Manuscript Resources on Religion

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McGrath, John, 1835-1924. Family Papers, 1785-1924. 208 items; 15 ms. vols.; 9 printed vols. Location: S:27; O:21; OS:M; 99:M; Mss. Mf.:M. Journalist who worked on the New Orleans Picayune and the Baton Rouge Gazette. McGrath was a Confederate veteran who later founded the Baton Rouge Daily Truth and Weekly Truth. Papers include correspondence (among it McGrath's Civil War letters to his wife); an anonymous Confederate soldier's diary; legal documents; and scrapbooks relating to the interests and activities of McGrath's three daughters. Collection also includes accounts for St. Joseph's Church in Baton Rouge. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3281.

McKinney, Jeptha. Papers, 1841-1931 (bulk 1850-1870). 1 linear ft. Location: E:28-29, OS:M. Graduate of the University of Louisiana (Tulane University Medical School) and practicing physician in St. Helena Parish, Louisiana. Early correspondence discusses health during the 1850s; Civil War correspondence discusses camp life, soldiers' health, and battles; later correspondence covers Reconstruction, education, and Baptists. Papers include statements of accounts for medical services, promissory notes, and a thesis on pneumonia by Dr. McKinney. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 273, 718.

McLemore, S. W. Correspondence, 1860, 1873. 5 items (photocopies). Location: Misc. Student at University of Mississippi. Photocopies of personal correspondence of S. W. McLemore, a student at the University of Mississippi, from family and friends. Four letters (1860) discuss social life and crops, with a reference slaves attending church services (Oct. 6, 1860). Another letter concerns ordering a "spark catcher" (July 10, 1873). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2777.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Education, African Americans

Meullion family. Papers, 1869-1915. 61 items. Location: W:3. A family of free people of color prior to the Civil War. The collection consists of post-Civil War personal correspondence, accounts, tax receipts, and printed religious material. A note stating the boundaries of a tract of land in Acadia Parish, which was owned by the estate of Alphonse Meullion is also present. Mss. 3627.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Acadiana, African Americans, French

Missionary work record book, 1881. 1 manuscript volume. Location: N:1. Record book of Christian missionary work completed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Records include numbers of sermons preached, families visited, and prayer meetings held. Home church and denomination are unstated. Mss. 5358.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Baton Rouge

Morancy, Honoré P. and family. Papers, 1780-1936 (bulk 1840-1897). 120 items; 2 printed volumes. Location: C:73, M:14, OS:M. French Catholic planter of Milliken's Bend, East Carroll Parish, Louisiana. Morancy's father emigrated from France to Santo Domingo before 1789; the children were orphaned and raised in Louisiana. Papers include family letters concerning social life, the Catholic Church, and education, in northeastern Louisiana and Kentucky. Confederate civilian letters describe hardships during the Civil War; later letters (Reconstruction period) document relocation of refugees and the demands of African American laborers. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reels 16-17. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2430.

Moro, Joseph De Ortega, 1738-1776. Letter, [1772], 1776, ca. 1 ms. vol. Location: M:20. Letter criticizes the practices of the nuns in the convents of Mexico and the local clergy who do not favor the reforms by the Bishop. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 27.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Spanish

Morse, Jedidiah, 1761-1826. Letter. 1800 October 29. 1 item. Location: Misc. Connecticut Congregational minister and geographer. Letter to Morse's father discusses inoculation against smallpox, diplomatic relations with France, national presidential candidates, and the education of his son Samuel Finley Breese Morse. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3223.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Politics, Education, Medicine

Moss, Martha, 1827-1859. Diary, 1853-1870. 1 volume, 3 items. Location J:20, MISC:M. Diary of Martha Moss, a New Orleans Sabbath school teacher. In it, she discusses her classes and students, including her disappointment that one of her students “has embraced the religion of the Romish church” (June 18, 1855). Moss also recounts her charitable work, shopping excursions in New Orleans, her reading habits, pieces she has written or plans to write for various periodicals, and the death of her younger sister in February 1855. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 5067.

Motte Family Papers, 1862-1921. 41 items, 3 v. Location: Misc.: M. A family of French and African American heritage in St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. The collection contains personal and business papers of the Motte family of St. Landry Parish. Personal papers include a summary of birth and baptismal records for the children born to Blaize Motte, Sr. (October 15, 1862) and family letters. Some letters are in French. A French edition of a Catholic missal contains genealogical notes, v. 1 (1864). Business papers include a description of a tract of land purchased in St. Landry Parish (Aug. 17, 1869) and two store ledgers, v. 1(1865-1869; v. 2 (1867-1868). Ledger entries are in French. There is also a memorandum notebook (1897-1903), and several parish tax receipts (1906-1921). Mss. 3627.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Business, African Americans, French

Mount Lebanon Academy. Records. 1866-1910. 6 items (enlargement prints). Location: Mss. Mf.:M, OS:M. Baptist Church-directed school in Mount Lebanon, Louisiana. Selected items include pages from the minutes of the Baptist State Convention, Mount Lebanon Church (1866); views of the campus; and catalog and announcements of Mount Lebanon University (1887-1889). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2013.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Education

Mount Nebo Baptist Church (St. Tammany Parish, La.). Minutes, 1813-1860. 2 items [photocopies]. Location: A:110. Two volumes of church minutes. Volume 1 (1813-1833) also contains a list of members, articles of faith, minutes, and an index by Ethma Roberts Rush (1993). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4512.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Women

Mouton, Emma Gardner. Scrapbook. 1836-1861, 1897. 4 items, 1 volume. Location: M:19. MISC:M. Newspaper clippings about the wedding of Emma Kitchell Gardner to Senator Alexander Mouton of Louisiana and his political career as governor. The scrapbook includes copies of sermons, poetry, and translations of compositions by Mrs. Mouton. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2362.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Politics, Women, Literature

Moyse-Gottlieb-Sommer Family Papers, 1886-1986 (bulk 1910-1960). 3 linear ft., 2 v. Location: U:317, OS:M, M:19. Members of the Moyse, Gottlieb, and Sommer families were predominantly merchants, businessmen, and bankers in Louisiana, primarily Baton Rouge. Correspondence, financial documents, photographs, printed items, scrapbooks, and writings reflect the personal and professional lives of a Jewish family from the 1880s to the 1980s. Central topics include Hermann Moyse Sr.'s involvement in the First World War and his employment at City National Bank, the educational activities of Ray and Lydie Sommer, and the family's association with Temple B'nai Israel. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4671.

Muggah-Glover-Guyther. Family Papers, 1844-1896, 1906 (bulk 1844-1852). 14 items. Location: UU:168. The Muggah, Glover, and Guyther families lived in Natchez, Mississippi and Pattersonville, Louisiana. Papers nclude correspondence, photocopies of newspaper clippings, and photographs. Correspondence consists mostly of letters between women discussing marriage, family life, domestic obligations, religion, social events, and customs. Mss. 4790.

Mullen, Robert A. Correspondence, 1863-1865. Location: Misc.:M. A New Orleans native and Confederate naval officer; prisoner of war at Fort Warren, Boston, Massachusetts. Letters to Eliza Brenan of New Orleans, Louisiana, describe his emotional state and his experiences in the navy before his capture. Letters to Mullen from Sister Aloysius of the Caritas Carney Hospital in Boston remark on her attempts to have him released. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4140.

Murdoch, James Edward, 1811-1893. Papers, 1837-1903. 35 items. Location: A:2. American actor and father of Fannie Murdoch. They were associated with John Pierpont, a Unitarian clergyman, author, and abolitionist. Collection consists of letters written to Murdoch, his daughter, John Pierpont, W. F. Bridges, and others from actors, authors, New England abolitionists, and Unitarian clergymen. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 667.

Murphy, Patrick. Papers, 1853-1937 (bulk 1860-1885). 739 items, 69 volumes. Location: U:297-298, H:4, OS:M. Catholic layman, bridge builder, and building contractor of Natchez, Mississippi, and St. Joseph, Louisiana. Personal and business papers including contracts, specifications, plans, memoranda, and accounts for building; statements for construction materials; and personal letters. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 309.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Business, Natchez, Mississippi

Natchitoches Parish miscellaneous documents, 1801-1856.13 items. Location: Misc.:N. Documents include land certificates and sale documents especially illustrative of the holdings of Nicolas Doclas, a free African-American man, and of Jean Baptiste Prudhomme; a moral tract condemning suicide (1856); a list of baptized slave children; and a survey map showing locations and dimensions of land holdings of Nicolas Doclas and Jean Baptiste Prudhomme. Mostly in French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2914.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, African Americans, French

National Photo Services. Photograph of the 64th general assembly of the Presbyterian Church, 1924. 1 photographic print [25 x 151 cm.]. Location: OS:N. Print includes one panoramic photograph of assembly attendees. Attendees are seated and standing outside of the First Presbyterian Church in San Antonio, Texas. Printed to the left of the panoramic photograph is an incomplete, smaller photograph of Dr. Thornton Whaling. Printed to the right of the panoramic photograph is a smaller photograph of the First Presbyterian Church, where the assembly was held. Mss. 5146.

