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Acadia Plantation records, 1809-2004 (bulk 1940-1979). 49 linear ft., 30 volumes, 8 rolls. Location: 93:7-30; J:4; 75:; MAP CAGE (UNNUMBERED CASE); 1 NORTH (ON TOP OF MICROFILM CABINET). A working sugar plantation, Acadia Plantation of Lafourche Parish, Louisiana is comprised of three major properties originally known as Acadia Plantation, St. Brigitte Plantation, and Evergreen Plantation. It was acquired in 1875 by Edward J. Gay, became the residence of Representative Andrew and Mrs. Anna Gay Price. Records are comprised of correspondence, financial and legal documents, printed items, volumes, maps, plats, and photographs. Papers document business and legal affairs of the plantation owners and operators, as well as plantation operations such as sugar cane farming, the crops of tenant farmers on the property, and the planning and development of the plantation lands throughout the 19th and 20th centuries. Mss. 4906.

Acy, William, b. 1822. Papers, 1844-1909. 2 linear ft. (655 items; 18 ms. Vols., 39 printed vols.). Location: E:1-2, F:1. Justice of the Peace in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, and plantation owner in Carroll County, Mississippi. Personal, legal, and financial papers; personal letters concern mainly relatives and friends in Baltimore, Maryland. Papers also include photographs, newspapers, and other printed items. Collection includes letters on legal matters from Francis T. Nicholls, governor of Louisiana and chief justice of the state Supreme Court. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 717, 722.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Plantations

Agenda commercial de la Louisiane pour l'année, 1858-1877. 1 item. Location: Misc:A. Printed French journal book (1858) contains notes on the progress of the Civil War and the 'Trent Affair', a diplomatic incident between the U.S. and Great Britain. Other topics include poetry; songs; partial plays in commedia dell'arte style; notes on Renaissance Italian history and notes on Daniel Deronda by George Eliot. Also included are listings for businesses and consulates in New Orleans, and public officials in Paris. Alternate title: Anonymous manuscript volume. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3545.

Alexandria, Louisiana photographs, 1920-1921. 5 photographic prints. Location: 65:5. Prints depict scenes around Alexandria: the Bolton High School girls' basketball team (1920); a state meeting of officials in protest of a phone rate raise (originally created by Bridendall, 1921); a truck owned by H.T. Cottam & Co. (1920); the Bernstein Buick Co. dealership displayng Franklin and Buick models (circa 1920); and a carnival in front of Alexandria City Hall. Mss. 3691.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Transportation, Women, Business

Allen, Henry Watkins, 1820-1866, Broadside. 1 item. Location: OS:L. Lawyer of Mississippi who served in both the Mississippi and Louisiana legislatures. Allen served in the 4th Louisiana Regiment during the Civil War and was Confederate governor of Louisiana in 1864. Broadside announcing public speaking by Colonel Henry Watkins Allen and Thomas C. W. Ellis at the East Feliciana Parish Court House in Clinton, Louisiana, on October 4, by order of the American Party Central Committee. Part of the Louisiana Broadside Collection. For further information online catalog. Mss. 3705.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Allen, Henry Watkins, 1820-1866, Portrait. 1 item. Location: OS:A. Lawyer of Mississippi who served in both the Mississippi and Louisiana legislatures. Allen served in the 4th Louisiana Regiment during the Civil War and was Confederate governor of Louisiana in 1864. Etched portrait of Allen by Charles B. Hall, published in his MILITARY RECORDS OF GENERAL OFFICERS OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA (1898). For further information online catalog. Mss. 3620.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Allen, Henry Watkins, 1820-1866. Letter, 1863 June 13. 1 item [photocopy]. Location: Misc.:A. Lawyer of Mississippi who served in both the Mississippi and Louisiana legislatures. Allen served in the 4th Louisiana Regiment during the Civil War and was Confederate governor of Louisiana in 1864. Letter announces his departure for Bladen Springs, Alabama, to recuperate from leg injuries suffered in the burning of the Bowman house in Jackson. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3053.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Allen, Henry Watkins, 1820-1866. Letter and related photograph, 1864 July 6. 2 items. Location: Misc:A. Lawyer of Mississippi who served in both the Mississippi and Louisiana legislatures. Allen served in the 4th Louisiana Regiment during the Civil War and was Confederate governor of Louisiana in 1864. Letter from Allen to William F. Lockwood, keeper of machinery of the Louisiana State Penitentiary, authorizes Lockwood to loan penitentiary looms to cotton planters in eastern Louisiana and includes instructions for loaning the looms. Included is a photograph of Lockwood. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2867.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Plantations, Civil War

