Manuscript Resources on Politics

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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

Wilkinson, Hugh M. Papers, 1953, 1954. 2 items. Location: Misc.:W. Resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, descendant of General James Wilkinson. Two sets of papers related to General James Wilkinson. The first is an address delivered by Hugh Wilkinson at the unveiling of a historical marker at Camp Sabine, La., by the Louisiana State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution. It discusses James Wilkinson's role in thwarting the Aaron Burr conspiracy . Other material relates to the dedication of the Wilkinson family cemetery in Calvert County, Md., designated an historical site by the Maryland State Chapter of the DAR. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1574.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women

Wilkinson, James, 1757-1825, Letter, 1799 June 24 1 item. Location: Misc.:W. United States Army officer and politician. Letter from New Orleans referring to property damage and personal injury committed by a detachment of American troops stationed near the city, recommending payment to be made to the injured party. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2830.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, New Orleans to 1861

Wilkinson, James, 1757-1825. Address, 1807 March 20. 1 item. Location: Misc.:W; Vault MRDF 14, Vault:1. United States Army officer and politician. A public address signed by citizens of New Orleans, Louisiana, and ship captains in the Port of New Orleans, approving General Wilkinson's conduct in the matter of the arrest of Aaron Burr. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2144.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Wilkinson, James, 1757-1825. Letters, 1810, 1812. 2 items. Location: Misc.:W. United States Army officer and politician. Letter from Wilkinson to Dennis Claude requesting an interview and referring to his defense against corruption charges; and a letter from John Daniel to Claude mentioning Claude's testimony on behalf of Daniel's innocence to charges against him. Letter from Daniel also refers to Wilkinson's continued difficulties despite his having been acquitted by the court martial. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3227.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Wilkinson, James, 1757-1825, Letter, circa 1812. 1 item. Location: Misc.:W. United States Army officer and politician. In this fragment of a signed letter, James Wilkinson vows vengeance on a personal enemy, predicts war and the occupation of New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3416.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Wilkinson, James, 1757-1825. Document, 1836. 1 item. Location: Misc.:W. United States Army officer and politician. Certified copy of a mortgage deed recorded in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana in 1836 for a sale of two pieces of land in 1818 by John K. Smith to James Wilkinson. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1053.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Williams, David. Letter, 1827 Dec. 28. 1 item. Location: MISC:W. Resident of Lawrence County, Mississippi. Letter from Williams to relatives in Wilmington, North Carolina, discussing crop and financial conditions, national politics, family affairs, and his dissatisfaction with the area and future plans to move to the Choctaw or Chickasaw purchase. Typewritten copy available. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 893.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Williams, Ira, Letter, 1839 June 16. 1 item. Location: Misc.:W. Resident of Georgetown, Kentucky. Letter from Williams to Matthew Gauldin of Wilkerson County, Mississippi, contains personal news; notes the possibilities of William Southgate's election to Congress as representative from Kentucky; and discusses former representative Richard M. Johnson. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 133.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Williams, John Sharp, 1854-1932, Letters, 1904-1907. 3 items. Location: Misc.:W. U.S. congressman from Mississippi. Letters expressing Williams' opinions about the disposition of the newly acquired Philippine Islands (1904) and about the question of foreign immigration into the U.S. (1907). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2846.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Williams, T. Harry (Thomas Harry), 1909-, Papers. 1,174 items, 40 linear ft., 15 vols., 50 sound cassettes. Location: 34-; Mss. Mf.:W; OS:W; Vault:81. Boyd Professor of History at LSU. Professional papers include correspondence relative to publications, teaching, research, and lectures; and manuscripts of textbooks and scholarly publications, including his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, "Huey Long." Research materials, which comprise a large portion of this collection, contain notes, note cards, legal documents, and clippings pertaining to the Civil War, major Civil War figures, U.S. history, military history, and Louisiana governor and senator, Huey P. Long. Included are Civil War correspondence and diaries (most are transcripts or copies), speeches of Huey P. Long, and oral history interviews relating to Long. Audio cassette tapes are available for speeches and some interviews. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2489, 2510.

Williams, T. Harry (Thomas Harry), 1909-1979. Manuscripts, 1952, 1961, 1964. 9 items. Location: 34. Boyd Professor of History at LSU. Typescript, galley proofs, and plate proof of LINCOLN AND HIS GENERALS (New York, 1952). Manuscripts for three of four chapters of ROMANCE AND REALISM IN SOUTHERN POLITICS (1961); the chapter on the Civil War in the CAMBRIDGE MODERN HISTORY; and LINCOLN THE MILITARY STRATEGIST and Chapters XXI through XI and related bibliography of volume I, of A HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1964, 2158.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Civil War, LSU, Literature

Williams, Thomas Harry, 1909-1979. Papers, 1861-1971. 40 linear ft., 15 vols., 50 sound cassettes. Location: 34:, OS:W, Mss. Mf.:W, Vault. Boyd Professor of History at LSU. Professional papers include correspondence relative to publications, teaching, research, and lectures; and manuscripts of textbooks and scholarly publications, including his Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, "Huey Long." For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2489, 2510.

