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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McAllister, Charles L. Letter, 1861 August 21. 1 item. Location: Misc:M. Confederate soldier. Letter to McAllister's mother, Mrs. C. LaCroze, describing his train trip from Memphis to Knoxville, Tennessee, via Chattanooga. He mentions civilian enthusiasm along the way, and gives an eyewitness account of the wreck of a train carrying troops. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 13. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2133.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Civil War

McCarstle, Cullen. Manuscript volumes, 1842-1843. 2 vols. (on microfilm) Location: Mss. Mf.:M. Record book contains bills of lading (1842-1843) for cotton loaded at Fontania, La., onto various steamboats bound for New Orleans. Scrapbook (undated) contains clippings and recipes, mostly for baked goods, and remedies for various diseases in animals and humans, including cancer, cholera, yellow fever, diphtheria and rheumatism. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2726.

McCulloch, James. Letter, March 16, 1837. 1 letter. Location: MISC:M. James McCulloch, in New Orleans, Louisiana at the time, writes to Isaac Abercrombie in Greenfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts. McCulloch mentions that he is sailing from New Orleans to New York, and he asks Abercrombie to write what the price of corn is in Greenfield. McCulloch also mentions that he will ship items up the Connecticut River in Hartford. Mss. 5355. 

McCutchon, A. D. Letters, 1889-1890. 22 items. Location: Misc. Inspector on the dredge clearing Bayou Lafourche near Donaldsonville, Louisiana. Copies of letters to Captain M. W. Fish, U.S. Corps of Engineers in New Orleans, reporting on work accomplished. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1049.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, New Orleans 1866-

McHugh, John A. Family Papers, 1850-1874. 5 items. Location: MISC:M. Resident of Baton Rouge. Papers include a tax receipt (1850), oath of allegiance to the United States (1863), Confederate States of America bond certificate (1864), a railway timetable (1869) and a description (1874) of Mr. Basilisco's fruit and cake store on Third Street in Baton Rouge, La. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 893.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Civil War, Baton Rouge

McMurray, Aldridge Leroy, 1902-1987. Papers, 1912-1987. 1 linear ft. Location: 77:50, OS:M, 102. Captain and pilot of steamboats on the Mississippi River. Captain's log books, photographs, autobiographical essay, printed items, and ephemera relate to the career and life of Aldridge Leroy McMurray. Some items relate to the river steamer Sprague. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4502.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation

McMurray, E. L. interviewee. Oral history interview, 1979. 1 sound cassette (1.5 hours), Transcript (34 pages). Location: L:4700.43. Master pilot on the Mississippi River and other rivers, resident of Bayou Sorrel and Plaquemine, Louisiana, and an employee of Standard Oil. Interview includes discussion of McMurray's early life and career as a riverboat pilot, and a description of the governmental control of the Mississippi and the debate about levees and spillways. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.43.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation

McNamara, Matthias. Document, 1776 March 5. 1 item. Misc.:M, vault:1. Governor of Senegambia (Senegal) from 1775-1778. Permint signed by McNamara granting permission to Edward Moffat, Master of the sloop SWALLOW, to sail to 'the River Mississipy'. Also signed by Charles Miller, Deputy Naval Officer. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3413.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation

McQuiston, Nelson, 1897-, interviewee. Nelson and Lottie McQuiston oral history interview, 1979. 1 sound cassette (1.5 hours), Index 2 (pages). Location: L:4700.0044. Nelson and Lottie McQuiston married in 1921 and lived in the Atchafalaya Basin area of Louisiana. They resided in Baker, Louisiana, at the time of this interview. They discuss geographical changes in the Atchafalaya Basin since 1929; the Atchafalaya spillway; lumbering in the area; local treatment of illnesses; residents shopping for groceries and clothing; mail service; education; boat building; and housing. They also discuss births; weddings and funerals; crops and livestock; fishing; and picking and ginning Spanish moss. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0044.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Women, Education, Medicine

Meeker, C. J. Letter, 1849 Jan. 26. 1 letter. Location: MISC:M. Operated C. J. Meeker & Co., commission merchants and agents for Philadelphia and Baltimore packets. Letter to Captain Alexander Jones from Meeker, writing from New Orleans. Meeker discusses errors in the accounts of B. Buck & Sons and the bark (shipping vessel) Elizabeth. In addition to his own signature, Meeker signed the letter for J. McPherson (most likely John McPherson). Mss. 5351.

