Manuscript Resources on Politics

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Stanton, Edwin McMasters. Letter, 1858 Jan. 24. 1 letter. Location: MISC:S. Attorney General under President James Buchanan and Secretary of War under Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. Letter to attorney John B. Knox of Philadelphia, Penn., discusses the case of Erie and North-East Railroad v. Casey that was before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3775.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Transportation

Stanton, Edwin McMasters. Manuscript, 1840, 1854-1869. 1 volume (68 leaves), 1 microfilm reel. Location: U:104, MSS.MF:S. "Edward M. Stanton: A Personal Portrait" as revealed in letters to his wife, Ellen Hutchinson, and friends, edited with a commentary by his grandson, Gideon Townsend Stanton. Description of a sea voyage from New York to California includes portage across the Isthmus of Panama. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1648.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Transportation, Civil War

Stanton, Edwin McMasters. Papers, 1832-1957 (bulk 1858-1957). 154 items, 53 v. Location: 34:1-5, OS:S. Letters, telegrams, resolutions, statements of account, scrapbooks, pamphlets, and other records concerning Stanton’s government service as attorney for the United States in the California land fraud cases (1858) and as Secretary of War (1862-1868), as well as his appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court and memorials issued at his death. Mss. 1659, 1782, 1820, 1871, 1886.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Stanton, Edwin McMasters. Registers, 1864, 1866. 22 items, 3 volumes. Location: 99:S, H:17, MISC:S, OS:S, Vault MRDF 5 . Secretary of War (1862-1868) under Presidents Lincoln and Johnson. President Andrew Johnson items include official memorandums, admittance cards to the 'Impeachment of the President,' autographed card, memorandum from Winfield Scott, letter to S. P. Chase, and an engraving of Edwin M. Stanton. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 522, 1698, 1747.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Steele, Oliver Brice. Andrew Lytle photograph collection, 1816-1904. 36 items. Location: D:96. Confederate veteran, Baton Rouge banker, and Louisiana state auditor who collected these photographs by Andrew David Lytle, a Baton Rouge photographer. Collection contains various photographic media. Included are cabinet cards and prints of etchings of Louisiana governors (ca. 1816-1904), cabinet cards of LSU officials and cadets, and 8x10 enlargements of photographs of steamboats. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4028.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Transportation, Civil War, Baton Rouge, LSU

Stephens, Alexander Hamilton, 1812-1883, Papers, 1834-1872. 3,053 items [on microfilm]. Location: Mss. Mf.:S. Vice-President of the Confederacy in the Civil War. His brother, Judge Linton Stephens, was lieutenant colonel of the 15th Georgia Regiment during the first year of the Civil War. Extensive correspondence between Stephens and his brother Linton Stephens; and a few other letters between Alexander and his brother's widow. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 863.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, Civil War

Stephens, Alexander Hamilton, 1812-1883. On the Study of the Law, 1871. 1 v. Location: E:Imprints. A pamphlet that expounds Stephens’ interpretation of various legal concepts including federal, international, and municipal law; civil liberties; and the separation of powers under the United States Constitution. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2385.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education

Stephens, Edwin Lewis. Papers, 1883-1939 (bulk 1902-1939). 6,057 items. Location: A:38-53, H:17, OS:S. Graduate of Louisiana State University and New York University, Professor of Science at Louisiana Normal School at Natchitoches, and President of Southwestern Louisiana Institute of Lafayette (1900-1938). Papers relate primarily to the affairs of the Institute from its founding until Stephen's retirement. Early student letters and World War I memorabilia are also included. Stephens corresponded with Louisiana leaders in politics and other fields, including Alcee Fortier, governors Murphy J. Foster, Ruffin G. Pleasant, and John M. Parker. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 403, 893.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education, LSU, 20th Century Wars

Stephenson, Wendell Holmes, 1899-. Papers, 1862, 1917-1947. 1 linear ft. Location: 77:93. Professor of History, LSU. Professional papers consist of materials pertaining to the LSU University Senate (1940-1941); notes on acts of the Louisiana Legislature, 19th century; and miscellaneous printed items pertaining to conditions of labor in the South. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2758.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, LSU

