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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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

Survey Collection, 1786-1928. 2 linear ft, 1 mf reel. Location: E:106-107, OS:S, Mss. Mf:S. Collection consists of land surveys, chiefly by Spanish surveyors, in central, south, and southeastern Louisiana, including East Baton Rouge Parish and Orleans Parish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 552, 743, 933, 936, 955, 961. Container list.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, New Orleans to 1861, Baton Rouge

Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1850, Papers, 1846. 2 items. Location: Misc.:T, Vault:1, Vault MRDF 5. Twelfth president of the United States and U.S. Army general. Dinner invitation sent from Taylor while he was in Comargo, Mexico, to Theodore Lewis. The proclamation issued by Taylor, is entitled 'Proclamacion por el general commandante del exercito de los Estados Unidos de America, a la nacion Mejicana.' For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 417.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics

Tessier, Charles. Papers, 1810-1848. 26 items. Location: A:63. Parish judge in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Papers of Charles Tessier include a set of letters in French written by Tessier and J. Soulie, a representative of the firm Tanneret & Gourgon, concerning a court case involving a property dispute with a Mr. Dubreuil; letters from John Nicholson concerning Tessier's stewardship of the Baton Rouge branch of the Carrollton Bank of New Orleans; a cadastral map showing property owned by Tessier; and a letter of friendly salutations from Richard Raynal Keene. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 238.

Thompson, H. Bolivar. Collection, 1885-1887, 1896-1899. 9 items, 2 vols. Location: UU:110. Resident of New Orleans and assistant state engineer of Louisiana. Personal papers of Thompson; and bound volumes and stapled records of the Spanish army in Cuba, for the period before and at the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, pertaining to the military defenses at Havana. Records of the Spanish army are in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1367.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, New Orleans 1866-

Toledo, Jose Alvarez De. Papers, 1816. 4 items. Location: Misc.:T. Supporter of Mexican independence for five years. In 1816, he became discouraged and switched his loyalties to Spain. Documents pertain to Toledo's reconciliation with Spain and his projects for suppressing rebellion in the Spanish colonies. Partly in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 777.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

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

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