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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Farar, Benjamin. Papers, 1773-1826 (bulk 1820-1826). 56 items (on 1 microfilm reel). Location: Mss.Mf:F. Planter of Laurel Hill Plantation near Natchez, Mississippi. Papers include personal and business correspondence (1820-1826) related to family matters, plantation operations, and social life in New Orleans. Includes some land grants in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1364.

Favrot, Pedro. Papers, 1799, 1804. 2 items. Location: Misc:F. Resident of the District of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Land grant (copy) issued to Don Pedro Favrot, 1799; and attestation of the grant, 1804. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 668.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Baton Rouge

Febles, Jose R. Papers, 1818, 1849. 2 items. Location: Misc. Surveyor. Papers include a certification of a survey of Camarioca (1818) and an anonymous letter (typed copy) to the French consul at Pensacola, Florida, pertaining to improvements of the government's system of bonded warehouses (1849). In Spanish and French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 609.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, French

Floridablanca, José Moñino y Redondo, conde de. Document, 1788-1789. 1 vol. Location: M:20. Report made to King Charles III in 1788 and repeated to Charles IV in 1789 by the Conde de Floridablanca. A royal decree to Pedro Rodriguez, Conde de Campomanes, is at the end of the volume. The report is not an original representation, but it may have been a record copy made by various scribes or clerks. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1173.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics

Forstall, Nicolas. Document, [1961]. 2 items. Location: U:113. Spanish colonial official in New Iberia. Forstall's reports from New Iberia to Spanish officials. Document reflects the intense Spanish colonization under Governor Galvez and consists of an inventory of money and goods from Francisco Bouligny when he transferred his commission to Forstall. Spanish transcription and English translation. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1711.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish