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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Williamson, Frederick and Lillian. Papers, 1922-1939. 2.3 linear ft. 78:75-77. Lillian Williamson was a librarian in Monroe and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her husband, Frederick Williamson, worked as a newspaper editor and as an associate editor for the Louisiana State University Agricultural Extension Service. Correspondence, writings, printed material, diaries, and photographs document their marriage and professional work in their respective fields. Mss. 817.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education

Wilsford, Inez Smith, 1855-1939. Reminiscence, circa 1900-1939. 1 item [typed copy]. Location: Misc.:W. Resident of Ringgold, Georgia. Memories of the Civil War. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2671.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Civil War

Wise, James Calvert. Papers, 1860-1917. 1.75 linear ft., 2 volumes. Locations: UU:154-155, K:37, OS:W, Vault:1. Native of Maryland who settled in Rapides Parish, Louisiana. During the Civil War he organized the Red River Rebels, which became part of the First Louisiana Regiment. Wise owned Grand Bend Plantation on the Red River. Collection contains Wise's personal, political, business, and military papers. Printed items include Confederate tax forms, currency, a notice to planters and freedmen from the U.S. Army, and papers related to the Republican party. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3239.

Wolford, Ella White Stroube, 1902- Dance cards and invitation, 1920-1922. 11 items. Location: Misc:W. Student at LSU. Dance cards and an invitation to LSU fraternity and sorority functions held at the Community Club, University Pavilion, and Golf and Country Club in Baton Rouge, La. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4312.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Baton Rouge, LSU

Woman's Christian Temperance Union. State of New York. Items, 1883-1949. 53 items. Location: U:107. History and convention programs of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Oswego County, New York, and related broadsides and pictures of the national organization. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1813.

Referenced in Guides: Women

Womble-Abell-Norman family. Papers, 1859-2011 (bulk 1900-1955). 4.3 linear ft. Location: 103:40-44, OS:W. Womble-Abell-Norman family papers document five generations of personal activities, family life, and the genealogy of the Womble-Abell-Norman family and the related Buie family. Collection is comprised of correspondence, photographs, personal family papers, and professional papers of Evelyn Abell Norman. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4879.

Women's Social Industrial Association. Record books, 1881-1899. 8 items, 6 vols. Location: H:13, Misc.:W. Association in New Orleans organized for the mutual benefit of its members and to promote the industries of women. Collection contains minute books, a journal of expenses for the charity committee, and a printed constitution and bylaws. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reel 32. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2137.

Referenced in Guides: Women, New Orleans 1866-

Wood, Letitia L. Papers, 1927. 7 items. Location: Misc.:W. Materials relating to a speedwriting course given by the School of Brief English Systems of New York City. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2140.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Education

Wood, Sarah Knox. Genealogical notes, 1901. 1 item (186 pages, typewritten copy). Location: U:121. Genealogical materials collected from original records and other sources for Sarah Knox Wood for her application for membership in the Maryland Society of the Colonial Dames of America. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1237.

Referenced in Guides: Women

Woodruff, Clark, 1791-1851. Letter, 1834 Oct. 21. 1 letter. Location: Misc. Clark Woodruff was a state representative for West Feliciana Parish (1826-28), judge of the eighth judicial district court (1828-36), and manager of the Myrtles Plantation. Clark Woodruff writes from Madisonville, La., to Morris Woodruff in Litchfield, Conn., regarding his sending of a check to pay off a note, the education of his daughter Mary Octavia under Morris' care, his own poor health, his being cheated out of an election, and Whig Party presidential politics. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4021.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, Women, Education