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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Lintner, Theodore. Papers, 1835. 2 items. Location: Misc. Resident of Mobile, Alabama. Sale of undivided half of the schooner Santiago, by Lintner to Benjamin Harrod of New Orleans, and certification of recorder of mortgages. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 226.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Transportation

Lisle, N. Receipt, 1869. 1 item. Location: Misc.:L. Receipt for a chronometer on board the ship Plato at New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1244.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, New Orleans 1866-

Little, John. Letter, 1843 Apr. 25. 1 item. Location: Misc.: L. In a letter to Capt. Israel Durrell, Capt. John L. Little reports on the difficulties he encountered in picking up cargo in New Orleans, La. He also comments on the price of cotton. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3572.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation

Livingston Parish Papers, 1876-1910, undated 11 items [photocopies and photographs]. Location: OS:L. Papers consist of assorted receipts, clippings, and contracts relating primarily to riverboat transportation on the Amite River and Bayou Manchac. A copy of The Port Vincent Triune for May 10, 1877, is also included. Three photographic prints depict a sawmill, a logging operation, and the mail steamboat "Alice" moored at French Settlement, La., particularly the Amite River area. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2898.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation

Louisiana description, 1791-1803. 1 item (8 pages). Location: E:Imprints. Published general description of Louisiana for the period 1514 to 1798. Included is an unidentified letter from New Orleans (1790) referring to a trip from Baltimore, Maryland, to New Orleans by way of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2325.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Transportation

Louisiana Railroad Depot Photograph Collection, 1909-1984. 128 items. Location: D:79. Photographic copies of postcards depicting Louisiana railroad depots. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4161.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation

Lytle Mississippi River steamboat prints, ca. 1900. 15 items (enlargement prints). Location: OS:L. Baton Rouge photographer. Mississippi River steamboat photographs, seven of which are signed by A. D. Lytle. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1995.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Baton Rouge

Lytle, Andrew D. Album photograph collection, circa 1862-1902. 213 items. Location: UU:263. Baton Rouge photographer. Prints made from Lytle's photograph album; the original photographs are dated circa 1862-1902. Includes views of public and domestic architecture in Baton Rouge and other Louisiana towns; steamboats; cadets at LSU; and other local people and settings. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3708.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Baton Rouge, LSU

Machette, William. Letterbook, 1807-1820. 1 ms. vol. Location: U:107. Ship owner of Boston, Massachusetts. Letter book containing handwritten copies of letters to business associates in various parts of the world including several letters addressed to Judah Touro, New Orleans merchant, and other letters referring to Machette's dealings with Touro. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1808.

Mahy Desmontils, Joseph Henry de. Letter, 1792. 1 item. Location: Misc.M. Letter from Orrillard, of Nantes, France, giving instructions for shipment of goods from New Orleans to France, and commenting on political and military events in Europe. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1171.

Maling, M. C. Letter, 1853 January 26. 1 item. Location: MISC:M. Resident of New Orleans, Louisiana. Letter to William Lord, ship owner, of Kennebunk, Maine, concerning shipping problems in the New Orleans-Liverpool cotton trade. For further information,see online catalog. Mss. 1363.

Manson, George. Letter, 1848. 1 item. Location: MISC:M. Captain and resident of Bath, Maine. Letter to Captain Manson from New Orleans describing a new steering apparatus for a ship. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1289.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation

Marchand Gin Company. Cotton book, 1900. 1 vol. Location: G:18. Cotton book of the Marchand Gin Company recording cotton ginned and shipped from September to December, 1900. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 280.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Transportation, Business

Marcy, Peter. Letter, 1845 May 18. 1 item. Location: Misc.:M. Builder of the first dry dock constructed at Algiers, Louisiana.Letter Daniel Marcy, ship owner of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, reflects trade with France and ship repairs in New Orleans. He comments on damage sustained by the cargo ship, Orozimbo, in the Gulf of Lyons while enroute to New Orleans with a cargo of wine. He also states that staves sold for 33 to 37 dollars per thousand in New Orleans; other news relates to family matters.For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1417.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Transportation

Marston and Company. Letter, 1849 January 10. 1 item. Location: Misc.:M. Company located in Palermo, Sicily. Letter to R. F. Nichols and Company, New Orleans, informing them of a shipment of citrus fruits. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 951.

Marston, Henry and family. Papers, 1818-1938 (bulk 1850-1890). 2,104 items, 59 volumes. Location: U:220-222, U:267, G:19. Planters of East Feliciana Parish and Red River Parish, Louisiana. Collection includes diaries; plantation records; legal documents; personal correspondence; bank records; and Civil War papers. Diaries comment on public health, yellow fever epidemic, race relations, labor and the political participation of African Americans. Other volumes record activities of the Clinton & Port Hudson Railroad and the Silliman Female Collegiate Institute. Papers of son , Bulow, reflect his activities as planter, steamboat operator, and warehouse owner. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 5735 and 6061: University Publications of America, Confederate Military Manuscripts, Series B, Reel 13 and Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 2, Reel 14, or For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 624.

Martin, Leonard, 1908-, interviewee. Oral history interview, 1993. 1 sound cassette (1.5 hours), Index (4 pages). Location: L:4700.0281. Sugarcane farmer and great-grandson of a slave, Martin was a resident of Four Corners, Louisiana, an unincorporated community south of Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana. Martin's account of the sale of his great-grandfather as a slave along with descriptions of his education; his father's career as the first African American schoolteacher in the area; work in sugarcane farming; and a dance-hall operator, Alice LeBaude. Martin also describes forms of transportation; the marriage of his white maternal grandmother to a Native American; his own marriage; work in Texas; the use of drugs in Four Corners; and his religion. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0281.

MARY AGNES expense account, 1865. 1 item. Location: Misc.:M. Schooner owned by L. S. Babcock and H. Boas and enrolled at New Orleans. Expense account at Tampico, Mexico, of the Mary Agnes. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 850.

Maury Brothers. Ledger, 1851-1856. 1 vol. Location: M:20. James and Ruston Maury were New Orleans, Louisiana commission merchants. Ruston Maury conducted company business in Liverpool, New York, Charleston, and Richmond. Ledger records company income, expenses, and accounts of company partners. Accounts of cotton, sugar and corn shipped to England and the northern United States. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4676.

Mayo, William T. Letter, circa 1848. 1 letter. Location: MISC:M. A music publisher in New Orleans. Discusses a steamboat disaster, musicians and music store proprietors in New Orleans, yellow fever in the city, and the presidential election of 1848. Mss. 4985.