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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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

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