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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Ellery, A. R. Letter, 1820 March 12. 1 item. Location: Misc. Resident of New Orleans. Letter to a friend in New York comments on heavy steamboat traffic on the river and recent presence of 'sickness' in the city. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3199.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation

Fearn Donegan & Co. Letter, 1852 Apr. 20. 1 letter. Location: Misc. An agent of Fearn Donegan & Co. in New Orleans, La., writes to another in Huntsville, Ala., remarking on the difficulty and expense of transporting railroad iron by boat to Tuscumbia, Ala., the cotton accounts of some clients, and the state of the cotton market in New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4009.

Fessenden, Anson D., b. 1839. Papers, 1862-1863, undated 82 items, 1 ms. vol. Location: W:36. Captain in the 53rd Massachusetts Infantry in the Civil War and resident of Townsend, Massachusetts. Letters to Fessenden's family describe camp life in New York and New Orleans, the sea voyage to New Orleans, and the Port Hudson campaign. A diary records experiences in that campaign. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3137.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Civil War

Fisher, Jacob. Letter, 1850. 1 item. Location: Misc. Postmaster of the Village Post Office, Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana. Typewritten copy of a letter from Fisher to his brother, Frederick Fisher, describing his trip from New Orleans to San Francisco by schooner and the economic and social conditions in Sacramento, following the discovery of gold in California. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1082.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Transportation

Foreign trade price lists collection, 1824-1833. 3 items. Location: Misc:F. J. W. Bastian & Son was a firm in Bremen, Germany, importing coffee, sugar, tobacco, and other staples as well as linens, dyes, and spices. Mariatequi, Knight & Co. was a firm based in Havana, exporting sugar, coffee, molasses, and provisions to New Orleans, Louisiana, and other parts of the United States, and to Europe. The foreign trade price lists report the prices of commodities being exported and imported from Bremen, Germany (1824), St. Petersburg, Russia (1824), and Havana, Cuba (1833). Also listed are exchange rates, in London, Amsterdam, Hamburg, and Paris. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3326.

Referenced in Guides: Sugar, Transportation

Foster, Murphy J. and family. Papers, 1880-1955 (bulk 1880-1930). 4.3 linear ft. Location: UU:286-287, 98:F. The collection extensively documents Foster's political career, his relationship with his wife Rose Ker Foster, and their children's formative years. Materials in the collection include correspondence, financial papers, legislative papers, and printed items. Topics addressed include family matters such as the development and education of the Foster children; Rose's management of Dixie Plantation in Murphy's absences; and Foster's political career and the issues that concerned him, such as the Anti-Lottery campaign, a national income tax, regulating railway rates, flood control, poll taxes, and protection of sugar growers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4710.

Frierson, Philip Bernard. Letters, 1872, 1879-1880. 5 items. Location: Misc. Photocopies of letters (1879-1880) from a LSU cadet giving an account of his journey by horseback and riverboat from his home in DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, to the University, and of his first two weeks as a student. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1974.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, LSU

Fulton, J. Alexander. Diary, 1854-1855. 2 vols. [on microfilm]. Location: Mss. Mf.:F. Lawyer of Kittanning, Pennsylvania, member of the State House of Representatives. Diary and observations of J. Alexander Fulton of a trip from the East through Midwest, and via the Mississippi River and New Orleans, to Texas and return. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1643.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Transportation

Garland, Henry Lastrapes, 1826-1908. Papers, 1778-1940 (bulk 1860-1940). 804 items. Location: 79:94, Vault MRDF 2, Vault:1. Lawyer and landowner of Opelousas, Louisiana. Correspondence, land documents, and legal and business documents of Garland and his wife Celeste. Papers include a legal agreement in French (1778), letters of Confederate civilians, materials relating to St. Landry Parish schools, and materials on railroads in the state. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3087.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Civil War, Education, French

Gay-Butler-Plater family. Papers, 1814-2016. 30.5 linear ft., 25 volumes. Location: G:43-85, OS:G, Q:1-6. Planters of Iberville, Lafourche, and Terrebonne parishes, Louisiana. Correspondence, financial records, legal records, photographic materials, and personal papers created and accumulated by the Gay, Butler, Plater, and Price families of Louisiana documenting their political, social, and financial affairs. Mss. 4872.

