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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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