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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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.

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