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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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

Fourchy, Alexandre Francois, 1787-1854. Family Papers, ca. 1848-1908, undated 185 items and 2 pamphlets. Location: U:117. Lawyer and writer of New Orleans. Family papers consist of correspondence and related items (1891-1895); family and religious cards; and 66 New Orleans trade cards. Included is a copy of Fourchy's Quelques Mots, a literary work dedicated to the memory of Napoleon I. Partly in French and in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1692, 1694.

Galvez, Bernardo De. Letter, 1779. 1 letter [enlargement print]. Location: Misc. Galvez's letter to Joaquin de Ortega comments on the work done by Ortega and mentions Don Antonio Gil y Barbo who had assisted him; and expresses concern for (Juan) Garcia whose convoy, sent by Galvez to San Antonio, Texas, had been attacked by Indians. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1066.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

Galveztown Papers, 1778-1924. 134 items. Location: C:7. Documents in the Archivo General de Indias, Papeles procedentes de Cuba, in Seville, pertaining to Galveztown, Spanish colonial settlement in Ascension Parish, Louisiana, and to the militia in the Spanish colony of Louisiana. Also included in the papers are copies of the historical data and letters of Theodore John Dimitry pertaining to the Sons of the American Revolution. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 890.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

Gayarré, Charles E. A. Papers, 1781, 1830-1907 (bulk 1830-1895). 276 items, 4 volumes. Location: UU:9. Louisiana planter, statesman, jurist and historian. Papers pertain to Gayarré's association with Confederate leader J.D.B. DeBow, his literary career, and the management of his business affairs. Also included is personal correspondence of Gayarré's wife, Anne Shadie Sullivan Buchannon, with members of the William Woodson King family. Some items in French and Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1282.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Plantations, Women, Civil War, French, Literature

Gayarré, Charles. Papers, 1720-1895 (bulk 1845-1857). 588 items, 6 volumes, 1 microfilm reel. Location: U:124-132, VAULT:7, MSS.MF:G. Louisiana planter, statesman, jurist and historian. Plantation and business records, legal documents, historical and political writings, and personal correspondence of Gayarré. The collection indicates national and state political sentiment and activities and records Gayarré's career as a historian and political analyst and the founding of Louisiana's state library. Partly in French, Spanish and German. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 156.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics, Plantations, French, German, Literature

Gayoso de Lemos, Manuel. Papers, 1792-1799. 41 items, 1 microfilm reel. Location: Vault:7, MSS.MF:G. Spanish governor of the Natchez District (1792-1797). Major Stephen Minor was a planter of Natchez, Mississippi. Letters of Manuel Gayoso de Lemos to Major Stephen Minor concerning general administrative issues and personal matters in the closing years of Spanish rule of the Natchez District. Includes a document by Gayoso titled 'Instructions for my commission to the Chocta Nation' (1792) and a proclamation calling for the reestablishment of peace at Natchez (1797). Partly in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 157, 859, 1673, 3099.

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