Rosedown Plantation Restoration Photograph Collection

(Mss. 4350)

Contents of Inventory


Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content Note
Index Terms
Container List




Size: .5 linear ft. (650 items).

Geographic location: Louisiana.

Inclusive dates: 1961-1962.

Summary: Chiefly photographs and negatives taken in 1961 and 1962 by Louis "Red" Martel, documenting the restoration of Rosedown Plantation in West Feliciana parish, Louisiana. A few additional photos and negatives depict cattle, horses and grounds of Rosedown Plantation, St. Mary's Episcopal Church, near Weyanoke, and a few unidentified individuals.

Related collections: A duplicate set of photographs and negatives is also owned by the Historic New Orleans Collection.

Citation: Rosedown Plantation Restoration Photograph Collection, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collection, LSU Libraries.


Biographical/Historical Note

Rosedown Plantation was built by cotton planter Daniel Turnbull and his wife, Martha Barrow Turnbull, in West Feliciana parish, Louisiana, near St. Francisville. Construction of the home was begun in 1834 and completed in 1835. Rosedown was owned and lived in by descendants of the Turnbulls until 1955. In 1956 Mrs. Catherine Fondren Underwood purchased Rosedown and began the extensive restoration of the house and gardens.

Scope and Content Note

This collection of 331 photographs and 319 negatives taken by photographer Louis "Red" Martel documents the restoration work carried out in 1961 and 1962 on Rosedown Plantation. The photographs and negatives depict the buildings and buildings details prior to and during restoration, the grounds, some livestock, and workmen involved in the project. Most of the images relate to Rosedown, except for several which show damage to St. Mary's Episcopal Church, near Weyanoke, and several of unidentified individuals.

Index Terms

Rosedown Plantation (La.)
Buildings--Repair and construction
Architecture--Conservation and restoration
Martel, Louis
Architecture, Domestic--Louisiana

Container List

Designation     Box     Envelope    Contents
A:98     1      1-3     Undated (No. 1 includes negatives of unidentified
                        individuals taken at a graduation.)
         4      July 1961
         5-17   August 1961
         18-26  October 1961
         27-30  November 1961 (No. 30 includes photos of cattle and horses.)
         31-37  January 1962 (No. 31 includes photos of cattle and dolls.)
         38-39  February 1962
         40-41  March 1962
         42-45  April 1962 (No. 42 includes negative of unidentified
         46-49  May 1962
         50-51  June 1962 (No. 50 includes negatives of furniture.)
         52     July 1962
         53-55  August 1962 (Nos. 53 and 55 include photographs of St.
                Mary's Episcopal Church; no. 54 includes photos of cattle
                and horses.)
Note:  Photographs and negatives were for the most part kept in the groups
as originally received.  The photographs which were not in the original
K&B or Kodak envelopes were sorted into groups by month and year.  No
attempt was made to match up the negatives with the prints.