Williamson, John Gustavus Adolphus, 1793-1840, Papers, 1810-1853 (bulk 1826-1840). 4 vols. (on microfilm). Location: Mss. Mf.:W. United States consul to Venezuela. The official correspondence of John G. A. Williamson as consul of the United States at La Guayra, Venezuela, from 1826 to 1834, and as Charge D'Affaires to Venezuela from 1835 to 1840. Originals are in the custody of the National Archives. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 377.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Williamson, John Gustavus Adolphus, 1793-1840, Letter, 1834 Jan. 9. 1 item. Location: Misc.:W. United States consul to Venezuela. Letter to his wife, from La Guayra, Venezuela, comments on his mission in that country, on the frustrations of his lack of power, and on customs in Venezuela. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2780.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Williamson, John Gustavus Adolphus, 1793-1840, Diary, 1835-1840. 3 vols. Location: O:16. United States consul to Venezuela. Williamson gives his impressions of Venezuela and its people and describes the political situation. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1090, 1286.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Willis, William. William and John B. Willis Papers, 1808-1815. 11 items. Location: C:61. Colonel in the Louisiana Militia during the War of 1812. His brother, John B. Willis, was an attorney of Port Gibson, Claiborne County, Mississippi. Military papers consist of a letter regarding Willis' command and a general order by Louisiana Governor William C. C. Claiborne. Other papers include personal letters, a broadside of resolutions of the Concordia Police Jury, and an advertisement bill. Of note is a letter to William from Gab Winter providing an eye-witness account of the Battle of New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1209.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Wilson, Henry Lane, Papers. 14 reels microfilm. Minister to Chile. Records of the U.S. Legation in Chile. From the originals in the custody of the National Archives. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 673.

Referenced in Guides: Politics

Wilson, Riley J. (Riley Joseph), 1871-1946. Papers, 1924-1947. 95 items. Location: Mss.Mf:W, Misc:W. Judge in Ruston, Louisiana, and U.S. representative from Louisiana (1914-1936), active in flood control and the anti-Long movements. Papers consist of news clippings dealing with Wilson's political career, particularly his gubernatorial campaign (1927); campaign literature; and photographs of Wilson. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3463.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Wilson, Woodrow, Letter, 1913 Aug. 13. 1 item. Location: Misc.:W, Vault MRDF 6, Vault:1. Twenty-eighth president of the United States, 1913-1921. Letter to the Secretary of State, William Jennings Bryan, details steps to be taken in the "Mexican crisis" and criticizes Henry Lane Wilson, diplomat to Latin America. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2122.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, 20th Century Wars

Wise, James Calvert. Papers, 1860-1917. 1.75 linear ft., 2 volumes. Locations: UU:154-155, K:37, OS:W, Vault:1. Native of Maryland who settled in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. During the Civil War he organized the Red River Rebels, which became part of the First Louisiana Regiment. Wise owned Grand Bend Plantation on the Red River. Collection contains Wise's personal, political, business, and military papers. Printed items include Confederate tax forms, currency, a notice to planters and freedmen from the U.S. Army, and papers related to the Republican party. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3239.

Withers, John. Diaries, 1856-1862. 3 vols. (on microfilm). Location: Mss. Mf.:W United States Army officer. Diaries reflect Withers' military service as a career officer. He discusses his military service, social and personal life, religion, travel by steamer to Portland and Vancouver, and occasional problems with the Yakama Indians. Additionally, he comments on the political crisis in South, Abraham Lincoln's inauguration, and his resignation from the U.S. Army in order to support the Confederate cause. He describes events at the beginning of the Civil War, and his health and the health of family members. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1566.

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

Witten, Morris Lewis. Oral history interview, 1966. 1 item (5 leaves). Location: Misc. Shreveport, Louisiana, supporter of Huey Long early in Long's political career. Reminiscence comments on the political style and influence of Huey Long. Topics include Franklin Roosevelt and the Share the Wealth policy, the Win or Lose Oil Company, U.S. Senate filibusters, and Senator Hattie Caraway's career. Mss. 4058.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Long Family

Womble-Abell-Norman family. Papers, 1859-2011 (bulk 1900-1955). 4.3 linear ft. Location: 103:40-44, OS:W. Womble-Abell-Norman family papers document five generations of personal activities, family life, and the genealogy of the Womble-Abell-Norman family and the related Buie family. Collection is comprised of correspondence, photographs, personal family papers, and professional papers of Evelyn Abell Norman. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4879.

Womens University Students Association. Papers, 1896-1940. 139 items. Location: 78:60. Miscellaneous pamphlets not pertaining to the association. Loose issues of the Proceedings of the Academy of Political Science, copies of the Tulane news bulletin, concert programs for performances of music in New Orleans and elsewhere, issues of the Whitney-Central observer, first aid guides, pamphlets from the Church of the Latter Day Saints and other religious organizations, annual reports of the Louisiana State Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, leaflets from New Orleans area businesses, and materials on homeopathic medicine.For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 599.

Woodruff, Clark, 1791-1851. Letter, 1834 Oct. 21. 1 letter. Location: Misc. Clark Woodruff was a state representative for West Feliciana Parish (1826-28), judge of the eighth judicial district court (1828-36), and manager of the Myrtles Plantation. Clark Woodruff writes from Madisonville, La., to Morris Woodruff in Litchfield, Conn., regarding his sending of a check to pay off a note, the education of his daughter Mary Octavia under Morris' care, his own poor health, his being cheated out of an election, and Whig Party presidential politics. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4021.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, Education

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