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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Kleinpeter, George and family. Papers, 1804-1918 (bulk 1824-1890). 0.3 linear ft., 1 microfilm reel. Location: B:40, OS:K, MSS.MF:K. Farmer of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. He and Augustine Daigre married about 1830 and had at least four children, William, George Augustin, Alice, and Josephine. Papers include Civil War letters from William and George Augustin to their mother; legal documents; and miscellaneous family papers. Some items in French and Spanish. Also available (with some omissions) on microfilm: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 11. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 864, 1029.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Civil War, Baton Rouge, French

Kleinpeter, George, John, and family. Papers, 1786-1911. 32 items. Location: 7:57. The Kleinpeter family emigrated from Germany and eventually settled in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, where they were farmers. Photocopies of family documents belonging to the George and John Kleinpeter families of Louisiana. These include survey maps, land grants, land transfers, birth and death records, estate papers, receipts, and miscellaneous items. The Sharp family is also mentioned as they relate to the Kleinpeters. Mss. 4897.

Kneeland, G. C. Document, 1809. 1 item. Location: Misc.:K. Resident of Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Certification of G.C. Kneeland of Feliciana Parish, La., pertaining to payment for professional services rendered by Vicente Sebastian Pintado, general surveyor. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 133.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

La Villebeuvre, Jean Ursin and Family. Papers, 1803-1917, undated (bulk 1840-1880). 1.75 linear ft. Location: W: 91-93, J:4, OS:L. Jean Ursin La Villebeuvre and his son, Elie Farault La Villebeuvre, were commission merchants in New Orleans, Louisiana. The collection includes the Papers of the La Villebeuvre family and the related Jourdain, Peytavin, Gray, Forstall, Roman, Peters, Toledano, and Hyman families of New Orleans and St. James Parish. Contents include business and legal records, account books, family letters, personal papers, and photographs. Mss. 812, 1208. 

Lafayette, Marquis de. Pointe Coupee Parish land records, 1805-1847. 118 items. Location: 102:. French reformer and participant in the American Revolution. Correspondence, legal files, and survey documents pertaining to land along the Mississippi River in Pointe Coupee Parish granted by the United States to the Marquis de Lafayette. Most items are in English, but a few are in French and Spanish. Mss. 1521.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Acadiana, French

Land grants memorandum, 1786-1800. 1 item. Location: Misc:A. An unsigned memorandum, with a typed translation, concerns lands grants issued to Maurice and Guillermo Conway in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. Alternate title: Anonymous memorandum. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 721.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

Landry, Francois. Document, 1782. 1 item. Location: Misc. Survey of property of Francois Landry in St. James Parish, Louisiana, and certification signed by Carlos Trudeau. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 211.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

Leche, Richard W. Papers, 1804, 1889-2008, undated. Approximately 100 linear ft., 155 volumes. Location: 80:-81:, 85:, 98:L, MAP CAGE, OS:L, VAULT:1, VAULT:21, VAULT MRDF 15. Orleans Parish native and 44th governor of Louisiana from 1936-1939. Collection is comprised of Leche's gubernatorial papers, which include chiefly office files of correspondence and a variety of printed materials; pre-gubernatorial and gubernatorial campaign papers; post-gubernatorial papers; and a variety of other materials, in large part photographic items and scrapbooks, spanning the three aforementioned eras. Collection also includes papers of Elton Reynolds Leche and Richard W. Leche, Jr. Mss. 2060.

López, Manuel. Papers, 1802-1835. 0.3 linear ft. Location: U:211, OS:L. Planter of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, superintendent of the Spanish royal warehouse in New Orleans, and Justice of the Peace of East Baton Rouge Parish. Papers of Manuel López, a description of the boundaries of Distrito de la Feliciana (1802), and an inventory of the department of forts. Also included is the will of Juan Perez. In Spanish with English translations. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 721.

