Manuscript Resources on Politics

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North Louisiana and Texas Railroad Company. Bond, May 20, 1869. 1 item. Location: OS:N. Bond with coupons for $1000 bearing the official seal of the State of Louisiana and the signature of Governor H. C. Warmoth. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3315.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Transportation

Norwood, George, b. 1847. Papers, 1797-1901. .3 linear ft. Location: E:7. Planter and miller of East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, who served on the police jury of the seventh ward for many years. He married Stella Currie, daughter of Malcolm M. Currie, a planter and former senator from Franklin County, Mississippi. Papers of George and Stella Norwood and related families include deeds and land grants in East Feliciana Parish and Franklin County, Mississippi. Correspondence and cotton trade records from Clinton to Port Hudson are included. Also included are the papers of Thomas W. Scott, judge of East Feliciana Parish, that pertain to the settlement of the estates of James Winter, William J. Boatner, James H. Cason, and G. W. Jelks. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 677.

O'Bryan, Robert P., b. 1844, Papers, 1778-1958. 463 items. Location: W:33. Attorney of Vermilion and Calcasieu parishes, Louisiana. O'Bryan represented Vermilion Parish in the Louisiana House of Representatives (1879-1886) and was appointed attorney for the 14th Judicial District of Louisiana in 1890. Early papers relate to Spanish and territorial land grants. Early legal correspondence pertains to cases heard by Daniel O'Bryan, Robert's father, Clerk of Court for Vermilion Parish. Other papers of Robert O'Bryan include legal, political, and family correspondence. Land grants in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3100.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics

Odom family. Papers, 1860-1980. 0.4 linear feet. Location: 1:53. Personal, financial, and legal papers of the Odom family. Primary correspondents include Thomas Jefferson Odom, Harold Odom, and John S. Odom. Thomas J. Odom served in the Confederate Army as a member of the 33rd Regiment, Louisiana Volunteers. Harold Odom served with the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II. John S. Odom enlisted with the Army Air Corps and served in Western Europe. Mss. 4256.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, Civil War, 20th Century Wars

Oge, John M. Papers, 1838-1939 (bulk 1915-1932). 0.5 linear ft. Location: W:53-54, OS:O. Resident, politician, and planter of Grand Coteau, Louisiana. His political offices included mayor of Grand Coteau, deputy sheriff of St. Landry Parish, and representative in the Louisiana State Legislature. Financial papers relate to the production of agricultural products. Early business correspondence discusses cotton and a property dispute. Personal correspondence from Oge's sons discusses employment, the military, and WWI. Political correspondence reflects the political atmosphere in Louisiana during the early 20th century with letters from the Louisiana governor's office, Huey P. Long, and political allies. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4207.

Okolona States. Broadside, circa 1881. 1 printed item. Location:OS:O. Weekly newspaper published in Okolona, Mississippi. Broadside sheet, apparently intended to advertise the newspaper, reflects survival of secessionist and states' rights sentiments. Included are excerpts from a speech given by Jefferson Davis and a patriotic poem titled 'Southland' by Will H. Kernan. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2983.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Literature

Olivier, Adolphus. Letter, 1861. 1 item. Location: Misc. Member of the Louisiana State Legislature. Letter from New Orleans, Louisiana, to General Daniel Ruggles advising him of a Senate bill appropriating two and one-half million dollars to organize a Louisiana naval force. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2281.

Orléans, Philippe, duc d', 1674-1723. Philip, Duke of Orleans letter, 1721. 1 item. Location: Misc.:O. Regent of France. Letter to the Baron des Adrets concerning his legal dispute with M. de Montbrun in which the Regent refuses to take sides in the case, but trusts the judges with make a fair decision. The envelope is sealed with his seal as regent of France. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1599.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, French

Orléans, Philippe, duc d', 1674-1723. Duke of Orleans document, 1723 April 23. 1 item. Location: OS:O. Regent of France. Document signed at Versailles, April 23, 1723. A document signed at Versailles by Philippe d'Orléans and Pierre-François Doublet concerns property that Marie-Eleonore Hersant inherited at Tournelles following the death of her father, Pierre Hersant.In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2261.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, French

Ormand, J. J., Letter, 1840 Sept. 24. 1 item. Misc.:O. Resident of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Letter written by Ormand to A. F. Hopkins, Huntsville, Alabama, discussing the current presidential election and remarking that the next election would settle matters in the South. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3666.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Orpen, William, Drawings. 2 items. Pen and ink portrati drawings of Woodrow Wilson from 1919 Paris Peach Conference. Drawings contain notes and signature from the artist. For additional information see online catalog. Mss. 5013.

