See also UPA Microfilm MF 5322, Series I, Part 5, Reels 3-4

BUTLER (ROBERT O.) PAPERS (Mss. 1068) Inventory Compiled by Laura Clark Brown 1996 Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library Louisiana State University Libraries Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Revised 2009

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

SUMMARY .................................................................................................................................... 3
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE ...................................................................................... 4
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE ................................................................................................... 4
INDEX TERMS .............................................................................................................................. 5
CONTAINER LIST ........................................................................................................................ 6

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SUMMARY

Size.

1.5 linear feet

Geographic locations.

Louisiana; New Haven, Connecticut

Inclusive dates.

1848-1888

Bulk dates.

1859-1873

Language.

English, French

Summary.

Correspondence, financial papers, legal documents, printed items and photographs document the business, career, and life of Robert Ormond Butler (1832-1874), a New Orleans physician and sugar planter in Terrebonne Parish at Bayou Black plantation.

Restrictions on access.

None.

Related collections.

Anna and Sarah Butler Correspondence, Mss. 581 Butler Family Papers, Mss. 1026 Gay-Butler-Plater Family Papers, Mss. 4872 Margaret Butler Correspondence, Mss. 1068 Richard Butler Papers, Mss. 1000, 1069 Robert Butler Poems, Mss. 1000, 3112 Thomas Butler and Family Papers, Mss. 2850 Thomas Butler Family Photographs and Plantation Journal, Mss. 4347 Thomas W. Butler Papers, Mss. 888

Copyright.

Copyright of the original materials is retained by descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Citation.

Butler (Robert O.) Papers, Mss. 1068, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack location(s).

S:25-26; OS:B

Also available on.

UPA Microfilm 5322, Series I, Part 5, Reels 3-4

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

Robert Ormond Butler (1832-1874) the son of Judge Thomas Butler (1785-1847) was educated at Yale College and practiced medicine in New Orleans and in Lafourche Parish. He planted sugar and produced molasses at Bayou Black Plantation in Terrebonne Parish.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Correspondence, financial papers, legal documents, printed items and photographs document the personal and professional life of Robert Ormond Butler, a Louisiana planter and physician. Personal correspondence consists primarily of family letters received by Butler while attending Yale College (1849-1850). Financial papers, the largest series reflect Butler's medical practice and plantation business in Terrebonne Parish. Financial Papers include: bills of lading (1860-1864) from the New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Railroad for sugar and molasses shipped from Butler's plantation Bayou Black; receipts for wages paid to plantation laborers; invoices for shoes and hats purchased for plantation domestics; bills and receipts for drugs, pharmaceutical supplies, household items, groceries, clothing medical journals and taxes; statements of account from J.M. Johnston (lists cash paid to German laborers in 1864) and Charles D. Leverich for Bayou Black and Grand Caillou plantations; and medical accounts. Printed items include newspaper clippings, medical journal issues, broadsides, reprints of decisions by the Sixth District Court of New Orleans, and a contract comprises the legal series. Photographs are albumen print portraits of unidentified persons.

INDEX TERMS

Bayou Black Plantation (La.)

Butler, Robert Ormond, 1832-1874.

Contracts.

Correspondence.

Invoices.

Lafourche Parish (La.)--History--19th century.

Photographic prints.

Physicians--Louisiana--New Orleans.

Plantation life--Louisiana.

Plantation owners--Louisiana.

Receipts (financial records)

Sugar growing--Louisiana.

Sugarcane industry--Louisiana.

Terrebonne Parish (La.)--History--19th century.

CONTAINER LIST

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Correspondence1: Family letters to Robert Ormond Butler

S:25

1

1

1848-August 1849

2

September-December 1849

3

January-March 1850

4

May-October 1850

5

Financial Papers: Ledger sheets of Robert Ormond Butler (1850-1855)

6

Correspondence: Letters from brother and friend, Towson Ellis to Robert O. Butler (1851)

7

Family letters and an invitation to Robert O. Butler (1853-1856)

8

Professional letters to Robert O. Butler (1857-1858)

9

Financial Papers: Receipts and account statements (1857-1859)

10

Correspondence: Family and personal letters and an invitation to Robert O. Butler (1859-1860)

11

Financial Papers: Receipts, invoices, and account statements (1861)

12

Correspondence: Letters concerning payments (1861)

13

Financial Papers: Receipts, invoices, and account statements (1862)

14

Business Correspondence: Letters concerning sugar and sulphur (1862)

15

Financial Papers: New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Railroad bills of lading, invoices, and receipts (1840-May 1859)

16

New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Railroad bills of lading, invoices, and receipts (June-December 1859)

17

New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Railroad bills of lading (January-February 1860)

18

New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Railroad bills of lading (March-December 1860)

19

New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Railroad bills of lading (January-March 1861)

20

New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Railroad bills of lading, invoices,

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and receipts (1861)

21

New Orleans, Opelousas and Great Western Railroad bills of lading (1862)

22

Receipts, invoices, and account statements (January-February 1863)

23

Receipts, bills, and invoices (March-May 1863)