Louisiana State Lottery collection, 1840-1905 (bulk 1879-1890). .3 linear ft. Location: OS:L. Incorporated in 1868, the Louisiana State Lottery Company operated in New Orleans until ca. 1894 when it relocated to Honduras. It was broken up by the U.S. Department of Justice in 1906. Collection includes letters received, order and remittance forms, lottery tickets, lists of prizes awarded, broadsides, publications, and newspaper advertisements; Anti-lottery League of Louisiana memorabilia; and imprints from out-of-state lotteries. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 854.

Magruder, W.H. Nathaniel, Papers, 1921-1963. 0.3 linear feet. Location: 50:15, OS:M. Correspondence and other records related to W.H. Nathaniel Magruder's management of Central Hershey sugar refinery in Cuba. The records document Magruder's relationships within the larger management structure and his experience with organized labor interests. Mss. 3915.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Sugar, Politics, Business

Mahon, Thomas. Document, 1808 February 25. 1 item. Location: Misc.:M. A true copy of a land title, in Spanish, describing the land held in the estate of Thomas Mahon, Feliciana Parish, La. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 668.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

Mandeville, Francisca D. Document, 1798. 1 item. Location: Misc:M. Widow of Don Antonio de Marigny Mandeville of New Orleans. Inventory, a notarized copy in Spanish, of property held by Francisca Dupard Mandeville, widow of Don Antonio de Marigny Mandeville of New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 128.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Women

Marigny, Francoise Delisle Duparc. Document, 1798. 1 item. Location: Misc. :M. Inventory (notarized copy) of property of Francisca Dupard Mandeville, widow of Don Antonio de Marigny Mandeville, New Orleans. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 128.

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

Martin, Wade O., Scripts. 4 items. Louisiana Secretary of State. Radio broadcast scripts and cover letters signed by Wade O. Martin. The broadcast scripts discuss the sesquicentennial observance of the Louisiana Purchase. The scripts include manuscript annotations by Martin, who sent scripts and cover letters to L. T. Longmire of Alexandria, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4672.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

Martínez, John J. (Juan José). Letter, 1841 Dec. 21. 1 item. Location: Misc.:M. Letter from Martinez to A. L. Granssues de Greno of Natchitoches, La., requests a marriage license for his daughter. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1464.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

McKowen-Lilley-Stirling Family. Papers, 1797-1921 (bulk 1877-1901). 829 items (on microfilm). Location: MSS.MF:M. Thomas William Lilley founded Springfield Plantation in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana. His daughter Edith married John Stirling. John McKowen, an Irish immigrant, was a resident of Jackson, Louisiana. Papers include Lilley-Stirling legal documents and financial papers; McKowen family correspondence; and legal papers, and medical correspondence of John C. MacKowen, a Louisiana physician. Other papers relate to McKowen's property in Anacapri, Italy. Some items in Spanish, Italian, French, and German. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4356.

Meullion family. Papers, 1776-1906 (bulk 1776-1866). 0.2 linear ft., 1 microfilm reel. Location: U:230, OS:M, MSS.MF:M. Free African American family of St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. Louis Augustin Meullion and his son Jean Baptiste (whose mother was a slave) were slaveholders; the son owned a plantation on Bayou Teche. Collection includes slave bills of sale, land sales, and other financial records; manumission papers for Maria Juana and her son Baptiste Meuillon; and an amnesty oath taken in 1865 by Miss Belazaire Meuillon. In French, English, and Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 243, 294.

Mexican Army Company record, 1846, 1876-1880. 1 vol. [on microfilml]. Location: Mss. Mf.:M. Day-by-day record of absentees from the 3rd Permanent Infantry Regiment of the Mexican Army at Guadalupe, Mexico, for hospitalization, desertion, and jail terms; and a day-by-day record of visits with patients and fees for services of Dr. Curry. Partly in Spanish. For further information, see onine catalog. Mss. 1879.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Medicine

Miangolarra, Juan. Papers, 1836-1916. 61 items, 1 vol. Location: C:54, OS:M. Native of Spain and a resident of Havana, Cuba, and New Orleans, Louisiana. Papers contain information concerning Miangolarra's activities as commander of the Spanish Cazadores of New Orleans and the Louisiana Defendera, battalions of the Louisiana militia volunteers in the Confederacy. In Spanish. For further information, see onine catalog. Mss. 1184, 1216.