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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Morancy, Honoré P. and family. Papers, 1780-1936 (bulk 1840-1897). 120 items; 2 printed volumes. Location: C:73, M:14, OS:M. French Catholic planter of Milliken's Bend, East Carroll Parish, Louisiana. Morancy's father emigrated from France to Santo Domingo before 1789; the children were orphaned and raised in Louisiana. Papers include family letters concerning social life, the Catholic Church, and education, in northeastern Louisiana and Kentucky. Confederate civilian letters describe hardships during the Civil War; later letters (Reconstruction period) document relocation of refugees and the demands of African American laborers. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reels 16-17. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2430.

Morant, Josephine. Document, 1837. 1 item. Location: Misc. Resident of New Orleans. Power of attorney of Josephine Morant to John and Lubin Garnier. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 306.

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

Morgan Family Papers, 1772-1941 (bulk 1827-1911). 220 items, 7 vols. Location: Y:83, H:22. Planters and jurists of Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Thomas Gibbes Morgan was a lawyer and judge. James Morris Morgan was a lawyer, planter, and journalist involved in politics. Relatives include the Frellsen, Hicky, Erksine, and Bunyan families. Correspondence, genealogical notes, family histories, and other papers document the Morgan, Frellsen, and related families. An autobiography by Margaret Benson Erksine (1840) describes her captivity with Shawnee Indians in Kentucky. Included is a grounds survey of the Baton Rouge State Capitol (1847) and a contract for the construction of a levee on Fairview Plantation, St. Charles Parish, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2090.

Morgan family history, 1938. 4 items. Location: E:54. Typescript of the Morgan family history compiled in 1938 includes the diary (1854-1864) of Aurora Margueritte Morgan, daughter of Colonel Charles Morgan and Hyacinthe Allain of Morganza, La. Two photographic prints of portraits of Colonel Charles Morgan and his wife, Hyacinthe Allain, and a medal given from Miss Gaétan to Charles Morgan Abrams (1871) are also included. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1368, 1936, 2015

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Women

Morgan, Lucia Cameron, -1970. Papers, 1938-1970. 1 linear ft. Location: 77:, 102:. Professor of speech, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Professional papers include correspondence (1959-1970), manuscripts of articles and books, teaching materials, research notes, and other materials, pertaining to classroom teaching, phonetics, regional accents, and speech training. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2804.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education

Morgan, Zula Penny. Papers, 1900, 1961. 4 items. Location: Misc. M. Resident of Ruston, Louisiana. Two personal letters describe family matters in Calhoun and Ruston, La. (1900, 1961). Two early 20th-century photographs depict Frank Price's hardware store in Ruston, La., and probably the family of Frank E. Morgan Sr. and Zula Penny Morgan. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2940.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Business

Morrill, Nellie. Manuscript, ca. 1902. 1 item (9 typewritten pages). Location: Misc.:M. Manuscript of 'Pualeilani,' a story of the home of Hawaiian royalty, written by Morrill, a short time after the end of royal rule in Hawaii and when the Islands were in their initial stage as a territory of the United States. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1386.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Morris, Agnes. Papers, 1899-1902. 0.3 linear ft. Location: A:2. Corresponding secretary of the Louisiana Federation of Women's Clubs and president of the Lesche Club of Natchitoches, Louisiana. Papers include correspondence, copies of constitutions, and reports from related members of the Louisiana Federation of Women's Clubs. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reel 34. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 967.

Referenced in Guides: Women

Morris-Sibley family. Papers, 1846-1939 (bulk 1846-1879). 93 items; also available as a bound typescript. Location: A:2, H:3. Thomas Henry Morris moved from Wales to Louisiana and married Mary White Sibley in 1854. She was born in Rapides Parish, Louisiana, and her family owned Mount Elon Plantation. Papers consist of family correspondence, including that of Mary Wells Sibley and Mary White Morris; Civil War correspondence of Thomas H. Morris and others; and letters from the Morris sons describing life at a school in North Carolina, 1878-1879. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reel 34. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 562.