Mickins, Dan. Day book, 1900-1901. 1 vol. Location: G:1. Day book of a livery stable keeper, probably Dan Mickins, with entries giving date of service; name of person; service rendered, such as horse and buggy, surry, saddle horse, or hack service; and in some instances place to which transportation was furnished and amount For further information, see onine catalog. Mss. 1100.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Business

Miller, Caleb. Letters, 1817-1824. 2 letters. Location: Misc:M. American slave trader on board vessels transporting slaves to Cuba and America. Edward Spalding, a merchant from Bristol, Rhode Island, was involved in the slave trade in Cuba and acted as agent for Jacob Babbitt and the DeWolf family. Letters documenting American involvement in the international slave trade after it was abolished in England and America in 1808. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3326.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, African Americans

Mississippi and Lafourche Railway Co., chartered under the laws of the State of Louisiana, 1896. 1 printed pamphlet, 34 p.; 21 cm. Location: E:Imprints. Prospectus and charter for railroad describes its route from the west bank of the Mississippi River in St. James Parish, Louisiana, to a junction with main track of Southern Pacific Railway in Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, and lists officers of company. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2818.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Business

Mississippi River Bridge construction site photograph, 1938 April 11. 1 photographic print. Location 65:5. Photographic print is of the Old Mississippi River (Huey P. Long) Bridge under construction by Uvalde Construction Co. Pylon foundations and a train track are depicted. Mss. 3823.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Baton Rouge

Mississippi River Flood of 1927 Album, 1925-1928. 1 linear foot. Location U:243. The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 Album is a visual record of selected Louisiana losses from the 1927 Mississippi Basin flood. It was prepared for O. K. Allen (1882-1936), Chairman, Louisiana Highway Commission and later Governor, and presumably used for securing Federal disaster aid. The album contains 214 black and white photographs showing flood damage to roads, bridges, and buildings primarily in the Atchafalaya River region and the town of Melville, Louisiana. Besides images of damage, the photographs include depictions of repair crews, levees, barges, crevasses, and railroads. Some photos pre-date the flood and a few depict scenes from non-flooded areas. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4373.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation

Mississippi River Map Collection, ca. 1858-1878. 19 items, 1 manuscript volume, 4 CD ROMS and 1 microfilm reel. Location: OS:M, M:29, Mss.Mf:M., AA:(CD-ROM shelf). Loose manuscript maps of the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to Jefferson Parish and land along the river, showing land parcels, landings, land ownership, and changes in the course of the river, and a bound volume of cut and pasted in maps of the Mississippi River from above Vicksburg to New Orleans, showing land parcels, land ownership, and landings. Included in the volume are pieces of Marie Adrien Persac's NORMANS CHART OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER FROM NATCHEZ TO NEW ORLEANS IN 1858. These maps depict the Mississippi River from above Vicksburg to New Orleans, showing land parcels, land ownership and plantation names, and landings For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4818.

Mitchell, William H. Letters, 1856. 1 item. Location: Misc:M. Mississippi railroad engineer. Letter to cousin, Clarence, requesting assistance in locating employment as an engineer in South America and discussing his current situation in Mississippi. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3635.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation

Mobile and Ohio Railroad Company. Receipt book, 1855-1856, 1859-1864. 1 vol. Location: H:24. Receipt book (1855-1856) for freight delivered by the Mobile and Ohio Railroad at the DeSoto, Mississippi, station. The agent's name was apparently Pardue. The volume was later used by a member of the Pardue family for a scrapbook (1859-1864). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1520.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation

Moore, John. Stock Certificate and Receipt, 1853, 1870. 2 items. Location: Misc.: A  stock certificate issued to John Moore shows ownership of forty shares of stock in the New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Rail Road Co. (July 13, 1853). A receipt verifies a payment of $13.20 paid by the estate of John Moore on a tax bill (Oct. 10, 1870). Mss. 3627

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Business

Morse, E. A. Account books, 1863-1865. 4 volumes, 1 photograph. Location: H:3, MISC:M. Account books and letter book kept by Capt. E. A. Morse for the New Orleans, Jackson, and Great Northern Railroad Company and the New Orleans, Opelousas, and Great Western Railroad Company while they were operated under the control of the United States Army at the latter part of the Civil War. Letter book contains copies of orders, circulars, and published notices issued by Morse and C. W. Greene, Assistant Superintendent. Additionally, there is a photograph of a Lafourche locomotive. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 503.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Civil War

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