Manuscript Resources on Women's History

This guide describes manuscript collections documenting women's history in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections at LSU. It includes the papers of women, women's organizations, family papers with significant bodies of women's papers in them, and other collections that document women's history in one way or another.

LSU is fortunate because it collected women's papers very early, perhaps without systematically trying to do so. Women's voices, often buried in plantation collections and Civil War papers, have emerged from obscurity only in recent decades. Researchers coming to LSU can study the letters and diaries of plantation mistresses and teachers, the papers of women writers, and the papers of black women, among other sources. A number of our women's collections have been recently microfilmed by University Publications of America in its series on Southern Women and their Families, making these collections more widely accessible. 

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Evans, H. Letter, 1864. 1 item. Location: Misc.E. Private, 9th Louisiana Infantry, Stafford's Brigade. Letter from H. Evans commenting on the activities of his friends in the Confederate army and in particular the courtesies received by a soldier in a hospital at Richmond from the wives of staff officers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1063.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War, Medicine

Evans, J. Bruce, Papers, 1614-2005 (bulk 1930-1990). 31.5 linear ft., 26 v. Location: 92:82-109; OS:E; J:34-35; Vault:1. Baptist minister, religious counselor and civil rights activist. Correspondence, church records, sermons, workshop materials, printed items, photographs and audio tapes reflect Evans's ministerial career in Baton Rouge, La., at First Baptist Church and Fellowship Church. Personal papers [some items in French], business records and genealogical material document the ancestry of Evans and his wife, Anita Louise, and provide insight into the personal lives of family members. Papers also furnish histories of Bienville and Natchitoches parishes and Saline, La., and relate to Caroline Dormon Nature Preserve and to Dormon's activities as a naturalist. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4664.

Ewing, Inc. American Red Cross nurses at Louisiana's Old State Capitol photograph, circa 1910-1930. 1 panoramic photograph. Location: 104:-105:. Group shot of American Red Cross nurses outside of the Old State Capitol. African-American nurses are standing at the right side of the group. Mss. 5372.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Baton Rouge, African Americans, Medicine

Fadenville, Marie. Papers, 1874-1879. 27 items. Location: U:120. Letters from Marie Fadenville to her husband in Iberville Parish, Louisiana. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 238.

Referenced in Guides: Women, French

Fair, James. Papers, 1833-1838. 4 items. Location: Misc:F. Owner of Grove Hill Plantation in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Papers pertain to Fair's mortgage of Grove Hill Plantations and its slaves. Land conveyance documents the sale of the plantation by Mrs. Maria Jones to Fair and an appraiser's certificate. There is also a questionnaire for stockholders of Citizens' Bank of Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 668.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Women, African Americans

Falk, Myron, interviewee, Oral history interview, 1995. 1 sound cassette (.5 hours), transcript (9 p.). Location: L:4700.0723. Former director of the United Way in Baton Rouge and a writer and advocate of social welfare who endowed a scholarship in the School of Journalism at LSU. The interview describes transients in Baton Rouge during the Depression, the Old Penitentiary Receiving Station, Community Chest, and his role as director of the United Givers Fund and the United Way. He also describes cooperation between the Salvation Army and Volunteers of America (VOA), funding for VOA, and the role of women in VOA. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0723

Referenced in Guides: Women, Baton Rouge, LSU

Falk, Myron, interviewee. Oral history interview, 1993. 1 sound cassette (.75 hours), transcript (24 p.). Location: L:4700.330. Former director of the United Way in Baton Rouge and a writer and advocate of social welfare who endowed a scholarship in the School of Journalism at LSU. The interview describes Falk's family history, his education at Tulane, his wife Roberta's family history, her education, her career in social work, and her job with the Louisiana Conference of Social Welfare. Also described are Falk's work for the Transients and Migrants program during the Depression, his writings, and his presentations before Congress. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.330.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, Education

Fauver, Eleanor Dalrymple, interviewee. Oral history interview, 1977. Transcript (80 pages), 2 sound cassettes (1 hour, 35 minutes). Location: L:4700.0016. Daughter of Dr. William Dalrymple, who taught Veterinary Medicine at LSU in the early 1900's. Interview contains Eleanor Dalrymple Fauver's recollections of her father's childhood in England and their life in Louisiana. Includes information related to William Dalrymple's career at LSU, including relations with Thomas Boyd and James Nicholson. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0016.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Baton Rouge, LSU

