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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Kleinpeter, George, John, and family. Papers, 1786-1911. 32 items. Location: 7:57. The Kleinpeter family emigrated from Germany and eventually settled in East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, where they were farmers. Photocopies of family documents belonging to the George and John Kleinpeter families of Louisiana. These include survey maps, land grants, land transfers, birth and death records, estate papers, receipts, and miscellaneous items. The Sharp family is also mentioned as they relate to the Kleinpeters. Mss. 4897.

Kneeland, G. C. Document, 1809. 1 item. Location: Misc.:K. Resident of Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Certification of G.C. Kneeland of Feliciana Parish, La., pertaining to payment for professional services rendered by Vicente Sebastian Pintado, general surveyor. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 133.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

Lafayette, Marquis de. Pointe Coupee Parish land records, 1805-1847. 118 items. Location: 102:. French reformer and participant in the American Revolution. Correspondence, legal files, and survey documents pertaining to land along the Mississippi River in Pointe Coupee Parish granted by the United States to the Marquis de Lafayette. Most items are in English, but a few are in French and Spanish. Mss. 1521.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Acadiana, French

Land grants memorandum, 1786-1800. 1 item. Location: Misc:A. An unsigned memorandum, with a typed translation, concerns lands grants issued to Maurice and Guillermo Conway in Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. Alternate title: Anonymous memorandum. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 721.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

Landry, Francois. Document, 1782. 1 item. Location: Misc. Survey of property of Francois Landry in St. James Parish, Louisiana, and certification signed by Carlos Trudeau. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 211.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

Leche, Richard W. Papers, 1804, 1889-2008, undated. Approximately 100 linear ft., 155 volumes. Location: 80:-81:, 85:, 98:L, MAP CAGE, OS:L, VAULT:1, VAULT:21, VAULT MRDF 15. Orleans Parish native and 44th governor of Louisiana from 1936-1939. Collection is comprised of Leche's gubernatorial papers, which include chiefly office files of correspondence and a variety of printed materials; pre-gubernatorial and gubernatorial campaign papers; post-gubernatorial papers; and a variety of other materials, in large part photographic items and scrapbooks, spanning the three aforementioned eras. Collection also includes papers of Elton Reynolds Leche and Richard W. Leche, Jr. Mss. 2060.

López, Manuel. Papers, 1802-1835. 0.3 linear ft. Location: U:211, OS:L. Planter of East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, superintendent of the Spanish royal warehouse in New Orleans, and Justice of the Peace of East Baton Rouge Parish. Papers of Manuel López, a description of the boundaries of Distrito de la Feliciana (1802), and an inventory of the department of forts. Also included is the will of Juan Perez. In Spanish with English translations. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 721.

Louisiana State Lottery collection, 1840-1905 (bulk 1879-1890). .3 linear ft. Location: OS:L. Incorporated in 1868, the Louisiana State Lottery Company operated in New Orleans until ca. 1894 when it relocated to Honduras. It was broken up by the U.S. Department of Justice in 1906. Collection includes letters received, order and remittance forms, lottery tickets, lists of prizes awarded, broadsides, publications, and newspaper advertisements; Anti-lottery League of Louisiana memorabilia; and imprints from out-of-state lotteries. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 854.

Magruder, W.H. Nathaniel, Papers, 1921-1963. 0.3 linear feet. Location: 50:15, OS:M. Correspondence and other records related to W.H. Nathaniel Magruder's management of Central Hershey sugar refinery in Cuba. The records document Magruder's relationships within the larger management structure and his experience with organized labor interests. Mss. 3915.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Sugar, Politics, Business

Mahon, Thomas. Document, 1808 February 25. 1 item. Location: Misc.:M. A true copy of a land title, in Spanish, describing the land held in the estate of Thomas Mahon, Feliciana Parish, La. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 668.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

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