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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Jones, Ellen E., b. 1852. Ellen E. Jones journal and Claude Perry letter, 1854-1872 (bulk 1871-1872). 2 items. Location: MISC:J. Resident of Georgia. Journal contains reminiscences about Jones's school years in Georgia and Pennsylvania. She discusses life in Macon, Georgia, mentioning holidays, balls, and theatrical productions. Also included is a letter from her aunt, Claude Perry, to her mother. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reel 15. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4057.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Women, Education

Jones, George W. Papers, 1902-1984, undated (bulk 1942-1950). 3 linear ft. Locations: D:102-104. OS:J. Member of the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II and later a member of the U.S. Naval Reserve from Canton, Mississippi. Collection consists of correspondence and personal papers documenting primarily the lives of Jones and his family. Correspondence discusses news regarding Canton, World War II, the Jones family's drug store, George's wellbeing and duties, and other family members and friends. Personal papers, chiefly printed materials, document George's time in the U.S. Coast Guard and the U.S. Naval Reserve. Mss. 4135.

Jones, John P. Papers, 1851-1859. 3 items. Location: MISC:J, OS:J. Papers contain a land lease agreement between the school commission of Franklin County, Mississippi and John P. Jones and a land grant certificate issued to Jones for purchasing land in Washington, Mississippi. Certificate is signed by President James Buchanan. There is also an estate conveyance document pertaining to Adaline Dillon and her father Clarkson Dillon. Document transfers two slaves, Angeline and Isaah [sic], to Adaline and is signed by other Dillon family members. Mss. 5353. 

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Women, African Americans

Jones, Mary C. Notebooks, 1891-1893. 2 vols. Location: G:21. Resident of New Orleans. Notebooks (1891-1893) of Mary C. Jones containing literary material. In French and English. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 192.

Referenced in Guides: Women, New Orleans 1866-, French, Literature

Jones, Sam Houston, 1897-1978, interviewee. Oral history interview, 1977. 1 sound cassette, Transcript (28 pages). Location: L:4700.0030. Governor of Louisiana (1940-1944). Jones discusses his political campaign of 1940; changes he made while in office; Huey Long's political following; views on social welfare; government corruption; his executive secretary, Cocheran; his wife's role in his career; and his family background. Jones also discusses state senator W. D. Cotton's role in the bridge over Calcasieu River; and development of schools and buildings during his administration. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0030.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, Long Family

Kahao, Mary Jane. Mary Jane Fly Kahao collection of photographs and ephemera, [ca. 1887-1910]. 26 items. Location: UU:250. This collection includes twenty-three photographs from people in the Baton Rouge area. Eight of these portraits were made by Baton Rouge photographer Andrew D. Lytle. Also in the collection are invitations to commencement ceremonies from the LSU Corps of Cadets (1891), Silliman Collegiate Institute (1887), and the S. A. K. Literary Society (1891). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4703.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education, Baton Rouge, LSU

Kahao, Mary Jane (Mrs. Kenneth). Papers, 1965, 1966. 4 items. Location: Misc. Newspaper clipping from the Baton Rouge Morning Advocate of a biographical article on botanical writer and illustrator Caroline C. Dorman. Correspondence with Dorman chiefly concerns a proposed exhibit of wild flowers and plants at LSU. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2700.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Baton Rouge, LSU

Kaine, Alice J. Cutright. Papers, 1880-1881, 1893. 8 letters, 1 diary. Location: Misc. Alice J. Cutright was an active member on the Board of the Wisconsin Industrial School for Girls, an advisor to Tuskegee Institute (1894-1896), and in 1898 became the first woman appointed to the Wisconsin State Board of Control for Prisons. The papers consist of four letters and a travel diary written by her during a trip down the Mississippi River from Springfield, Ill., to New Orleans, La., in March-April 1880. Personal letters received from friends and acquaintances in New Orleans are also included. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 3886.

Kearney, Eugenie Buard, 1848-1925. Family Papers, 1831-1960. 108 items, 1vol. (on microfilm). Location: Mss. Mf.:K. Resident of Natchitoches and Pointe Coupee parishes, Louisiana. Papers include documents of Mrs. Kearney's father Pierre Alcide Buard; papers of her husband George W. Kearney, a Natchitoches Parish public official; and correspondence with her children. Included is genealogical information about the Buard, Kearney, and related families. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3095.

