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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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

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