Favre, Mrs. Willard (Elaine). Photographs, circa 1915-1918. 19 photographic postcards, 8 black and white photographic prints. Location: V:48. Postcards show unidentified men, women, and children posing, walking down dirt roads, sitting outside or in front of houses, and standing around water or oil storage tanks. Photographic prints show a group standing on a train locomotive, three women posing in front of a goat or donkey, a man outside playing an accordion, and a group of men and women posing around concrete debris with a building in the background (at the top of what appears to be a levee). See catalog record for more details. Mss. 4819.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Women

Feliciana Female Collegiate Institute. Records, 1851-1895 (bulk 1867-1895). 8 vols. (6 ms. Vols., 2 printed vols.). Location: F:8. Institute located in Jackson, East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, 1867-1877; Afton Villa, West Feliciana Parish, 1877-1884; and Jackson again after 1884. Record books include accounts with students, merchants, and record attendance and deportment of students. Printed volumes include a catalog of the institute for 1893. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reel 9. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 757.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education

Ferguson, Kate Lee, b. 1841. Papers, 1858-1911. 38 items; 7 vols. (1 ms. Vol. and 1 printed vol.). Location: S:28, 65, 98. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reel 10. Novelist, poet, and composer of Mississippi. She married Confederate general Samuel Wragg Ferguson in 1862. Papers include personal letters from friends and family members; a Spanish land grant for property in Texas of Nathaniel A. Ware (Ferguson's grandfather); manuscripts by Ferguson, including prose, poetry, and music; Ferguson's memoirs; and photographs. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1416, 1576.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Women, Civil War, Literature

Ferguson, Percy. Papers, 1864, 1899-1916. 9 items and 1 ms. vol. Location: OS:F, O:16. Daughter of Confederate general Samuel Wragg Ferguson. Scrapbook of manuscript poems by Percy Ferguson; a letter from her cousin, U.S. Senator LeRoy Percy of Mississippi, pertaining to national politics; and published music by Regina Morphy Voitier of New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1416.

Finley, Etta Lucille. Papers, 1956, 1966. 3 items and 2 printed vols. Location: UU:166. Associate professor of textiles in the School of Home Economics, LSU. Printed articles and a typewritten copy of a speech primarily concerning the use of cotton fibers in textiles. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2233.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education, LSU

Fisher, Lucy Maria W. F. Memoirs, 1889. 1 item; 25 pages [photocopy]. Location: Misc. School teacher from Connecticut who became a resident of Louisiana and taught in the Baton Rouge and New Orleans schools. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2497.

Referenced in Guides: Women, New Orleans 1866-, Education, Baton Rouge

Fiske, Minnie Maddern. Letter, 1912. 1 item. Location: Misc. American actress. Letter from Fiske in reply to a request by a Mr. Barrett for a position. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1512.

Referenced in Guides: Women

Flynn, John C. Account Book, 1830-1835. 1 v. Location: G:1. Statements of account of John C. Flynn of East Feliciana Parish and guardian of Minerva F. Simpson. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1100.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Business

Fontane, Doralice, 1905-1981. Papers, approximately 1910-1980, (bulk 1947-1978).1 linear ft. Location: OS:F, VAULT:1, Z:23. Doralice Fontane was a composer, and voice, piano, and organ teacher who composed several songs, notably "Give Me Louisiana," and "Let's March Together (People of the World)." The collection consists primarily of letters from Ms. Fontane promoting her music, acknowledgments from various individuals who were given complimentary copies of her song, and sheet music. Mss. 3622.

Referenced in Guides: Women, 20th Century Wars

Fontenot, Ozemé and family. Papers, 1834-1949. 5 linear ft., 54 volumes. Location: UU:190-194; O:21; OS:F; 98:F. Planter of Grand Prairie, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. Plantation, business records, correspondence of Ozemé Fontenot and family. Some relate to the marriage and divorce of daughter Alma Parker, and to her hospitalization in New Orleans. Papers also deal with United Confederate Veterans activities. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm: University Publications of America Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 2, Reels 3-6. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3248.

Foote, Lucy B. Papers, 1930-1964. 677 items and 1 ms. vol. Location: 79:49. Correspondence and related items pertaining to personal scholarships, American Library Association and Louisiana Library Association committees, and publication of Foote's Official Publications of Louisiana, 1803-1934 and for 1935-1948. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2040, 2042.

Referenced in Guides: Women

Foote, Lucy B., 1893- Photograph, circa 1960s. 2 copy prints. Location: 65:5. Lucy B. Foote (1893-1973) made lasting contributions to state libraries with her own career interests in Louisiana state documents and special collections. These photographs are of Lucy B. Foote and Moe (?) Olson. Mss. 3741.

