Manuscript Resources on Politics

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Brady, James. Papers, 1971-2001 (bulk 1986-2000). 4 linear feet. Location: 10:61-63. James Brady (1944-2017) was a Louisiana lawyer, federal jurist and Democratic Party supporter. The James Brady Papers are comprised of legal documents from the 1986 Long v. Gremillion voting rights case, Democratic Party related materials, correspondence, and national convention materials from 1980-1996. It also includes application materials from his nomination by President Bill Clinton to a federal judgeship for the United States Federal District Court of the Middle District of Louisiana. Additionally, it includes campaign buttons and bumper stickers, photographs, and business cards. Mss. 5300.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Baton Rouge, LSU

Bragg, Braxton, 1817-1876, Letter, 1860 December 7. 1 item. Location: Misc.:B. Confederate general in command of the Army of Tennessee during the Civil War. Letter written from Thibodaux, Louisiana, while Bragg was a major general in the Louisiana militia. It presents his opinions on the role of the militia system and the need for the governor of Louisiana to seek advice of military men. The letter also comments on the attitudes of the local residents towards military service and states that they are poorly equipped. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3072.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War

Brashear, R. B. Letter, 1852 January 20. 1 letter. Location: MISC:B. Brashear was a politician from New Orleans. Francis D. Richardson was a member of the Louisiana Senate from Baton Rouge. Richardso built a plantation home called Bayside in Jeanerette, Louisiana. Letter is written by R. B. Brashear to Francis D. Richardson. The letter discusses Whig candidates of Louisiana and the Senate election. The letter also discusses a politician named Benjamin who was accused of having an affair. Mss. 5158.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Breaux, John B. Papers, 1933, 1938, 1963, 1970-2004 (bulk: 1987-2004). Approx. 781 linear feet . Location: Room B6, Map Cage, Vault:54. Correspondence, briefing books, bills, reports, testimony transcripts, research files, news releases, printed materials, audio-visual and electronic files, photographs and memorabilia documenting the political and U.S. Congressional career of Louisiana Representative (1972-1986) and Senator (1987-2004) John B. Breaux, and the work of his office. In addition to Senate and House files, contains materials related to his campaigns, the Democratic Party, and the Washington Mardi Gras. Topics include, among others, flood control, abortion, transportation, energy, the environment, taxes, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and healthcare, consumer protection, wetlands conservation, base closures in Louisiana, commerce, trade, and agriculture policy, especially for sugar and rice. For additional information, see the online catalog. Mss. 4922.

Breda, Jean Philippe, 1808-1882. Family Papers, 1776-1921. 1,070 items and 31 vols., 3 mf reel. Location: B:64-65, J:13, 98:, OS:B, Mss.Mf:B, Vault:3. Physician and druggist of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Letters, personal papers, and business records of Dr. Breda concerning his medical practice, Louisiana politics, and family matters; together with correspondence and papers of his son, J. Ernest Breda, relating to the Civil War and politics. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 953, 966, 1021.

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

Brent, Rosella Kenner. Papers, 1865, 1902-1916. 0.1 linear ft. Location: U:245. Daughter of Ascension Parish, Louisiana, planter and politician Duncan Farrar Kenner and wife of Confederate brigadier general Joseph F. Brent. Two narratives of Brent's recollections of Ashland Plantation, including a sketch of slave Henry Hammond. She also recounts an 1862 incident in which her father escaped to Bayou Lafourche upon learning that Union troops were coming to arrest him. Three letters pertain to Rosella Kenner Brent's husband, Brigadier General Joseph L. Brent, C.S.A. A 1910 letter describes General Brent's service in the Confederate army. Available on microfilm 6061: University Publications of America Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 1, Reel 14. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1167, 1822.