Sterrett, R. W. Letter, 1857 April 23. 1 item. Location: Misc:S. R. W. Sterrett was a squatter seeking to file land claims in Atchison and Doniphan, Kansas. James Henry Lane, a political leader, organized the Free State Party in Kansas. The letter describes R. W. Sterrett's acquisition of. It states that he must remain on his land near Doniphan until he can file a claim. It describes James Henry Lane's efforts to form a party of free state men and to make Doniphan a free state town. Also described is the great influx of settlers to Kansas and the rising price of land. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3404.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Stille and Yarbrough, Ltd. Records, 1900-1937. 0.3 linear ft., 76 volumes. Location: A:67, P:6-10. Cotton factors and merchants of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Records consist of business letters, bills for merchandise, inventories of stock, and account books. Journals provide a daily record of purchases and customers. Ledgers contain detailed statements of accounts with various customers. Account books also contain inventory records and double-entry accounting. Other papers relate to oil leases (1916) and to World War I, including a reference contributions made by African Americans to the Red Cross (June 5, 1918). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1009.

Stovall, James L. Papers, 1989-1992. 6.6 linear ft., 2 sound cassettes. Location: 10:67-70. Methodist minister of Baton Rouge. Papers include personal files related to the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism and documents related to David Duke. Includes correspondence, information sheets, advertisements, press releases, reports, speeches by Duke, and clippings. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4467.

Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874, Letter, 1854 Mar. 22. 2 items. Location: Misc.:S. U.S. senator from Massachusetts. Letter discusses uncertainty and angry mood in Congress over passage of the Kansas-Nebraska bill and expresses Sumner's concern that northern representation be as strong as possible. Included is a typewritten transcription of the letter. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2526.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Sumner, Charles, 1811-1874, Letters, 1856, 1861. 2 items. Location: Misc.:S. U.S. senator from Massachusetts. Letters discuss advance of anti-slavery sentiments in the United States; the necessity of dealing with slavery as a political issue; and the attitudes of Great Britain and France toward political events in the United States. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2667.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, African Americans

Sumner, William Graham. Papers, 1876. 2 items. Location: Misc.:S. A correspondent in New Orleans writes Sumner lamenting the end of Reconstruction in Louisiana with the collapse of republican institutions and the poor condition of African-American sugar plantation workers (Nov. 17, 1876). Stephen Whitney writes Sumner from Woodland Plantation inviting him to visit to see a sugar plantation in operation (Nov. 18, 1876). Mss. 3858.

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

Swartwout, John. Letter, 1806 April 5. 1 item. Location: Misc.:S. Colonel of New York and political supporter of Aaron Burr. Letter from Swartwout to Ebenezer Foote referring to the business of his mercantile firm and to the Burr conspiracy. The letter was written prior to the arrest of Swartwout's brother Samuel in New Orleans because of his association with Burr. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1580.

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

Swayne, Wager. Letter, 1872 April 19. 1 item. Location: Misc.:S. Attorney of Toledo, Ohio. Letter to the President of the United States recommends for employment T. W. Conway, a former U.S. army chaplain involved in African American education in Reconstruction Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2899.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education, African Americans

Sylvest, Murphy John, 1893-1980. Papers, 1929-1972, undated. 23 items. Location: T:88. Educator, helped introduce articles of impeachment against Huey P. Long. Collection includes biographical and genealogical information on the Sylvest family, recollections of events, individuals, family reunions, and references to Sylvest's career as an educator and his relationship with Huey Long. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3727.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education, Long Family

Taliaferro, James and family. Papers, 1787-1934 (bulk 1867-1872). 892 items. Location: C:15-17, 98:T, OS:T. Judge and delegate to the Louisiana Secession Convention, associate justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, newspaper publisher, and Catahoula Parish planter. Papers of Taliaferro and his father, Zachariah. Papers reflect Taliaferro's interest and activity in Louisiana politics; the economic, social, and political conditions in the state during Reconstruction; and his father's legal and business interests. Notable figures mentioned include Joseph Walker, W. P. Kellogg, J. Madison Wells, General W. S. Hancoch, and J. R. G. Pitkin. Earliest papers consist of court documents from Virginia. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1001, 1047, 1565.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Taliaferro, James G., Letters, 1852-1876. 2 microfilm reels. Location: MSS.MF:T. Catahoula Parish, Louisiana, planter, judge, Secession Convention delegate, associate justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, and newspaper publisher. Letters discuss Taliaferro's involvement with the Secession Convention; politics during the Civil War (1865); Louisiana Supreme Court (1866-1874); Louisiana politics (1861-1874); Mississippi River flood of 1874; fires, cholera, and economic conditions in New Orleans; the visit of the Emperor of Brazil to New Orleans (1876), and plantation operations. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1562.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Plantations, Civil War, Medicine