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

Moss, Martha, 1827-1859. Diary, 1853-1870. 1 volume, 3 items. Location J:20, MISC:M. Diary of Martha Moss, a New Orleans Sabbath school teacher. In it, she discusses her classes and students, including her disappointment that one of her students “has embraced the religion of the Romish church” (June 18, 1855). Moss also recounts her charitable work, shopping excursions in New Orleans, her reading habits, pieces she has written or plans to write for various periodicals, and the death of her younger sister in February 1855. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 5067.

Mossy, Mrs. Eliza. Document, 1841. 1 item. Location: Misc. Resident of New Orleans. Sale of slave (notarized copy) by Mrs. Mossy, wife of Toussaint Mossy, Jr., deceased, to Antoine Boudausiquie of St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 307.

Mount Nebo Baptist Church (St. Tammany Parish, La.). Minutes, 1813-1860. 2 items [photocopies]. Location: A:110. Two volumes of church minutes. Volume 1 (1813-1833) also contains a list of members, articles of faith, minutes, and an index by Ethma Roberts Rush (1993). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4512.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Women

Mouton, Emma Gardner. Scrapbook. 1836-1861, 1897. 4 items, 1 volume. Location: M:19. MISC:M. Newspaper clippings about the wedding of Emma Kitchell Gardner to Senator Alexander Mouton of Louisiana and his political career as governor. The scrapbook includes copies of sermons, poetry, and translations of compositions by Mrs. Mouton. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2362.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Politics, Women, Literature

Moyse-Gottlieb-Sommer Family Papers, 1886-1986 (bulk 1910-1960). 3 linear ft., 2 v. Location: U:317, OS:M, M:19. Members of the Moyse, Gottlieb, and Sommer families were predominantly merchants, businessmen, and bankers in Louisiana, primarily Baton Rouge. Correspondence, financial documents, photographs, printed items, scrapbooks, and writings reflect the personal and professional lives of a Jewish family from the 1880s to the 1980s. Central topics include Hermann Moyse Sr.'s involvement in the First World War and his employment at City National Bank, the educational activities of Ray and Lydie Sommer, and the family's association with Temple B'nai Israel. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4671.

Muggah-Glover-Guyther. Family Papers, 1844-1896, 1906 (bulk 1844-1852). 14 items. Location: UU:168. The Muggah, Glover, and Guyther families lived in Natchez, Mississippi and Pattersonville, Louisiana. Papers nclude correspondence, photocopies of newspaper clippings, and photographs. Correspondence consists mostly of letters between women discussing marriage, family life, domestic obligations, religion, social events, and customs. Mss. 4790.

Natchitoches Parish cemetery photographs, 1951 April 5. 2 black-and-white photographic prints. Location: MISC:N. One print shows the graves of Captain H. P. Gallien and P. W. Fredieu at Nativity Cemetery near Campti, La. The other print shows the graves of D. H. Veal and Minnie Ballard Veal at Catholic Cemetery in Natchitoches, La. Mss. 5337.

Referenced in Guides: Women

Nesom, Anne Reiley. Notebooks, 1907-1951. 7 volumes. Location: 51:1. Native of East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana and poet. Notebooks consist of typewritten poems (published and unpublished) and indices to them; some prose works; handwritten notations; outlines for Nesom's poetry appreciation class; and newspaper clippings and other printed materials pertaining to friends and other interests. Mss. 4225.

Referenced in Guides: Religion, Women, Education, Literature

Nevils, René and Deborah Hardy. Papers, 1865-2001 (bulk 1979-2000). 2 linear ft., 1 compact disc. Location: 34:, AA:, OS:N. Authors of "Ignatius Rising: The Life of John Kennedy Toole." Papers include research gathered and conducted by Nevils and Hardy while writing the biography of the "A Confederacy of Dunces" author. Materials include correspondence, summaries and recordings (MP3 files) of interviews conducted with Toole's childhood friends and acquaintances, genealogical information on Toole's family, manuscript drafts, printed materials, photographic prints, and other audiovisual publicity materials (a VHS tape and two cassette tapes). Mss. 4794.

