Louisiana Division
New Orleans Public Library

Manuscripts Collections
Brief Descriptions
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Federation of Protestant Church Women of New Orleans/New Orleans Councl of Church Women
Records, 1935-1945 [MS-308]

Organized in 1911-1912 as the Women's Interdenominational Church and Missionary Federation, the group changed its name, ca. 1932, to the Federation of Protestant Church Women of New Orleans. With the revision of the organization's constitution in 1939, its name became New Orleans Council of Church Women. The group sought to promote the religious spirit in the city and worked in four major areas of activity:

  • Missionary work
  • Service to the community
  • Service to young people
  • Service to children
In pursuit of these interests the organization, for example, provided aid to children at the hospital in Carville, La., and provided religious instruction and other services to the inmates of the Milne Boys' Home. Other activities were centered around reform and other movements of the day, e.g., oppostion to gambling and support for local men involved in the war. The records comprise the minutes of meetings of the Board of Directors and minutes of the organization's semi-annual general meetings. Included therein are detailed notes on the remarks of guest speakers at the meetings. Pasted into the minutes are copies of the constitution, yearbooks, meeting notices, programs, and other materials.

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12/17/2003


Flynn, Donald Thomas, 1891-1969
Papers, 1945-1964 [MS-96]

Flynn was a New Orleans real estate agent. The papers comprise correspondence, contracts, purchase agreements, newspaper clippings, and other material mostly relating to Flynn's real estate business. Included are documents dealing with the proposed sale of Journey's End, an estate in Covington, La. Gift of D.L. Tinto, New Orleans, La., July, 1982. The Department of Archives and Manuscripts, Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans was instrumental in placing the papers at NOPL.

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April 11, 1997


Fowler, Edward A.
Papers, 1905-1906
6 folders [MS 179]

Printed and manuscript material dealing with the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans: lists of employees, correspondence, job reports, drawings. Also included is correspondence dealing with membership in the Masonic Order.

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Francis, Manuel
Letter, 1854 [MS-61]

Manuscript letter from L.U. Gaiennie and John Cottle recommending Francis to George Y. Bright. Source unknown.

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April 11, 1997


Frye Triumph Brick Company
Cash Book, 1892-1893 [MS 317]
1 volume

Manuscript ledger of cash received (for products sold, such as river sand and bricks) and disbursed (for payrolls, improvements, etc.). Return to Manuscript Inventories.


Funeral Register
Undated [MS-7]

Register from an unidentified funeral service conducted from Rabenhorst Funeral Home in Baton Rouge. Contains autographs of contemporary Louisiana politicians including J. D. DeBlieux, Gillis W. Long, Jesse Bankston, and Woody Dumas. Anonymous gift..

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12/22/2003


George Wood and Co.
Records, 1865-1870 [MS-26-1]
1 letterpress volume (263 pages)

Letterpress copies of letters sent by Wood and his partner John D. Merrielees [some are signed "Merrielees and Wood"]. The letters deal with business matters but also include personal and political observations. Much of the firm's business centered in Mexico and Central America; many of the letters are from Wood to Merrielees in those regions. Several include descriptions of conditions in Mexico during the period of Maximilian's empire. In addition to the business correspondence, there are also copies of several letters sent by various agencies of the New Orleans city government during the period 1872-1874. NOTE: Many of the letters are wholly or partially illegible.

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April 11, 1997


Geraghty, Patrick
Receipt book, 1851 [MS-98]

Geraghty was a paver and contractor operating in New Orleans and the adjacent city of Lafayette. This volume consists of manuscript receipts signed by various workers indicating payment by Geraghty for work performed. In most cases the nature and location of the work is specified. Probably separated from the Succession of John Tiner.

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April 11, 1997


Good, Helen Canstadt, ca. 1842-1939
Diary, 1902-19212 [MS-6]

The diary is Mrs. Good's record of the plays, operas, and motion pictures that she viewed at various theatres in New Orleans. In most cases she identifies some cast members and offers critical comments. Several newspaper and program clippings for specific performances are attached. Source unknown.