Referenced in Guides: Women

Keller, Helen, 1880-1968. Letter, 1947 March 24. 1 item (1 page, typewritten). Location: Misc. Deaf and blind author, educator, lecturer, and counselor of the American Foundation for the Blind. Letter addressed to 'Dear Miss Peaslee' containing an appeal for funds for the Committee on the Deaf-blind of the Foundation. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3330.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education

Kemberling, John. Papers, 1792-1820. 19 items. Location: C:30. Official documents filed in the case of John Kemberling and his sister Barbara against John Gaynor, their step-father, relative to ownership of land in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Partly in Spanish. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 132, 133.

Referenced in Guides: Spanish, Women

Kent, Doris. Scrapbook, 1914-1919. 11 items, 1 ms. Vol. Location: Misc., H:24, OS:K. Native of Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana, and newspaper reporter for the "New Orleans Times-Picayune." Scrapbook contains mementos of student days at Sophie Newcomb College, and newspaper clippings, letters, and telegrams reflecting her work as a reporter. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1268.

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

Kentwood, Louisiana, items. 1898-1906.11 items. Location: Misc. Photograph of grave of Amos and Susan Fluker Kent; village tax receipts for Ida M. Fenn and C. W. Tate; receipt of R. S. Draughan; certificate of good standing in the Tangipahoa Baptist Church for Janie Tate; and postcards of local scenes. Also include are memoranda on Ada M. Fenn and Janie Tate. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1213.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Women

Ker, John, 1789-1850. Family Papers, 1803-1862. 27 items, 1 vol. Location: S:108. Medical doctor of Good Hope Plantation of Concordia Parish, Louisiana, and the father of Mary Susan and William H. Ker. Papers include letters from Stephen Duncan, Sr., of Natchez, Mississippi, and Philadelphia, to Dr. John Ker; and Civil War letters from William H. Ker, a Confederate soldier. Collection also includes a diary (1850-1851) of Mary Susan Ker with details on family life after her father's death. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reel 15. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3539.

Keyes, Frances Parkinson, 1885-1970. Collection, 1942-1962, undated 13 items. U:243. Louisiana writer. Christmas cards with an illustrated personal message from Keyes; a biographical sketch of Keyes; and autographed dinner invitations celebrating the publication of Crescent Carnival and The Chess Players. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1613, 1689, 1697, 1745, 1771, 1784, 2841.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Keyes, Frances Parkinson, 1885-1970. Papers, 1944-1948, undated 110 items. Location: U:243. Louisiana writer.Correspondence, research materials and fragmentary manuscripts pertain to the writing of her book ONCE ON ESPLANADE. Includes a carbon copy of the final typescript of the book. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2610.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Keyes, Frances Parkinson. Manuscript, ca. 1947. 2 vols. Location: G:6. Louisiana writer. Manuscript of 'Once on Esplanade: A Cycle Between Two Creole Weddings.' (New York: Dodd Mead, 1947). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2401.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Keyes, Frances Parkinson, 1885-1970. Letter,1953 Apr. 17. 1 item. Location: Misc.:K. Louisiana writer. Letter from New Orleans, addressed to Mr. Meredith Johnson, Alexandria, Virginia. Topics include Mrs. Keyes' health, financial situation, travel plans, relations between Meredith and 'Deanie,' and Dr. Kirby-Smith's remarriage. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3593.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Keyes, Frances Parkinson, 1885-1970. Letters, 1945-1970 (bulk 1945-1958). 48 items. Location: Misc. Frances Parkinson Keyes wrote romantic novels emphasizing local color, descriptions of life among the upper classes, and generation-spanning sagas, especially about Louisiana. This collection consists primarily of 25 letters and two telegrams from Frances Parkinson Keyes to Beverley "Creacy" King of Crowley, La., between 1945 and 1958. Mss. 3944.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Kilbourne, James Gilliam, 1828-1893. Family Papers, 1817, 1869-1939 (bulk 1869-1939). .3 linear ft., 2 vols. Location: T:29. Planter, jurist, state legislator, Confederate captain, and member of the law firm Fuqua and Kilbourne of East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Papers include letters to Mrs. James Gilliam Kilbourne from her children; and verse and music composed by a daughter, Margaret Gayden Kilbourne Breedlove. They also document family history, the Kilbourne library, and the succession of Peter Gilliam. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1058.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Performing arts, Women