Allen, Oscar K. (Oscar Kelly), 1882-1936. Letter, 1933 Mar. 27. 1 letter. Location: Misc. Governor Oscar K. Allen writes Birch-Field & Company of New York re unimportant business. Mss. 4158.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Alley, Mary, Scrapbooks, 1843, 1862-1884, 1910.109 items, 3 vols. Location: Mss. Mf.:A. Baton Rouge native and wife of Charles Henry Jolly. Clippings from Baton Rouge papers on local and national issues at the end of the Civil War and early Reconstruction. Topics include politics, medicine, poetry, anecdotes, and deaths of Baton Rougeans. Other printed items include pamphlets on the dedication of St. Joseph's Cathedral and the history of the Catholic Church in Baton Rouge. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 3570.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Politics, Women, Civil War, Medicine, Literature

American Sugar Cane League. Letters. 1982 May 7-10. 2 items. Location: Misc:A. Advocacy group for American sugar producers. Letters signed by Kenneth H. Kahao as president of the league. One is addressed to President Ronald Reagan and expresses appreciation for his decision to impose import quotas on sugar. The other informs league members of Reagan's proclamations. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3631.

Referenced in Guides: Sugar, Politics

Anderson McNutt. Estate Papers, 1868-1895. 42 items. Location: 32:81. Planter of Rapides Parish, Louisiana, and brother of Mississippi governor A. G. McNutt. Records of the disposition of McNutt's estate describe the founding of Vicksburg, Mississippi, and early Mississippi politicians; family history; and economic and political difficulties of Reconstruction. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4187.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Plantations

Anderson, Dupuy H. Papers, 1935-1996 (bulk 1958-1963). 0.3 linear ft. Location: W:97, OS:A. Baton Rouge dentist and civil rights activist. Collection consists of correspondence, photographs, political speeches, and printed items that relate to his personal and public life. Papers focus on his community service, candidacy for mayor-president of East Baton Rouge Parish, and his involvement in the integration of East Baton Rouge Parish public schools. Mss. 5114.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education, African Americans

Anderson, Harrod C. (Harrod Clopton). Papers. 1849-1888 (bulk 1885-1887). 6 items, 3 volumes. Location: F:1, Misc:A. Planter of Magnolia, Haywood County, Tennessee. Papers include a cashbook, photoprints, and diaries which discuss opinions on philosophical, religious, political, and Civil War issues. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 5322: University Publications of America Records of Ante-bellum Southern Plantations Series I, Part 2, Reel 20. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 8, 490, 539.

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

Anderson, Mollie E. Papers, 1863-1903 (bulk 1880-1889). 70 items. Location: B:16. Resident of St. Amant, Ascension Parish, Louisiana. Papers include letters (1880-1889) from the related Morgan family, farmers of Stonypoint, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. There are a few letters (1886) from Walton County, Florida, to Mrs. Mollie E. Anderson's husband, Daniel. Included is a political broadside by John Pickett to members of the Farmers' Union and People's Party relative to the lottery issue in the 1892 Louisiana gubernatorial campaign. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2171.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women

Annotated political broadside, circa 1842. 1 item. Location: OS:G. An annotated political broadside, entitled GRAND FOUR MILE RACE, predicting the victory of B. A. Martel over Judge John H. Overton in an election for judge in the Fifteenth Judicial District of St. Landry Parish, La., on April 6, 1857. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1150.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Anonymous letter from New Orleans, 1864 November 15. 1 item. Location: Misc.A. Letter from Sarah, apparently a young girl and resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, written upon her return from a trip to New York City, commenting on a minstrel show in New Orleans, Louisiana, and expressing interest in the New York presidential election returns. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1418.

Anonymous New Orleans scrapbook, 1861-1936. 2 volumes on 1 microfilm reel. Location: Mss.Mf:A. Miscellaneous newspaper clippings collected mainly from newspapers in New Orleans and Natchez include materials relative to Reconstruction, the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, the Chicago fire of 1871, and steamboats. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2554.

Anonymous political scrapbook, 1830-1860. 1 volume. Location: F:2. Political scrapbook contains newspaper clippings of letters written to several southern newspapers. They express opinions on politicians, political parties and issues, with a particular focus on slavery and abolition. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 223.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, African Americans

Anonymous Reconstruction letters, 1875. 2 items. Location: Misc:A. Ensign stationed on the U.S. Flagship Worcester in New Orleans describes the chaotic conditions existing in the Louisiana legislature, and mentions orders to disperse the legislature. He also mentions national politics and his own naval experiences. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2560.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, New Orleans 1866-

Arceneaux, William. Papers, 1964-2007 (bulk 1972-2007). 15 linear feet and 20 volumes. Locations: 4:36, 4:43, 110:4-11, OS:A, Vault:2. Louisiana higher education official. Papers consist of correspondence, business papers, photographs, printed items, and scrapbooks related to the professional, civic, and personal activities of William Arceneaux. A small amount of correspondence is in French and Spanish. For further information, see online catalog Mss. 4107.

