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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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

Trudeau, Charles Laveau, approximately 1750-1816. Land surveys, 1794-1800. 3 land surveys. Location: MISC:T. Charles Laveau Trudeau (Carlos Laveau Trudeau) was appointed surveyor general of Spanish Louisiana in the early 1780s. He resigned in 1805. The Charles Laveau Trudeau land surveys include three surveys (in Spanish) dating 1794, 1799, and 1800 created by Charles Laveau Trudeau. The areas surveyed include the Natchez District of Don Juan Oconor (1794) and Feliciana District of Frederico Kimball el Joven (1799). The 1794 survey was signed by Francisco Luis Hector de Carondelet. Mss. 5132.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Natchez, Mississippi

Trudeau, Charles. Land survey, 1795. 1 land survey. Location: MISC:T. Surveyor general of Spanish Louisiana in the early 1780s and served in that capacity to 1805. Survey (in Spanish) of the land of George Forman of the Natchez District. Forman's land was bounded by that of William Ervin, Richard Willis, and J. Johnston. The survey shows land boundaries and the location of trees. Mss. 4815.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Natchez, Mississippi

Turnbull-Bowman family. Papers, 1771-1956 (bulk 1795-1910). 8 microfilm reels; 5.5 linear ft. Location: MSS.MF:T; X:19-23; OS:T. The Turnbull and Bowman families were cotton and sugar planters of West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Financial papers, correspondence, legal documents, personal papers, sheet music, printed items, and photographs of members of the Turnbull and Bowman families, cotton and sugar planters of West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Some papers of the related Pirrie and Gray families are included. Early documents reflect involvement of members of the Turnbull family in the fur trade in colonial Louisiana. Most papers reflect planting activities. Papers also include the sermons of William R. Bowman (1800-1835), rector of Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville. Some items in Spanish and French. Mss. 4452.

Unzaga y Amézaga, Luis, 1717-1793. Certificate, 1774 Feb. 8. 1 item. Location: Misc.:U. First Spanish governor of Louisiana. Official document signed by Luis de Unzaga y Amézaga, certifying an agreement or compact. Page appears to be the final portion of a larger document, the first pages of which are missing. The document is countersigned by Joseph Foucher, Unzaga's secretary, and bears Unzaga's seal. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 147.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics