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MF:5750, Series E, Reels 11-12

Andrew Hynes Gay and Family Papers

(Mss. 2542)

Inventory

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

Reformatted 2007

Contents of Inventory

Biographical/Historical Note

4

Scope and Content Note

4

Collection Description(s)

5-7

Index Terms

8-11

Container List

12

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Summary

Size.

222 items, 9 manuscript volumes, 1 printed volumes

Geographic locations.

Iberville Parish, La.; Washington, D. C.; Europe; Canada; Wisconsin; and California

Inclusive dates.

1857-1957

Bulk dates.

N/A

Language.

English

Summary.

Correspondence of Andrew Hynes Gay and family, sugar planters from Plaquemine, and diaries of Anna Maria Gay McClung.

Organization.

Arranged by type, then chronologically.

Restrictions on access.

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

Related collections.

Edward J. Gay and Family Papers, Mss. 1295

Gay-Butler-Plater Family Papers, Mss. 4872

Copyright.

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

Citation.

Andrew Hynes Gay and Family Papers, Mss. 2542, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack location(s).

Y:82; G:17; OS:G

Also available on:

MF:5750, Series E, Reels 11-12

Biographical/Historical Note

Andrew Hynes Gay was a sugar planter of Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, Louisiana. He married Mary Augustina Dickinson (1845-1872) in 1865, and they had four children, Anna Maria Gay McClung (b. 1867), Lavinia Hynes Gay Weaver (1869-1901), Mary Susan Gay (b. 1870, married Herbert E. Doolittle and Fenelon Cannon), and Andrew Hynes Gay, Jr.

Scope and Content Note

Correspondence pertains to social life, economics, and agriculture, largely during the Civil War and Reconstruction. Five letters of Elias B. Inslee (1868-1871) and a biography of Inslee are included. Confederate officers' letters (including those of Inslee) describe military service and imprisonment on Ship Island, Mississippi. Topics discussed in letters include outbreaks of smallpox (1864) and yellow fever (1867), the use of black troops as occupation forces during the Civil War, flooding and damage to levees (1862), freedmen laborers (1866), agricultural machinery and sugar planting (1867-1868), and Mardi Gras celebrations in New Orleans (1871, 1872, 1881).

Diaries (1885-1898) kept by Anna Maria Gay McClung record impressions of social life in Washington, D.C., vacation visits to Europe, Canada, Wisconsin, and California, and family activities. Her writings include histories of plantations owned by the Gay family in Iberville Parish; properties described include the Belair, Shady Grove, Live Oak, Retreat, St Louis, Ridgefield, and Homestead Plantations.

Other manuscript volumes include an autograph album (1886), the passport of Anna Maria Gay McClung (1934), a scrapbook (1911-1952), and two school notebooks containing essays by Mary A. Dickinson (1860, 1862). Some calling cards, drawings, photographs, postcards, and newspaper clippings are included.

Collection Description

Stack Location

Box

Folder

Date

Contents

Y:82

1

1

1860-1864

20 items: Correspondence

Letters from Andrew Hynes Gay to Mary Dickinson from various camps; poem entitled “My Brother’s Room”; musical composition; song “The Prisoner” by Elvé A.B. Moore; letter from Gay to his mother; newspaper clipping

2

1865

16 items: Correspondence

Letters between A.H. Gay and Mary Dickinson; poem “For my friend Orelle”; letter from Gay to his mother; card

3

1866-1869

18 items: Correspondence

Song “The Jackets of Grey”; letters between A.H. Gay and his wife Mary; letters from Gay to his mother; letters between E.J. Gay and Mary; letter in rhyme from Mary A. Gay to Nannie Gay (1868)

4

1870-1879

30 items: Correspondence

Letters from Mary to Nannie; note from Anna Maria Gay to her father (1870); letters from Mary Gay to her mother, her children; song about Anna Gay (1872); letters from Anna M. Gay to her grandmother

5

1880-1897

19 items: Correspondence

Letters from Anna M. Gay to her grandmother; letter from Andrew Gay to his daughter Anna; railway receipts; business letters to Andrew Gay; letter to Anna Gay from her uncle Andrew Price discussing her upcoming trip to Europe (1897); other letters concerning her passport; copy of record found among papers of Mrs. Andrew Price; letters from Anna in Greece; newspaper clipping

