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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Minor family. Papers, 1774-1914 (bulk 1774-1891). 24 items, 1 printed volume, 1 microfilm reel. Location: T:35, OS:M, MSS.MF:M. Planters of the Concord Plantation and governor of the Spanish district of Natchez. Collection includes correspondence related to plantation and family matters in Mississippi and Louisiana; a sugar producer's license; a printed item signed by President John Adams; and a will. Includes land titles for and personal correspondence of the Stephen, William J., and Henry C. Minor families of Natchez and Terrebonne Parish. Some letters in Spanish and French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 859, 947.

Minor, William J. and family. Papers, 1779-1898, 1941 (bulk 1830-1870). 410 items, 37 volumes, 1 microfilm reel, 70 microfiche. Location: U:229, H:2, MSS.MF:M, VAULT:1, OS:M, MICROFICHE 2729. Sugar planter of Southdown and Hollywood Plantations in Terrebonne Parish and Waterloo Plantation in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. Minor was president of the Agricultural Bank of Natchez, Mississippi. Collection includes plantation records; banking papers; and personal correspondence of the Stephen, William J., and Henry C. Minor families of Natchez and Terrebonne Parish. Some letters in Spanish and French. Some items available on microfilm 6061: University Publications of America Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 3, Reels 1-4. Some items available on microfiche. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 519, 594.

Miró, Estevan Rodriguez, 1744-1795. Document, 1789, 1790. 2 items. Location: Misc.:M. Governor of Spanish colonial Louisiana. Passport issued in New Orleans giving permission to settle in Louisiana and describing conditions under which settlement is granted. Included is a receipt issued to Greenbourg Dorsey, recipient of the passport. Partly in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2609.

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

Modena, Joseph. Papers, 1796-1798. 4 items. Location: Misc. Resident of New Orleans, Louisiana. Papers pertain to legal matters. Two are signed by Luis Héctor Carondelet, Spanish governor of Louisiana. In French and Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1463.

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

Montane, Pedro Joseph. Document, 1786, 1833. 1 item. Location: OS:M. Resident of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.Land grant awarded to Montane which includes a survey made in 1786 and recorded in the New Orleans Land Office in 1833. Partly in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 489.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, New Orleans to 1861

Moreno, Manuel. Letters, 1849, 1854. 2 letters. Location: Misc. The May 30, 1854, letter from Thomas J. Cooley, judge of the Ninth Judicial District Court, conveys instructions for his imminent visit to Baton Rouge to hear recused cases. The July 11, 1849, letter is from Havana, Cuba, and is written in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 238.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Baton Rouge

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

Natchitoches Parish records, 1734-1932. 3.5 linear ft., 10 volumes. Location: S:37-42, L:12, OS:N. Collection contains official and legal documents of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, pertaining to Clerk of Court records, court dockets of civil and criminal actions, land claims, bills of indictments, marriage licenses, cancelled bond notes, certificates of naturalization, and notarial acts. Also included are the records of the merchant firm of Barr, Davenport and Murphy (1808-1810). Some items in French and Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 480, 876, 929, 940, 961.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Business, French

New Orleans Municipal Records, 1765-1898 (bulk: 1790-1837). 7.3 linear ft. Location: T:55-60, OS:N. Records consist of financial and legal papers created by the city governments of New Orleans. The papers are primarily the work of the City Council (or Conseil de Ville) and mayor. Some records date to the Spanish colonial Cabildo; most are from later years. A majority of the papers are in French, with a smaller amount in either Spanish or English. Financial papers pertain to public finances, including receipt and disbursement of monies, levy and collection of taxes, collection of fees on vehicles, markets, street peddlers, butcher shops, and city lots, and pay rolls for various public employees such as police and light service. Legal papers consist of resolutions and ordinances, which include records of legal matters settled by the council, and communications between the council and mayor regarding municipal affairs; and contracts and public works records, which include contracts for sale of property, agreements for the purchase of raw materials for street paving and other projects, and a small amount of material pertaining to the contract and purchase of fire protection equipment and services for the city. License bonds were issued for tavern keepers, boarding house owners, cart or dray drivers, and a small number of cabarets and coffee houses. Mss. 719, 721, 726, 734, 737, 742, 792, 795, 805, 824, 852, 902, 908, 1189, 1190, 1198, 1436.

O'Bryan, Robert P., b. 1844, Papers, 1778-1958. 463 items. Location: W:33. Attorney of Vermilion and Calcasieu parishes, Louisiana. O'Bryan represented Vermilion Parish in the Louisiana House of Representatives (1879-1886) and was appointed attorney for the 14th Judicial District of Louisiana in 1890. Early papers relate to Spanish and territorial land grants. Early legal correspondence pertains to cases heard by Daniel O'Bryan, Robert's father, Clerk of Court for Vermilion Parish. Other papers of Robert O'Bryan include legal, political, and family correspondence. Land grants in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3100.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics

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

Opelousas and Attakapas Districts collection, 1777-1805. 123 items. Location: C:8. Original and certified copies of papers filed with the governor general and commandants of the civil and military post of Attakapas and Opelousas during Spanish colonial rule of Louisiana. Papers consist primarily of inventories of property, wills and succession documents, petitions, mortgages, and marriage contracts. Some items restricted due to fragility. In French and Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 756, 1171.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, French

Ovue, Joseph De. Document, 1788. 1 item. Location: MISC:O. Property transfer by Joseph de Ovue to Jayme Jorda, New Orleans. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 331.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, New Orleans to 1861

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.

