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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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