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

New Orleans Academy of Science. Papers, 1852, 1869-1870. 7 items. Location: Misc.:N. Minutes of meetings tell of the appointment of committees, reports presented at the meetings, speeches, and other matters. Included is a stock certificate of the New Orleans Mechanics Society and a land transfer by Martha Adams to Mrs. William C. Adams. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 323.

New Orleans District Nurses' Association Records,1892-1968. 6.5 linear feet, 12 manuscript volumes Location: R:41-45, OS:N. Collection reflects the history and organization of the New Orleans District Nurses' Association as well as the activities of the Louisiana State Organization for Public Health Nursing and the National Organization for Public Health Nursing. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1547, 2288, 2372.

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

New Orleans League of Nursing Education Records, 1936-1952. Approximately 800 items. Location: 124:. Organization affiliated with the National League of Nursing Education and the Louisiana League of Nursing Education. Records consist of correspondence, reports, by-laws, and minutes of the New Orleans League; programs and pamphlets from conventions; programs and printed material of the Louisiana State Nurses Association; and items related to continuing education. Included are materials pertaining to a report prepared for the National Nursing Council by Esther Lucile Brown entitled 'Nursing for the Future.' For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1608.

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

New Orleans miscellaneous documents, 1810-1879. 4 items [photocopies]. Location: MISC:N. Documents include a portion of a legal document (1810) signed by Charles Laveaux, father of Marie Laveaux; a slave sale document bearing signature of Marie Laveaux (1838); and two documents pertaining to property on Dauphin Street. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3147.

New Orleans opera-theatre scrapbook, 1899-1937 (bulk 1913-1914). 8 items, 1 ms. vol. Location: M:20, MISC:M. Scrapbook contains programs for operas, plays, and benefit performances given at the French Opera House and at New Orleans theatres. Loose items include programs for plays given at the Tulane Theatre and for Sarah Bernhardt's engagement at the Dauphine. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 794.

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

New Orleans Unionist Civil War letter, 1864 April 8. 1 item. Location: MISC:N. Letter from woman named Emma in New Orleans to her grandmother. Author refers to difficulties of "Henry's" office job, which involves discharging soldiers. Also mentioned are the author's children (one of whom sings the "Star Spangled Banner" and pretends to "kill Rebels.") and debt. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3916.

Newell, Robert Aiken, b. 1819. Papers, 1841-1887 (bulk 1863-1864). 250 items. Location: U:235, 65:. Irish immigrant and owner of Oak Grove, Cheneyville, Louisiana. The collection consists chiefly of personal papers of Newell and family. Personal correspondence of the 1850s and 1860s reflects the plantation and social activities of the Newell, Forman, and Keary families. Some letters were written from Newell to his wife during a trip to his home in Ireland (1859). Civil War letters from family in the 16th Louisiana Infantry and 8th Louisiana Heavy Artillery at camps in the state discuss the quality of Louisiana conscripts, provisions, the Red River campaign, Vicksburg, and deserters. Available on microfilm 5735: University Publications of America Confederate Military Manuscripts Series B, Reel 14. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 653.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Women, Civil War

Nichols, Irby C. and family. Papers, 1862-1972. 15 linear ft. Location: 45:15-20, 44:26-27, OS:N. Louisiana State University professor of mathematics. His wife, Pauline Wright Nichols, studied art and design at Newcomb School of Art and the Chicago Art Institute. After they married she continued her design work. Correspondence, printed items, financial papers, legal documents, memoirs, journals, pedagogical materials, and photographs document the professional, business, and personal lives of the Nichols family, primarily Irby C. and Pauline Nichols. Sketches and other graphic materials reflect the artistic career of Pauline Nichols. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3798.

Nobles Family Papers, 1825-1990 (bulk 1863-1876). 0.3 linear ft. Location: V:1. The Nobles and related families were farmers of Louisiana, Texas and Alabama. Levi Nobles was a Confederate soldier with the 57th Alabama Infantry, married to Mary Elizabeth Massey. The collection relates to the Nobles and related Henry and Massey families. Early papers consist of photocopies and transcriptions of Henry family correspondence and legal documents (1825-1851). Papers include a receipt for the slave, Isaac (March 6, 1835). Civil War and post-war letters are those of the Nobles family, written primarily to Mary E. Nobles and Lou "Babe" Nobles. They relate Levi Nobles' wartime activities and his instructions to Mary on the use of their land (1863). Letters also relay condolences to Mary on the death of Levi (July 5, 15, 18, 1863). Post war letters are written from family and friends in Texas and her brother in Alabama. They discuss family matters, health and crop production. Mary's brother comments on the participation of African Americans in the presidential election (Dec. 9, 1876) and her sister Sarah Smith comments on race relations in Texas (April 1878). Several letters relate to the courtship of Lou "Babe" Nobles. The collection also contains Robert Henry family genealogical material (1979, 1990, undated). Mss. 5163.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War, African Americans

Norton, Caroline. Letter. Circa 1876. 1 letter. Location: Misc.:N. Caroline Norton was an English feminist, social reformer, and author of the early and mid-nineteenth century.  In 1877, she married Sir W. Stirling Maxwell of Keir House, Dunblane in Scotland.  A letter from Caroline Norton in Edinburgh discusses an original musical composition.  She provides her future address as Keir House in Dunblane.  Mss. 822.

Referenced in Guides: Women

Norwood, George, b. 1847. Papers, 1797-1901. .3 linear ft. Location: E:7. Planter and miller of East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, who served on the police jury of the seventh ward for many years. He married Stella Currie, daughter of Malcolm M. Currie, a planter and former senator from Franklin County, Mississippi. Papers of George and Stella Norwood and related families include deeds and land grants in East Feliciana Parish and Franklin County, Mississippi. Correspondence and cotton trade records from Clinton to Port Hudson are included. Also included are the papers of Thomas W. Scott, judge of East Feliciana Parish, that pertain to the settlement of the estates of James Winter, William J. Boatner, James H. Cason, and G. W. Jelks. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 677.

Odom family. Papers, 1860-1980. 0.4 linear feet. Location: 1:53. Personal, financial, and legal papers of the Odom family. Primary correspondents include Thomas Jefferson Odom, Harold Odom, and John S. Odom. Thomas J. Odom served in the Confederate Army as a member of the 33rd Regiment, Louisiana Volunteers. Harold Odom served with the United States Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater during World War II. John S. Odom enlisted with the Army Air Corps and served in Western Europe. Mss. 4256.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, Civil War, 20th Century Wars

Oliphant, Mary. Note, circa 1800-1899. 1 note. Location: MISC:O. Personal note from Mary Oliphant to her friend Ria requesting that Ria write her name, the place she lived, and the date on a piece of cloth so that Mary could include it in a quilt which she was making. The piece of cloth is still physically attached to the note. Mss. 822.

Referenced in Guides: Women

Olivier, André A. Papers, 1843-1977 (bulk 1924-1977). 1 linear ft. Location: 52:, OS:O. Native of St. Martinville and known as the historian, guide, and ambassador of Evangeline and Teche country. Papers include correspondence, writings on local history topics, a writ of seizure and sale (written in English and French; 1843), printed materials, visitors' books from Olivier's Evangeline Museum, postcards, photographic prints, illustrations, a sketch, a scrapbook, and artifacts (buttons). Materials of interest include broadsides from Olivier's New Army Store, postcards of various buildings and structures in St. Martinville, and photographic prints from the set of the movie "Evangeline" (circa 1929). Mss. 3156.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Acadiana, African Americans, French

Opelousas Female Institute catalogue and announcement, 1891-1892. 1 vol. Location: E:Imprints. Boarding and day school for young ladies and children in Opelousas, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1189.

Referenced in Guides: Women

Orage, Alfred Richard. Papers, 1921, 1930-1932, undated .12 items. Location: UU:118. English writer. Papers of Alfred Richard Orage (1873-1934) including a letter (1921) from his pupil, Katherine Mansfield; and newspaper clippings (1930) containing reviewsof his book The Art of Reading. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 965.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature

Order of the Eastern Star, Unity Chapter No. 79 papers, 1910-1940. 23 items. Location: W:1. Secret social order composed of Masons, their wives, sisters, daughters, mothers, and widows. Papers of Frankie Mae Lewis, Worthy Matron of the Order of the Eastern Star, Unity Chapter No. 79 (Dodson, La.) in 1940, consisting of notes, clippings, hymns, and handbooks of procedural rules and parliamentary practice. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2600-73.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Women

Orléans, Philippe, duc d', 1674-1723. Duke of Orleans document, 1723 April 23. 1 item. Location: OS:O. Regent of France. Document signed at Versailles, April 23, 1723. A document signed at Versailles by Philippe d'Orléans and Pierre-François Doublet concerns property that Marie-Eleonore Hersant inherited at Tournelles following the death of her father, Pierre Hersant.In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2261.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, French

Osborn, Marvin G., 1885-1958. Scrapbooks, 1906, 1913-1956. 19 ms. vols. Location: F:21. Native of Winnsboro, Louisiana, and director of the School of Journalism of LSU.Scrapbooks containing letters, broadsides, programs, and newspaper clippings documenting the School of Journalism, high school and college journalism in Louisiana, the LSU Press Service, the Louisiana Press Association, and Professor Osborn's association with Louisiana State University for fifty years.. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1730.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education, LSU

Osterberger, Charles. Letter, 1855. 1 item (photocopy). Location: Misc. Immigrant to Louisiana from French province of Alsace. Family letter from his mother discusses personal concerns. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2589.

Referenced in Guides: Women

Paap, Christian C. F. Papers, 1822-1848. 7 items. Location: Misc. Birth certificates of Sophia Elizabeth Schumacher, Johann Paap, and Christian C. F. Paap. In German. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 246.

Referenced in Guides: Women, German

Paille, Clara. Copy book, 1911. 1 ms. vol. (on microfilm). Location: Mss. Mf.:P. Student of St. Joseph's Academy in Baton Rouge. Copy book containing essays on various subjects including race, Louisiana history, geometry, and architecture, illustrated with original drawings. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2711.

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

Palfrey Family Papers, 1776-1918. (bulk 1806-1875). 388 items; 21 vols. Location: 77:89, H:22, Mss.Mf:P, 99. Family of planters, businessmen, politicians, public servants and author. Papers of John Palfrey (1768-1843) relate chiefly to the operation of Forlorn Hope Plantation, education of his sons, War of 1812, and reflect plantation life. Topics include the trade embargo, West Florida Controversy and the capture of Baton Rouge, War of 1812, slavery, cotton and salt production, and banking. Family papers pertain to Civil War battles, plantation economics, Confederate government, and Reconstruction. Papersof William Palfrey concern Ricahoc Plantation and a partnership David Weeks. They also discuss the Clinton and Port Hudson Railroad Company (1841-1842). Some items in French and Spanish. Available (with some omissions) on microfilm 6061 and 5322: University Publications of America Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 6, Reel 12; Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations from the Revolution through the Civil War, Series I, Part 1, Reels 1-4. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 333, 334, 1409, 1442, 1632, 2076, 2580, 2773, 2857.

Palmer-Lincoln Family Papers, 1865-1976. 1 linear ft. Location: Range 33B:7. Edward C. Palmer ran a family wholesale paper trade business in New Orleans, and his sister, Maud, was involved in the cranberry business in Massachusetts. His daughter, Helen, married James Rufus Lincoln. Papers largely consisting of family correspondence. E. C. Palmer's paper business is documented through letters, a copy book, and audit books. Papers from Maud Palmer's interests in the cranberry trade consist of correspondence, receipts, and notebooks. Lincoln family papers include family correspondence, legal papers, cards, and drawings. Photographs represent both families. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4628.

Papet, Charles. Papers, 1819, 1834. 2 items. Location: Misc. Resident of New Orleans. Sales (copies) of property of Charles Papet to Mrs. Virginia Livaudais (1819) and to Fran?ois Gardere (1834). In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 335.

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

Partin, Pauline Thibodeaux. Papers, 1864-1930 (bulk 1897-1905). 40 items. Location: U:119. Resident of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Correspondence and a few miscellaneous items of Pauline Thibodeaux Partin and the related Arceneaux and Brown families. In French and English. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1642.

Referenced in Guides: Women, French

Pasteur, Amelia. Papers, 1896-1933. 12 items. Location: Misc. Resident of New Orleans, Louisiana. Papers include personal letters from friends; a letter from Mrs. Charles Fisk Beach of England regarding Pasteur's Society's Ready Reference; and a letter and Christmas card from Dorothy Dix. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 117.

Referenced in Guides: Women, New Orleans 1866-

Patti, Adelina, 1843-1919. Letters, 1889-1891. 15 items. Location: Misc. Italian opera singer. Letters from England and United States to Patti's friend, concert singer Giulia Valda Cameron, giving information on personal plans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1541.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Women

Patti, Adelina, 1843-1919. Sheet music, undated. 1 item. Location: 65:. Italian opera singer. Sheet music illustrated with a large picture of Patti, advertising Myers Brothers, leading grocers of Martinsburg, West Virginia. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1557.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Women, Business

Payne, Cornelius Bricknell. Slave bill of sale, 1853 April 7. 1 item. Location: OS:P. Slave bill of sale documents the transfer of a 24-year-old mulatto slave named John from Payne to Harriet Smith, a free woman of color, both of New Orleans. The document also states that Harriet Smith and John lived as man and wife for six years and that she intended to emancipate him as soon as possible. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3666.

Pegues, Mrs. R. W. Letter, 1924 January 19. 1 item. Location: Misc. Resident of Baton Rouge. Letter to Mrs. Pegues from Gloster, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana, discussing the weather, spread of the grippe, horticulture, poultry, and the poor road conditions to Stonewall, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2600.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Baton Rouge

Peirce-Haralson-Rumble. Family Papers, 1809, 1820-1931, undated. 0.5 linear feet. Location: 45:25, OS:P. Correspondence, legal papers, miscellaneous items, and genealogical materials documenting the lives of members of the Peirce, Haralson, and Rumble families, during their residence in Baton Rouge and West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, and Natchez, Mississippi. The vast majority of correspondence involves communication between women discussing news of family and friends, domestic relations, marriage, and social activities. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4771.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Baton Rouge, Natchez, Mississippi

Peniston, Anthony, 1796-1826. Papers, 1821-1822. 5 items. Location: Misc. Resident of New Orleans and St. Francisville, Louisiana. Letters written to Peniston by his sister Ellen Peniston of Petersburg, Virginia, and by business associates. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3361.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Women

Penrose, Ann Wilkinson. Diary and family letters, 1861-1865, undated 11 items, 1 ms. vol. Location: T:108, Mss. Mf.:P. Resident of New Orleans, Louisiana. Diary contains daily entries in the form of letters to her son, Joseph Biddle Wilkinson Penrose, serving in the Confederate army, reflecting civilian life in New Orleans during the Union occupation of that city. Loose items consist of family letters and a family history. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1169.

