Manuscript Resources on Politics

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Watson, J. (Joseph). Correspondence, 1826-1846 (bulk 1826-1828). 13 items. Location: Misc.:W. Mayor of Philadelphia. Earliest correspondence (1826-1828) refers to the recovery of five free black children kidnapped in Philadelphia and sold as slaves in Louisiana and Mississippi. Other items include a letter of Clara Baxter of New Orleans proclaiming her dislike of the city. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reel 32. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1872.

Watson, J. (Joseph), Letter, 1827 Jan. 7. 1 item. Location: Misc.:W. Mayor of Philadelphia. Letter from Watson to the mayor of New Orleans reciting the evils of intemperance and asking about the cure of Dr. Loiseau and its proposed introduction into the hospital and almshouses of Philadelphia. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 344.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Webster, W. A. Letter, 1874 August 5. 1 item. Location: Misc. :W. Resident of Bayou La Chute, Louisiana. Letter reports poor business conditions in Louisiana and comments on the possibility of racial conflict because of the determination of the whites to rule the state. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3168.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Business, African Americans

Weeks, David. Family Papers, 1782-1957 (bulk 1830-1870). 10,106 items, 15 vols. Location: 70, J:6, X:76, Mss. Mf.:W . The Weeks and related Conrad, Moore, and Gibson families were planters of New Iberia, Louisiana, and other areas in south Louisiana. Papers document the sugar plantation economy; cotton planting; slaves and free African American laborers; railroad building; state and national politics; education; and the Civil War and Reconstruction. Includes early papers of Charles N. Conrad, U.S. senator; political correspondence of John Moore, U.S. congressman; and a microfilmed inventory of The Shadows in New Iberia. Available on microfilm 5322: University Publications of America Records of Ante-bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution to the Civil War, Series I, Part 6, Reels 1-20. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 528, 605.

Weiss, Seymour. Papers, 1927-1972 (bulk 1930-1960). 11.25 linear ft. Location: 30:38-42, OS:W, Vault:36. Manager and owner of the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans. Weiss was a confidant of Louisiana Governor and U.S. Senator Huey P. Long, who made the hotel his headquarters. The bulk of the collection consists of circulars announcing speeches and the political positions of Long and other Louisiana politicians. Also present are political cartoons by 'Trist' [Trist Wood] and various campaign items. The collection includes letters of Huey P. Long related to issues of concern to Louisiana citizens and sheet music for 'Every Man a King,' 'Follow Long,' and several other songs, with words by Long. Mss. 4165.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Performing arts, Long Family

Weld Company correspondence, 1833-1851. 96 items. Location: E:62. Commission merchants of Boston, Massachusetts. Correspondence with New Orleans commission and forwarding merchants. Subjects include the controversy following the Compromise of 1850, New Orleans business conditions, the cotton trade, and the death of President William Henry Harrison. Papers also include scattered shipping records. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1194, 1206, 1220, 1232, 1256, 1289.

Welles, Gideon, 1802-1878. Manuscript, circa 1878. 1 v. Location: Misc.:W. U.S. Secretary of the Navy during the Civil War. Manuscript of an article by Gideon Welles, apparently intended for publication. In the article Welles strenuously disagrees with Wickham Hoffman, who had argued that General Benjamin Butler had a prominent role in the planning and execution of the capture of New Orleans by federal troops in 1862. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3001.

Wells, James Madison, 1808-1899. Papers, circa 1864-1869, 1886-1900. 1 v. [on microfilm]. Location: Lieutenant governor and governor of Louisiana (1864-1867). Records of the Court of Claims of the United States pertain to suits filed by James Madison Wells concerning Wells' charges that U.S. forces under the command of General Nathaniel P. Banks illegally confiscated his property and livestock in Rapides Parish during the Red River Expedition of 1864. Records consist of court memos, rulings, dockets, judicial motions, testimonies, and letters associated with congressional cases no. 435, no. 2524, and 10,271, which. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 806, 1219.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Wenner, H. C. Letter, 1846 September 9. 1 item. Location: Misc:W. Letter written by Wenner responding to a request to state his views on slavery. He found slavery, particularly American slavery, an abhorrence, and felt it should be abolished in the District of Columbia. The letter continues with whether Congress possessed the constitutional power to do this should the union of free and slave states continue. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3666.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, African Americans