Archinard, Cesario. Land grant, 1807. 1 item. Location: Misc:A. Resident of New Orleans. Land grant, signed by Luis Hector Baron de Carondelet, Spanish Governor of Louisiana, awarding land in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, to Archinard. The land was surveyed by Carlos Trudeau. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 254.

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

Ascension Parish (La.). Police Jury. Records, 1837-1925 (bulk 1837-1838). 7 items. Location: Misc.:A, OS:A. Process verbals (written records) of the police jury of Ascension Parish concerning the establishment of boundary lines between Ascension and Iberville Parishes, and between Ascension and Assumption Parishes. Included is a survey (1925) of the boundary between Iberville and Ascension Parishes which conforms with a survey made by August S. Phelps (1837). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 552.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Ashley-Cooper, Anthony. Letter, 1847. 1 letter. Location: Misc.:A. Anthony Ashley-Cooper (1801-1885) was the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury who went by the title Lord Ashley from 1811 to 1851 and then Lord Shaftesbury following the death of his father.  He became known as a political reformer and advocate for improving living conditions for the working poor, which led to his earning the nickname of "Poor Man's Earl."  This is a letter dated February 12, 1847 from Lord Ashley requests a copy of a document from a committee. Mss. 822.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Assumption Parish records, 1841-1920 (bulk 1841-1891). 84 items. Location: U:6, 98:. Miscellaneous legal papers stating the value of a sugar plantation and slaves, with a copy of a lease for a house, lot, and billiard table in Napoleonville, La. (1841); subpoenas in a legal suit concerning St. Elizabeth Church (1852); and a broadside titled "Synopsis of Steamboat Laws" (1867). A printed invitation to attend a meeting of the Republican Executive Committee in Donaldsonville (1887), a broadside of the regular Democratic ticket for delegates to the state nomination convention and Assumption Parish officials (1891), and issues of The Assumption Pioneer (January 23, February 13, 27, 1909) are included. Mss. 14.

Aswell, James B. Letter, 1925 Aug. 8. 1 item. Location: MISC:A. Educator who served as congressman from Louisiana, as well as as Louisiana State Superintendent of Schools. Letter from Aswell to Sam Fried of Alexandria, Louisiana, congratulating him on his marrage to Nettie Gainsburg. Mss. 3295.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women

Aswell, James B. Papers, 1892-1959 (bulk 1909-1931). 3 linear ft. (1,301 items; 18 ms. v.). Location: U:172-174, OS:A, G:1, 98:A, Vault:38. Educator and U.S. congressman. Materials pertain principally to Aswell's political career and Louisiana politics; World War I; and post-war European conditions. Included are diaries documenting Aswell's official missions to Europe and scrapbooks on his career as an educator. Diary #4 discusses the presence of Jews in Poland following WWI. Notable individuals mentioned include Huey Long, John M. Parker, Gaston Porterie, Herbert Hoover, and Al Smith. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1408, 1426, 1468, 1483, 1620, 1621.

Aswell, James B., Jr. and Family. Papers, 1868-1961, undated (bulk 1930-1955). 9.75 linear, 22 manuscript volumes. Locations: 79:85-90, G:17, N:10, OS:A, T:103-106, Vault:1. Novelist, syndicated columnist, political writer, and Louisiana State Director of Public Relations (1940-1942) from Natchitoches, Louisiana. Papers contain correspondence, political materials, printed materials, photographs, and manuscript volumes relating to the careers and personal lives of James B. Aswell, Jr. and James B. Aswell, Sr. Mss. 2453.

Aswell, James B., Jr. Letters, 1954-1955. 16 items. Location: MISC:A. Author and resident of Natchitoches, Louisiana; son of James B. Aswell (1869-1931), educator and U.S. congressman. Letters of James B. Aswell, Jr. to Charles East pertain to book reviews written by Aswell for the MORNING ADVOCATE, to other writings, and to personal matters. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3048.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Baton Rouge

Aswell, James B., Jr. Papers,1953. 2 items. Location: MISC:A. Author and resident of Natchitoches, Louisiana. His father, James B. Aswell, an educator and U.S. congressman. Collection contains Dudley Frasier's biographical sketch of Aswell, the author of THE BIRDS AND THE BEES; the sketch mentions the burning of Aswell's papers in his hometown of Natchitoches. Included is a publicity photograph of Aswell for Reinhart & Co. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3428.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Literature

