ANDREW JAY JACOBS PAPERS

(Mss. 2069, 2074)

Inventory

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

Reformatted 2003

Revised 2010

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

SUMMARY .................................................................................................................................... 3
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE ...................................................................................... 4
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE ................................................................................................... 4
CROSS REFERENCES .................................................................................................................. 5
CONTAINER LIST ........................................................................................................................ 6

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SUMMARY

Size.

0.25 linear feet; 1 manuscript volume

Geographic locations.

Ohio, Missouri, Mississippi, Louisiana

Inclusive dates.

1867-1927

Bulk dates.

1867-1897

Language.

English

Summary.

Letters and commonplace book of Andrew Jay Jacobs, a Louisiana State University student from Richland Parish, and later railroad employee in Ohio, Kentucky, and New Orleans.

Organization.

Arranged chronologically.

Restrictions on access.

If microfilm is available, photocopies must be made from microfilm.

Related collections.

N/A

Copyright.

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

Citation.

Andrew Jay Jacobs Papers, Mss. 2069, 2074, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack location(s).

U:238; H:22b

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

Andrew Jacobs was born in Clinton, Louisiana, a son of Elvira Elizabeth Nettles and Richard Jacobs, formerly of Philadelphia. At the age of about six, his family and other Nettles family members moved to Girard, Richland Parish, Louisiana, where he grew up. He attended Louisiana State University during 1871-1872. Throughout his adult life, Jacobs was employed by railroad companies. His first railroad service was with the Clinton and Port Hudson Railroad, and he was conductor on the first Pullman car that ran from Cincinnati to New Orleans. Jacobs was subsequently employed by the Louisville and Nashville (L&N) Railroad for 40 years, during which time he was chief clerk in the office of the Superintendant of the New Orleans and Mobile Division. Jacobs wed Adelaide Elizabeth Bohne in 1881; they had five daughters.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Two letters written by Jacobs, while a student at LSU, comment on General William T. Sherman's visit to campus and on political and farming conditions in Richland Parish (1871). Three letters from Jacobs to his 10 year old daughter, Louise, in Louisville with her mother and sisters, reflect Jacob's paternal interest in the child. His family was sent north to Kentucky during the yellow fever epidemic and quarantine of New Orleans in 1897; no mention of the epidemic is made in the letters (1897). A 1927 memoriam to Jacobs from a Louisville and Nashville Railroad publication is also present, as well as an issue of The Courier-Journal (Louisville, Ky.), Sept. 16, 1881.

The commonplace book provides entries, 1867-1869, regarding Jacobs' work and trips with the A&GWRR Company. In 1878 he began using this railroad record book as a journal and copybook, apparently at a time when he was unemployed and searching for work. He took two trips during 1878, from Ohio to Girard, Louisiana, and from Girard to St. Louis, Missouri. He describes transportation by steamboat and train, various towns, and railroad employees. He discusses his reasons for recording his activities and reminiscences (page 58), describes his trip from Cincinnati to Vicksburg aboard the steamer Golden Crown (page 71), and recalls his youth, including the death of his younger sister (page 87). Original and published poems, articles, quotations, and anecdotes were also copied in this volume.

CROSS REFERENCES

Subject

Date

Description of relevant documents

Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College--Students.

1871

Jacobs writes to a friend in Girard, Louisiana, commenting on LSU and General Sherman’s visit to the campus.

Sherman, William T. (William Tecumseh), 1820-1891.

1871

Comments on favorable reception given General Sherman to the LSU campus.

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

1871-1879

LSU student letter, 1871, gives political and farm conditions; travel account in Commonplace book, p. 71, tells of hometown reception and economic situation.

Railroads--Employees.

Ca. 1878

Jacobs speaks with and discusses railroad employees throughout his travels. Commonplace book.

Vincennes (Ind.)--Description and travel.

Ca. 1878

Commonplace book, p. 89.

Saint Louis (Mo.)--Description and travel.

Ca. 1878

Commonplace book, p. 89.

Golden Crown (Steamer)

Ca. 1878

Account of travel on steamer from Cincinnati, Ohio, to Vicksburg, Mississippi. Commonplace book, p. 71

CONTAINER LIST

Stack

Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents (with dates)

U:238

1

1-4

1871-1927

H:22b

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1 manuscript volume: Commonplace Book (1867-1879)