Brian, Hardy L., 1865-1949, Family Papers. 1,426 items, 2 ms. vols., 21 printed vols. Newspaperman and Populist Party political leader of Winnfield, Natchitoches, and Shreveport, Louisiana. Family correspondence and papers pertaining largely to social life. Items of political interest include newspapers, a memoir, and documents. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2592.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Brian, S. M. Letter, circa 1880-1892. 1 broadside. E:Imprints. An open letter by S.M. Brian et al. addresses accusations of lies and bribery in the election for the 24th Louisiana Senatorial District (Catahoula, Grant, and Winn parishes) between J.N. Luce and Benjamin F. Brian. Benjamin F. Brian served as senator in 1880-1884 and 1892-1896. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1139.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Brickell, D. Warren (Daniel Warren), 1824-1881. Papers, 1869-1882. .55 linear ft. (82 items, 1 ms. vol., 1 printed vol.). Location: C:74, 98:B, F:16. New Orleans gynecologist, founder and dean of the New Orleans School of Medicine, and editor of numerous medical journals. Papers consist mainly of newspaper clippings and political broadsides, many dealing with Reconstruction issues. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1430, 1617.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, New Orleans 1866-, Medicine

Bridges, Tyler. Papers, 1882-2002 (bulk 1992-2000). 14.5 linear feet, 37 sound cassettes, 14 video cassettes. Location: UU:296-308, L:36, OS:B. Newspaper articles, interviews, and copies of court records and transcripts of wire taps compiled by journalist Tyler Bridges as research for his book, 'Bad Bet on the Bayou: The Rise of Gambling in Louisiana and the Fall of Governor Edwin Edwards.' For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4899.

British House of Commons. Committee records, 1728-1739. 0.2 linear ft. Location: C:72. Contemporary manuscript copies of documents presented to Parliament aimed at documenting the real and perceived injustices committed by the Spanish against British merchants engaging in trade with the American colonies and the West Indies. Many of the actions taken by Spanish agents against British subjects were used as justification for the conflict known as the War of Jenkins' Ear. Documents include letters of Sir Benjamin Keene, agent of the South Sea Company in Spain; petitions of grievances to Parliament presented before the committee of the House of Commons; and the report of the committee. Part of the West Indies Collection. Mss. 658.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics, Transportation, Business

Brooks, Overton. Papers, 1898-1970 (bulk 1936-1961). 23.5 linear ft. 36 vols. Location: 35:67-77, 31:81, 50:81 P:15, OS:B, vault:3, 21. Baton Rouge and Shreveport, Louisiana, WWI veteran, attorney and U.S. congressman from Louisiana. Correspondence pertains largely to Brooks' congressional career, particularly his membership in the House Armed Services committee and the House Science and Aeronautics committee. Collection also contains photographs and diaries. Included in the correspondence are political and personal letters from Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson and items related to Brooks's own war service. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2492, 2520.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Baton Rouge, 20th Century Wars

Brown, James, 1766-1835. Letter, 1824 December 25. 1 item. Location: Misc.:B. Attorney in New Orleans who became secretary of Louisiana (1804), U. S. attorney for the Orleans District (1805), U.S. senator from Louisiana (1813-1817, 1819-1823), and minister to France (1823-1829). Letter of acknowledgment from Paris, France, to Colonel Thomas Aspinwall, United States consul in London, for the purchase of a tablecloth. Includes comments on the possibility of Andrew Jackson being elected, and the popularity of France's king. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1195.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, New Orleans to 1861

Brown, James, 1766-1835. Letter, 1827 September 13. 1 item. Location: Misc. Attorney in New Orleans who became Secretary of Louisiana (1804), United States attorney for the Orleans District (1805), U.S. Senator from Louisiana (1813-1817, 1819-1823), and Minister to France (1823-1829). Letter to the director of the Royal Museum of Paris, requesting permission for three of his fellow countrymen to visit the museum at a time when it was closed for a coming exposition. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1240.