Ott, C. Ellis. Papers, 1926-1954, undated. 6 linear ft. Location: 126:. Resident of Bogalusa, Louisiana, judge of the 22nd Judicial District Court (1930-1936), and judge of the First Circuit Court of Appeals (1936-1947). Judicial papers relate mostly to Ott's judgeship of the Court of Appeals. Personal papers pertain to home study courses at the University of Chicago and include correspondence and other materials pertaining to his book, "The American Citizen in Government." A copy of the book is also included. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1665, 1741.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education

Overton, John H. (John Holmes). Papers, 1896-1984 (bulk 1916-1940). 4 linear ft. Location: 106:22-23, OS:O. Graduate of Louisiana State University, attorney, United States Senator for Louisiana, and political ally of Huey P. Long. Papers include political, financial, and personal papers. Political papers include materials related to Overton's senatorial campaigns and the campaigns of some of his political allies (Winston Overton, John B. Fournet, and Earl K. Long). Also included are files related to a U.S. Senate-led investigation into corruption related to Overton's 1932 senatorial nomination. Mss. 4371.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, LSU, Long Family

Overton, John Holmes. Scrapbook, 1932-1959, undated 1 vol., 5 items. Location: F:23, MISC:O. U.S. senator from Louisiana. Scrapbook of newspaper clippings pertain to Overton's political career. Items include a copy of Overton's memorial address on Huey Long (1936), a news release concerning a bill to reorganize the federal judiciary (1937), and commemorative programs. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3130.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Overton, John Holmes. Silhouette, 1936 Mar. 19. 1 silhouette. Location: E:65. John Holmes Overton was U.S. Representative for the 8th Congressional district of Louisiana (1931-1933) and a U.S. Senator for Louisiana (1933-1948). An ink-on-paper silhouette drawing of John H. Overton while a U.S. Senator. Mss. 4158.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Paine, Halbert Eleazer. Letter, 1869 July 19. 1 item. MISC:P. Union general, attorney, U.S. congressman from Wisconsin, commissioner of patents, and author. Letter from Paine and addressed to Schuyler Colfax, then U.S. vice-president, praising him on a speech in which he showed himself to be 'too magnanimous to plot against a President.' For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3565.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Palfrey Family Papers, 1776-1918. (bulk 1806-1875). 388 items; 21 vols. Location: 77:89, H:22, Mss.Mf:P, 99. Family of planters, businessmen, politicians, public servants and author. Papers of John Palfrey (1768-1843) relate chiefly to the operation of Forlorn Hope Plantation, education of his sons, War of 1812, and reflect plantation life. Topics include the trade embargo, West Florida Controversy and the capture of Baton Rouge, War of 1812, slavery, cotton and salt production, and banking. Family papers pertain to Civil War battles, plantation economics, Confederate government, and Reconstruction. Papersof William Palfrey concern Ricahoc Plantation and a partnership David Weeks. They also discuss the Clinton and Port Hudson Railroad Company (1841-1842). Some items in French and Spanish. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 6061 and 5322: University Publications of America Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 6, Reel 12; Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series I, Part 1, Reels 1-4. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 333, 334, 1409, 1442, 1632, 2076, 2580, 2773, 2857.

Parker, John M. File, 1913-1924 (bulk 1921-1924). 140 items. Location: U:105, OS:P. Files primarily relate to the "Mansion Fund" McFarland's letter of endorsement; three surety bonds issued to Eskridge E. Keebleer; and material pertaining to the inauguration of Governor Parker, giving names of financial subscribers and their contributions, committee expenditures, and a letter from the Finance Committee concerning refunds to subscribers of unused subscription money. Also included is an agreement and correspondence with builder J. C. Deagan, Inc. of Chicago, Illinois, for electrically controlled chimes for the Louisiana State University Memorial Tower. Blue prints by Theo C. Link for the layout of the keyboard and chiming device are also present.For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 241, 1984.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, LSU