Percy, J. H. (John Hereford). Papers, 1717-1978 (bulk 1905-1956). 2.5 linear ft., 23 manuscript volumes. Location: 48:3-4, OS:P. Author of The Percy Family of Mississippi and Louisiana, 1776-1943. Papers consist of genealogical research materials including correspondence, genealogy notes, family histories, transcriptions (mostly typescripts) of historical documents, and manuscript volumes created, compiled, and collected by J. H. Percy. Most genealogy research materials are related to Percy's creation of his book. There are also some business papers related to Percy's real estate, banking, development, and insurance activities in Louisiana and Mississippi. Mss. 4759.

Percy, William Alexander, 1885-1942. Janet Percy Dana Longcope papers, 1911-1917. 31 items. Location: W:52. Author, poet of Greenville, Mississippi. Letters to Percy's cousin, Janet Percy Dana Longcope of New York City. Letters concern Percy's travels, his writings (particularly his poetry), Janet's nursing service in France during World War I, Percy's interest in military service, and American involvement in the war, and personal matters. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3511.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Medicine, Literature

Pereboom, Margaret, 1928-2008. Papers, 1977-1988 (bulk:1979-1982). 3.5 linear feet. Location: U:313-316; OS:P. A child psychologist who served as a member of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board and as chair of Louisiana Women in Politics. Consists of correspondence, legal files, office files and statistical reports related to the desegregation case, Davis vs. East Baton Rouge Parish School Board, as well as administrative files for Louisiana Women in Politics and research materials on the role of women in elected office. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4958.

Peters, Emma Dell, 1941-, interviewee. Oral history interview, 1993. 1 sound cassette (45 minutes), Index (6 pages). Location: L:4700.0283. Resident of Four Corners, an unincorporated community south of Franklin, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana. Peters lived on Sterling Plantation; her great-grandparents were slaves. For 26 years, Peters worked as a cook in the school system. Peters gives an account of her great-grandparents' purchases as slaves, and discusses slave religion, the treatment of slaves, and female slaves who bore children for their white masters. Included are spirituals she learned from her grandparents. Peters also gives accounts of illnesses, funeral customs, early jobs she held, poverty in her youth, and discipline and life in her large family. She also discusses Civil Rights legislation. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4700.0283.

Peterson, Pattie P. Papers, 1962-1977. 4.3 linear feet. Location: 43:1-4, OS:P. Correspondence, notes, logs, and printed materials of Pattie P. Peterson (1916-ca. 1977?), state employee, member of Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations, and an advocate of civil rights. Correspondence pertains to race relations in Baton Rouge and the state and efforts to establish charity and volunteer programs. Notes and logs seem to be her record of what her contacts in the African American community told her about their attitudes about race relations and events in Baton Rouge. Printed materials include the newsletters of the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations and the Unitarian Fellowship of Baton Rouge, as well as articles, publications and pamphlets regarding African American education, race relations in Louisiana, the South, and the United States, and poverty.

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

Peterson, Pattie P. Papers, 1955-1977. 3.0 linear ft. Location: Y; 95-97, OS:P. Resident of Baton Rouge, La., civil servant, and civil rights advocate. Correspondence, logs, and notes, and printed material relative to race relations and desegregation in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the civil rights movement in the nation. Papers also reflect Peterson’s involvement in public welfare organizations, including the Louisiana Commission on Human Relations, Rights, and Responsibilities and the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations. Correspondence also relates to family matters and the civil service system in Louisiana. Printed materials include the newsletters of the Baton Rouge Council on Human Relations. Mss. 2955.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, Education, African Americans

Peyroux, Constance. Papers, 1832, 1835. 2 items. Location: Misc. Sale of a plantation and slaves in Faubourg Marigny, New Orleans, Louisiania, by the estate of Marie Eulalie Peyroux to Constance Peyroux (1832); and sale of a plantation and slaves in St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, by Pierre A. Peyroux to Constance Peyroux. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 668.

Phillips, Sarah Ellen. Reminiscences, 1865. 1 item (typed transcription). Location: MISC:P. Reminiscences of a raid by General James H. Wilson's Cavalry Corps near Selma, Alabama, in April 1865. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1776.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War

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