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Tibbets, Hiram B. Family Papers, 1830-1857. 25 items. Location: A:4. Planter and physician of Lake Providence, East Carroll Parish, Louisiana. A native of Massachusetts, Tibbetts and his wife corresponded with his brother John C. Tibbetts in Boston and New Hampshire. Letters primarily to John C. Tibbetts deal with planter-slave relations, and plantation and family news. Topics include Christmas festivities; a wedding held in the slave quarters; and the prevalence of cholera. A partial letter (ca. 1850) provides analysis of the political situation in Louisiana and Mississippi following the Compromise of 1850. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 831, 856, 868, 1300, 1352.

Tilton, John. Land grant, 1797 Nov. 20. 1 item. Location: Misc.:T, vault:25, vault MRDF 14. Land grant signed by John Adams and Timothy Pickering. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2814.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Toland, Henry, b. 1785. Letter, 1833 Nov. 19. 1 letter. Location: Misc. Henry Toland was a Philadelphia merchant who did business with Andrew Jackson. Toland in Philadelphia writes to Andrew Jackson regarding a shipment of furniture having arrived in New Orleans. Mss. 4056.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Toombs, Robert Augustus, 1810-1885, Letter, 1848. 1 item. Location: Misc.:T. Confederate secretary of state and general. Letter from Toombs commenting on nomination of General Zachary Taylor, as giving universal satisfaction to the Whig Party. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1537.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Toombs, Robert Augustus, 1810-1885, Letter, 1857 Jan. 3. 1 item. Location: Misc.:T. Confederate secretary of state and general. Letter written from Washington, D.C., mentions speculation about the cabinet of incoming President Buchanan and discusses Southern commercial conventions and personal business interests. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2925.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Tower, Luther Field. Diary, 1845-1846. 2 vols. Location: H:20. Clerk for a New Orleans. La., cotton exchange. Diary provides a daily account of local weather conditions in New Orleans, the arrival and departure of cargo ships, cotton and sugar prices, the cotton trade, local military and political celebrations, Tower's attendance at Protestant church services, concerts and opera performances, and prominent visitors to New Orleans. Entries for November and December of 1845 describe the trial of Dr. W.A. Scott, minister of the First Presbyterian Church in New Orleans. Entries also note the progress of the Mexican War and the funeral of U.S. President Andrew Jackson. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 765.

Trevelyan, Charles Edward, 1807-1886, Letters. 2 items. Location: Misc.:T. English statesman, governor of Madras, and finance minister of India. Letters concern the distribution of Parliamentary papers and an article about England and Russia written by Trevelyan. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1350.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Tucker, Josiah, 1711-1799, Letter, 1782. 1 item. Location: Misc.:T. English clergyman, Dean of Gloucester, and pamphleteer on political economy. Letter mentions the coming publication of a third edition of his pamphlet "Cui Bono?", and comments unfavorably on schemes to prevent the separation of the American colonies from England. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1350.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Turner, Edward and family. Papers, 1767-1878 (bulk 1811-1878). 173 items, 1 volume. Location: S:120, OS:T, VAULT:1. Judge and planter of Natchez, Mississippi. Collection includes family correspondence, legal and business papers, plantation documents, poems, photographs, a specimen of currency (1778), and an issue of the newspaper Southern Watch Tower (1843). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1403.

Uhler, John Earle. Papers, 1921-1960 (bulk 1931-1959). 13.4 linear ft. Location: 79:22-32, OS:U, 99:U. John Earle Uhler was an English professor at Louisiana State University from 1928-1961. His teaching and research interests included Shakespeare, 18th century English drama, English Renaissance literature, and linguistics. A public controversy over Uhler's novel Cane Juice, published in 1931, led to his removal from the faculty, and reinstatement six months later.  Papers include personal and professional correspondence; published and unpublished literary and academic manuscripts; and printed material, including newspaper clippings, newspapers, and periodicals related to Uhler's writing and interest in political events. There are also teaching materials from Uhler's tenure at LSU, and a small number of photographs and pencil drawings. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1902.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Performing arts, LSU, Long Family

United States. Congress. House. Committee on Private Land Claims. John Ellis Report, 1830. 1 pamphlet. Location: E:Imprints. Concerning the petitioners’ request for clear title to land in Wilkinson County, Miss., granted by the Spanish government of West Florida to John Ellis. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1773.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

United States. Congress. House. Committee on the Public Lands. Ebenezer Cooley Report, 1828. 1 pamphlet. Location: E:Imprints. The report evaluates Ebenezer Cooley’s claim for compensation from Congress for the loss of a tract of land and improvements on the west bank of the Mississippi River in Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3365.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