6

1901-1928

13 items: Correspondence

Letter from Lavinia to her parents; marriage license of Charles J. McClung and Anna M. Gay (1911); letters to Anna

7

1931-1954

18 items: Correspondence

Application of Anna Maria Gay McClung for membership to the Daughters of the American Revolution; letters to Anna; wedding invitation for Lavinia Lodiska to Laurens Granthan Jones (1932); letter to Laurens from Anna; letters concerning family genealogy; “Gardening from a Rolling Chair” by Anna Gay McClung (1946); postcard

8

undated

28 items: Correspondence

Drawings; poems; brochure from the Governor William Blount Mansion; Christmas cards; letters and notes concerning genealogy; letters

9

1868-1871, undated

5 items: Elias B. Inslee Letters, Biography of Inslee

Biography; copies of letters to Mrs. Dickinson

10

undated

5 items: Mary Dickinson Gay Writings

11

1859, 1864, undated

7 items: Drawings

12

1865, undated

7 items: Visiting Cards

13

1944, undated

7 items: Photographs and Post Cards

14

1926-1967

13 items: Newspaper Clippings

15

undated

3 items: Empty Envelopes

16

Dec. 1884-June 1886

1 item: Anna Maria Gay Diary – Carbon typewritten transcription

17

June-Sept. 1938

1 item: Anna Gay McClung Diary – Ribbon typewritten transcription

18

1934, 1950, 1952, 1956, undated

15 items: Anna Gay McClung Writings

19

Apr. 1915

1 item: Confederate Veteran

OS:G

20

1904

Commission of Andrew H. Gay, Sr. as a Police Juror for Iberville Parish, May 24.

OS:G

21

1931

Gay Family lot at Bellefontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri.

Manuscript Volumes

G:17

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1886

Vol.1 Autograph Album

G:17

1

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1885-1886,

Anna Maria Gay Diaries

Vol.2 Oct.-Dec., 1885

Vol.3 Dec. 1885-Mar. 1886

Vol.4 June 1886

G:17

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1890-1898

Vol.5 Anna Maria Gay Diary, 1890-1898

G:17

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1934

Vol.6 Anna Gay McClung Passport

G:17

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1911-1952

Vol.7 Anna Gay McClung Scrapbook

G:17

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1860, 1862

Vol.8 Mary A. Dickinson Notebook (1860)

Vol.9 Mary A. Dickinson Notebook (1862)

Index Terms

(This section provides the subject indexing for the collection found in the card catalog. Index terms have been changed to match Library of Congress Subject Headings.

Documents relating to the subject given are described.)

Subject

Date

Description of relevant documents

American poetry--Louisiana.

1868

Family letters written in verse

Bay Saint Louis (Miss.)--Description and travel.

1871

Description, Aug. 9.

Belair Plantation (La.)

Brief history of the plantation

Biloxi (Miss.)--Description and travel.

1871

Description of the town, June 25

California--Description and travel.

1890-1898

Recording vacation trips in Canada, Wisconsin, and California

Canada--Description and travel.

1890-1898

Recording vacation trips in Canada, Wisconsin, and California

Carnival--Louisiana--New Orleans.

1871, 1872, 1881

Letter describing tableaux of the Mystik Krewe, celebrations, costumes. Mar. 23, 1871; May 1, 1871; Feb. 5, 1872; Mar. 18, 1881

Confederate States of America. Army--Officers--Correspondence.

1861-1864, undated

Letters describing military service and prison experience in Federal prison on Ship Island

Europe--Description and travel.

1938

Records journey from Knoxville, Tennessee, to France, England, Germany, Poland, Austria, Hungary, Italy Switzerland, and Belgium.

Freedmen--Employment--Louisiana.

1866

Letter reporting difficulties of finding freedmen to contract as laborers, Jan. 12.

Girls--Louisiana--Correspondence.

1870-1884

Letters of a little girl to family and friends describing her activities: Sept. 15, 1870; Aug. 20, 1872; Apr. 2, 1875; Oct 13, 1876; May 31, 1878; Dec. 26, 1878; Mar. 21, May 2, 1879; undated; Oct. 5, Dec. 10, 1880; Feb. 18, Mar. 18, 1881; Aug. 23, 1884; Dec. 10, 18, 1884.