Parker, John Milliken, 1863-1939. Testimonial dinner photograph, 1917 Jan. 8. 4 photographic prints. Location: 65:5. John M. Parker was governor of Louisiana from 1920 to 1924. The collection consists of one gelatin silver print mounted on board, created by Covert Photo of New Orleans on January 8, 1917, and three enlargement copy prints of the original for a banquet given in honor of John M. Parker in recognition of his services rendered in the election of Woodrow Wilson during the presidential campaign of 1916. Mss. 3277.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Peak, Frank P. Narrative, 1863. 1 item [bound typescript copy]. Location: Misc:P. Resident of Chicot, Arkansas, and Confederate soldier imprisoned at Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Copy of "A Southern Soldier's View on the Civil War, 1860-1862," written while Peak was imprisoned. He gives a brief history of the secession movement of 1860. He describes the organization of a cavalry "home guard" company and the formation of a state militia infantry company. He also tells of his enlistment in the Byrnes Battery at Camp Boone, camp life, and his military service, including the fighting at Shiloh. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 15. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 629.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Peckham, A. I. Collection, 1862-1863, 1919. 4 items. Location: Misc.:P. Letter and other items reflecting interest in General P. G. T. Beauregard, along with a printed address by Governor Thomas O. Moore to "Fellow-Citizens and Soldiers", calling for 5,000 volunteers to assist General Beauregard in the defense of the Mississippi Valley in early 1862. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2314.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Pelayo, Mrs. Sidney M. Newspaper clipping collection, 1903-1965, undated 47 items. Location: Nsp., 99:. Newspaper clippings pertaining to Baton Rouge, the 1927 Mississippi River flood, LSU, people and places of historical interest in Louisiana, the United Confederate Veterans, the death of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and World War II. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2600-73.

Percival, James, 1795-1856, Letter, 1949 August 20. 1 item. American poet, geologist, and physician. Letter from Percival and addressed to U.S. Vice-President M. Fillmore disagreeing with recent political appointments, expressing disappointment with Whig Party politics, and foreseeing defeat of the Whigs in Ohio. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3449.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Medicine, Literature

Percy, Leroy. Family papers, 1894-1930. 5,509 items, 3 ms. Vols. [on microfilm]. Location: Mss.Mf:P. Lawyer, plantation owner, and U.S. senator of Greenville, Mississippi. Papers reflecting Percy's wide interests and including topics such as administration of large scale cotton farming and factoring; employment of immigrant labor, mainly Italians; railroad and levee policies; state politics; and his world-wide travels. Also covered is Percy's relationship to family, friends, and adversaries. Of special interest is a collection of correspondence on his outspoken stand against the Ku Klux Klan in Mississippi. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3275.

Pereboom, Margaret, 1928-2008. Papers, 1977-1988 (bulk:1979-1982). 3.5 linear feet. Location: U:313-316; OS:P. A child psychologist who served as a member of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board and as chair of Louisiana Women in Politics. Consists of correspondence, legal files, office files and statistical reports related to the desegregation case, Davis vs. East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, as well as administrative files for Louisiana Women in Politics and research materials on the role of women in elected office. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4958.

Persac, Linnie B. Scrapbook, 1935 September 10-21, 1936. 10 items, 1 ms. Vol. Location: F:4. Scrapbook contains news stories and articles covering the assassination of Huey Long; loose items (1936) pertain to the political activities of Mrs. Huey Long. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2129.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Pestel papers, 1863-1877. 6 items. Location: Misc.:P, OS:P. Minister of the Netherlands to the United States. Official letters from Mr. Pestel to Amadee Couturie, consul of the Netherlands in New Orleans, La.. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 343.

Peters, Samuel J. Family Papers, 1789-1914 (bulk 1820-1863). 71 items, 1 ms. vol., 1 printed vol. Location: E:49. Prominent New Orleans merchant, financier, civic leader, and political figure. Papers consist of an autobiography, diary, political speech, and letters by Samuel Peters, Sr.; a biography of him; family correspondence; a printed volume of novelist and artist, Rodolphe Topffer; and a manuscript volume containing genealogical data. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1346.