Referenced in Guides: Religion

Nesom, Anne Reiley. Notebooks, 1907-1951. 7 volumes. Location: 51:1. Native of East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana and poet. Notebooks consist of typewritten poems (published and unpublished) and indices to them; some prose works; handwritten notations; outlines for Nesom's poetry appreciation class; and newspaper clippings and other printed materials pertaining to friends and other interests. Mss. 4225.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Women, Education, Literature

New Orleans scrapbook, 1813-1845, 1865. 1 ms. vol. Location: M:18. Clippings of articles and public notices documenting official New Orleans business; a land sale by the Ursuline nuns; the Board of Health; New Orleans Jockey Club races; public auctions; cockfighting; and the New Orleans and Carrollton Railroad. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 920.

New Tickfaw Baptist Church. Minute book. 1846, 1888-1903. 1 ms. vol. (on microfilm). Location: Mss. Mf.:N. Predecessor of Holden Baptist Church, Holden, Livingston Parish, Louisiana. Minute book records proceedings of church meetings, admissions of new members, rolls of members, articles of faith, and rules of decorum. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2956.

Referenced in Guides: Religion

Ocampo, Sebastian de. Manuscript, 1800. 1 volume. Location: M:20. Official orator for the City of Cuernevaca, Mexico. Funeral orations (1796-1799) preached in Cuernevaca by Br. Don Sebastian de Ocampo. They were collected and copied in 1800. In Spanish. Mss. 17.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Spanish

Ouseley, Gideon. Letter, 1824. 1 letter. Location: MISC:O. Gideon Ouseley (1762-1839), born in Dunmore, Ireland to John Earle Ouseley (1736-1814) and Elizabeth Surridge Ouseley, converted to Methodism in 1791 at the age of 29, and he served as a Methodist missionary in Ireland to the Irish speaking people for the rest of his life. This is a letter dated September 26, 1824 from Reverend Gideon Ouseley to Reverend Charles Henry Minchin about a doctrine of truth concerning Protestantism and religion. Mss. 822.

Referenced in Guides: Religion

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.

Palmer, J. Norris (John Norris). Papers, 1848-1969 (bulk 1921-1969). 15.25 linear ft. Location: 44:. Pastor of the First Baptist Church of Baton Rouge. Papers include church and personal correspondence (circa 1848-1967), newspaper clippings, photographs, scrapbooks, yearbooks, church bulletins, brochures, maps, datebooks, and financial records. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3070.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Baton Rouge

Parish, Robert T. Diary. 1861. 1 vol. photocopy. Location: B:66. Itinerant Methodist minister assigned to northern Rapides Parish, Louisiana. He married Judity Merrill in 1850, and they had a son and daughter at the time the diary was written. Diary begins with Parish's tenure in the vicinity of Alexandria, Louisiana, and reflects the day-to-day life of an itinerant minister. He comments on Catholicism, excitement over the Civil War, and the religious failings of his charges, African American and white. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4564.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Civil War, African Americans

Peichardiere, Aldric Lottin de la. Papers, 1863-1881. 148 items and 3 ms. vols. Location: A:3. Reverend Father of the Marist Society, prefect of the Senior Division, and professor of French literature at Jefferson College, Convent, St. James Parish, Louisiana. Correspondence, books of meditations, and personal papers. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1231.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Education, French

Peters, Emma Dell, 1941-, interviewee. Oral history interview, 1993. 1 sound cassette (45 minutes), Index (6 pages). Location: L:4700.0283. Resident of Four Corners, an unincorporated community south of Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana. Peters lived on Sterling Plantation; her great-grandparents were slaves. For 26 years, Peters worked as a cook in the school system. Peters gives an account of her great-grandparents' purchases as slaves, and discusses slave religion, the treatment of slaves, and female slaves who bore children for their white masters. Included are spirituals she learned from her grandparents. Peters also gives accounts of illnesses, funeral customs, early jobs she held, poverty in her youth, and discipline and life in her large family. She also discusses Civil Rights legislation. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0283.