Girls’ schools--Louisiana--New Orleans.

1865

Description of life in a girls’ school.

Greece--Description and travel.

1897

Letter describing travel in Greece, 1897.

Homestead Plantation (Plaquemine, La.)

Brief history by Anna Gay McClung

Hunting--Louisiana--Plaquemine.

1862

Report of hunting deer during flood.

Ida Henry (Steamer)

undated

Letter describing trip up the Mississippi River

James Howard (Steamer)

1871

James Howard (Steamer)

Levees--Louisiana--Plaquemine.

1862

Report of levees breaking, description of life during the flood.

Live Oaks Plantation (Rosedale, La.)

Brief history of the plantation

Louisiana--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Occupied territories.

1862-1864, undated

Letters mentioning presence of Federal gunboats near Plaquemine, discussing wisdom of not offering resistance to the Yankees, describing social life during wartime.

Louisiana--Social life and customs.

1861-1954, undated

Letters and other papers reflecting social life of plantation family during and after the Civil War, and through the first half of the twentieth century.

Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, La.)

1870

Letter commenting on effect on social life of location of college in Baton Rouge, Feb. 5.

Missionaries--China.

1868-1871

Letters from a Protestant missionary in China, describing experiences and hardships. (Elias B. Inslee Letters)

Mowing machines--Louisiana.

1867

Letter commenting on problems of using mowing machines in the South because of tough weeds and lack of mechanical ability of freedmen, Oct. 15.

Plantation owners--Louisiana--Plaquemine.

1867

Letters and other papers reflecting activities of a sugar planter in Plaquemine.

Port Hudson (La.)--History--Siege, 1863.

1863

Description of sounds of gunfire heard in Plaquemine.

Retreat Plantation (La.)

Brief history of the plantation

Ridgefield Plantation (Plaquemine, La.)

undated

Brief history by Anna Gay McClung

School notebooks--Louisiana.

1860, 1862

Notebooks of student essays and other projects (Mary A. Dickinson Notebooks)

Shady Grove Plantation (Grosse Tete, La.)

Brief history of the plantation

Ship Island (Miss.)--History, Military--19th century.

1864, undated

Letters of a Confederate officer describing experience as a prisoner in Federal prison.

Smallpox--Louisiana--Donaldsonville.

1864

Report of epidemic, May 27

St. Louis Plantation (La.)

1936

Brief history by Anna Gay McClung

Steamboats.

1866

Letter commenting on discomfort and slowness of “screw steamers” to Europe, Feb. 20.

Stradler (Steamer)

1866

Description of trip from Baton Rouge to Cairo, Illinois, May 3.

Sugar workers--Louisiana.

1870

Letter telling of use of hired Swedish and Chinese laborers on sugar plantations, Oct. 29.

Sugarcane--Louisiana--Plaquemine.

1866-1900

Letters and other papers reflecting the activities of a sugar planter

United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Participation, African American.

undated

Letter describing Federal use of African American troops as occupation forces.

Washington (D.C.)--Description and travel.

1885-1886

Diary of young girl visiting Washington, D. C., recording social life, visits to tourist attractions, White House receptions; Diary describing social life, wedding of President Grover Cleveland, White House receptions, and monuments.

Wisconsin--Description and travel.

1890-1898

Recording vacation trips in Canada, Wisconsin, and California

Yellow fever--Louisiana--Plaquemine.

1867

Letters commenting on epidemic and its effect on the community, Oct. 21, 25; Nov. 8.

Container List

Stack

Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents (with dates)

Y:82

1

1-8

Correspondence (1860-1954, undated)

9

Elias B. Inslee Letters (1868-1871, undated)

10

Mary Dickinson Gay Writings (undated)

11-15

Miscellaneous Drawings, Cards, Photographs, and Clippings (1864-1865, 1926-1957, undated)

G:17

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Autograph Album (1886)

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4 volumes: Anna Maria Gay Diaries (1885-1898)

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Anna Gay McClung Passport (1934)

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Anna Gay McClung Scrapbook (1911-1952)

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2 volumes: Mary A. Dickinson Notebooks (1860, 1862)

OS:G

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20-21

Oversize Items (1904, 1931)

MF:5750, Series E

Reels 11-12

2 microfilm reels (11 and 12) containing Andrew Hynes Gay and Family Papers (1857-1957, undated)