24

Receipts, invoices, account statements, and tax receipts (June-August 1863)

25

Receipts, invoices, and account statements (September 1863)

26

Receipts, invoices, and account statements (October-December 1863)

27

Business Correspondence: Letters concerning sugar, molasses, and shipping (1863)

S:26

2

1

Financial Papers: Receipts, invoices, and account statements (January-February 1864)

2

Receipts, invoices, and account statements (March-April 1864)

3

Receipts, invoices, and account statements (May-July 1864)

4

Receipts, invoices, and account statements (August-October 1864)

5

Receipts, invoices, and account statements, and list of supplies for plantation (November-December 1864)

6

Legal Papers: Notifications from Bureau of Free Labor and the Plantation Bureau, form for claim against the quartermaster, estate document (1864)

7

Correspondence: Letters concerning laborers and Civil War (1864)

8

J.M. Johnson to Robert O. Butler (January 1864)

9

J.M. Johnson to Robert O. Butler (February 1864)

10

Financial Papers: J.M. Johnson and Robert O. Butler receipts, invoices and account statements (January-April 1864)

11

J.M. Johnson and Robert O. Butler receipts, invoices and account statements (May-July 1864)

12

J.M. Johnson and Robert O. Butler receipts, invoices and account statements (August-November 1864)

13

Correspondence: J.M. Johnson to Robert O. Butler (March-July 1864)

14

J.M. Johnson to Robert O. Butler (August-December 1864)

15

Financial Papers: Receipts, invoices, and account statements (January-May 1865)

16

Receipts, invoices, account statements, and tax receipts (June-October 1865)

17

Receipts, invoices, and account statements (November-December 1865)

18

Business Correspondence: Letters received by Robert O. Butler (1865-1866)

19

Personal Correspondence: Letters received by Robert O. Butler, letter to wife

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from Butler, invitations to Krewe of Comus activities (1866-1867)

20

Financial Papers: Receipts, invoices, tax receipts, and account statements (1866)

21

Receipts, invoices, and account statements (1867)

22

Receipts, invoices, tax receipts, and account statements (1868)

23

Receipts, invoices, and account statements (1869)

24

Correspondence: Letters received by Robert O. Butler (1868-1869)

25

Letters received by Butler concerning leases, social visits, smallpox ordinances, state fair, medical visits (1870)

26

Financial Papers: Receipts, invoices, and account statements (Jan-Aug 1870)

27

Receipts, invoices, and account statements (September-December 1870)

28

Printed Items: advertisements and notifications (1870)

29

Financial Papers: Receipts, invoices, and account statements (Jan-April 1871)

30

Receipts, invoices, and account statements (May-June 1871)

31

Receipts, invoices, and account statements (July-October 1871)

32

Receipts, invoices, and account statements (November-December 1871)

33

Correspondence: Letters received by Robert O. Butler concerning medical visits, leases, state fair (1871)

34

Printed Items and Legal Papers: Announcements, lease contract, lottery tickets (1871)

35

Financial Papers: Receipts, invoices, and account statements (Jan-June 1872)

36

Receipts, invoices, and account statements (July-December 1872)

37

Correspondence: Letters received by Butler concerning patients, medicine, leases, friends (1872)

38

Printed Items: Insurance policy

S:26

3

1

Financial Papers: Receipts, invoices, and account statements (1873)

2

Receipts, invoices, and account statements (1874)

3

Receipts, invoices, and account statements (1875-1888)

4

Correspondence: Letters received by Butler (1873-1874)

5

Letters received by Butler (1876-1888)

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6

Photographs: View of a plantation gallery (undated)

7

Unidentified portraits (undated)

8

Portrait of unidentified baby (undated)

9

Portraits of soldiers and other unidentified persons (undated)

10

Portraits of children (undated)

11

Correspondence: Letters received by Butler (undated)

12

Letters received by Butler (undated)

13

Financial Papers: Receipts (undated)

14

Printed Items: Invitation, notice, newspaper clippings (undated)

15

Material related to medicine and medical practice (undated)

16

Material concerning the Sixth District Court of Louisiana, E.K. Washington v. Mrs. Mary A. Cady and Commissioners of the Bank of Louisiana v. Ambrose Lanfear & ALS (undated)

17

Advertisements and announcements (undated)

18

Business cards and announcements (undated)

19

Medical Notebook (undated)

20

Financial Papers: Ledger (1871-1873)

21

Ledger of medical accounts (1866)

22

Bank book (1869-1874)

23

Day book (1860-1862)

24

Day book (1873)

25

Legal Papers: Form for claim against the Quartermaster of Commissary General's Office

OS:B

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1

Legal contract, Ann Butler giving Robert O. Butler power of attorney (1862); plot of St. John's Cemetery (1850)

2

Receipts, statements of account, invoices (1860-1863, undated)

3

Printed items: New Orleans Times The Population of New Orleans, by Stanford E. Chaille (May 28, 1871); Sanitary Ordinances adopted by the Board of Health for the City of New Orleans (undated)

4

Price list, announcement for Pacific Wine Company (1872)