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

Brown, James, 1766-1835. Letter, 1803 Feb. 14. 1 letter. Location: Misc. James Brown was U.S. District Attorney in Kentucky, 1791; Secretary of State of Kentucky, 1792-1796; Secretary of Orleans Territory, 1804; U.S. District Attorney in Orleans Territory, 1805-1808; U.S. Senator from Louisiana, 1813-1817, 1819-1823; and U.S. Minister to France, 1823-1829. Brown in Lexington, Ky., writes Thomas Todd, a Justice of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, near Frankfort, expressing his gratitude for the support of his intelligent friends in Kentucky in the face of slanderous comments from his enemies. Mss. 4130.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Brown, James, 1766-1835. Letter, 1829 March 31. 1 item. Location: Misc.:B. Attorney in New Orleans who became secretary of Louisiana (1804), U. S. attorney for the Orleans District (1805), U.S. senator from Louisiana (1813-1817, 1819-1823), and minister to France (1823-1829). Letter from Paris, France, to Joseph Gales, editor of the NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, in which he enclosed a newspaper account of an 'affray' between American and French sailors at Mahen in which a French officer and an American sailor were killed. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2261.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Brown, James. Papers, 1764-1811 (bulk 1804-1811). 0.25 linear ft. Location: U:20, F:9, OS:B. Attorney in New Orleans who became secretary of Louisiana (1804), U.S. attorney for the Orleans District (1805), U.S. senator from Louisiana (1813-1817, 1819-1823), and minister to France (1823-1829). Collection consists of legal and business papers and correspondence of James Brown. Legal and business papers include documents recording sales of slaves and legal disputes. Most of the letters are from William N. Brown and General James Wilkinson. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 44.

Brown, Sarah Goodwin. Scrapbooks, 1885-1961 (bulk 1959-1960). 43 items and 6 manuscript vols. Location: U:175, H:3, 98. Newspaper clippings covering the 1960 United States presidential campaign. Collection also includes a few loose articles (1937) dealing with Louisiana persons and places and items of family interest (1885-1910). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2333.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Browne, William M., ?-1884, Letter, 1859 Aug. 7. 3 items. Location: Misc.:B. Newspaper editor and later Confederate brigadier general. Letter to Isaac V. Fowler, Postmaster of New York City, concerning the dismissal of a political appointee and its effect upon Democratic party organization and factions. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2478.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Browning, Orville Hickman, 1806-1881. Speech, 1862 March 10. 1 printed item. Location:E:Imprints. U.S. Senator from Illinois. Speech delivered before the United States Senate during debate on a bill to confiscate Confederate property and slaves discusses various implications of the bill. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2918.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War, African Americans

Brunswig, Lucien Napoleon. Journal, 1919, 1962. 2 volumes. Location: W:46, MISC:B. Druggist, founder of Bergen Brunswig Corporation, Journal contains short essays written during a tour of France; each location after WWI. He describes damages suffered during the war and postwar reconstruction and rehabilitation. He writes character sketches of French leaders; discusses American-European political, economic, and human interest issues; and expresses his anti-German sentiment. Also included is a printed pamphlet, "75th Anniversary, Brunswig Drug Company, 1962 Annual Report." For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3600.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, 20th Century Wars

Bruxner, A., Lecture Notebook, 1854-1856. 1 vol. Location: O:17. Student at the University of Leipzig. Four semesters of lectures delivered by Wilhelm Georg Friedrich Roscher, a German economist who taught at the University of Leipzig, recorded by A Bruxner. Subject matter includes economic theory and practice, finance, statistics, and political science. In German. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3201.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Education, German

Buchanan, Geo. W. (George W.), d. 1833. Letter, 1831 Aug. 29. 1 item (2 leaves). Location:B. Lawyer in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the brother of President James Buchanan. Letter describes a visit with President Andrew Jackson, comments on Jackson's personality and manner, and discusses possible political candidates in forthcoming national elections. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2599.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Buck, Pearl S., 1892-. Letters, 1968. 2 items. Location: Misc.:B. American writer and philanthropist. Letters to a correspondent in India commenting on the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert F. Kennedy; the Black Power demonstration by U.S. athletes at the Mexican Olympic Games; and racial problems in the United States. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2473, 2475.

