Manuscript Resources on The History of Transportation

This guide to manuscript resources on the history of transportation in Louisiana includes a wide variety of materials, among them the records of merchants, factors, commission brokers, planters, attorneys, soldiers, ship owners, captains, steamboats, shipping companies, railroad companies, men, women and children travelers; record books; account books; bills of lading, waybills and receipts; log books of steamers; ship registers; travel diaries; and prints of river scenes and steamboats.

Major topics addressed include steamboats, schooners, the slave trade, shipping, and cotton and sugar (sale, trade, shipment and receipt).

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Hersey, Alfred C. Record book, 1849-1855. 1 bound vol. Location: Misc. Ship accountant and part owner of the ship 'Kentucky.' Records of finances during eleven voyages from Boston to New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3476.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Transportation

Hicky, Philip and Family. Papers, 1769-1901 (bulk 1769-1835). 20 items, 1 letter file book, 1 microfilm reel. Location: VAULT:8, OS:H, MSS.MF:H. Planter and colonel of East Baton Rouge Parish. Unbound and bound (in a letter file book) personal and official papers of Philip Hicky and the Hicky family. Papers pertain chiefly to the West Florida controversy and the Battle of New Orleans but also pertain to family matters and family history of the Hicky family. Some items pertain to the Walsh and Morgan families. Mss. 2007, 2035.

Hilliard, Isaac H. (Isaac Henry), Mrs. Diary, 1849-1860 (bulk 1849-1850). 1 vol. Location: U:239, Mss. Mf:H. Wife of Isaac H. Hilliard, plantation owner of Grand Lake, Chicot County, Arkansas, originally of Henry County, Kentucky. Mrs. Hilliard was related by marriage to Leonidas Polk. Diary depicts plantation life from an affluent woman's perspective, describing family holidays, social occasions, steamboat travel, and trips to Louisiana, Mississippi, and Kentucky. Includes her son's expenses at Kentucky Military Institute (1866). Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reel 13. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 178, 762.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Transportation, Women

Hinckley, Arthur L., Jr. Papers, 1837-1916 (bulk 1865-1866). 30 v., 49 files. Location: Mf. Orramel Hinckley was a steamboat owner and captain whose business was centered principally in New Orleans and Opelousas, La. These papers consist primarily of account books, correspondence, receipts, and other records concerning Orramel Hinckley's river steamboat "Irene" and her frequent trips between Washington, La., and New Orleans between September 1865 and July 1866. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3493.

Hinckley, Orramel and family. Papers, 1811-1897 (bulk 1830-1870). 335 items, 16 vols. Location: U:291, J:9, OS:H. Steamboat owner and captain whose business was centered mainly in New Orleans and Opelousas, Louisiana. Hinckley's wife and son lived in Washington, Saint Landry Parish, Louisiana. Personal and business papers and account books (1834-1897) document Hinckley's work as a steamboat captain. There are also volumes relating to personal matters, Civil War letters and items, and the bylaws and rules of a chapter of the Royal Arch Masons. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reels 8-9. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 970, 1151, 1317.

Holland, Miss. Diary, 1869 September 1-October 24. 1 item. Location: Misc:H. Young woman from Liverpool, England. Diary of Holland's voyage from England to New Orleans. She describes the weather, the ship and crew, activities onboard, and adventures. She also describes places they passed enroute, including Mont Serrat, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, and New Orleans.For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3275.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Women, New Orleans 1866-

Horton family papers, 1834-1848. 15 itlems. Location: Misc.:H. Letters addressed to Nathaniel M. Horton, Amesbury, Massachusetts, written by his brothers. One letter is to his sister Elizabeth Colby of Salisbury, Massachusetts. The letters were sent from New York, Brooklyn, New Orleans, Liverpool, and Cadiz. Contents concern business and family matters, politics, city life, slavery, and ship travel. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3482.

Hotson, Ernest B. Diaries, 1905, 1906, 1907, 1908. 4 vols. Location: M:20. Probably a British officer. He was stationed on the Kathiawar Peninsula (since 1948, Saurashtra Peninsula), India. Diary entries provide descriptions of weather conditions, local flora and fauna, methods of transportation, hunting expeditions, social and recreational activities, and some military activities. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2600.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation

Huntsville (Packet ship) Log book, 1843-1844. 1 v. Location: G:22. The packet ship Huntsville (523 tons) sailed with the Louisiana & New York Line of packet ships, sailing twice monthly in season between New York and New Orleans. This log book records three voyages of the Huntsville between New York and New Orleans under Edward Cornell, master, between September 16, 1843, and June 25, 1844. Mss. 3712.

Illinois Central Railroad. Freight contract, 1883. 1 item. Location: Misc. Contract shipping oil and grease from Cairo, Illinois, to New Orleans, Louisiana, with the consignee, Severin Landry of Assumption, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1198.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, New Orleans 1866-, Business