Peterson, Pattie P. Papers, 1955-1977. 3.0 linear ft. Location: Y; 95-97, OS:P. Resident of Baton Rouge, La., civil servant, and civil rights advocate. Correspondence, logs, and notes, and printed material relative to race relations and desegregation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the civil rights movement in the nation. Papers also reflect Peterson’s involvement in public welfare organizations, including the Louisiana Commission on Human Relations, Rights, and Responsibilities and the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations. Correspondence also relates to family matters and the civil service system in Louisiana. Printed materials include the newsletters of the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations. Mss. 2955.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, Education, African Americans

Pettis, S. Newton, Letter. 2 items. U.S. congressman from Pennsylvania. Letter from Pettis to Congressman Michael Hahn of Louisiana suggesting a visit with Robert Todd Lincoln in Washington, D.C., because of the close relationship between Hahn and President Lincoln. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 965.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Pharr, John Newton, 1829-1903. Family papers, 1843-1934 (bulk 1908-1931). 85,762 items, 220 ms. vols., 141 printed vols. Location: UU:211-213, X:1-42, Q:15-27. Sugar planter, businessman, politician, and steamboat captain of St. Mary Parish, Louisiana. Papers and account books of Captain Pharr and records of the J. N. Pharr and Sons, Limited reflect the operations of all the Pharr family holdings including several plantations, Glenwild Sugar Refinery, the Fairview Dairy, and the Pharr Line. Also contains compilations of primary election returns for Jan. 28, 1908, and January 19, 1932. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 555.

Phelan, James. Letter, 1862. 1 item. Location: Misc. Confederate senator from Aberdeen, Mississippi. Letter to Confederate President Jefferson Davis advises him to cultivate popular affection; discusses the poor morale of the Confederate army during the retreat from Corinth, Mississippi; and mentions the popularity of several Confederate generals. Phelan also mentions the attitudes of military commanders; predicts a major federal attack on Chattanooga; discusses crop damage; and comments on government appointments. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2844.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Phillips, Wendell, 1811-1884, Letter, 1865 June 1. 1 item. Location: Misc.:P. American orator and abolitionist. Letter from Boston to an unidentified recipient expresses fear that if former Confederate states are readily readmitted to Congress they will ally themselves with the Copperheads and win the support of the Administration. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2495.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Pichon Family Papers, 1769-1856. 28 items. Location: A:5, OS:P. French settlers in the Bayou Black region near Lake Pontchartrain, Louisiana. Collection of papers including a land grant with notes by Governor Charles Phillipe Aubry; a baptismal certificate; land documents; and papers of Don Juan Acevedo including a will. Partly in French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1588.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, French

Pickett, George T. Papers, circa 1880-1960 (bulk 1920-1948). 6 linear ft. Location: 6:58-64, 98:P, OS:P. George T. Pickett, president of the Llano Colony, a socialist cooperative society established in California (1914) and moved to Newllano, Vernon Parish, Louisiana (1918). Papers include correspondence; business and legal records; copies of the colony's newsletter; and printed items related to the colony's history; socialism; and cooperative movements in the United States. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1074, 2733.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Pierrepont, Edwards, 1817-1892, Letter, 1884 August 21. 1 item. Location: Misc.:P. Lawyer, politician, U.S. Attorney General (1875). Letter discusses a projected publication advocating reforms in national financial policies concerning the circulation of silver. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2633.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Pierrepont, Edwards, 1817-1892. Papers, 1862-1866. 13 items. Location: Misc.:P, OS:P. Lawyer, politician, U.S. Attorney General (1875). Pierrepont was appointed to examine claims of prisoners in federal custody during the war. Papers relate to the case of Samuel Smith, a New Orleans banker, in the Civil War. During the federal occupation of New Orleans, General Benjamin Butler confiscated gold from Smith's bank to pay Union soldiers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2568.

Pierson, David, b. 1837, Letter, 1861. 1 item [photocopy]. Winn Parish representative to the 1861 Louisiana Secession Convention. Letter from Pierson to his father, William H. Pierson, explains his decision to enlist in the Confederate army, and his opposition to secession. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1612.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Pike, George A. Scrapbook, 1855-1865. 1 vol. Location: H:22. Politician, printer and editor of the Baton Rouge 'Comet.' Scrapbook of newspaper clippings pertaining to state politics, the Know-Nothing Party, and the Masonic Order. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2835.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Baton Rouge

Pinchback, Pinckney Benton Stewart, 1837-1921. Photographic portraits, circa 1875 and 1900. 2 copy prints. Location: 65:5. Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchback was governor of Louisiana between Dec. 9, 1872 and Jan. 13, 1873. He was the first African American to become governor of a U.S. state. These two photographic portraits of P.B.S. Pinchback are from circa 1875 and circa 1900. Mss. 4152.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, African Americans