. Mss. 3963.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Business

Withers, D. D. Letter, 1846. 1 item. Location: Misc.: W. New Orleans, La., commission merchant.  In letter to the firm A. G. Switzer and Co. D. D. Withers discusses the decline of the commodities market in the New Orleans, La. Mss. 5253.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Business

Young, J. B. Receipt, 1843 Mar. 15. 1 item. Location: Misc.: Y. A receipt made out to J. B. Young for a hat and silk cloth he purchased from Frost and Co. of New Orleans, La. Mss. 5293.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Business

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