Geo. Limerick & Co. Letter: Vicksburg, Miss., to Lockhart, Fearn and Donegan, Madisonville, Miss., 1842 March 19. 1 item (2 leaves). Location: Misc:G. Shipping company which operated along the Mississippi River, with ports in New Orleans and Vicksburg, Mississippi. It shipped cotton to the Madisonville, Mississippi, merchants Mr. Lockhart, Mr Fearn, and Mr. Donegan. Letter to Lockhart, Fearn, and Donegan denies responsibility for water damage to bales of cotton the company took aboard its ship Vicksburg. Included is an earlier letter (copy) to the merchants also stating the cotton was damaged prior to shipment. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3326.

Gove, A. D. Letters, 1838, 1839. 2 items. Location: Misc. Resident of New Orleans. Letters to Gove's brother of Kensington, New Hampshire, mentioning the high prices of provisions in the markets of New Orleans; the seriousness of the yellow fever epidemic in the country as compared to the city; and a trip from Boston to New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1256.

Hale Correspondence, 1843, 1845. 4 items. Location: Misc. Business letters from New Orleans to New York City and to Alliance Mutual Company, New York. Letters (1845) comment on problems getting the required amount of cargo for a ship sailing to New York. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1404, 1417.

Hall, Samuel. Letter, 1843 March 3. 1 item. Location: Misc.:H. Boston factor. Letter from Captain Albert Winsor, New Orleans, La., contains an account of expenses for the barque "Nahant." Included is a description of the cargo including lard and cotton. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1404.

Hamilton, John R. Papers, 1863-1865. 0.6 linear ft. Location: X:34, OS:H. U.S. Naval officer during the Civil War. Naval records documenting Civil War operations of the USS Commodore as it patrolled the navigable waterways of Louisiana in order to prevent the South from trading with other countries. Records consist of reports, correspondence, orders, and lists of seamen and Naval officers. Papers also contain some records of the USS Vincennes. Mss. 5066.

Hamilton, William S. Papers, 1780-1930 (bulk 1807-1861). 3 linear ft., 14 manuscript volumes, 16 microfilm reels. Locations: T:81-87, H:21, OS:H, MSS.MF:H. United States Army officer under General Wade Hampton; slave owner and planter of Holly Grove Plantation, West Feliciana Parish; and politician who served on the first board of trustees for the College of Louisiana and a term in the Louisiana Legislature. While most papers pertain to William S. Hamilton's social, political, and professional life, some papers also pertain to John Hamilton (William S.'s father) and the children of William S. and Eliza C. Hamilton. Papers reflect the administration of United States Army troops in the Territory of Orleans and Mississippi and give an inclusive picture of national and Louisiana politics. Included are descriptions of Southern college facilities and curricula and early medical treatments in hydropathy (hydrotherapy). The papers also document conditions in the United States Army during the Mexican War, land speculation in Texas, and various aspects of plantation life and economy (including purchasing and treatment of slaves). Part of the George M. Lester Collection. Mss. 1209.

Harris, Nathaniel and James W. M. Papers, 1865-1920. 1 microfilm reel. Location: Mss.MF:H. Business papers of the law firm of Harris and Harris, a partnership of Confederate General Nathaniel Harrison Harris and his brother Captain James W. M. Harris. The firm operated from Vicksburg, Mississippi. Correspondence from the collection concerns railroad bonds, contracts and construction; land deeds and sales; taxes; insurance policies; ledgers; receipts; bills; cancelled checks; and bank settlements.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Civil War

Harrison, T. S. Travel account, 1888.1 broadside. Location: E:Imprints. Account titled 'Among the Southerners' describes a steamboat voyage from Baton Rouge to Greenville, Mississippi, mentioning scenery, river traffic, labor problems, river damage to 'Natchez-Under-The-Hill,' and the fear of a yellow fever epidemic. E:Imprints. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2897.

Hebert, J. Albert. Pictures, undated 8 items. Location: E:Imprints. Prints of models by Albert J. Hebert of the steamboats J. M. WHITE, BELLE OF THE BENDS, AMERICA, and SPRAGUE, with descriptions and historical facts taken from WAY'S DIRECTORY. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2397.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation

Heineken, C. W. Letters, 1810, 1811. 2 items [photocopies]. Location: Misc.:H. Letters written from New Orleans to Heineken's parents in England describe the sea voyage from England and give impressions of the people, scenery, climate, and social customs of New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog . Mss. 2883.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Transportation