Kilbourne, Lillian. Papers, 1880-1903 (bulk 1880-1894). 0.5 linear ft., 1 volume. Location: T:29. Daughter of James Gilliam and Almena Leonora Perkins Kilbourne. She attended Goucher College and Johns Hopkins, and taught at Silliman Female Collegiate Institute, Clinton, Louisiana; and married Eldridge Smith of Mississippi. The collection consists primarily of personal letters Kilbourne received when she was teaching in Clinton and Bayou Sara, Louisiana. Correspondents are relatives and friends from Clinton, Wilson, and Bayou Sara. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reels 33-34. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4391.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education

King, Grace Elizabeth. Papers, 1851-1941 (bulk 1864-1932). 3,800 items, 49 volumes, and 24 microfilm reels. Location: UU:10-18, UU:23-24, UU:27-31, 98:K, N:6, OS:K, Vault:11, MSS.MF:K. New Orleans writer and historian. Correspondence, literary writings in notebooks, photographs, bound manuscript volumes, and printed material concern the literary career of Grace King, historical interests, travels, and personal affairs. Her correspondence and diaries describe her extensive travel throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. Diary 3 describes her childhood experiences at L'Embarass plantation in St. Martin Parish. Her correspondence also describes yachting in Florida and other Southern states. For further information, see online catalog. Part of the Grace King Collection. Mss. 1282.

King, Grace Elizabeth. Selected papers, 1864, 1883-1933. 1 linear ft., 2 microfilm reels. Location: UU:31, MSS.MF:K, Vault:1. New Orleans writer and historian. Business and personal correspondence pertaining to Grace King's literary career, European travels, and social and family life; includes some family correspondence, principally of her sister, Annie R. King. Papers also include a copy of an order issued by Richard Taylor concerning the Battle of Mansfield (1864), a program for the memorial service for Jefferson Davis held in New Orleans (1903), and manuscript notes concerning the United States Army occupation of New Orleans (undated). Correspondence from Baron Edouard de Pontabla, Charles Wagner, Henry Vignaud, and Flora O'Gorencees discuss World War I. Partly in French. For further information, see online catalog. Part of the Grace King Collection. Mss. 1282.

King, William W. and family. Papers, 1833-1954 (bulk 1837-1936). 9,400 items, 174 volumes. Location: N:6-8, OS:K, UU:32-57, Vault:27. New Orleans lawyer and father of writer Grace King. Papers of correspondence, bills and receipts relating to the law firm of Elmore and King; L'Embarrasse Plantation in St. Martin Parish, Louisiana; and the period during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Also included are papers concerning the education of the children; the social, cultural, religious, and economic life of New Orleans; the anti-lottery movement; and travel in the U.S. and Europe. For further information, see online catalog. Part of the Grace King Collection. Mss. 1282.

Kittel, Jane B. Letter, 1857. 1 item. Location: Misc. Letter from a New England farm girl to her sister, telling of the brutality of the local schoolmaster, a young man with strict religious practices; and family and local news. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1511.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education

Knight, Bradley Jay. Family Papers, 1850-1967, undated 46 items, 9 ms. vols., 4 printed vols. Location: W:1, M:21. Correspondence and other papers pertain to family and social matters. Diary of Alta M. King (1871-1872) records daily activities of schoolgirl in Rochelle, Illinois. Diaries of William H. King (1885-1894) record daily activities of a farmer in Rochelle. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2614.

Referenced in Guides: Women

Korn, Bertram W. Correspondence, 1965-1972. 16 items. Location: Misc. Senior Rabbi of Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel of Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Letters to Mrs. S. J. Gianelloni, Jr. of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, about genealogical research of Jewish family in the U.S. and the scarcity of research in American Jewish history. The Monsanto, Dow, and Tessier families are mentioned. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3459.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Women, Baton Rouge, Jewish Community

Kosnegary, Etta. Letter, 1862 November 12. 1 item. Location: Misc. Confederate war widow of Columbia, Tennessee. Letter laments the death of her husband, speaks of civilian hardships and of the welfare of her slaves. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2897.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War, African Americans

La Coste, Marie Louise. Receipts, 1803. 2 items. Location: Misc.:L. Resident of New Orleans. Receipts for payment of rent. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1244.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Women, French

La Houssaye, Sidonie de. Papers, circa 1880-1894. 22 volumes, 6 microfilm reels. Location: F:17, MSS.MF:L. French Louisiana author of Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana. Manuscript drafts of short stories (in French) written by Madame Sidonie de la Houssaye : Volumes 1 and 2: L'etoile d'argent. Volume 2: Le fort de Keronec; Une paire de gants; Une poupee d'autrefois; Les fleurs et les bijoux de la grand'mere; Rose Blanche; Les petits vagabonds; Volume 3 Mythologies des petits enfants; Volume 4: George Gerard.For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 105.