United States. Dept. of Justice. General records, 1877-1906 (bulk 1877-1890). 300 items (on microfilm). Location: Mss. Mf.: U. Correspondence, memos, telegrams, newspaper clippings, and other materials concerning violent acts committed against African American candidates for office and African American voters in several Louisiana parishes. Most of the records originate from the U.S. Marshal's Office and the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans, La., with some correspondence of U.S. Dept. of Justice officials in Washington, D.C. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1766.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, African Americans

United States. Dept. of the Treasury. Receipt for confiscated property, 1863 Aug. 22. 1 item. Location: Misc.:C. Benjamin F. Flanders was an agent of the U.S. Treasury Department during the federal occupation of New Orleans, La.; Felix Labatut was a former member of the Louisiana Secession Convention. A receipt signed by Flanders, states that properties belonging to Felix Labatut are confiscated because of noncompliance with general order No. 76. The confiscated property was valued at $43,000. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3309.

United States. Dept. of the Treasury, Confiscation decrees 1863 Aug. 13-Sept. 1. 3 items. Location: Misc.:C. Benjamin F. Flanders worked as a special agent of the U.S. Treasury Department during the federal occupation of New Orleans, lLa., later serving as governor of Louisiana. Decrees, carried out by Flanders, authorizing the confiscation of properties in New Orleans for nonpayment of taxes by Confederate sympathizers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3108.

United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation. Huey P. Long files, 1932-1969 (bulk 1934-1939). 0.5 linear ft. [photocopies]. Location: 80:36. Records mainly consist of copies of telegrams and memoranda from office files of the FBI special agents in the Bureau's New Orleans office concerning activities of Senator Huey Long. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3865.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Unzaga y Amézaga, Luis, 1717-1793. Certificate, 1774 Feb. 8. 1 item. Location: Misc.:U. First Spanish governor of Louisiana. Official document signed by Luis de Unzaga y Amézaga, certifying an agreement or compact. Page appears to be the final portion of a larger document, the first pages of which are missing. The document is countersigned by Joseph Foucher, Unzaga's secretary, and bears Unzaga's seal. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 147.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics

Van Buren, Martin, 1782-1862, Letter, 1829 July 13. 1 item. Location: Misc.:V, Vault:1. Eighth president of the United States. In a letter to a Mr. Stebbins, Martin Van Buren refers to the use of money in political elections. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2574.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Vermont politician's letters, 1861. 3 items. Location: Misc:V. Letters from a Vermont politician (signed Wm. W. B.) attending a session of the state legislature, relating accounts of personal and official activities to his wife. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2112.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Verret, Theodule. Papers, 1804-1894 (bulk 1850-1870). .5 linear ft. (634 items). Location: E:38. Sawmill and lumber business owner in Mandeville, St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, and justice of the peace and parish treasurer. Verret also owned property in New Orleans. Papers concern the rent or lease of Verret's property in New Orleans, his sawmill and lumber business in Mandeville, and his position as parish treasurer. Included are letters from Louisiana Superintendent of Education Robert Lusher. Some letters in French; one item in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 905.

Victor, Claude. Proclamation, 1802. 1 printed item [photostatic copy]. Location:OS:V. French general appointed governor of Louisiana by Napoleon. Proclamation announces the cession of Louisiana by Spain to France and his impending arrival to assume government of the colony. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3165.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Vignaud, Henry. Papers, 1862-1909. 385 items. Location: C:66. Journalist, diplomat, and historian of New Orleans, Louisiana. Papers consist of letters from Louisiana friends; officials in the Department of State and the diplomatic service; Americans in public life; and literary figures, historians, journalists, and other writers. Collection includes 75 letters (1865-1892) of L. Placide Canonge, New Orleans writer and dramatist, pertaining to literature and the theater in New Orleans. Partly in French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1281.

Vincent, Thomas M. and family. Papers, 1824-1932. 1.25 linear ft. Location: W:38-39, OS:V, VAULT MRDF 6, VAULT:1. U.S. Army officer in the Seminole Wars and Civil War. Letters of Thomas M. Vincent and Laura Lancaster (1857) pertain to his military career, family matters, and the education of his son, Thomas Norris Vincent. Also includes letters of recommendation for admission to West Point, including two from William T. Sherman. Other correspondents include Julia Dent Grant and Ida Tarbell. Early papers (1824-1856) relate to Joseph B. Lancaster and the Lancaster family and reflect social events, education, and family matters. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3116.