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April 11, 1997


Goring Family
Papers, ca. 1837-1845 [MS-1]

Albums, letters, sketches, and manuscript poems belonging to Ellen Goring Hurley (ca. 1827-1848) and Margaret Goring Warren (b. ca. 1824). The albums contain manuscript poems and newspaper clippings of poetry. Several of these poems, as well as several of the loose examples, are identified as to writer and place (usually Ireland, Louisville, and New Orleans). Also included are eleven paper doilies. Anonymous gift.

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April 11, 1997


Gott, David Franklin
Letter, August 15, 1864 [MS-192]

Photocopy of a transcription of the original letter written from University Hospital in New Orleans to his mother, brother and sisters, probably in North Carolina. Gott briefly describes his Civil War experiences, including a voyage from Brazos, Texas to New Orleans. Mss. notes on the Gott family are also present. Donated by Mary K. Pierson, 2001.

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June 3, 2004


Grasser Contracting Co.
Records, 1915 [MS-51]

Typewritten extracts from the minutes of the Board of Directors meeting of March 15, 1906 giving E.A. Grasser as president of the firm authority to sign papers. Source unknown.

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April 11, 1997


Greer Brothers
Records, 1907 [MS-80]

The documents previsously filed in this collection have been restored to the original suit record in the case of Greer Bros. vs A. Blum (Civil District Court #85023).

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12/22/2003


Guilbeau, James
The St. Charles Street Car or the History of the New Orleans Railroad [MS 158]
3 vols

Three drafts of the book by Mr. Guilbeau, which is in the Louisiana Division book collection, cataloged as 388.46 G955.

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Hammond, William James, ca. 1848-1928
Papers, 1882-1888 [MS-28]

Hammond was a steamboat agent. The papers consist of manuscript letters from his mother, Mary Ann Hammond (d. 1898), dealing with her move to New Orleans from Quebec, his business travels to New York and England, and other matters. Also included are business and personal letters from other correspondents in England and New Orleans, including James B. Eads, R.W. Wilmot, Charles de Wolf, and Elsie Anderson de Wolf. Source unknown.

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April 11, 1997


Harding, Mary Van B. (Matie)
Letter, 1940 [MS-83]

Author, The amazing adventures of the Kimpsies and Whiff (Philadelphia: Dorrance, 1940). Letter dated September 12, 1940 from Los Angeles to Leonard (apparently Leonard K. Nicholson, publisher of the Times-Picayune) in New Orleans. It accompanied a copy of her book (and also notes other enclosures, not present) and brings Nicholson up to date on the lives of Mrs. Harding's children, the subjects of her book. Source unknown.

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December 16, 2003


Harding, Warren G., 1865-1923
Letter, 1922 [MS-39]

President of the U.S. The item is a typewritten letter, dated June 27, 1922, signed by Harding and addressed to Mayor Andrew McShane of New Orleans, dealing with the annual American Legion Convention to be held in the city. Photocopy of the original letter in the McShane Records, New Orleans City Archives.

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April 11, 1997


Harte, James Henry, ca. 1834-1882
Apothecary book, 1861-ca. 1879 [MS-18]

Harte was a pharmacist. The book records formulas and recipes for medicines, syrups, perfumes, etc. Also included are some references to the sources for ingredients as well as references to specific doctors who prescriptions were filled by Harte. Gift of May Harte, 1953.

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April 11, 1997


Healey, Louise Harvey, 1892-
Papers, 1918-1956 [MS-119]

Mrs. Healey was the widow of Thomas Healey (1872-1948), New Orleans Police Superintendent, 1925-1928. The papers include a scrapbook of clippings illustrating her husband's career along with photographs of family and friends. Also included are two loose photographs and Mr. Healey's voter registration certificate. Gift of Mrs. Healey and Henry Morris, 1987. NOTE: The scrapbook is filed as oversize volume O15.

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April 11, 1997


Hebrew Educational Society
Papers, 1868 [MS-63]

Manuscript letter listing coins that were to be placed in the cornerstone of the Hebrew School. Also included is a manuscript list of reporters present at the laying of the cornerstone and a photocopied newspaper account of the cornerstone ceremony. Source unknown.