Pickett, George Blair, 1930-, interviewee. Oral history interview, 1974. 2 sound cassettes (2 hours), Transcript: (48 pages). Location: L:4700.0051. President of the Llano Colony, a socialist cooperative society established in California (1914) and moved to Newllano, Vernon Parish, Louisiana (1918). Pickett was the son of George T. Pickett. Interview includes discussion of establishment of the Llano Colony, religious practices, education of children, daily life, manufacturing ventures, and the colony's collapse (1935). Reflections and descriptions of George T. Pickett also included. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0051.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Education

Polk, Leonidas, 1806-1864. Papers. 1838-1894. 19 items. Location: C:54. Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana and general in the Confederate army. Letter and photographs of Polk; and newspaper clippings, photographs, and pamphlets concerning his work. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 755.

Referenced in Guides: Religion

Polk, Leonidas, 1806-1864. Letter, 1863. 1 item. Location: Misc:P. Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana and general in the Confederate army. Letter from Polk to General John C. Breckinridge in reference to Polk's removal from his command by General Braxton Bragg at Chickamauga. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 15. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2689.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Civil War

Polk, Leonidas, 1806-1864. Portrait, circa 1898. 1 item. Location: OS:P. Bishop of the Diocese of Louisiana and general in the Confederate army. Etching by Charles B. Hall, published in his Military Records of General Officers of the Confederate States of America, 1898. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3620.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Civil War

Porteous, Laura L. Collection, 1769-1922 [1936, 1949]. 2,260 items, 7 ms. vols. Location: 78:61-65. Collection includes transcriptions and translations of Spanish judicial documents and cases in the Cabildo (1769-1803); and lists of Spanish officials (1769-1803) and notaries in New Orleans (1822-1922). Also includes extracts and translations of the Favrot papers, and extracts from baptismal records. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1200.

Presbyterian Chinese Mission. Items, 1932. 2 items. Location: E:Imprints. Invitation and program for the celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the New Orleans Presbyterian Chinese Mission. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1829.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, New Orleans 1866-

Prolifers for Survival Collection, 1979-1987 (bulk: 1983-1986). 2.2 linear feet. Location: 6:35-37. Records documenting the administration and activities of a pro-life and anti-nuclear proliferation activist organization. Includes correspondence, publications, and audio visual materials. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 4166.

Quintard, C. T. Diaries, 1864-1898. 33 ms. vols. (on six microfilm reels). Location: Mss.Mf:Q. Confederate chaplain and surgeon during the Civil War; Protestant Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of Tennessee; and first vice chancellor of the University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee. Civil War diaries record his experiences and duties in Georgia and Tennessee; atrocities committed by federal troops; his conversations with Confederate officers Hood, Johnston, and Stephen Lee; and his views on P. G. T. Beauregard. Quintard's post-Civil War diaries record trips in the United States and Europe, persons visited, and events and ceremonies attended. Other materials relate to African American Episcopal clergymen. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1118.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Civil War, African Americans, Medicine

R. Viener and Company. Records, 1880-1936 (bulk 1893-1930). 27 linear ft., 494 ms. vols., 9 printed vols. Location: K:1-33, 128:. Wholesale grocery, feed, flour, and paper firm in Natchez, Mississippi. R. Viener was the treasurer of the B'nai Israel Congregation of Natchez. Records include financial and business documents related to the company, and cashbooks and record accounts of the B'nai Israel Congregation. Records also include commercial and mercantile reference books, books about buying cotton, and a telegraphic code book. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 518.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Business, Natchez, Mississippi

Ransdell, Joseph E. (Joseph Eugene). Papers, 1898-1948. 677 items, 28 volumes, 1 microfilm reel. Location: E:117, P:2, MSS.MF:R. U.S. congressman and senator from Louisiana. Papers and scrapbooks highlighting Ransdell's political career and reflecting his work on flood control, public health, the merchant marine, and his activities as a Catholic layman. Papers include speeches, correspondence, and materials used in the writing of his biography. Correspondence includes a letter supporting President Truman's appointment of General Mark W. Clark as U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. Collection includes photographs of Ransdell. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1127, 1243, 1349.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Politics, Medicine

Reynard, Charles A. and Marian Reynard Baun. Papers, 1927-1997 (bulk 1956-1993). 0.6 linear feet. Location: 107:17-18, J:25. Charles Reynard was a law professor at Louisiana State and an advocate of desegregation in Louisiana schools. Marian Reynard Baun was a psychology professor and community activist in Baton Rouge. The papers include correspondence, meeting minutes, newspaper clippings, photocopies of scrapbooks, and other printed materials. Her collection contains personal papers, records from her involvement with the Committee on Campus Life and Committee on Women, and papers from her work as a member of the Friends of Public Education Board. For further information, online catalog. Mss. 4772.