Lake Charles District Nurses' Association. Records, 1934-1949, undated. 83 items, 1 volume. Location: 124:. Records include correspondence (1943-1948) principally with the Louisiana Nurses Board of Examiners, in New Orleans; minutes (1942-1949) of meetings of the Board of Directors and the Lake Charles District; and a treasurers' record book (1934-1949). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1778.

Referenced in Guides: Women, New Orleans 1866-, Medicine

Lamarque, Charles. Slave bill of sale, 1850 August 12. 1 item. Location: Misc.:L. Resident of New Orleans. Sale of a female slave, Rosa, by Charles Lamarque to Henry Rance. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 208.

Lambert, Norma. Papers, 1959-1967. 6 items, 5 vols. (2 ms. vols., 3 printed vols.). Location: C:65, H:21. Teacher in the Amite Grammar School and member of the Camp Moore chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy; resident of Tangipahoa, Louisiana. Papers relate to the social history (1866-1967) of Tangipahoa. Included are copies of minutes of village meetings, financial statements, a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, illustrations, a recipe book, and a yearbook of the Camp Moore chapter. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2111, 2354.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War

Lanata, Dominique. Land Sale, 1845 June 31. 1 item. Location: Misc.: L. Land sale describes property sold to Dominique Lanata by New Orleans Municipality No. 1. In French. Mss. 5277.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Women, French

Lanaux, Mrs. Arnold. Papers, 1810-1837. 8 items. Location: OS:L. Resident of St. Charles Parish, Louisiana. Papers pertain to the mortgage of lands and slaves from the estate of Arnold Lanaux, including an inventory of the estate of George Rixner (1810) and documents of the Citizens' Bank of Louisiana (1836). In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 668.

Referenced in Guides: Women, African Americans, French

Landry family. Papers, 1831-1903, undated. 0.5 linear ft. Location: U:198, G:15, OS:L. Residents of Paincourtville, Assumption Parish, Louisiana. The majority of letters are personal and are written by various members of the family, including some relatives from Quebec. The later correspondence has a good percentage of business letters. The documents include bills, receipts, and sugar sales. Some in French. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 5322: University Publications of America Records of Ante-bellum Southern Plantations Series I, Part 1, Reel 8. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 731.

Landry, B. J. Letter, 1901. 1 item. Location: Misc. Letter from B. J. Landry, Department of Justice, Washington, D.C., to Fernand Fernandez of Donaldsonville pertains to the pardon granted to Camille Vives by the state of Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 552.

Referenced in Guides: Women

Landry, Jeanne. Letter, 1888. 1 item. Location: Misc. Letter from Donaldsonville, Ascension Parish, Louisiana, sending New Year greetings. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1283.

Referenced in Guides: Women, French

Landry, Shirley, 1926-, interviewee. Shirley and Reed Landry oral history interview, 1993. 1 sound cassette (45 minutes), Index (3 pages). Location: L:4700.0221. Resident of Four Corners, a community south of Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana, and the daughter of a sugarcane farmer. She married Reed Landry, also a sugarcane farmer. Shirley Landry recalls early life on a farm near Jeanerette, Louisiana; Four Corners in the 1930s-1950s; the local general store and dance hall; relations with African Americans; and Sunday traditions. Reed Landry describes technological changes in sugarcane farming; modern planting and harvesting routines; and modern varieties of sugarcane planted in Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0221.

Referenced in Guides: Sugar, Women, African Americans

Lane, Pinkie Gordon. Papers, 1925-2001 (bulk 1970-2000). 15 linear ft., 1 volume. Location: T:128-141; T:100 (short shelf); G:15; OS:L. African American poet, Louisiana poet laureate (1989-1992), and Southern University (Baton Rouge, La.) professor. Also the first African American woman to graduate from Louisiana State University with a Ph.D. Papers include personal and professional correspondence, writings, photographs, conference materials, printed items consisting of newspaper clippings, newsletters, programs, and fliers; and topical files that document Lane's personal and professional life. Her writings comprise copies of her poetry - some unpublished, book reviews, and an unpublished attempt at early prose work. Items concentrate on her African American colleagues and interest in African American literature and events. Lane was a resident of Baton Rouge (La.) since 1957 and accumulated a number of printed items for Baton Rouge events and organizations, including the Olympic Torch relay through Baton Rouge in 1996, and professional organizational newsletters for Capital Area Network. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4629. .

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