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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Allemand, Theresa. Document, 1804. 1 item. Location: Misc.:A. Daughter of Pedro Allemand and Maria Hernandez. Certificate of baptism of Theresa Allemand. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 552.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Spanish, Women

Alston, Solomon. Etate Document, 1809 April 27. 1 item. Location: C:61. Planter of West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Deed of manumission giving a female slave to Maria Ana Gray, niece of Solomon Alston. Conditions were outlined in Alston's will. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1209.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Plantations, Women, African Americans

Arandoez, Jose. Document, 1800. 1 item. Location: Misc. :A. Resident of Barataria, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Affidavit assigning Arandoez's land, buildings, and livestock to William Garland pending receipt of land title. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1171.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

Arceneaux, William. Papers, 1964-2007 (bulk 1972-2007). 15 linear feet and 20 volumes. Locations: 4:36, 4:43, 110:4-11, OS:A, Vault:2. Louisiana higher education official. Papers consist of correspondence, business papers, photographs, printed items, and scrapbooks related to the professional, civic, and personal activities of William Arceneaux. A small amount of correspondence is in French and Spanish. For further information, see online catalog Mss. 4107.

Archinard, Cesario. Land grant, 1807. 1 item. Location: Misc:A. Resident of New Orleans. Land grant, signed by Luis Hector Baron de Carondelet, Spanish Governor of Louisiana, awarding land in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, to Archinard. The land was surveyed by Carlos Trudeau. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 254.

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

Badin, Norbert. Papers, 1829-1937 (bulk 1870-1890). 2 linear ft. Location: U:97-98, OS:B, MICROFICHE 2729. Free African American planter from the Cane River settlement of Melrose, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, an area that was home to a large community of freedmen. Personal and business papers document Badin's activities as a planter, and include family correspondence, a journal, an account book, and miscellaneous printed items. Some items in French and Spanish. Available on microfilm 6061: University Publications of America Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 2, Reel 1. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 825.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Plantations, African Americans, French

Baines, Henry. Papers, 1796-1905. 184 items. Location: C:55, 65:, MSS.MF:LESTER, GEORGE M. Planter of Bains, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, and a member of London's Royal College of Surgeons. Baines was related to the McDermott and Maynard families. Collection contains papers and letters of the Baines, McDermott, and Maynard families related to the cotton trade, medical education, the Civil War, and financial dealings. Includes a Spanish land grant of West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 1. Part of the George M. Lester Collection. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1209.

Blanchard Family Papers, 1782, 1806, 1828. 3 items. Location: Misc.:B. Residents of St. James Parish, Louisiana. Description and plat (one document), 1782; transfer, 1806; and lease of lands belonging to the Blanchard family. Partly in French and Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 30.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, French

Bookter, Alexander. Succession Papers, 1805 May 10. 1 item (9 leaves). Location: Misc:B. Slaveholder of St. Helena Parish, Louisiana. Slaves and other property were seized and sold at public sale after the death of Alexander Bookter by the Sheriff of St. Helena Parish for the payment of Bookter's debts. Affidavits of Ann Liles, William Liles, and John Mink regarding ownership of slaves and other property in the estate of Alexander Bookter. Signed by Spanish commandant of Louisiana, Carlos de Grand-Pre. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4514.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, African Americans, French

Bourgeois, Pierre. Family Papers, 1771-1821. 3 items. Location: Misc.:B. Papers include a land transfer (1771), a property sale (1775), and a petition regarding ownership of slaves (1821). Partly in French and in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 37.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, African Americans, French

Boyd, Overton F. (Overton Fuqua), 1891-1951. Papers, 1915-1938 (bulk 1915-1925). 0.5 linear ft. (23 items, 1 ms. vol., 2 printed vols.) Location: U:118. Son of LSU President Thomas D. Boyd and a sugar chemist and professor. Papers relate to Boyd's position as a sugar chemist at the Imperial College of Tropical Agriculture in Trinidad, British West Indies. Two broadsides pertain to the U.S.' military control of the Dominican Republic during Woodrow Wilson's administration. Included are a memorandum book containing formulae for sugar processing, notes, and a few cancelled postage stamps; and printed volumes. Partly in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1589, 1799.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Sugar, Education

