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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Anonymous Confederate letter, 1861 July 3. 1 item. Location: Misc:A Letter written from New Orleans, Louisiana describing a method of blocking the Mississippi River to federal military boats. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2899.

Anonymous ledger, 1848-1851. 1 volume. Location: G:2. Ledger of a merchant, probably at Port Hudson, Louisiana, containing accounts of prominent men in the area, particularly high ranking military officers, and of the steamboats Brilliant, E. D. White, and Montgomery. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1100.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation

Anonymous log, 1848-1864. 1 log. Location: 31:. A logbook written by an anonymous author concerning multiple ships in the British Royal Navy. Entries from January 5, 1849 to June 9, 1850 detail the date, time, and location of arrivals and departures and entries from May 28 1848 to July 09 1850 provide greater details about for HMS Amphitrite, a frigate.  The logbook then changes to discussing the outfitting of HMS Rodney, a ship of the line, from August 18, 1851 to November 15, 1851, followed by 56 pages of instructions on rigging, beams, dimensions, anchors, cables, chains and other detailed configurations and mechanical maneuvers, and concluding with a list of arrivals and departures from March 27, 1852 to June 17, 1864. Part of the George DeForest Collection, vol. 14. Mss. 1350.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation

Anonymous New Orleans scrapbook, 1861-1936. 2 volumes on 1 microfilm reel. Location: Mss.Mf:A. Miscellaneous newspaper clippings collected mainly from newspapers in New Orleans and Natchez include materials relative to Reconstruction, the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson, the Chicago fire of 1871, and steamboats. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2554.

Anonymous short story, circa 1904. 1 item. Location: Misc:A. Story centering around the Steamer Betsy Ann when she was operating on a packet from Natchez to Bayou Sara on the Mississippi River. It features the home of Captain Lane Brandon of Como Landing and the surrounding territory in the Tunica Hills. It also features the building of the Red River Valley railroad as part of the Louisiana Railway and Navigation Company. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1086.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Literature

Anonymous travel notebook, 1869-1877. 1 volume. Location: M:18. Unidentified notebook containing travel accounts of several trips to Europe, itinerary, excerpts of poems, jokes, accounts of expenses, and miscellaneous memoranda. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 606.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Literature

Archibald, J. J. Waybill, 1891. 1 waybill. Location: Misc. A waybill for a railroad car of lumber shipped by the New Orleans & Northwestern Railway Co. for J.J. Archibald in Archibald, La. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4377.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation

Atchafalaya Rail Road and Banking Company. Letter, 1835 Apr. 15. 1 item. Location: MISC:A. Two-page letter written to "H. Niles" in which the author is requesting that Mr. Niles make mention in his newspaper of the steps Louisiana is taking to improve its railroad infrastructure, specifically mentioning the charter of the Atchafalaya Rail Road & Banking Company. The letter discusses the need for railroads in Louisiana to help farmers and ranchers with transportation, since back country roads are almost impassable.  It also goes into detail about the geography of the proposed rail site, local industry that would benefit, and the economic advantages to stockholders. Mss. 4930.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Business

Bagur, Jacques. Map collection, 1871, 1935. 2 slides [35mm], 1 photographic print, 1 photocopy. Location: MISC:B. Researcher of history and geography of East Texas and Louisiana. Contains slide of an 1871 map of Caddo Lake (original map possibly created by Lt. E. A. Woodruff). A second slide and a photographic print are of a 1935 map made by R. E. Jacobs titled "Routes of Steamboats to Surround Rafts in Red River, from Shreveport North, to Arkansas Line." Mss. 4428.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation

Bank of Mississippi. Bill of lading, 1824. 1 item. Location: Misc:W. Bill of lading for the transport of nine thousand dollars specie, contained in an iron bound keg, to Natchez, Mississippi, from the port of New Orleans aboard the steamboat ,Tanny. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3666.

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