Referenced in Guides: Women

Forman family papers, 1857-1941. 2 items [1 photocopy]. Location: Misc. Pages from the family Bible of Mary S. Forman and a photograph of the Wall and Calecte home where Jane Forman lived after her marriage. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2671.

Referenced in Guides: Women

Francis A. de Caro and Rosan A. Jordan, 1956-2009, undated (bulk 1966-2003) 13 linear ft. Location: 11:19, 15:15-21. De Caro and Jordan were folklorists, authors, and Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.) professors. The collection includes personal and professional correspondence, writings, exhibitions, photographs, printed items consisting of brochures, handbills, newspapers, and posters; and topical files that document de Caro's folklore class at LSU, his work with the Louisiana Folklife Commission, and Jordan's work with the women's movement. Writings as well as exhibitions comprise material primarily related to folklore within Louisiana and British colonial life in India. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3197, 4089, 4164.

French-Clarke family. Papers, 1809-1861 (bulk 1830-1920). 1.3 linear feet, 16 volumes. Location: 1:32-35, OS:F, 98:F. Largely composed of correspondence between members of the French family of Baton Rouge and extended family regarding Baton Rouge, family news, health, and genealogy. Legal documents include bills of sale for slaves, land documents, wills of the French and Clarke families. Personal financial records, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings of current events, especially pertaining to the opening of the state capital and Louisiana State University campus life in the early 1900s. Ledgers and printed items relate to Julia Edwards Clarke and her husband William's employment at the Louisiana State School for the Blind. For further information, see online catalog, Mss. 3494.

Frenzel, Michael J. and Mary Anne Hynes and family. Papers, 1808-2010 (bulk 1943-2007). 5.3 linear ft. Location: 91:3-6, OS:F, AA:, VAULT:1. Prominent Baton Rouge family. Collection of photographs, printed material and manuscripts document the lives of Michael J. and Mary Anne Hynes Frenzel, including childhood, marriage, travels, family events, and community and social activities. Additional material provides a family history of the allied Frenzel, Jeanfreau and Dielenschneider families of Louisiana. The collection also illustrates Michael J. Frenzel’s twenty-year military career as an officer and pilot in the United States Air Force. Mss. 5054.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Women, Baton Rouge

Furber, Sarah. Letters, 1843, 1844. 2 items. Location: Misc. Teacher from Massachusetts. Photocopies of letters from Sarah Furber at a school in Plaquemine (probably the Iberville Female School Society, incorporated in 1842), Iberville Parish, Louisiana, expressing opposition to slavery and personal discontent with Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1306.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education, African Americans

Gage, E. L. Letter, 1862 January 5. 1 item (2 leaves). Location: Misc:G. Unmarried woman whose brother George was a Union soldier during the Civil War. Letter referring to the seizure and release of Confederate diplomats John Slidell and George M. Mason while they were on the British steamer Trent. It reflects Gage's concern about English opposition to the United States. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1585.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War

Gaines, Myra Clark, 1805-1885. Letter, 1862 February 13. 1 item. Location: Misc. Daughter of New Orleans merchant Daniel Clark and party to litigation involving Clark's estate. Letter written from Richmond, Virginia, refers to difficulties in obtaining a federal passport to travel to New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3142.

Gaines, Myra Clark, 1805-1885. Letter, 1867 February 6. 3 items. Location: Misc.: G. Daughter of New Orleans merchant Daniel Clark and party to litigation involving Clark's estate. Letter from Washington, D.C., to special legal commissioner Caleb Cushing pertains to preparation of her cases before the U.S. Supreme Court. Included is an unrelated court summons (1842) and a bill of sale for land and a slave (1843). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2637.

Referenced in Guides: Women, New Orleans 1866-, African Americans

Gardere, Alice. Visiting card, undated 1 item. Location: E:Imprints. Visiting card inscribed 'To Louisette from her friend.' For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1283.

Referenced in Guides: Women

Gardner, H. M. Letter, 1846 May 17. 1 letter. Location: MISC:G. Resident of Nantucket, Massachusetts. H. M. (Hannah Maria) Gardner, in Nantucket, writes to her uncle John B. Macy, in New York City, and discusses family news, the fortunes of whaling ships, and views on slavery. Mss. 4098.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Business, African Americans

Garig, William Wallace and Family. Papers, 1855-1959, undated (bulk 1900-1953). 1.75 linear ft., 10 manuscript volumes. Location: 7:58-60, OS:G. Confederate veteran and poultry breeder of Baton Rouge, La. Papers pertain chiefly to W. W. Garig's animal husbandry work and social life and the teaching careers and social lives of his daughters Mercedes and Louise Garig. Materials include correspondence, writings, financial documents, photographic items, printed materials, scrapbooks, and diaries (including W. W. Garig's Civil War diaries). Mss. 2993

Garland, Kate A. Papers, 1860-1870 (bulk 1860-1868). 28 items; 1 vol. Location: Misc:G, G:6. Member of a slaveholding family in Virginia. Kate Garland spent several months in Alabama during the Civil War. Papers include a diary (1860-1868) containing descriptions of social life in Virginia and Alabama; and correspondence to and from John Holt Gill, a friend of Kate Garland. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reels 10-11. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 154.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War

Garrett, Isaiah. Family Papers, 1840-1879. 36 items, 1 vol. Location: G:6. The Garrett and related Ball and Johnston families, residents of Monroe, Louisiana. Isaiah Garrett was a lawyer. Papers include letters of Isaiah Garrett to members of his family in Missouri; and Civil War letters to Eliza Ball Johnston from her husband, Captain John Washington Johnston, and her brother, Colonel Edward Ball, Confederate officers. Postwar correspondence includes that of John Washington and David White Johnston. There is a cookbook of Mrs. Narcissa Garrett. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 656.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War

Gautier, Mary Agnes. Letters, 1937-1945. 182 items and 8 printed vols. Location: T:19-20. Graduate of LSU (1938) and of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (1942). Gautier became an U.S. Army nurse stationed in Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippines. World War II letters and related printed material. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1855.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Medicine, LSU

Gautier, Mary Agnes. Scrapbook, 1942-1956. 1 ms. vol. Location: T:20. Graduate of LSU (1938) and of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (1942). Gautier became an U.S. Army nurse stationed in Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippines. World War II scrapbook of Gautier containing handwritten entries of events and mementos.Graduate of LSU (1938) and of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (1942). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1855.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Medicine, LSU

Gay, Andrew H. (Andrew Hynes) and family. Papers, 1857-1957. 222 items, 9 volumes. Location: Y:82, G:17, OS:G. Sugar planter of Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, Louisiana. Papers include Civil War and Reconstruction correspondence, with letters by Confederate officers, including Elias B. Inslee. Diaries kept by Anna Maria Gay McClung, a daughter, record social life in Washington, D.C. and travel (1885-1898). Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reels 11-12. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2542.

Referenced in Guides: Sugar, Plantations, Women, Civil War

Gay, Edward J. and family. Papers, 1797-1938 (bulk 1838-1910). 62 linear ft., 165 volumes. Location: H:25-27, OS:G, VAULT:1, VAULT:33, VAULT:40, Y:1-62, Y:81. Planters of St. Louis Plantation near Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, Louisiana. Edward J. Gay was a U.S. representative (1884-1889); his grandson of the same name was a U.S. senator (1918-1921). Personal and business papers of the Gay and related families, containing materials on the Civil War and Reconstruction, St. Louis Plantation, the sugar cane industry, slavery. Also includes Representative Gay's congressional papers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1295.

Gay, Edward J., III. Congressional file, 1888-1921. 18 linear ft. Location: Y:62-80, OS:G, Vault:1. Comprised of official congressional files that document the political career of U.S. Senator Edward James Gay III. Files consist of correspondence, legal documents, and printed material pertaining to political campaigns, state and national elections, political patronage, legislative bills, Dept. of Agriculture, construction of levees by the Mississippi River Commission, and the participation in elections and political support of African-Americans. Legislative correspondence discusses pending bills concerning pensions, tariffs, health of rural populations, the creation of the Department of Education, and the transportation, storage and marketing of livestock. Files also contain selected subject materials relative to the American Legion bonus (1920), cotton, sugar, League of Nations (1919-1920), the United States Post Office, railroads, women's suffrage, and U. S. military academies. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1295.

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.

Gayarré, Charles E. A. Papers, 1781, 1830-1907 (bulk 1830-1895). 276 items, 4 volumes. Location: UU:9, VAULT:7, MSS.MF:G. Louisiana planter, statesman, jurist and historian. Papers pertain to Gayarré's association with Confederate leader J.D.B. DeBow, his literary career, and the management of his business affairs. Also included is personal correspondence of Gayarré's wife, Anne Shadie Sullivan Buchannon, with members of the William Woodson King family. Some items in French and Spanish. Part of the Grace King Collection. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1282.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Plantations, Women, Civil War, French, Literature

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