Richardson, Carey Johnson. Papers, 1864-1986. 1 linear ft. Location: 12:27. Papers include playbills and programs for New York theater productions annotated by Mrs. Richardson (1950s-1960s); an original typescript of Eudora Welty's The Ponder Heart; a letter from Maxwell Anderson (1956); and a prayerbook (1864). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4189.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Performing arts, Literature

Riva, Francisco De La. Papers, 1793-1805. 77 items. Location: U:49. Letters to Riva pertaining to the business of farm management. Throughout the correspondence is evidence of a dispute with the Monks of St. Augustine and the Indians over the water supply and the subsequent court case. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 675.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Spanish

Robertson, Mary Jane. Correspondence, 1860-1862. 7 items. Location: Misc.:R. Resident of Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, Louisiana. Letters from friends pertain to social life, the Catholic laity, and Confederate civilian experiences. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2868.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Women, Civil War

Roper, George. Letter, 1826 Nov. 25. 1 letter. Location: Misc. George Roper of Richmond, Va., writes to Hugh Alexander of Baton Rouge, La., regarding the sale of a tract of land in West Baton Rouge Parish, La., belonging to the estate of William O. Winstow. He also mentions affairs of the Second Baptist Church of Richmond. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4009.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Business

Rosedown Plantation Restoration. Photograph collection, 1961-1962. 0.5 linear ft. (650 photographs and safety negatives). Location: A:98. The main house at Rosedown Plantation was built (1834-1835) by cotton planter Daniel Turnbull in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, near St. Francisville. In 1956 Catherine Fondren Underwood purchased the plantation and began extensive renovation. Chiefly photographs and negatives taken in 1961 and 1962 by Louis 'Red' Martel, documenting the restoration work carried out at Rosedown Plantation. A few additional photographs and negatives depict livestock, grounds, and St. Mary's Episcopal Church. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4350.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Plantations, Women

Rouquette, Adrien, 1813-1887. Papers, 1840-1843, 1854-1860. 359 items, 27 vols. Location: A:15. Poet priest of Louisiana and 'Apostle of the Choctaw Indians' of St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Poems, sermons, and notebooks of Adrien Emmanuel Rouquette. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 750, 1159.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Literature

Ryland, Robert H. Papers, 1837-1908 (bulk 1852-1885, 1900-1908). 103 items, 2 volumes. Medical doctor of St. Francisville, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, and state representative in the 1870s-1880s. The related Wade and Brandon families also lived in West Feliciana Parish. Dr. Ryland's two medical journals contain entries listing names of patients, slaves treated, and medicine and treatments prescribed. Wade and Brandon family papers include bills and receipts for household supplies and letters discussing cotton prices. Collection includes a letter from a Confederate chaplain in Virginia to his sister relating the needs and care of Confederate soldiers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 827, 848, 889.

Salem Baptist Church. Minute book. 1854-1893, 1901-1916. 1 item, 3 ms. vols. (on microfilm). Location: Mss. Mf.:S. Baptish church established in Walker, Livingston Parish, Louisiana (1854). Minute books record meetings of church, rules of order, and members. Included is a brief history of the church from its founding in 1854 to 1927. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2944, 3009.

Referenced in Guides: Religion

Samuelson, Hyman, 1919- . Papers, 1936-2007. 3 linear ft. Location: X:16-18. Correspondence, diaries, personal narratives, military records, photographs, and illustrations reflect the life of a young Jewish man while attending Louisiana State University and his military experiences while serving in New Guinea in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, 96th Battalion. They relate his academic and social activities in college and difficulties encountered as part of an engineering regiment of African American troops. Samuelson discusses military bureaucracy, troop morale, discipline, engineering projects, and tropical diseases. Throughout the diaries, he tells of his personal growth and his interpersonal relationships, especially with Dora Reiner. He also refers to damaged caused by a severe storm in the Pacific, probably Typhoon Helen. Mss. 4934.