Attwood, Thomas. Letter, 1840. 1 item. Location: MISC:A. Thomas Attwood was a British banker, economist, and Member of Parliament. Letter from Attwood, in Birmingham, mentions the recent death of his wife and his decision to abandon politics, being too "worn out and exhausted in unavailing efforts to do any good either in Parliament, or out of Parliament." Mss. 822.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Avery, Dudley. Letters, 1815 January. 2 items [photostats]. Location: Misc.:A. Physician, resident of Baton Rouge, and speaker of the house in the West Florida legislature. Letters from Dr. Avery to Mrs. Mary Ann Avery during his service as a volunteer medical doctor with the Louisiana militia in New Orleans. Letters contain an account of the Battle of New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1874

Ayers, Elias L., b.1796. Diary. 1854-1855. 1 vol. Location: G:1. Farmer in western New York State near Trumanburg. Ayers raised barley, oats, wheat, vegetables, fruits, berries, honey, and sheep. Daily entries discuss weather, farm work, crops sold, supplies bought, relatives, political events and opinions, education of 'Oliver,' books and magazines, and religion. Topics include an election for improving a canal and imposing temperance laws. Included is a military land warrant for property in Ohio and a manuscript map of the Territory of New Mexico, showing Ft. Union, Santa Fe, and Taos. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3365.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Politics

Babin, Andrew. Oral history interview, 1992. 1 sound cassette (1 hour), Transcript (56 pages). Location: L:4700.0099. Babin graduated from LSU in 1917. Babin discusses his years as a cadet and student at LSU. Topics include hazing activities, interclass rivalries, demerits, drills, student leisure activities, dating, college courses, punishments for violating rules, professors, and school food. Babin also discusses Louisiana Governor Sam Houston Jones. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0099.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, LSU

Bagwell, Harrison G., 1914-1973. Papers, 1916, 1947-1969, undated. 4 linear ft. Location: 6:33-36, OS:B, 98:. Attorney of Baton Rouge and state Republican Party leader. Correspondence and other papers pertain to the development of the Republican Party in Louisiana; the presidential campaigns of 1952, 1960, and 1964; and Harrison Bagwell's Louisiana gubernatorial campaign of 1951. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2840.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Baton Rouge

Baker, Don, interviewee, Oral history interview. 1 sound cassette (30 minutes), Index (1 page). Family friend and former business associate of Mississippi Senator Leroy Percy in the 1920s. Interview deals with Baker's personal background with Senator Percy; he comments on Percy's lifestyle, his political involvement in the community of Greenville, Mississippi, and his assistance in the Mississippi floods (1922, 1927). Baker mentions the Ku Klux Klan, its politics and involvement in the 1923 elections; Howard Dardun, a Klan-supported politician; and other Mississippi politicians and their attitudes toward the Klan. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0001.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Ballinger, John Henry, 1775-1815. Letter, 1812 May 25. 1 letter. Location: Misc. Colonel John Ballinger was among the revolutionaries who captured the Spanish fort at Baton Rouge in the West Florida Revolution of September 1810. John Ballinger, New Orleans, writes to Fulwar Skipwith at his Montesano Plantation near Baton Rouge discussing a memorial from the Louisiana state constitutional convention requesting the annexation of West Florida to the new state of Louisiana. He also briefly notes public opinion on the likelihood of war with England. Mss. 5053.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Bank of the United States printed documents, 1834 May 26. 2 items. Location: E:Imprints. The Bank of the United States was chartered by the United States Congress in 1816 and was closed in 1836. Printed documents of the 23rd Congress include a resolution from Jones County, Mississippi, against renewing the bank's charter, and a resolution from Pike County, Mississippi, against the removal of public deposits from the Bank of the U.S. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3484.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Banks, Nathaniel Prentiss, 1816-1894. Letterpress copybook, 1863-1864. 1 vol. Location: B:12. Congressman, governor of Massachusetts, and general in command of the Union Gulf Department in the Civil War. Letterpress copybook of official letters written by Banks from his headquarters, Department of the Gulf, New Orleans, during fall 1863 and early winter 1864. Letters comment on civilian life in New Orleans, freed slaves, and the cotton trade. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2326.

Bankston, Jesse. Papers, 1924-2010 (bulk 1956-1992). 2.3 linear ft., 1 sound disc. Location: 116:24-25, OS:B, VAULT:1. Correspondence, political files, newspaper clippings, campaign material, and photographs reflecting Jesse H. Bankston's involvement in Louisiana state government and the Louisiana Democratic Party Bankston served under multiple Louisiana governors, including as director of the Department of Institutions, which supervised all mental, tuberculosis, and general hospitals. Mss. 5078.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Baton Rouge, Medicine, LSU, Long Family

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