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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Larose, Rosemond. Document, 1853. 1 item. Location: Misc. Resident of New Orleans. Sale of a slave of Rosemond Larose to Charles Lamarque, Jr., of New Orleans. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 537.

Lassalie, Aline. Memorial, 1960. 3 items. Location: Misc. Letter of acknowledgment for money given to Marillac College in memory of Sister Aline Lassalle by her parents. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2409.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education

Latta, Samuel R. (Samuel Rankin). Correspondence, 1861-1862. 1 vol. (containing 35 items). Location: H:21. Captain of the Macon Grays, 13th Tennessee Infantry, during the Civil War. His family lived in Dyersburg, Tennessee. Letters exchanged by Latta and his wife during his service in Tennessee, Missouri, Kentucky, and Mississippi. Latta describes his participation in the battles of Belmont and Shiloh. Included are three letters from a brother living in Boston, Massachusetts, and two letters from a school teacher. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1924.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War

Lauve, C. L. Account book, 1826-1833, 1874-1877. 1 ms. vol. Location: H:21. Probably a woman farmer of Iberville Parish, Louisiana. Receipts of Balthazar Dupuy for sums of money received in his official capacity as sheriff of Iberville Parish; and cash accounts of Lauve. Entries include cash received for sewing, butter, and wood; and cash paid out for clothing, groceries, and taxes. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1528.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women

Lawrence family. Papers, 1889-1926.1 linear ft. Location: OS:L. Family of New Orleans. George Washington Lawrence, a medical doctor, was married to Clara E. Solomon, Jewish diarist in New Orleans during the Civil War. Papers include typescripts of letters, the last will of George W. Lawrence, manuscript sheet music, and photographs of Clara Solomon and the Lawrence daughters. Printed items include postcards, a plan of Edgewater Park, Miss., and newspaper clippings.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. 4627.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Women, New Orleans 1866-