Scuddeo, Marsh. Letter, 1846 December 20. 1 item. Location: Misc.:S. Letter describes a prayer meeting for slaves in New Orleans, and laments the sinfulness of the city and the lack of respect for the Sabbath among residents of the city. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2466.

Sermon, Christ the Church's Beloved, 1769. 1 sermon. Location: 31:. A sermon titled Christ the Church's Beloved written by an unnamed author and preached on May 7, 1769 at an unnamed church in Branford. The sermon starts with a reading from "Solomon's Songs" 5:16, which is also known as the Song of Songs 5:16. There is a recurring reference to the phrase "This is my beloved" throughout the text, describing Christ and the Church, and the sermon includes references to several other biblical passages in its text. Mss. 1350.

Referenced in Guides: Religion

Seward, William Henry, 1801-1872, Letter, 1844 Aug. 19. 1 item. Location: Misc.:S. U.S. senator from New York, a leader of the anti-slavery movement, and U.S. secretary of state. Letter signed by Seward, after leaving office as governor of New York, addressed to James N. Lake, voicing support of the New York Whig party, opposing the Texas annexation, and condemning slavery and religious intolerance. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3478.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Politics, African Americans

Shaw, John F., 1827-1908. Notarial record books, 1875-1905, 1929, 1950. 4 items, 3 v. Location: Misc.:S, H:16. Notarial record books for St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, now Evangeline Parish (Ville Platte). Loose items include biographical sketches and a copy of THE BAPTIST MESSAGE (1950) in which a story of Shaw's conversion to the Baptist Church is published. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1786.

Referenced in Guides: Religion

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (Baton Rouge, La.). Christian debutante presentation program, 1977. 1 volume. Location: EPHEMERA COLLECTION SUBGROUP VI. Program for Shiloh Baptist Church's Christian debutante presentation on August 14, 1977, including photographs of debutantes, sponsors, and church officials, as well as advertisements from local businesses. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3198.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Women, Baton Rouge

Shlenker-Hirsch-Moyse family. Papers, 1878-1949, (bulk 1878-1896, 1907-1909, 1941-1949). 50 items, 2 volumes. Location: W:13. Jewish families of Mississippi and Louisiana. Correspondence, photographs, printed items, and two scrapbooks concern family matters, business life, and personal and social activities, particularly the wedding of Carrie Shlenker and Jacob Hirsch. Newspaper clippings also relate to the activities of the prominent Texas Rabbi Henry Cohen. Other items include Jewish-themed, printed illustrations. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4911.

Sibley, Mary Lou (Mary Lou Richardson), b. 1880. Papers, 1807-1971. 22 items. Location: Misc:S. Miscellaneous items and notes illustrating Mary Lou Sibley's involvement in Baptist churches, particularly the Gilgal Baptist Church in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana; Richardson family history; and photographs of the First Baptist Church in Shreveport. Included are photographs of engines and trains. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3454.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Transportation, Women

Simon, A. L. Papers, 1907-1948. 34 items (includes 1 printed vol.). Location: C:52, 99:S. African American pastor of Mount Zion Baptist Church of New Iberia, Iberia Parish, Louisiana. Papers consist primarily of 21 sermons written by Simon, as well as articles from several Baptist periodicals pertaining to education and the ministry. Included is a letter to Simon's nephew regarding the Interchurch World Movement in New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1207.

Simon, Joseph. Family Papers, 1882-1944. 772. Location: C:80-81, O:3. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, jeweler and a member of the Jewish community. Papers include personal and professional letters, newspaper clippings, and various printed volumes. Materials related to Judaism include letters concerning the Baton Rouge Jewish congregation, an issue of "The Jewish Outlook' (1937). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2379.

Simon, Joseph and family. Papers, 1882-1948. 1.5 linear feet, 28 volumes. Location: 98:S, C:80-81, O:59-60, OS:S. Papers of Joseph Simon consist of tax, real estate, and financial documents, and store merchandise inventories related to J. Simon & Son, Simon’s jewelry business, and properties that he owned in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Other papers include correspondence related to Simon’s participation in Congregation B’nai Israel and its efforts to recruit newly arriving Jewish families in the city. Mss. 2379.