West Florida Rebellion Papers, 1810, 1816, 1845. 15 items, 1 mf reel. Location: C:18, Mss.Mf:S., Vault MRDF 6, Vault:1. Documents pertaining to the West Florida Rebellion contain reports of the convention in Baton Rouge; reports to representatives of the people of West Florida; and orders and reports by Colonel Philomen Thomas to the inhabitants of West Florida. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 721.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Baton Rouge

West, J. R. (Joseph Rodman), b. 1822. Deed, 1871 Mar. 17. 1 deed. Location: Misc. This deed records the purchase of property in Washington, D.C., by Joseph R. West shortly after commencing his term as U.S. Senator for Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4346.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

West, J. R. (Joseph Rodman), b. 1822. Letters, 1873, 1876. 2 letters. Location: Misc. Joseph Rodman West served as deputy United States marshal, auditor for customs (1867-1871), and U.S. Senator as a Republican (1871-1877). Joseph Rodman West in Washington, D.C., engages in routine correspondence. Mss. 4130.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Western Voice circular, 1968. 2 items. Location: E:Imprints. Weekly tabloid which claimed to uphold fundamentalism, pre-millenarianism, and the second coming of Christ. Circular entitled 'Ten Million White People to be Driven From Their Homes to Make Room for Black Communist Soviet,' printed in the Western Voice. Includes a clipping from the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate (1968). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3052.

Weydemeyer, Luise, Family correspondence, 1849-1869. 100 items. Location: A:67. German immigrant living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Letters from relatives and friends concern personal and business matters and discuss Union army recruitment and training during the Civil War. Letters from Union general Franz Sigel's wife describe her husband's military activities and civilian career. Primarily in German. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1350.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, Civil War, German

White, Edward Douglas, 1795-1847, Letter, 832 June 2. 1 item. Location: Misc.:W. U.S. congressman from Louisiana. Letter to Boyd in reply to his request that White run for Louisiana governor. White denies any ambition for public office and reveals the lack of organization of the emerging Whig party in Louisiana and his unwillingness to take initiative in the party. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1670.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

White, Edward Douglass, 1795-1847. Commission, 1836 Mar. 8. 1 commission. Location: Misc. Edward Douglass White served three terms as a representative in the U.S. Congress, where he was member of the Whig Party and an ally of Henry Clay. After serving one term as governor of Louisiana from 1835 to 1839, he was reelected to Congress for two subsequent terms. Governor White appoints Charles W. Shaumburgh and Edward Rawk as associate judges of the City Court of New Orleans. Mss. 3907.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

White, Maunsell, ca. 1780-. Letterbook, 1845-1850. 1 ms. vol. Location: Mf.:W., Misc.:W. Sugar planter of Deer Range Plantation, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana. Letterbook containing family and business letters dealing with sugar planting, processing, and slavery; politics; support for a university in Louisiana; and the planning and construction of the State Capitol Building in Baton Rouge. Original letterbook is located at the University of North Carolina Library. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2888.

Who Would God Vote For - Duke or Edwards?, 1991. 1 item. Location: Misc: W. Flyer sent by the Comite Baptist Church in Baton Rouge, La., promoting a meeting to discuss the gubernatorial runoff election between Edwin Edwards and David Duke in 1991. Mss. 5003.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Politics, Baton Rouge

Wickliffe, Robert C. (Robert Charles), 1874-1912. Family Papers, 1897-1912 (bulk 1912). 70 items, 1 ms. vol., 1 printed vol. Location: UU:5, J:7. U.S. Congressman (1909-1912) from Louisiana, son of Louisiana Governor Robert C. Wickliffe. Chiefly Wickliffe's official papers for 1912, including constituent correspondence, speeches, and bills. A scrapbook contains news clippings and condolence letters regarding Wickliffe's death; Congressional memorials are in the printed volume. Some items in French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 447.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, French

Wilberforce, William, 1759-1833. Papers, 1774-1833. 7 items. Location: Misc.:W, Vault:1. English politician, philanthropist, and leader in the abolition movement in England. Letters concern publication of Wilberforce's book, A PRACTICAL VIEW OF THE PREVAILING RELIGIOUS SYSTEM OF PROFESSED CHRISTIANS IN THE HIGHER AND MIDDLE CLASSES OF THIS COUNTRY CONTRASTED WITH REAL CHRISTIANITY (1797); and social matters. Included is an engraved portrait of Wilberforce. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1350.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Politics