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April 11, 1997


Henderson & Gaines
Invoice, 1838 [MS-185]

Importers and Dealers, Wholesale and Retail, in Earthen Ware, China, Glass, Plated Ware, Britannia and Japon Ware, Lamps, Looking Glasses, etc. A one-page invoice, dated January 13, 1838, for $26.25 of goods purchased for the Steamer Maimora. Separated from an unidentified court record.

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December 16, 2003


Holmes, Kate Agnes, 1896-1975
Papers, 1952-1974 [MS-35]

Miss Holmes was an author and writer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. The papers include signed, typewritten copies of poems and letters written by Miss Holmes and published in the Picayune. Also included are clippings of articles that she wrote for the newspaper's "Dixie" magazine section. Gift of Miss Holmes.

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April 11, 1997


Howell, Minnie, 1868-1932
Autograph book, 1883-1886 [MS-116]

This is a young woman's personal autograph book with inscriptions reflecting typical sentiments of the period. Miss Howell later married Dr. Jacob A. Storck. She was the mother of Dr. Ambrose H. Storck [see MS-121]. Accessioned, March 1985.

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April 11, 1997


Jean, George W., 1874-1964
Diaries, 1903-1948 [MS-311]

Dr. Jean was an ophthalmologist in Santa Barbara, California. This twelve volume collection consists of typewritten, edited versions of his original diaries. They are basically accounts of Dr. Jean's travels in Europe, South American, and Asia, along with a record of his activities in the U.S. (including several visits to New Orleans). Also included is a description of his service as a medical officer in the Philippines and his subsequent nervous breakdown and treatment. Throughout the volumes are references to medical topics, including Dr. Jean's descriptions of operations that he witnessed. A detailed description of the contents of each volume is available in the Louisiana Division. Gift of Jeanette K. Laguaite, May, 1983.

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April 11, 1997


Jefferson City Buzzards
Record book, 1892-1906 [MS-177]
1 volume (photocopy)

This item is a photocopy made from an original manuscript record book kept by the Jefferson City Buzzards, a New Orleans carnival marching group. It was given to the Library by Tad Jones in 2000.

The record notes that the group was organized in December, 1890, but entries do not begin until 1892. The entries for 1892-1895 comprise lists of officers with total cash/collections and expenses for each year. Beginning in 1896, expenses, and later revenues, are itemized. Beginning in 1904, complete membership lists are included.

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10/12/2000


Jenks Family
Papers, 1833-1857 [MS-3]

Albums, sketches, and miscellaneous papers of the Jenks family of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Louisiana. The albums contain manuscript transcriptions of poems dedicated to various family members, several of them signed by B.W. Jenks [probably Benjamin W. Jenks, the portrait painter; unsigned sketches in the collection may also be his work]. Source unknown.

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April 11, 1997


Joleo Realty Co., Inc.
Records relating to the demolition of 123-125 University Place, 1911-1925. [MS-139]

The Joleo Realty Co., Inc. was a Louisiana corporation with Lewis P. Eaves as its president. On December 19, 1916 the Company leased the property at 123-125 University Place for a period of one year with an option for an additional twenty-four year term. A three story brick building, with a two story rear wing, occupied the property at that time. In 1918 construction of the Orpheum Theatre began on the adjacent property, with the Jefferson Construction Co. as contractor and Sam Stone as architect. During construction the building at 123-125 University Place became so weakened as to require its demolition. In 1920 the Joleo Company sued the Orpheum Theatre and Realty Co. and its contractor, alleging that their carelessness had resulted in the deterioration of the building. The Orpheum, et. al., claimed that the building had already been seriously deteriorated and that the owner and lease-holder had long neglected it. Judge M.M. Boatner of the Orleans Parish Civil District Court on January 26, 1925, ruled in favor of the defendants in the suit.

The records include correspondence, photographs, and other documents relating to the property at 123-125 University Place. The photographs, by Charles Franck and Joseph Schnetzer, document the condition of the property and adjacent sites during the course of construction. The correspondence includes letters to and from the parties to the suit, their attorneys, and the City Architect. Other letters to and from Sam Stone and Favrot and Livaudais (architect for the Joleo firm) are also included. Among the other documents are estimates for repair/reconstruction of the property, copies of leases on the property, invoices for interim repairs to the property, extracts from the city's building laws, and copies of the tax assessment records (and a petition for reduction of taxes) for the property.

