Manuscript Resources on Politics

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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