The History of New Orleans After the Civil War

This guide contains descriptions of manuscript materials on the history of New Orleans since the Civil War. These materials include the records of New Orleans residents, physicians, attorneys, politicians, journalists, writers and authors, educators, students, soldiers, clergymen, planters, merchants, factors and commission brokers, businesses, clubs and organizations. The history of New Orleans since 1866 is documented through papers (personal, business, financial, legal, military and government), educational materials, diaries, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, sheet music, poetry, and bills and receipts.

Some of the topics covered by collections described in this guide include the Spanish-American War, World War II, nursing in peace time and in war, music, theater (opera and plays), literature, and travel descriptions.

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Cior, Charles, 1819-ca. 1894. La musique, selon les sciences observes. L'histoire, la phylosophie, la physiologie, etc., etc., entendre, comprendre, se souvenir, 1885. 2 ms. vols. Location: H:20. Music teacher of New Orleans and native of Paris, France. Pedagogical manuscript containing lessons on music theory, exercises, and diagrams. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3287.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, New Orleans 1866-, French

Citizens' Bank of Louisiana. Papers, 1836-1877, 1902, undated 29 items, 1 printed vol. Location: B:10. New Orleans, Louisiana, bank. Assorted letters, banknotes, legal instruments, property appraisals, insurance policies, bonds, and checks issued by the Citizens' Bank of Louisiana document business transactions. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 254, 1198, 1919, 2093.

Clark, Charles and family. Papers, 1829-1973 (bulk 1851-1936). 1.1 linear ft. Location: UU:254, 65:2, OS:C. Judge of the Superior Court of Santa Clara County, California; married to Emma Fowler of New Orleans, Louisiana. Papers of the related Fowler, Nutt, Macbeth, and Clark families. They consist of personal and family correspondence, legal papers of Nathaniel W. Fowler and John Slidell, writings, photographs, printed items, ephemera, and the travel journal of Charles Clark. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3982.

Claussen, Francis F. Letters, 1883 January-June. 9 items. Location: Misc:C. Native of Boston, Massachusetts, and an assayer at the United States Mint at New Orleans beginning in 1885. Dr. Benjamin Silliman, a chemistry professor, organized the Sheffield Scientific School at Yale University. Letters from Claussen to Silliman concern an investigation of the assayer's department; a visit by the Canadian metallurgist, James Douglas; mineral samples from the King Mine in New Mexico; and deposits of gold and other minerals in Honduras. Included are stock holdings of the Sulphur Company, the owner of an extensive deposit of sulphur. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1433.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans 1866-, Business

Clifton, Christopher. Papers, 1871-1892. 53 items. Location: W:31. Sugar planter of Paincourtville, Assumption Parish, Louisiana. Clifton was associated with New Orleans sugar factors and commission merchants, including Howell and Ker, Pierre Lanaux, and E. M. Scott. Papers consist of business correspondence, financial statements, and receipts which document Clifton's production and sale of sugar and molasses and his financial relationships with agents in New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3022.

Referenced in Guides: Sugar, New Orleans 1866-, Business

Close, John. Papers, 1802-1872 (bulk 1802-1859). 325 items. Location: U:330. Contractor's agent for the United States Army post at Opelousas and a cotton planter of Petit Bois Plantation, Port Barre, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. Correspondence includes letters from New Orleans merchants concerning orders for supplies and other business at the Army post. Plantation papers consist mostly of correspondence of cotton factors in New Orleans. Personal papers include correspondence from Kentucky and Mississippi and genealogical information about the Chauvin family. Correspondence chiefly in French. Available on microfilm 5322: University Publications of America Records of Ante-bellum Southern Plantations Series I, Part 2, Reels 17-18. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1646.

Coats, Lewis M. Correspondence, 1941-1943. 0.3 linear ft. Location: 92:71. Military hospital orderly at Camp Claiborne, Louisiana. Letters reflect wartime experiences as a hospital orderly, the morale of fellow soldiers, and the effect of the war upon such communities as Lake Charles. Correspondence also describes impressions of New Orleans and Houston, and provides details of his plans to elope with Mildred Bell. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4705.

Coco family. Papers, circa 1885-2009 (bulk 1964-2008). 12 linear ft., 1 compact disc. Location: AA:, OS:C, X:4-13. Residents of Mansura, Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana. Materials include personal and professional correspondence, printed items, personal papers, recordings (available for access on compact disc), and photographic items. Personal correspondence pertains primarily to the lives of Merlin, Lucy, Greg, and Linda. Major topics include family life and local matters in Mansura, the education of Greg and Lucy, and Greg's enlistment in the U.S. Army and activities in Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Professional correspondence documents mostly Greg's career as a park ranger in Gettysburg. Printed items, personal papers, and photographic items pertain chiefly to Coco family history and the lives of the aforementioned Coco family members. Recordings were created by Greg while in Vietnam and document his experiences there. Mss. 5019.

Cohn, Isidore. Papers, 1879-1972 (bulk 1920-1950), undated. 29 linear ft. Location: 34:136-174, OS:C, 102:69-70, VAULT:38. New Orleans surgeon and medical educator. Collection contains articles, lectures, letters, photographs, and printed material related to medicine. Includes material related to Lafcadio Hearn, LSU Medical Center, Tulane University Medical Center, and other medical organizations in Louisiana. Collection also includes audio recordings of Cohn (1955). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3425.

Cole, Christian Grenes. Family Papers, 1911-1935. .25 linear ft. Location: T:95. Correspondence, legal documents and financial papers reflect the business dealings of Robert Ruffin Barrow and Christian Grenes Cole of Terrebonne Parish, La. Papers relate to the bankruptcy of Myrtle Grove Syrup Co. Inc., confiscation of land in Terrebonne Parish, La., and a mortgage default in New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3648.

Referenced in Guides: Sugar, Plantations, New Orleans 1866-, Business