All materials have been rearranged into chronological order by type of record (correspondence, photographs, and other), but original designations remain as to whether each document was offered by the plaintiffs or the defendants.

The records were originally introduced as evidence in, and subsequently separated from, the suit of the Joleo Realty Co., Inc. and others vs. the Orpheum Theatre and Realty Co. and the Jefferson Construction Co. (#132,707, Civil District Court). For additional information see the record in the above suit.

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Kahn Pickery Collection, 1881-1939
1 box [MS 123]

Ten books of codes relating to the international trade in cotton. Also included is correspondence with European cotton manufacturers.

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Kane, Harnett T., 1910-
Papers, 1948 [MS-42]

Kane was a New Orleans author. The papers comprise manuscript and galley proofs for chapters 5-8 of his Bride of Fortune. Also included are photocopies of letters from Varina Howell (Mrs. Jefferson) Davis and articles by Kane. Gift of the author, 1948.

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April 11, 1997


Kilbourne, Richard Holcombe
Papers, 1980- [MS-102]

Kilbourne is an attorney and legal historian in Clinton, La. Included are typescripts of articles and other works dealing with the history of Louisiana law. Included are page proofs of his Louisiana Commercial Law, the Antebellum Period, published by the Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University in 1980. Gifts of Mr. Kilbourne.

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April 11, 1997


Krafft, William
Letter, 1897 [MS-55]

Krafft was the New York representative of the German firm of Ernst Leitz. This item is a manuscript letter to Dr. Edward W. Jones of New Orleans concerning Jones' inquiry about the Leitz firm's microscope stands. Source unknown.

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April 11, 1997


Lacassagne, Laurent, Succession of
Account book, 1897 1 folder, 1 ledger [MS 138]

Account book filed in the succession of Lacassagne, February 10, 1897, Orleans Parish Civil District Court #48277

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Lagemann, Johann Joachim
Letters, 1802, 1806 [MS-77]

Photocopies of typewritten transcriptions (probably translations from the original German) of two letters written from the German Coast by Lagemann to relatives, probably living in Germany. He describes his experiences in Pennsylvania and later in New Orleans, including his journey south. Gift of Hanna Landes, Powers, MI.

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December 16, 2003


Lapuyade, Victorine Robelet, 1877-
Autobiography, 1940 [MS-33]

This is a photocopy of Mrs. Lapuyade's manuscript diary in which she recounts her early years in France, her voyage to New York, her subsequent journey by train to Jackson, Mississippi in 1891, and her married life in New Orleans. Included are descriptions of the Insane Asylum in Jackson (where her father was employed) and of the dairy business in the Carrollton section of New Orleans. At the bottom of the first several pages are later manuscript entries by Mrs. Lapuyade's niece, Mrs. Yvonne Sellen. Gift of Mrs. Sellen through the St. John the Baptist Parish Public Library, 1981.

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April 11, 1997


Lavillebeuvre, Charles Henry, 1855-1902
Papers, 1872-1873 [MS-31]

Lavillebeuvre was an attorney and judge. This item is a manuscript copy [made in 1895] of notes taken from lectures on the Civil Law given by Christian Roselius, probably at the University of Louisiana's Law Department. Source unknown.

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April 11, 1997


Layne & Bowler
Letter, 1910 [MS-79]

Manufacturers of Layne Screens and Layne Pumps, apparently used for irrigation wells. Typewritten letter, dated July 9, 1910, from the firm's L. G. Florio(?) in Welsh, LA to Charles F. Buck in New Orleans. Florio asks Buck for a testimonial letter for their screens and pumps. Source unknown.

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December 16, 2003


League of Women Voters of Louisiana
Records, 1943 [MS-86]

Minutes of state board meetings, correspondence, membership lists, and miscellaneous items. Source unknown.

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April 11, 1997


Leaman & Reynolds Insurance Agency
Letter, 1946 [MS-52]

Typewritten letter to the Gravier Improvement Co., Inc. concerning the fire safety of the agency's offices. Source unknown.

