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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Delassus, Carlos Dehault. Diary, 1836 December. 1 vol. Location: M:20. Civil, military, and political commandant of New Madrid, Missouri. Typescript of the diary records Delassus' trip from New Orleans to St. Louis, Missouri, and his return. Entries made during his stay in St. Louis mention names of local residents and record business transactions and visits with friends and family. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 729.

Depositions regarding a steamboat collision on the Mississippi River, 1831. 2 depositions. Location: Misc. These depositions were taken at New Orleans, La., in the case of Henry Shaw vs. John D. Daggett & Enoch Price, pending in the circuit court at St. Louis, Mo. The lawsuit concerned the collision of the steamboats Courtland and St. Louis on the Mississippi River somewhere above the Claiborne County-Jefferson County, Miss., line in October 1830. Mss. 3923, 3939.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation

Dixon, William Y., 1843-1874. Papers, 1860-1905 (bulk 1860-1874). 14 items (9 ms. vols.). Location: UU:119. Confederate soldier, student. Diaries record the battles at Baton Rouge (Aug. 1862), Vicksburg (1862), and Port Hudson (1863) and casualties suffered. Entries also refer to camp life 1860-1864), transportation of troops by steamboats (1863), diseases among soldiers and civilians (1860-1864), and the involvement of African American soldiers at Port Hudson. Other material relates to his education and financial affairs. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 4. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3423.

Donato, Adolphe. Letter, 1883 December 16. 1 item. Location: Misc. Resident of Opelousas, Louisiana, and servant to U.S. Representative Edward Taylor Lewis. Letter written from Washington, D.C., describes his trip with Lewis from Louisiana to Washington, problems encountered by African Americans in travel and housing, the city of Washington, and his own social life. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2946.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Transportation, African Americans

E. B. Hendrick and Company. Receipt, 1868 March 18. 1 item. Location: Misc.:H. Commission merchant of Cairo, Illinois. Illinois Central Railroad Company receipt for sacks of seed to be shipped to W. H. Mann of Gilman, Illinois. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 850.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Business

Edenborn Line booster clubs at Shreveport, Louisiana photograph, 1928 February 18. 1 panoramic photograph. Location: 104:-105:. Social clubs consisting of employees of the Louisiana Railway & Navigation Co. Photograph is a group shot of club members in front of an unidentified building in Shreveport, Louisiana. Mss. 5371.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Women, Business

Eder, Joseph and Rosina. Letter, 1854. 1 item. Location: Misc.:E. Account of the journey of Joseph and Rosina Eder from Teisendorf, Germany, to Nacogdoches, Texas, by way of Bremen, Germany, and New Orleans. In German. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 469.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Transportation, German

Edwards, Albert F. B. Diary, 1862-1863, 1864, 1865. 8 items, 1 ms. Vol. Location: Misc.:E, OS:E. Union soldier from Chester, New Hampshire, and a member of the 15th New Hampshire Regiment in the Civil War. Diary documents ten months of camp routine, a sea voyage to New Orleans and encampment near there, the Port Hudson campaign, and the trip by boat and train back north. Papers also include a listing of personal expenses and miscellaneous items. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3384.

Edwards, Marianne. Letters, 1855-1866 (bulk 1855-1863). 72 items. Location: U:239. Marianne Edwards, formerly of Evansville, Indiana, was the wife of Guy M. Edwards, a Massachusetts sea captain. She took voyages from Boston to New Orleans and Baton Rouge. Letters concern voyages to New Orleans, France, and Spain, among others. Letters (1862-1863) about a voyage along the lower Mississippi River, describe conditions during the Union occupation of New Orleans and the Battle of Port Hudson. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1850.

Eliza Battle. Story, 1858. 1 item [mimeographed copy]. Location: MISC:E. Paddle steamer Eliza Battle, attacked by robbers on March 11, 1858 while returning up the Tombigbee River from Mobile, Alabama. Several versions of the burning story included. For futher information, see online catalog. Mss. 1776.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Women

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