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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Walsh, Antonio Patrick. Papers, 1789-1826 (bulk 1820-1823). 632 items, 2 vols. Location: A:71-72. Soldier in Europe and colonial Louisiana, and a planter in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Personal and business papers reflecting Walsh's military service and life as a planter. Partly in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 887.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Plantations

West, Elizabeth Howard, 1873-1948. Papers, [1783-1825], 1924-1942. 3 linear ft. (on microfilm). Location: Mss. Mf.:W Librarian Emeritus of Texas Technological College. Research materials prepared for a project to be published with a historical introduction and explanatory notes. The papers consist of correspondence together with official documents of the history of the period. Spanish transcriptions and English translations. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2403.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Women, Education

White, David. Papers, 1796, 1809. 2 items. Location: Misc.:W. Resident of the District of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Grant of land to David White (1796) signed by Baron de Carondelet; and a conveyance of land form David White to Parson Carter (1809). In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 668.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Baton Rouge