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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United Daughters of the Confederacy, Louisiana Division. Collection, 1922-1928. 8 items and 60 vols. Location: J:3, X:85-86. Mrs. Fred W. Bradt was historian of the Louisiana Division of United Daughters of the Confederacy. Scrapbooks contain newspaper clippings. Printed material includes two programs of annual conventions; a constitution and by-laws of the New Orleans Chapter; and yearbooks for the Bunkie Chapter. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 428.

Referenced in Guides: Women, New Orleans 1866-, Civil War

United Daughters of the Confederacy, Louisiana Division. Report, November 1925. 1 report. Location: MISC:U. Unbound, typewritten report (seven pages) by Florence C. Tompkins, president of the Louisiana Division of the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), to "Madam President-General" of the UDC. Tompkins describes activities of the Louisiana Division throughout the year, including the unveiling of monuments for Prince de Polignac (Camille de Polignac) and Richard Taylor (Dick Taylor) at the Mansfield Convention; the Connecticut Legislature's return of the Louisiana Tigers' flag; and registration numbers in the Children of the Confederacy chapters. Mss. 5394.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War

Van Buskick, Sarah M. Letter, 1855. 1 item. Location: Misc.:V. Resident of West Troy, New York. Letter from Sarah M. Van Buskick to Mrs. Mary Trusk contains personal news. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 454.

Referenced in Guides: Women

Varillat, M. Letter, fcirca 1818. 1 item. Location: Misc.:V. Letter from M. Varillat, apparently a child, to her grandmother, describing in detail the size of the steamer Ohio and, in particular, the furnishings for the drawing room and the cabins. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1032.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Women, French

Varnado, Florence Bankston. Papers, 1912-1967 (bulk 1917-1919). 28 items. Location: C:63, MISC:V, OS:V. Mother of Clyde Wendell Varnado, a lieutenant in the 35th Infantry of the U.S. Army; and of Samuel Ross Varnado, captain of Company L of the 325th Infantry of the American Expeditionary Forces. Collection includes items related to an insurance claim against the U.S. Army; photographs of Clyde and Samuel; two military crosses from the United Daughters of the Confederacy; discharge papers; and, a woven basket. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2272.

Referenced in Guides: Women, 20th Century Wars

Varnado, Samuel Ross, 1881-1931. Papers, 1917-1979 (bulk 1917-1937). .3 linear ft. (30 items, 5 printed vols.). Location: A:54. Captain of Company L, 325th Infantry of the American Expeditionary Forces in France. Varnado was wounded in the Meuse-Argonne Offensive and was a patient in a veterans hospital in Gulfport, Mississippi. Papers include letters written by Varnado around the time of the Meuse-Argonne battle, and documents and items related to Varnado's military service. Includes a Cross of Military Service certificate (1967) awarded posthumously by the Daughters of the Confederacy. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2272, 2448.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Medicine, 20th Century Wars

Varnell, William M. Papers, 1849-1871. 4 items. Location: Misc.:V. Resident of Texas. Papers a photocopy of a letter (Sept. 19, 1849) written from Sacramento, Calif. To C. Hill of Wilmington, Ark., describing his trip from Texas, the gold rush and economic conditions in California. A biographical sketch by his granddaughter, and typed obituaries of Varnell are also included (1871). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 584.

Referenced in Guides: Women

Vezin, Pierre F. O. Document, 1749. 1 item. Location: Misc.:V. Marriage contract of Pierre F. O. Vezin and Marie J. du Plassey of New Orleans, Louisiana. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 431.

Referenced in Guides: Women, French

Vialet family. Papers, 1799-1875, 1959 (bulk 1815-1855). 78 items. Location: 119:10. Personal and business letters and financial and legal documents of the Vialet family of Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Catherine Miranda de Casas and Pierre Ladouceur of Baton Rouge, B. Piveteau-Fleury of New Orleans, and the Bissonet, Primeau, and Ladouceur families of St. Louisi Missori. Mss. 5082.

Villier, Marie J. Document, 1814. 1 item. Location: Misc.:V. Sale bill of sale for a slave sold by Mrs. Marie Jean Villier of St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, to Louis DeBlanc of St. Martin Parish, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 434.

Referenced in Guides: Women