Breaux, John B. Papers, 1933, 1938, 1963, 1970-2004 (bulk: 1987-2004). Approx. 781 linear feet . Location: Room B6, Map Cage, Vault:54. Correspondence, briefing books, bills, reports, testimony transcripts, research files, news releases, printed materials, audio-visual and electronic files, photographs and memorabilia documenting the political and U.S. Congressional career of Louisiana Representative (1972-1986) and Senator (1987-2004) John B. Breaux, and the work of his office. In addition to Senate and House files, contains materials related to his campaigns, the Democratic Party, and the Washington Mardi Gras. Topics include, among others, flood control, abortion, transportation, energy, the environment, taxes, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and healthcare, consumer protection, wetlands conservation, base closures in Louisiana, commerce, trade, and agriculture policy, especially for sugar and rice. For additional information, see the online catalog. Mss. 4922.

British House of Commons. Committee records, 1728-1739. 0.2 linear ft. Location: C:72. Contemporary manuscript copies of documents presented to Parliament aimed at documenting the real and perceived injustices committed by the Spanish against British merchants engaging in trade with the American colonies and the West Indies. Many of the actions taken by Spanish agents against British subjects were used as justification for the conflict known as the War of Jenkins' Ear. Documents include letters of Sir Benjamin Keene, agent of the South Sea Company in Spain; petitions of grievances to Parliament presented before the committee of the House of Commons; and the report of the committee. Part of the West Indies Collection. Mss. 658.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics, Transportation, Business

Buford, Nick, 1941-. Papers, 1939, 1967-1970. 143 items. Location: T:76, 90:. Correspondence concerning Buford's research on a biography of Luis N. Morones, founder of the Mexican Labor Party. Other items include research papers; miscellaneous items on Latin American politics, tourism, and economics; and anti-Castro propaganda. U.S. Senator Russell Long of Louisiana is among the correspondence. Partly in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2457.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics, Long Family

Buford, Nick, 1941-, Papers, 1939-1970 (bulk 1965-1970). 270 items, 1 v. Location: T:75-76, 98. Correspondence concerning Buford's research on a biography of Luis N. Morones, founder of the Mexican Labor Party. Other items include research papers; miscellaneous items on Latin American politics, tourism, and economics; and anti-Castro propaganda. U.S. Senator Russell Long of Louisiana is among the correspondents. Partly in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2457.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics

Burke, E. A. (Edward A.). Papers, 1859-1929 (bulk 1872-1899). 83 items, 2 printed vols. Location: C:48; OS:B; Vault:1. New Orleans politician and publisher. Burke escaped to Honduras after being indicted for embezzlement (1889) as Louisiana State Treasurer. Papers include correspondence describing Louisiana politics and affairs in Honduras and Mexico, including letters from prominent Latin American political figures. Some items in Spanish. Mss. 547, 620, 641, 893, 1226.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics, New Orleans 1866-

Capseg, Ives. Document, 1796. 1 item. Location: Misc.:C. Captain of the ship NAVARRO. Protest of the ship NAVARRO concerning the misconduct of some of the officers on the ship. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 721.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Transportation

Carondelet, Luis Héctor barón de. Order, 1793 July 2. 1 item. Location: Misc:C. Carondelet was governor of Louisiana (1791-1797) and West Florida (1791-1795). Document from Carondelet to Nicolas Forstall, commandant at Opelousas, letting Forstall know that Josef[?] de la Pena has presented himself in Carondelet's tribunal with a petition and an account concerning payment and placement of a borrowed slave named Pedro. Others mentioned in the document are Nicolas Maria Vidal and Pedro Pedesclaux. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4893.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, African Americans

Carondelet, Luis Héctor barón de. Papers, 1791-1819 (bulk 1792-1796). 11 items. Location: MISC:C, VAULT:32, VAULT MRDF 10. Francisco L. H. Carondelet, Spanish governor of Louisiana from 1792 to 1797. Letters address the debts of Nicolas Forstall and Guillermo Armand and securing a passport for Ygnacio Maria Spiller. Official issues include the boundary between Avoyelles and Rapides districts and completion of an inventory of military records. Included is a copy of sixteen rules of commerce by Carondelet and Andres Lopez Armesto governing the trade of the Spanish colonies (1793). In French and Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 59.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, New Orleans 1866-, Baton Rouge, French

