Manuscript Resources on The Sugar Industry

This guide describes manuscript collections documenting the sugar industry in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections (LLMVC) at LSU.  The records and personal papers of sugar planters and others whose livelihood came from growing sugar provide a wealth of documentation supporting research in agriculture, sociology, economics, history, and politics.

Researchers should also consult:

Sugar at LSU: Cultivating a Sweeter Future (Online Exhibition)

Documenting Louisiana Sugar 1845-1917

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Harkins, John. Manuscript, 1967. 1 item (59 pages). Location: E:45. Poplar Grove, Sugar Plantation on the West Bank of the Mississippi River across from Baton Rouge,' term paper presented for Fine Arts 120 taught by Mr. James R. Reeves. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2250.

Referenced in Guides: Sugar, Plantations, Education

Harris, James Courtland, d. 1968. Papers, 1909-1956. 5 ms. vols. Location: B:9. Sugar chemist and 1911 LSU graduate. Harris held managerial posts in several Latin American countries, primarily Cuba. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2396.

Referenced in Guides: Sugar, LSU

Harris, R. B. Photograph collection, 1890-1958 ca. 121 items. Location: C:96. Resident of Walnut Grove Plantation, Cheneyville, Louisiana. Collection is comprised of photographs taken of buildings, livestock, sugar cane fields, cotton fields, and several individuals, mostly unidentified. Also included are portraits of Annie Laurie Harris and N. B. Harris. The collection also contains four miniature paintings depicting rural Louisiana scenes and a 20th century transcription of a letter presumably written Dec. 26, 1873. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3060.

Referenced in Guides: Sugar

Harris, R. B. Photograph Collection, 1890-1958. 121 items. Location: C:96. Robert B. Harris was a resident of Walnut Grove Plantation, Cheneyville, Louisiana. Collection is comprised of photographs taken of buildings, livestock, sugar cane fields, cotton fields, and several individuals, mostly unidentified. Also included in the collection are portraits of Annie Laurie Harris and N. B. Harris; four miniature paintings depicting rural Louisiana scenes; and a 20th century transcription of a letter presumably written Dec. 26, 1873. Mss. 3060.

Referenced in Guides: Sugar

Harris, William H. Papers, 1893-1930. 14 items, 1 vol. Location: MISC:H. Probably an African American who worked as a foreman or handyman around Augusta Plantation Sugar House, Bayou Goula, Iberville Parish, Louisiana. Papers include business correspondence and a Wholesale Pocket Business Directory of New Orleans for 1893. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3261.

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