Perez-Viscaino, Juan. Letterbook, 1901-1915. 1 ms. vol. (indexed). Location: M:19. Mexico city businessman. Business correspondence concerning tobacco manufacturing and sales, banking, and real estate in Mexico City and Vera Cruz. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1251.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Business

Pintado, Vincent Sebastián. Papers, 1771-1820, 1842. 16 volumes, 2 microfilm reels. Location: Vault:29-31; MSS.MF:P. Manuscript land surveys made chiefly by Vicente Pintado and Charles Trudeau, royal surveyors of Louisiana and East and West Florida during the Spanish colonial period, office of the Surveyor General of Louisiana. Transcripts also available (call number F373 .S96). In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 890, 1223.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

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.

Reynaud, Juan. Papers, 1795-1799. 1 item (bound manuscript; 63 pages). Location: A:110. New Orleans merchant. Documents pertain to the legal proceedings of the case of Juan Reynaud vs. Juan Pedro Tauriac, surgeon of Opelousas, Louisiana, for payment of debt. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 367.

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

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

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

Spain. Archivo General De Indias Papeles de Santo Domigo-Luisiana. 46 reels of microfilm. Location: Mss.Mf:AGI(SANTO DOMINGO). Series covers numbers 2529-2580. [See related series: Archivo General De Indias: Papeles procedentes de Cuba, #3278]. See index to Cuban papers: La Coll Z 1238 D62 10 vols. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3554.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

Spalding, Edward. Letter book, 1820. 1 item. Location: MISC:S. Shipping merchant and slave trader from Bristol, Rhode Island. Letter book contains handwritten copies of letters written by Spalding while in Trinidad, Cuba. Most letters are addressed to Jacob Babbitt & Co. in Bristol, Rhode Island. Letters discuss market conditions for sugar and molasses; the loading of cargo and the shipment of goods and major exports; the arrival of slave ships in the harbor; and the slave trade in the West Indies. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3416.

Spanish colonial archives collection, circa 1761-1824. 12 reels of microfilm. Location: Mss. Mf.:S. Selected Spanish archival documents, mainly in the Papeles Procedentes de Cuba (A.G.I.), which deal primarily with the history of Spanish colonial Louisiana. Film was originally prepared for Dr. Jack D. L. Holmes, University of Alabama. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2970.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

St. Bernard Parish memorial, 1805. 1 item [copy]. Location: Misc.:S. Memorial from inhabitants of St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, to Governor W. C. C. Claiborne. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1257.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics

Strormann and Ludeling. Circular letter, 1805 March 1. 1 item. Location: Misc:S. Written two years after the Louisiana Purchase, this circular was sent by a German retailer to announce to Spanish-speaking businesses that the cession of Louisiana to the United States has opened the way to free commerce with other countries directly. The firm of Strormann and Ludeling established a house in New Orleans (La.) to deal in linens and other articles. Written in Spanish with translation provided. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4943.

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

Survey Collection, 1786-1928. 2 linear ft, 1 mf reel. Location: E:106-107, OS:S, Mss. Mf:S. Collection consists of land surveys, chiefly by Spanish surveyors, in central, south, and southeastern Louisiana, including East Baton Rouge Parish and Orleans Parish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 552, 743, 933, 936, 955, 961. Container list.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, New Orleans to 1861, Baton Rouge

Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1850, Papers, 1846. 2 items. Location: Misc.:T, Vault:1, Vault MRDF 5. Twelfth president of the United States and U.S. Army general. Dinner invitation sent from Taylor while he was in Comargo, Mexico, to Theodore Lewis. The proclamation issued by Taylor, is entitled 'Proclamacion por el general commandante del exercito de los Estados Unidos de America, a la nacion Mejicana.' For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 417.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics

Tessier, Charles. Papers, 1810-1848. 26 items. Location: A:63. Parish judge in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Papers of Charles Tessier include a set of letters in French written by Tessier and J. Soulie, a representative of the firm Tanneret & Gourgon, concerning a court case involving a property dispute with a Mr. Dubreuil; letters from John Nicholson concerning Tessier's stewardship of the Baton Rouge branch of the Carrollton Bank of New Orleans; a cadastral map showing property owned by Tessier; and a letter of friendly salutations from Richard Raynal Keene. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 238.

Thompson, H. Bolivar. Collection, 1885-1887, 1896-1899. 9 items, 2 vols. Location: UU:110. Resident of New Orleans and assistant state engineer of Louisiana. Personal papers of Thompson; and bound volumes and stapled records of the Spanish army in Cuba, for the period before and at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, pertaining to the military defenses at Havana. Records of the Spanish army are in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1367.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, New Orleans 1866-

Toledo, Jose Alvarez De. Papers, 1816. 4 items. Location: Misc.:T. Supporter of Mexican independence for five years. In 1816, he became discouraged and switched his loyalties to Spain. Documents pertain to Toledo's reconciliation with Spain and his projects for suppressing rebellion in the Spanish colonies. Partly in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 777.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

Trudeau, Carlos. Papers, 1800, 1804. 7 items. Location: MISC:T. Surveyor general of Spanish Louisiana in the early 1780s, he served in that capacity until his resignation in 1805. Papers (in Spanish) include an official statement concerning land in Attakapas and surveys of lands on Lake Ponchartrain and Tangipahoa River. Mss. 426.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Acadiana

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