Spanish-Language Manuscript Materials

Since 1519, when the Spanish explorer Alonso Alverez de Pineda led an expedition along the northern shores of the Gulf of Mexico and discovered the mouth of the mighty Mississippi, Spanish culture has influenced Louisiana. The Spanish-language manuscript resources in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections (LLMVC) at LSU touch upon all these sources of Spanish cultural influence. This guide to these resources includes descriptions of the papers of early colonists, Spanish-speaking people and free people of color in the nineteenth century, and residents of cities and towns like New Orleans and Natchitoches. The documents it describes came from farmers and merchants, writers and artists, women and men, the famous and the anonymous.

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Roberts, Evans. Papers, 1797, 1890. 2 items (photocopies). Location: Misc.:R. Land survey document of property in Nueva Feliciana signed by royal surveyors of Spanish colonial Louisiana and by the governor. Also an indemnity patent signed by President of the U.S., Benjamin Harrison, transferring land to the state of Louisiana. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2654.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics

Ross, David. Land grants and indenture, 1771-1795. 3 items. Location: OS:R. Two land grants and one indenture regarding the real property of David Ross, all located in either the Baton Rouge or Manchac districts of the Province of West Florida. Some items in Spanish. Mss. 4967.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Baton Rouge

Ruiz, Jose Ovidio. Jose Ovidio and Jose Antonio Ruiz Papers, 1820-1920 (bulk 1910-1920). 16 items. Location: A:14. Jose Antonio Ruiz was the father of Jose Ovidio Ruiz. Early documents relate to chain-of-title of property comprising the hacienda 'El Rosario' in Mexico. Later papers include Jose Ovidio's declaration of intent to emigrate, a note on his naturalization, and an agreement of separation from his wife. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 542.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

Saint-Maxent Family History and Genealogy, 1795-1972. 1 v. Location: A:118. Gilbert Antoine de St. Maxent played a major role in the development of French and Spanish Louisiana. Volume contains correspondence, clippings, printed articles, genealogies, family histories, and legal  and church records pertaining to the family history of Gilbert Antoine de Saint-Maxent and his descendants. The volume is almost entirely comprised of photocopies of the originals. A few 20th century original letters are included. Some items in Spanish and French. Mss. 5255.

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

Salcedo, Manuel De. Papers, 1801-1802. 2 items. Location: MISC:S. Orders to Carlos Luis de Blanc from Manuel de Salcedo to inform certain individuals of their obligation to pay promissory notes, New Orleans. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 383.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, New Orleans to 1861

Salcedo, Manuel De. Proclamation, 1803 May 18. 1 item [phocopy]. Location: EPHEMERA COLLECTION SUBGROUP I. Proclamation issued by Governor Salcedo and the Marques de Casa Calvo at New Orleans to the people of the Province of Louisiana in behalf of the King of Spain. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 745.

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

Sale of the Office Regidor manuscript, 1793. 1 item. Location: A:16. Sale of the Office of Regidor in Puebla, Mexico, formerly held by Juan de Zarate y Vera, to Antonio de Ojeda y Estrada. Includes a transcription and translation made by Alicia de Jongh for her thesis. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 732.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics, Women

Sandoval, Juan. Certification, 1802. 1 item. Location: Misc.:S. Interpreter for the Indians at the Fort of Apalachez. Certification of the salary of Sandoval signed by Francisco G. de Arroyo, commissioner of the Spanish Royal Treasury. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 384.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

Segret, Jean Baptiste. Document, 1785 1785 Oct. 11.. 1 item. Location: Misc.:S. Legal document pertaining to a business contract between Jean Baptiste Segret and Jean Reynaud of New Orleans, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1652.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, New Orleans to 1861

Slave Code for Spanish Colonies in Louisiana and Caribbean, 1744. 1 volume, 1 microfilm reel. Location: MSS.MF:S, Vault:23. A rare booklet from 1774 that establishes guidelines that will protect both slave and master through transactions regarding the transferring or expropriating of slaves in the Spanish colonies of Louisiana and the Caribbean. Possibly a record of a discussion between Felipe Fondeviela, governor of Havana, Cuba, and his chief counselor regarding the above fore mentioned In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4920.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, African Americans