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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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

Ocampo, Sebastian de. Manuscript, 1800. 1 volume. Location: M:20. Official orator for the City of Cuernevaca, Mexico. Funeral orations (1796-1799) preached in Cuernevaca by Br. Don Sebastian de Ocampo. They were collected and copied in 1800. In Spanish. Mss. 17.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Spanish

Opelousas and Attakapas Districts collection, 1777-1805. 123 items. Location: C:8. Original and certified copies of papers filed with the governor general and commandants of the civil and military post of Attakapas and Opelousas during Spanish colonial rule of Louisiana. Papers consist primarily of inventories of property, wills and succession documents, petitions, mortgages, and marriage contracts. Some items restricted due to fragility. In French and Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 756, 1171.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, French

Ovue, Joseph De. Document, 1788. 1 item. Location: MISC:O. Property transfer by Joseph de Ovue to Jayme Jorda, New Orleans. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 331.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, New Orleans to 1861

Palfrey Family Papers, 1776-1918. (bulk 1806-1875). 388 items; 21 vols. Location: 77:89, H:22, Mss.Mf:P, 99. Family of planters, businessmen, politicians, public servants and author. Papers of John Palfrey (1768-1843) relate chiefly to the operation of Forlorn Hope Plantation, education of his sons, War of 1812, and reflect plantation life. Topics include the trade embargo, West Florida Controversy and the capture of Baton Rouge, War of 1812, slavery, cotton and salt production, and banking. Family papers pertain to Civil War battles, plantation economics, Confederate government, and Reconstruction. Papersof William Palfrey concern Ricahoc Plantation and a partnership David Weeks. They also discuss the Clinton and Port Hudson Railroad Company (1841-1842). Some items in French and Spanish. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 6061 and 5322: University Publications of America Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 6, Reel 12; Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series I, Part 1, Reels 1-4. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 333, 334, 1409, 1442, 1632, 2076, 2580, 2773, 2857.

Perez-Viscaino, Juan. Letterbook, 1901-1915. 1 ms. vol. (indexed). Location: M:19. Mexico city businessman. Business correspondence concerning tobacco manufacturing and sales, banking, and real estate in Mexico City and Vera Cruz. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1251.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Business

Pintado, Vincent Sebastián. Papers, 1771-1820, 1842. 16 volumes, 2 microfilm reels. Location: Vault:29-31; MSS.MF:P. Manuscript land surveys made chiefly by Vicente Pintado and Charles Trudeau, royal surveyors of Louisiana and East and West Florida during the Spanish colonial period, office of the Surveyor General of Louisiana. Transcripts also available (call number F373 .S96). In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 890, 1223.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish

Porteous, Laura L. Collection, 1769-1922 [1936, 1949]. 2,260 items, 7 ms. vols. Location: 78:61-65. Collection includes transcriptions and translations of Spanish judicial documents and cases in the Cabildo (1769-1803); and lists of Spanish officials (1769-1803) and notaries in New Orleans (1822-1922). Also includes extracts and translations of the Favrot papers, and extracts from baptismal records. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1200.

Reynaud, Juan. Papers, 1795-1799. 1 item (bound manuscript; 63 pages). Location: A:110. New Orleans merchant. Documents pertain to the legal proceedings of the case of Juan Reynaud vs. Juan Pedro Tauriac, surgeon of Opelousas, Louisiana, for payment of debt. In Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 367.

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