Casa Calvo, Marquis De (Sebastian de la Puerta Y O'Farril). Ordinance, 1804 March 16. 1 item. Location: Misc.C. Spanish governor of Louisiana. Copy of ordinance issued by Casa Calvo and signed by Francisco Collell and John Joseph Cruzat, captains of the Regiment of Infantry of Louisiana. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1257.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics

Cortes, Fernando, 1487-1547. Ordinances, 1524 March 20. 4 items (photocopies), typewritten transcription and translation. Location: Misc. Spanish conqueror of Mexico. Ordinances prescribing the rule and conversion to Christianity of the Indians, crops to be planted, and residence requirements for Spaniards holding Indian slaves. Maps show Cortes' travels and a plan of Tenochtitlan. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2504.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Spanish

D'Aunoy, Nicholas F. Proceedings, 1809. 1 item. Location: Misc.:D, OS:D. Record of proceedings (notarized copy) in the case of Nicholas F. Daunoy vs. Maria Elizabeth Detrehan, widow of Carlos Fabre Daunoy, regarding settlement of the estate. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 97.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

Dalferes, Antonio. Papers, 1822-1838. 24 items. Location: C:72. Resident of Assumption Parish, Louisiana. Much of the collection consists of sales and transfers of land and slaves between Dalferes and other residents of Assumption Parish. There are also papers relating to the estates of S. Navarro and Francisco Machado. Partly in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 552.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, African Americans

Dart, Elisabeth K. (Elizabeth Kilbourne). Collection, 1774-2005. 5.5 linear feet. Location: 121:8-11. Resident and local historian in St. Francisville, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Wrote about West Feliciana subjects including the Railroad, biographies of notable figures, and tours for Grace Cemetery. Collection contains manuscript and research materials used for exhibits, lectures, tours, and writing on West Feliciana Parish. Manuscripts include deeds, correspondence, accounting records, legal papers, court cases, and receipts. Other records include published materials, copies of original materials, scrapbooks, photographs, notes, and exhibit text. Mss. 5023.

Davidson, John M. Legal Papers, 1861-1867. 124 items. Location: UU:111. Lawyer in New Orleans who handled cases for client Charles Black, a commission merchant and steamboat owner of Matamoros, Mexico, as well as cases involving steamboats and the United States Commissioner of Claims in Louisiana. Legal papers include bills, receipts, petitions, court summons, acts of sale, and promissory notes of Charles Black, reflecting his financial interests in several steamers and ships. In English and Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1472.

De La Vega, Joaquin Fel. Receipt, 1841 March. 1 item. Location: Misc. Receipt for payment by Carlos Perker. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1208.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

de Trujeda, Bernardino, Declaration, 1799. 1 volume (88 pages). Location: 111:1. Certified copy of declartion regarding financial condition of sugar plantation and mill at Hacienda Senora Santa Ana Tepoxtepec, owned by the Regidor Perpetuo of Cordova, Mexico, Bernardino de Trujeda. The declaration is dated October 23, 1789, but the certified copy was signed January 25, 1799 by public notary Mariano Francisco Zambrano at Puebla de los Angeles. The document is bound and contains petitions, claims, and wills, some signed by various church officials. It also includes an inventory, appraisal, and description of slaves and other property. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 4998.

DeBlanc, Charles. Slave bills of sale and memorandum, 1835-1854. 3 items. Location: Misc:D. French-speaking slave owner of New Orleans. Papers include slave bills of sale of Charles DeBlanc to Auguste and Octave Reggio of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, and an undated memorandum to Luis DeBlanc. Slave bills of sale in French, memorandum in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 100.

Douglass, Daniel. Document, 1802, 1813. 1 item. Location: Misc.:D. Resident of Concordia Parish, Louisiana. Sale of land of Daniel Douglass by Elijah Smith, executor for the estate, to Jonathan Thompson of Natchez, Mississippi. Attached is the grant to Douglass, signed by Joseph Vidal, Commandant of the Post of Concordia, 1802. Grant in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 397.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Natchez, Mississippi

Farar, Benjamin. Papers, 1773-1826 (bulk 1820-1826). 56 items (on 1 microfilm reel). Location: Mss.Mf:F. Planter of Laurel Hill Plantation near Natchez, Mississippi. Papers include personal and business correspondence (1820-1826) related to family matters, plantation operations, and social life in New Orleans. Includes some land grants in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1364.

