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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Thompson, Anna Boynton. Papers, 1909, 1919. 2 items. Location: MISC: T. Anna Boynton Thompson, teacher and student of philosophy, was born on September 10, 1848, in Portland, Maine, the daughter of Harriot Boynton (Sawyer) and William A. Thompson. Two documents of Anna Boynton Thompson, a will and a letter concerning property. The first document is the last will and testament of Anna Boynton Thompson dated February 8, 1909 from South Braintree, Massachusetts, which leaves most of her estate to her sister Mary Francis Thompson and is witnessed by Martha J Henderson and Hedwig M. Biewald. The second document is a letter from Ezra H. Balkner in the Radcliffe College Treasurer's Office in Boston, Massachusetts dated December 18, 1919 to Anna Boynton Thompson concerning annuities from property that her mother had owned. Mss. 822.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education

Thompson, Josie. Papers, 1939-1995 (bulk 1946-1949). 1.25 linear ft. Location: X:14. Louisiana State University alumna and press correspondent for United Press International, who covered the Nuremberg Military Tribunals (1946-1949). Collection primarily consists of her typed reports of the trials and other events in post-WWII Germany. Also included are photographs, legal briefs, and personal items. Mss. 5046.

Thurston, George N. Family Papers, 1843-1907. 64 items, 3 vols. Location: C:45. Mississippi River steamboat captain for the New Orleans Ice Company, and a sugar planter at Baskerville Plantation, St. Mary Parish, Louisiana. Papers include personal and business letters related to Thurston's work, and diaries and account books kept by his wife, Mary Thurston, concerning the household and plantation. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1124.

Titcomb, Charles C. Papers and picture collection, 1820-1919. 1.9 linear ft. (5 items, 72 photographs, 27 glass plate negatives). Location: 65:, E:73, OS:T. Photographs and glass plate negatives depicting 19th century Louisiana scenes, including the Mississippi River, Lake Pontchartrain, Bayou Lafourche, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge. There are also images of St. Louis, Cincinnati, and Charleston. Manuscript items consist of a clipping about Peggy Wood, a poem, a list of glass plate negatives, and a letter by General Robert E. Lee. Glass plate negatives are restricted. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1795, 2532.

Toland, Bessie. Scrapbook, 1934-1935. 1 ms. vol. Location: G:18. School teacher of Jeanerette, Iberia Parish, Louisiana. Award winning scrapbook consists of clippings of news stories from various Louisiana newspapers describing pageants, plays, musical performances, and other events held in celebration of the tercentenary in Louisiana high schools. Also included are articles describing the history of various Louisiana high schools and observances of the tercentenary in Jeanerette, La., Bessie Toland's hometown.. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 893.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Women, Education

Toland, Bessie. World War II scrapbooks, 1941-1949. 6 v. Location: A:36. School teacher of Jeanerette, Iberia Parish, Louisiana. Scrapbooks contain correspondence from soldiers, most of whom were from Iberia Parish. Letters describe military life, combat, and travel. Several letters inquire about family and friends. Scrapbooks contain clippings from Louisiana newspapers that provide biographical profiles of area servicemen and news about war casualties. Some letters are addressed to Bessie's sister, Annie Toland Blomquist. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1609, 2124.

Referenced in Guides: Women, 20th Century Wars

Tong, Sarah. Document, 1850. 1 item. Location: Misc.:T. Resident of Assumption Parish, Louisiana. Sale of slaves (copy) of Mrs. Sarah Tong to Francis A. Tete of Assumption Parish. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 537.

Referenced in Guides: Women, African Americans, French

Town, Clarissa E. Leavitt, b. ca. 1806. Diary, 1853, 1954, undated 4 items, 1 ms. vol. [typescript copy]. Location: A:4, Map case:D-5, S-24. Native of Buffalo, New York, living in the home of her daughter and son-in-law, the Reverend A. H. Lamon, in Devall, West Baton Rouge Parish, La. Entries pertain to trips to New Orleans and Baton Rouge, the religious and social life of the slaves, and holiday celebrations. Collection includes a photocopy of a section of the Persac map (1858). Also available on microfiche 2729 (Southern Historical Manuscripts, Plantation Records 1799-1900), Greenwood Publishing Co., Microform Division, Westport, Conn. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1376.

Trepagnier Family Papers, 1836, 1839. 4 items. Location: Misc.:T. Sales of slaves of Jacques, Theodule, and Mrs. Pierre Trepagnier of St. Charles and St. John the Baptist parishes, Louisiana. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 425.

Referenced in Guides: Women, African Americans, French

Trollope, Frances Milton, 1780-1863. Papers, undated 2 items. Location: Misc.:T. English novelist, writer, and mother of novelist Anthony Trollope. Letter to a magazine publisher expressing pleasure at the acceptance for publication of her story 'Phyllis in Fetters'; and a poem, 'The King's Temptation,' attributed to Frances Trollope. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1350.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Literature