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

Buford, Nick, 1941-. Papers, 1939, 1967-1970. 143 items. Location: T:76, 90:. Correspondence concerning Buford's research on a biography of Luis N. Morones, founder of the Mexican Labor Party. Other items include research papers; miscellaneous items on Latin American politics, tourism, and economics; and anti-Castro propaganda. U.S. Senator Russell Long of Louisiana is among the correspondence. Partly in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2457.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics, Long Family

Buford, Nick, 1941-, Papers, 1939-1970 (bulk 1965-1970). 270 items, 1 v. Location: T:75-76, 98. Correspondence concerning Buford's research on a biography of Luis N. Morones, founder of the Mexican Labor Party. Other items include research papers; miscellaneous items on Latin American politics, tourism, and economics; and anti-Castro propaganda. U.S. Senator Russell Long of Louisiana is among the correspondents. Partly in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2457.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics

Buhler, John Christian and family. Papers, 1805-1952 (bulk 1824-1931). 437 items, 1 manuscript volume. Location: C:49, OS:B. Planter of Winters Plantation in Buhler's Plains near Baton Rouge. Collection includes family correspondence, chiefly of John Christian Buhler, John Robert Buhler, Mary Edith Buhler, Hester S. Simmons, and Jane (Jennie) Gillespie Buhler. Letters concern politics, notable persons, and social and economic conditions. Financial documents include a copy of an act of sale (1852) of a parcel of land by John Buhler and his wife to the town of Baton Rouge, now the site of Magnolia Cemetery. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1192, 1210, 1238, 1311, 1333.

Bulwer Lytton, Edward. Letters, 1845-1867. 4 items. Location: MISC:B. English novelist and politician. Letters concern the preparation of a manuscript for publication; a request for assistance in finding a gardener for his estate; and social letters of thanks and condolence. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1350.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Literature

Burch, Wilson E. Papers, 1944-1960. 6 items. Location: OS:B. Police Juror, Ward Nine, Washington Parish, Louisiana. Five certificates issued by the Executive Department, State of Louisiana, to Wilson E. Burch, and one newspaper clipping on Burch, Senator R. Long, and Representative James H. Morrison. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4154.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Burke, E. A. (Edward A.). Papers, 1859-1929 (bulk 1872-1899). 83 items, 2 printed vols. Location: C:48; OS:B; Vault:1. New Orleans politician and publisher. Burke escaped to Honduras after being indicted for embezzlement (1889) as Louisiana State Treasurer. Papers include correspondence describing Louisiana politics and affairs in Honduras and Mexico, including letters from prominent Latin American political figures. Some items in Spanish. Mss. 547, 620, 641, 893, 1226.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics, New Orleans 1866-

Burruss, John C. Family Papers, 1825-1882. 407 items. Location: C:56,Mss. Mf.:B Methodist minister of Virginia and planter of Wilkinson County, Mississippi. Correspondence, and personal and business papers of the Burruss and Edward McGehee families. Papers relate to the Methodist Church and plantation operationst, including sugarcane growing, rice planting, the construction of a sugar mill, and African American laborers. They also reflect Confederate military life, and civilian life during the Civil War. A group of poems concern the 1845 presidential election of James K. Polk and George M. Dallas.For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1514, 2296.

Bussie, Fran. Papers, 1972-2013 (bulk 1975-1997). 0.25 linear ft. Location: X:79, OS:B. Frances “Fran” Martinez Bussie was born on May 6, 1935, in New Orleans, Louisiana, lived most of her life in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and was a lobbyist for women’s, disabled, and aging rights. The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, awards, newspaper clippings, and other ephemera documenting primarily her political life and achievements. Mss. 5235.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, Education, Baton Rouge

Bussie, Victor. Papers, 1953-2012 (bulk 1976-2011). 0.3 linear foot, 1 volume. Location: X:78, OS:B. Victor Bussie was born on January 27, 1919, in Montrose, Louisiana, and served as the president of the Louisiana AFL-CIO from 1956 to 1997. He and his wife, Fran, became dominant forces in the Louisiana labor movement during the twentieth century. The collection consists of correspondence, photographs, federal government memorabilia, and articles documenting his personal and political life. Mss. 5237.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Baton Rouge

