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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Minor family. Papers, 1774-1914 (bulk 1774-1891). 24 items, 1 printed volume, 1 microfilm reel. Location: T:35, OS:M, MSS.MF:M. Planters of the Concord Plantation and governor of the Spanish district of Natchez. Collection includes correspondence related to plantation and family matters in Mississippi and Louisiana; a sugar producer's license; a printed item signed by President John Adams; and a will. Includes land titles for and personal correspondence of the Stephen, William J., and Henry C. Minor families of Natchez and Terrebonne Parish. Some letters in Spanish and French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 859, 947.

Minor, William J. and family. Papers, 1779-1898, 1941 (bulk 1830-1870). 410 items, 37 volumes, 1 microfilm reel, 70 microfiche. Location: U:229, H:2, MSS.MF:M, VAULT:1, OS:M, MICROFICHE 2729. Sugar planter of Southdown and Hollywood Plantations in Terrebonne Parish and Waterloo Plantation in Ascension Parish, Louisiana. Minor was president of the Agricultural Bank of Natchez, Mississippi. Collection includes plantation records; banking papers; and personal correspondence of the Stephen, William J., and Henry C. Minor families of Natchez and Terrebonne Parish. Some letters in Spanish and French. Some items available on microfilm 6061: University Publications of America Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 3, Reels 1-4. Some items available on microfiche. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 519, 594.

Miró, Estevan Rodriguez, 1744-1795. Document, 1789, 1790. 2 items. Location: Misc.:M. Governor of Spanish colonial Louisiana. Passport issued in New Orleans giving permission to settle in Louisiana and describing conditions under which settlement is granted. Included is a receipt issued to Greenbourg Dorsey, recipient of the passport. Partly in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2609.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics, New Orleans to 1861

Modena, Joseph. Papers, 1796-1798. 4 items. Location: Misc. Resident of New Orleans, Louisiana. Papers pertain to legal matters. Two are signed by Luis Héctor Carondelet, Spanish governor of Louisiana. In French and Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1463.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, New Orleans to 1861, French

Montane, Pedro Joseph. Document, 1786, 1833. 1 item. Location: OS:M. Resident of Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.Land grant awarded to Montane which includes a survey made in 1786 and recorded in the New Orleans Land Office in 1833. Partly in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 489.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, New Orleans to 1861

Moreno, Manuel. Letters, 1849, 1854. 2 letters. Location: Misc. The May 30, 1854, letter from Thomas J. Cooley, judge of the Ninth Judicial District Court, conveys instructions for his imminent visit to Baton Rouge to hear recused cases. The July 11, 1849, letter is from Havana, Cuba, and is written in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 238.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Baton Rouge

Moro, Joseph De Ortega, 1738-1776. Letter, [1772], 1776, ca. 1 ms. vol. Location: M:20. Letter criticizes the practices of the nuns in the convents of Mexico and the local clergy who do not favor the reforms by the Bishop. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 27.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Spanish

Natchitoches Parish records, 1734-1932. 3.5 linear ft., 10 volumes. Location: S:37-42, L:12, OS:N. Collection contains official and legal documents of Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana, pertaining to Clerk of Court records, court dockets of civil and criminal actions, land claims, bills of indictments, marriage licenses, cancelled bond notes, certificates of naturalization, and notarial acts. Also included are the records of the merchant firm of Barr, Davenport and Murphy (1808-1810). Some items in French and Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 480, 876, 929, 940, 961.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Business, French

New Orleans Municipal Records, 1765-1898 (bulk: 1790-1837). 7.3 linear ft. Location: T:55-60, OS:N. Records consist of financial and legal papers created by the city governments of New Orleans. The papers are primarily the work of the City Council (or Conseil de Ville) and mayor. Some records date to the Spanish colonial Cabildo; most are from later years. A majority of the papers are in French, with a smaller amount in either Spanish or English. Financial papers pertain to public finances, including receipt and disbursement of monies, levy and collection of taxes, collection of fees on vehicles, markets, street peddlers, butcher shops, and city lots, and pay rolls for various public employees such as police and light service. Legal papers consist of resolutions and ordinances, which include records of legal matters settled by the council, and communications between the council and mayor regarding municipal affairs; and contracts and public works records, which include contracts for sale of property, agreements for the purchase of raw materials for street paving and other projects, and a small amount of material pertaining to the contract and purchase of fire protection equipment and services for the city. License bonds were issued for tavern keepers, boarding house owners, cart or dray drivers, and a small number of cabarets and coffee houses. Mss. 719, 721, 726, 734, 737, 742, 792, 795, 805, 824, 852, 902, 908, 1189, 1190, 1198, 1436.

O'Bryan, Robert P., b. 1844, Papers, 1778-1958. 463 items. Location: W:33. Attorney of Vermilion and Calcasieu parishes, Louisiana. O'Bryan represented Vermilion Parish in the Louisiana House of Representatives (1879-1886) and was appointed attorney for the 14th Judicial District of Louisiana in 1890. Early papers relate to Spanish and territorial land grants. Early legal correspondence pertains to cases heard by Daniel O'Bryan, Robert's father, Clerk of Court for Vermilion Parish. Other papers of Robert O'Bryan include legal, political, and family correspondence. Land grants in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3100.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Politics

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