Manuscript Collection at the Louisiana Historical Center

The general manuscript collection is about 500 ln ft and dates from 1584-present. It varies in type and subject matter, and is diverse, ranging from graduation invitations to Civil War correspondences. In this collection are colonial period documents including the original 1724 Code Noir signed by Louis XV and promulgated at New Orleans, the proclamation establishing the Superior Council in Louisiana in 1716, the letters of patent to Antoine Crozat in 1712, the Company of the West in 1717, and the Pierre Joseph Landry Notebook (1769-1843). The Louisiana Historical Center also houses manuscripts documenting Louisiana's antebellum economic, social, and political history in several collections. Among the most notable are the Cenas Family Papers, (1780-1920), the John McDonough papers, (1813-1846), and the John Slidell papers, (1822-1918), as well as numerous ledgers, notebooks, and journals from several Louisiana Plantations including Mavis Grove Plantation, Magnolia Plantation, Belle Chasse Plantation, and Butler Island Plantation.

The Historical Center manuscript collection also houses twentieth-century collections, which document a variety of subjects. Some of the collections include the Papers of the Louisiana Engineering Society, (1897-1930), the Isaac M. Cline Collection, (1927), the Grace Chamberlain Papers, (1850-1918), and the T. Fonville Winans Collection, (1927-1933). Included in this section of the manuscript collection, are several political and original cartoon art. The following artists represented are; Keith Temple, (1939-1943), John Chase, (1941-1945), Roy Aymond, (1942-1944), Byron Humphrey, (1975-1982), John Slade, (1983-1995), and Wade Welch, (1960-1988). In addition to these collections, the Louisiana Historical Center houses documents from the Battle of New Orleans, the Mexican-American War, the Spanish-American War, the Civil War, World War I and World War II, and also a sizeable collection of documents related to the medical history of the region.

Manuscript Collection Finding Aids

General Summary of Manuscript Collections
Manuscript Collection Record Groups


French Manuscripts, Mississippi Valley 1679-1769RG_003.pdf
Jean Mercier Estate Paper’sRG_003_French.pdf
Jacob Hart’s EstateRG_007.pdf
Miscellaneous Working Papers of Louis T. CaireRG_008.pdf
John Slidell PapersRG_009.pdf
John McDonogh PapersRG_012.pdf
Documents de John McDonough [French Language Finding Aid]RG_013.pdf
Grace and O.W. Chamberlain PapersRG_013_French.pdf
Charity Hospital PapersRG_014.pdf
Nathaniel Cox PapersRG_029.pdf
James Currell PapersRG_34.pdf
Bourg Family PapersRG_36.pdf
General Claire Lee Chennault PapersRG_42.pdf
Briant Family PapersRG_43.pdf
Kemper PapersRG_51.pdf
Isaac Monroe Cline CollectionRG_52.pdf
Meta H. Gates CollectionRG_054.pdf
Charles Barre – Joseph Durand Family PapersRG_057.pdf
Mansfield Lovell CollectionRG_060.pdf
Harriet Coulter Joor CollectionRG_061.pdf
Master CalendarRG_062.pdf
Washington Artillery CollectionRG_068_Master_Calendar.pdf
Louis V. Eckert CollectionRG_71.pdf
Charles H. Buck CollectionRG_091.pdf
James Daly CollectionRG_094.pdf
Merci Train CollectionRG_095.pdf
Louisiana Politics 1911-1935RG_096.pdf
Joubert Family PapersRG_097.pdf
Manuscripts of Collected Poetry PapersRG_105.pdf
Order Book Louisiana MilitiaRG_106.pdf
The John and Jean Rousseau CollectionRG_107.pdf
Recueil de données de John et Jean ROUSSEAU [French Language Finding Aid]RG_115.pdf
Mildred Guel CollectionRG_115_French.pdf
Duchamp Family Papers CollectionRG_156.pdf
LSM Properties: Deeds, Legacies, OpinionsRG_157.pdf
Mathieu/Kracke Papers CollectionRG_158.pdf
Reese CollectionRG_159.pdf
Al Rose CollectionRG_160.pdf
Sue Turner CollectionRG_161.pdf
Prisoners of War held at the Customs House (Civil War) CollectionRG_163.pdf
Ross/Stackhouse Papers (Belle Chasse Plantation)RG_164.pdf
Margin Smith CollectionRG_168.pdf
Scheidau CollectionRG_176.pdf
M.L. Hutton CollectionRG_206.pdf
Mrs. Don B. Porter CollectionRG_207.pdf
John McGinty PapersRG_210.pdf
Landry NotebookRG_211.pdf
Albert L. Lietaud CollectionRG_212.pdf
De Brueys Family CollectionRG_213.pdf
Buisson Family PapersRG_214.pdf
Choctaw Indian Treaty AttemptRG_215.pdf
Canady CollectionRG_216.pdf
Marie Rose Rouzeau DocumentsRG_217.pdf
Hugh McCall CollectionRG_218.pdf
Stanley C. Arthur CollectionRG_219.pdf
Nahrgang Family PapersRG_220.pdf
John D. Bruns CollectionRG_221.pdf
Charles E. Fenner CollectionRG_222.pdf
W.J. Pennington CollectionRG_223.pdf
Frank H. Mortimer CollectionRG_224.pdf
Jes Dalton CollectionRG_226.pdf
N. Wells Longshore CollectionRG_227.pdf
G.L. Le Bon CollectionRG_228.pdf
Henry Chotard CollectionRG_229.pdf
New Orleans Academy of Sciences CollectionRG_230.pdf
R. Glenny CollectionRG_231.pdf
David Pokorny CollectionRG_232.pdf
J. P. Coulon LettersRG_233.pdf
Edward F. Haas CollectionRG_235.pdf
Stanley C. Brooks CollectionRG_236.pdf
Imprints of Benjamin and Alexander LevyRG_237.pdf
Letters of Jefferson DavisRG_239.pdf
Edward Schehr CollectionRG_240.pdf
C.D. Wells CollectionRG_241.pdf
A.W. Moffit CollectionRG_242.pdf
Nicholas Bauer CollectionRG_243.pdf
Collection de Nicholas Bauer [French Language Finding Aid]RG_243_French.pdf
Peter Samuel Anderson CollectionRG_244.pdf
Eustis Family PapersRG_245.pdf
T. Tupper PapersRG_246.pdf
Samuel Ryan Curtis CollectionRG_247.pdf
Kernion CollectionRG_249.pdf
Letters of Francis M. Fisk and Lt. H. St. JohnRG_251.pdf
The State of Louisiana v. Etienne Sylvan, f.m.c.RG_252.pdf
Records of the Helping Hand MissionRG_253.pdf
H.G. O’Connell CollectionRG_255.pdf
New Orleans College of Pharmacy CollectionRG_258.pdf
H. Roehl CollectionRG_261.pdf
Lelia Beck CollectionRG_293.pdf
Dorothy Ellis CollectionRG_294.pdf
Director’s Script, motion picture “French Quarter”RG_296.pdf
Collected Magazine Articles About Huey Pierce LongRG_300.pdf
T. Fonville Winans CollectionRG_420_T_Fonville_Winans_Collection.pdf
Hibernia National Bank CollectionRG_527.pdf
Dayries Train CollectionRG_531.pdf
Louisiana Culinary and Cookbook CollectionRG_535.pdf
Collections at the Louisiana Historical Center
Louisiana Colonial Documents

Louisiana Colonial Documents

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historic maps collection available at the Louisiana Historical Center


sheet music

Sheet Music