W. P. A. Collection COMMUNITY SERVICE DIVISION Field memos, 1940-1942. 1 vol. Location: O:3. Memos sent to directors and supervisors of W.P.A. projects in Louisiana pertaining to personnel, employment regulations, preparation of annual reports, conversion of W.P.A. projects to wartime purposes, and operation and administration of programs. Projects included are the Writers' Project, Shoe Repair Project, Music Project, Arts and Crafts Projects, Nursery School Project, and many others. Memos include worksheets and blank forms for recording hours of work, tasks accomplished, and the number of employees at work on particular projects. Mss. 2902.

W.P.A. Louisiana Historical Records Survey Police Jury Minutes Transcriptions, 1811-1941 206 linear feet on 581 reels. Typed, printed, and handwritten transcriptions of Police Jury minutes and ordinances for 60 of 64 Louisiana parishes. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2984.

Wadleigh, Bainbridge, 1831-1891, Letter, 1876 December 20. 1 item. Location: Misc.:W. Republican senator from New Hampshire. Letter from New Orleans, Louisiana, comments on the testimony being taken on the contested election of 1876, the political atmosphere in the city, and invitations extended by social clubs. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2468.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, New Orleans 1866-

Waggaman, George Augustus, 1790-1843. Note, circa 1813-1843. 1 note. Location: Misc. George Augustus Waggaman was secretary of state of Louisiana (1830-1832) and an Anti-Jacksonian U.S. Senator elected to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Edward Livingston (1831-1835). Waggaman accepts an invitation to dinner from Robert Gilman. Mss. 4130.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Wailes, Levin, 1768-1847, Letter, 1812 Feb. 25. 1 item. Location: Misc.:W. Register of the Land Office of the United States, Territory of Orleans (1810-1822). Letter to U.S. Representative William W. Bibb [Georgia], written from Opelousas, Louisiana, discusses an inexpensive and successful method of raising and processing sugar then being employed in the Bayou Teche-Attakapas region of Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2946.

Referenced in Guides: Sugar, Politics

Wailes, Levin, 1768-1847, Letter, 1816. 1 item. Location: Misc.:W. Register of the Land Office of the United States, Territory of Orleans (1810-1822). Letter from a Mr. Robin in Opelousas to Levin Wailes declining solicitations to have his name placed on the ticket as a candidate for political office. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 995.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, French

Wallis, George B. Letter, 1862 April 28.1 item. Location: Misc.:W. Reporter for the NEW YORK HERALD. Letter from George B. Wallis to his editor, James Gordon Bennett, commenting at length on interviews with President Lincoln and Secretary of War Stanton. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1770.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Ware Family papers, 1865-1871. 2 items. Location: MISC:W. Henry Ware (1813-1898) was a planter, Democrat, and prohibitionist whose children included Richard Mathis Ware of New Orleans, Louisiana, and James A. Ware of Belle Grove and Celeste plantation, Louisiana. This collection includes a letter sent on behalf of the Corps of Cadets to Richard Mathis Ware from the Committee of Reference in Case of Reinstatement. He was dismissed from Louisiana State University following an incident involving the \"Asylum Bell,\" but the committee investigating the incident rescinded the charges. The second item is two printed letters to the editor of South-Western written by H. Ware in 1865 regarding politics in Harrison County, Texas. Mss. 5127.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, LSU

Warmoth, Henry C. Papers, 1869-1872. 11 items, 1 volume. Location: MISC:W. Reconstruction governor of Louisiana, a sugar planter, and a businessman. Correspondence received as governor concerns political and judicial appointments and quarantines. Also included is a letter from James Longstreet about the Louisiana militia and a campaign pamphlet for Warmoth. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 133, 773, 791, 1131.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Medicine

Warren, Robert Penn. Letter, 1962 Nov. 7. 1 item. Location: Misc.: W, Vault:1. College professor and writer who served on the faculty of Louisiana State University, Dept. of English, from 1933-1942. In a typed letter to a Mr. Stahley, Robert Penn Warren discusses the administration at Louisiana State University during Huey P. Long's term as governor. He also comments on Professor William A. Read of the English Dept. and the SOUTHERN REVIEW. Original housed in Vault is restricted. Use photocopy. Mss. 5072

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education, LSU, Long Family, Literature

Washington, George, 1732-1799, Letter, 1785, 1928. 2 items [framed facsimile and typewritten copy]. Location: Misc.:W. First President of the United States. Letter by President Washington to Francis Hopkinson mentions portrait painter Pike [sic. Robert Edge Pine] from England. Newspaper clipping (1928) gives information concerning the acquisition of facsimile. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 893.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Washington, George, 1732-1799, Letter, 1799 Dec. 10. 1 item (facsimile). First President of the United States. Letter to James Anderson with attached plans for the operation of Washington's plantations for the calendar year 1800. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 965.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Plantations

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

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