Favrot, Pedro. Papers, 1799, 1804. 2 items. Location: Misc:F. Resident of the District of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Land grant (copy) issued to Don Pedro Favrot, 1799; and attestation of the grant, 1804. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 668.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Baton Rouge

Febles, Jose R. Papers, 1818, 1849. 2 items. Location: Misc. Surveyor. Papers include a certification of a survey of Camarioca (1818) and an anonymous letter (typed copy) to the French consul at Pensacola, Florida, pertaining to improvements of the government's system of bonded warehouses (1849). In Spanish and French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 609.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, French

Floridablanca, José Moñino y Redondo, conde de. Document, 1788-1789. 1 vol. Location: M:20. Report made to King Charles III in 1788 and repeated to Charles IV in 1789 by the Conde de Floridablanca. A royal decree to Pedro Rodriguez, Conde de Campomanes, is at the end of the volume. The report is not an original representation, but it may have been a record copy made by various scribes or clerks. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1173.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics

Forstall, Nicolas. Document, [1961]. 2 items. Location: U:113. Spanish colonial official in New Iberia. Forstall's reports from New Iberia to Spanish officials. Document reflects the intense Spanish colonization under Governor Galvez and consists of an inventory of money and goods from Francisco Bouligny when he transferred his commission to Forstall. Spanish transcription and English translation. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1711.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

Fourchy, Alexandre Francois, 1787-1854. Family Papers, ca. 1848-1908, undated 185 items and 2 pamphlets. Location: U:117. Lawyer and writer of New Orleans. Family papers consist of correspondence and related items (1891-1895); family and religious cards; and 66 New Orleans trade cards. Included is a copy of Fourchy's Quelques Mots, a literary work dedicated to the memory of Napoleon I. Partly in French and in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1692, 1694.

Galvez, Bernardo De. Letter, 1779. 1 letter [enlargement print]. Location: Misc. Galvez's letter to Joaquin de Ortega comments on the work done by Ortega and mentions Don Antonio Gil y Barbo who had assisted him; and expresses concern for (Juan) Garcia whose convoy, sent by Galvez to San Antonio, Texas, had been attacked by Indians. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1066.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

Galveztown Papers, 1778-1924. 134 items. Location: C:7. Documents in the Archivo General de Indias, Papeles procedentes de Cuba, in Seville, pertaining to Galveztown, Spanish colonial settlement in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, and to the militia in the Spanish colony of Louisiana. Also included in the papers are copies of the historical data and letters of Theodore John Dimitry pertaining to the Sons of the American Revolution. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 890.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

Gayarré, Charles E. A. Papers, 1781, 1830-1907 (bulk 1830-1895). 276 items, 4 volumes. Location: UU:9. Louisiana planter, statesman, jurist and historian. Papers pertain to Gayarré's association with Confederate leader J.D.B. DeBow, his literary career, and the management of his business affairs. Also included is personal correspondence of Gayarré's wife, Anne Shadie Sullivan Buchannon, with members of the William Woodson King family. Some items in French and Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1282.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Plantations, Women, Civil War, French, Literature

Gayarré, Charles. Papers, 1720-1895 (bulk 1845-1857). 588 items, 6 volumes, 1 microfilm reel. Location: U:124-132, VAULT:7, MSS.MF:G. Louisiana planter, statesman, jurist and historian. Plantation and business records, legal documents, historical and political writings, and personal correspondence of Gayarré. The collection indicates national and state political sentiment and activities and records Gayarré's career as a historian and political analyst and the founding of Louisiana's state library. Partly in French, Spanish and German. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 156.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics, Plantations, French, German, Literature

Gayoso de Lemos, Manuel. Papers, 1792-1799. 41 items, 1 microfilm reel. Location: Vault:7, MSS.MF:G. Spanish governor of the Natchez District (1792-1797). Major Stephen Minor was a planter of Natchez, Mississippi. Letters of Manuel Gayoso de Lemos to Major Stephen Minor concerning general administrative issues and personal matters in the closing years of Spanish rule of the Natchez District. Includes a document by Gayoso titled 'Instructions for my commission to the Chocta Nation' (1792) and a proclamation calling for the reestablishment of peace at Natchez (1797). Partly in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 157, 859, 1673, 3099.

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