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April 11, 1997


Leche, Richard Webster
Genealogical Papers, 1936-1986
1 folder [MS 141]

Typewritten introductory letter indentifying Richard Leche as former Governor of Louisiana, imprisoned in 1940 on charges of using the mails to defraud the state. Pardoned by President Truman in 1953. The collection consists of approximately 100 pages of Leche family genealogical records. Return to Manuscript Inventories


Leefe, Miriam Belle
Memory book, 1929-1941 [MS-180]

Miriam Belle Leefe was a student at Robert E. Lee School, Magnolia High School, Sophie B. Wright High School, Eleanor McMain High School and Louisiana State University during the period 1929-1941. The 7 1/4" x 11 1/4" unpaginated memory book contains the following:

  • autographs of and poems by fellow students
  • commencement programs, programs for school plays, and materials relating to other school activities
  • photographs from Lee and Wright schools
  • unidentified photographs, probably of family members (including a goat cart photograph)
  • letters and telegrams
  • greeting cards (including Valentine cards)
  • an LSU report card
  • newspaper clippings (including articles on social events involving Ms. Leefe)
  • a ticket for the Poplar Theatre
  • ticket stubs from local theatres and from Tulane Stadium
  • various souvenirs
  • a program from the opening ceremony for the Municipal Auditorium, January 18, 1930

Gift of Sal Serio, May, 2001

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9/14/2001


Lemann, Marjorie, 1915-
Papers, 1933 [MS-14]

Class notes for art and art appreciation course at Newcomb College. Includes pasted-in examples of works under discussion, class assignments, and some personal notes. Anonymouse gift, 1981.

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April 11, 1997


Leovy, Henry, 1826-1902
Memorandum, 1875 [MS-59]

Leovy was an attorney in New Orleans. This item is a manuscript request for copies of documents concerning the Louisiana Hose Company. Source unknown.

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April 11, 1997


Libby, Frances Edith, 1878-1951
Papers, 1896 [MS-23]

Manuscript diary of a voyage from New Orleans to Liverpool aboard the ship Darien commencing on April 28, 1896. Includes descriptions of sites visited by Miss Libby and her mother in England, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. Source unknown.

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April 11, 1997


Lice, John H.
Letter, 1875 [MS-68]

Lice was a meteorologist. The item is a manuscript letter to Robert M. Lusher of New Orleans dealing with one of Lice's books and his monthly journal. The envelope contains Lusher's memorandum of response to the letter. Source unknown.

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April 11, 1997


Louisiana Rating and Fire Prevention Bureau
Fire reports, 1926-1929 [MS-111]

Printed cards, 200 in number, listing the locations of fires in New Orleans along with the names of property owners and descriptions of the causes and effects of the fires.

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April 11, 1997


Ludeling, Maria Copley
Letter, 1876 [MS-72]

Manuscript letter to Mrs. Aubry H. Smith transmitting a collection of reports on charitable institutions in Louisiana, apparently for inclusion in a national survey. Source unknown. [See also MS-73].

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April 11, 1997


L'Union Francaise
Records, 1872-1954 [MS-L'Union]

L’Union Francaise was organized on October 12, 1872 by a group of local citizens interested in preserving the French language and culture in New Orleans. In 1879 the organization purchased a building on North Rampart Street for use as a venue for theatrical productions and social receptions. Several years later L’Union opened an elementary school for girls (boys gained admission some years later), with instruction in French forming an important part of its curriculum. The group discontinued the elementary school in 1952 and began offering adult classes in French shortly thereafter. In addition to its educational activities, L’Union also promoted charitable works including aid to yellow fever victims and a longstanding program of assistance to the elderly residents of the Maison Hospitaliere. L’Union’s building burned to the ground in 1953 and the group purchased a building on Prytania Street to serve as its new home. The French language classes continue from that site to this day.

The records include manuscript minute books (seven volumes) covering the years 1872-1884 and 1892-1954, two manuscript letter books for the years 1872-1894, and a manuscript volume of the organization's rules as adopted in 1879. All of the records are in French. They were donated to the Louisiana Division by L'Union in 1987, 1988, and 1989.

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2/9/2004


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