Butler family. Papers, 1663-1950 (bulk 1813-1915). 16.5 linear ft. Location: S:2-S:8, OS:B, 65:, Vault:2. Cotton and sugar planters in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Papers include letters, personal papers, financial and legal documents, photographs, and printed items. Papers discuss the Civil War; plantation life; Thomas Butler's judicial and political career; and antebellum life in the Gulf South states. Included is correspondence from prominent Louisiana residents and others. Letters from Anna Butler who lived in the White House (1849-1850) Collection also contains manuscript and published music, including the music of John Thuer.. Available on microfilm 5322: University Publications of America Records of Ante-bellum Southern Plantations Series I, Part 5, Reels 13-27. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 893, 965, 1026, 1076, 1217, 1240, 1309, 1353, 1381, 1640, 1649, 1913, 1938.

Butler, Anthony, d. 1849. Letter, 1835. 1 item. Location: Misc.:B. Charge d'affairs of the United States at Mexico City. Colonel Butler, United States Army, served with General Andrew Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans. Letter to Captain E. A. F. Vallette, United States Navy, requesting Vallette to carry dispatches to Peru for the Mexican Secretary of State. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1537.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, New Orleans to 1861

Butler, Robert, 1786-1860. Papers, 1831-1853. .15 linear ft. Location: S:24, Misc:B. Surveyor general of Florida and a colonel in the U.S. Army; brother of Louisiana judge Thomas Butler. Holographic poems, most signed and dated by Butler and most written at Lake Jackson, Tallahassee, Florida. Many of the poems were adapted to the music of contemporary songs and hymns. One group of poems comments on the 1845 presidential election of James K. Polk and George M. Dallas and eulogizes Andrew Jackson. A promissory note (1831) is for the hire of three slaves. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1000, 3112.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Performing arts, Literature

Butler, Thomas, 1785-1847. Family Papers, 1663, 1793-1950 (bulk 1820-1920), undated 8,333 items, 53 ms. vols., and 74 printed vols. Location: F:16, OS:B,Mss. Mf.:B, 65:B. Judge of the Louisiana Third District Court. Butler owned plantations in West Feliciana and Terrebonne Parishes. Papers include letters from public officials, friends, and family and correspondence and business papers relative to the management of Butler's plantations and to accounts and civil cases handled by Butler for merchants in Mississippi and Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 581, 893, 965, 1353.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Plantations

Caffery, Donelson and Family. Papers, 1580-1958 (bulk 1861-1909). 537 items, 39 vols. Location: C:74-75, O:23, OS:C. Planter of St. Mary Parish, Louisiana and U.S. senator. Papers consist of correspondence, genealogies, clippings, photographs, pamphlets, diaries, notebooks, postcards, scrapbooks, and financial records of the Donelson Caffery family. They concerns family matters, Louisiana politics, the Civil War, Caffery's senatorial career, the effects of the Mexican War on the sugar industry, Louisiana oil industry, plantation operations, Jewish hotel guests (v. 4,5) and the removal of Jews from Franklin (v.6). The papers of John Murphy Caffery also reflect his own navel career and the Louisiana sugar industry. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1865.

Caffery, Donelson, 1835-1906. Family letters, circa 1879, 1897. 2 letters. Location: Misc. Donelson Caffery was a planter in St. Mary Parish, La., state senator for St. Mary Parish (1892-1894), and U.S. senator from Louisiana (1893-1901). Letters recount recent developments in the Caffery family (circa 1879) and Donelson Caffery's paternal family history (1897). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4268.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Plantations, Women

Caldwell, James H. (James Henry), 1793-1863. Letter, 1855 Jan. 17. 1 letter. Location: Misc. James H. Caldwell was a British-born theatre manager who developed and dominated the pioneering theatre of the South and a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives (1848-1856). Caldwell in the Louisiana House of Representatives writes a brief letter about changes to a piece of legislation. Mss. 3934.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

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