JOSEPH SAVOY FAMILY PAPERS (Mss. 3022) Inventory Compiled by Rose Tarbell Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library Louisiana State University Libraries Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University Revised 2004 CONTENTS OF INVENTORY



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English, French


Correspondence and business records of Joseph Savoy and family dating from 1856-1909.

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Joseph Savoy Family Papers, Mss. 3022, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Filmed as part of UPA Mf. 6061, Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 3, Reel 15


Joseph Savoy was a sugar planter in Bayou Lafourche, Assumption Parish, Louisiana. He had a wife and daughters, Celeste and Corrine. Joseph also had a brother, Paul Savoy, whose wife played a role in the family sugar business operations.


Papers include letters from Joseph, his sister-in-law Mrs. Paul Savoy, his daughter Celeste, and other members of the family. They discuss politics, weather, Mardi Gras in New Orleans, and student life in New Orleans (La.) and Jefferson College (Convent, La.). Of particular note is a letter from daughter Corrine in which she discusses the election of 1900. Business correspondence heavily features Mrs. Paul Savoy regarding statements, receipts, and orders for supplies. Other business papers concerns the sale of sugar and molasses in New Orleans through various sugar factors. Of interest are two insurance policies for the plantation, a contract between Mme. Widow Paul Savoy and workers on her estate, and a miscellaneous broadside for a race card in Ascension Park. Other items include contracts, and advertisements.


Series I. Family Correspondence, 1861-1909 Series II. Business Papers, 1856-1884

Series III. Miscellaneous, 1847-1888


Series I. Family Correspondence, 1861-1909 (1 folder)

Letters composed to family members or friends regarding school, Mardi Gras, flooding, and life in New Orleans (La.). Letters from Celeste Savoy at the Markey and Picard Institute in New Orleans (La.) to her parents discuss her relatives and fear of flooding in New Orleans. Letters from Corinne discuss current politics.

Folder 1

(1) Daughter to Grandmother, Thibodeaux, 1861

(2) Sabins Savoie [sic] to Uncle Joseph, Jefferson College, in which he discusses student life at Jefferson College, 1867 May 20.

(3) Invitation to Mrs. Paul Savoie [sic] and family to attend a picnic and ball at Grand Bayou, 1967 August 13.

(4) Felecie Leblanc to her cousin, Olphida Savoy, Louisiana Institution for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind, Baton Rouge (La.), mentions how happy she is at the school, which she prefers to vacations at home, May 1870.

(5) Paul Savoy (Jr.?, son) to his parents. Paul is a student in New Orleans and he notes his increased attention to serious study in recent days, Christmas Day, 1876.

(6) Celeste Savoy to Parents (Joseph and wife), New Orleans (La.). Discusses flood in New Orleans. 1881 Feb. 10.

(7) Celeste Savoy to Parents (Joseph and wife), Markey and Picard Institute, New Orleans (La.), talks about the pleasure of meeting relatives in New Orleans and how she spent the New Year. 1882 Jan. 15.

(8) Celeste Savoy to father (Joseph), Markey and Picard Institution , New Orleans, complains about lack of letters from her parents and expresses fears of flooding in the bayou, 1882 March 14.

(9) Sis to Louise Ayrend, Charenton, Louisiana. Reveals how depressed she has been lately about things in general but notes renewing her acquaintance with several gentlemen she knew in years past has made her less despondent, 1896 July 3.

(10) Louise Triche to Louise Ayrend (cousin) Napoleonville (La.) requesting that the latter get material of the best quality in Donaldsonville to prepare an elegant dress for her, 1898 Jan 10.

(11) Corinne to her sister, Shriever, (La.). Comments about her joy over the Roosters (Democrats) winning the election and about the high quality of the Democratic orators, 1900 April 18.

(12) Corinne (Celine) Savoy to Louise Ayrend (sister), Shriever (La.). More comments about recent election – claim Republicans are badly treated around there, 190? April 19.

(13) Corinne to Mrs. J. C. Ayrand (mother), New Orleans (La.). Discusses the good time she had visiting Louise and enjoying Mardi Gras, 1909.

Series II. Business Papers, 1856-1884 (5 folders)

Correspondence in regard to the ordering of supplies, groceries, sugar prices, and workers. Many items bear the name of Mrs. Paul Savoy, as well as Joseph Savoy. This series additionally includes receipts for supplies and freight, and statements for the company and estate, as well as receipts, statements of accounts for sugar and molasses, and correspondence from commission merchants, including A. F. Hickman. A statement and bill of exchange regarding Joseph Savoy and A. Klotz is included as well. Some items are in French.

Folder 2

(1) J. Riviere and Hickman to Mrs. Paul Savoy, re: her order for supplies, New Orleans (La.), 1856 Nov. 25. (In French).

(2) Beloiz and Nobem (?) to Mr. Achille Dugas, New Orleans (La.), re: discusses quotations for sugar prices, 1857, Jan. 16. (In French).

(3) 2 miscellaneous receipts, 1857, Statement of Mrs. Paul Savoy with I. Courtade (?) for the year 1858 for supplies (In French).

(4) Statement of Mrs. Paul Savoy with F. Ida Silva and Co., 1859 Jan. 11.

Folder 3

(1) 15 miscellaneous receipts for supplies and freight for Mrs. Paul and Joseph Savoy, 1861.

(2) Two receipts for sugar and molasses shipped by steamboat for Mrs. Paul Savoy, on the New Marie, 1865 Feb. 18 and on the New Era, 1866 Nov. 17.

(3) Statement of orders for workers and estate of Joseph Savoy with Kling and Klotz Co. from Dec 1867 to Jan 1, 1869. (5 items).

Folder 4

(1) Bill of exchange drawn on A. Klotz by Joseph Savoy, 1875 June 12.

(2) Three miscellaneous receipts from Commission Merchants, 1870-75.

(3) Statement of orders for workers and estate of Joseph Savoy with Kling and Klotz Co., June 1872 to January 1873 and March 1874 to January 1875. (6 items).

(4) 4 receipts for goods shipped by Steamer, Regular New Orleans Coast and Bayou Lafourche Packet.

- Mrs. Paul Savoy on the Tahleguah, 1872 June 24

-Mrs. Paul Savoy on the Lizzie Hopkins, 1872 July 23

-Joseph Savoy on the Henry Tete, 1876 April 26

-Savoy Bros. on the Henry Tete, 1876 May 22

(4) Account of sale of molasses by E. M. Scott Sugar Facto and Commission Merchant, 1875 July 5. (2 items).

Folder 5

(1) Order for groceries, Joseph Savoy, 1877 June 29.

(2) Statement of Mme. Achille Dugas’ account with C. Trahan for 1877.

(3) Twelve miscellaneous statements and receipts from New Orleans merchants, 1877 and 1878.

(4) Three receipts for goods shipped on the Steamers Henry Tete and Assumption 1878 and 1879.

(5) Two accounts of sales of sugar by E. M. Scott, Sugar Factor and Commission Merchant, 1879 March 20 (H. Beruchlana) and 1877 June 28 (Savoy Bros.) with statements of Charles Oger, Welgher and Gavger and correspondence. (4 items).

Folder 6

(1) Steamer receipt for Red River and Coast Line, H. J. Dickey, 1883 May 17.

(2) Steamer receipt for Steamer Belle of the Coast, 1882 June 12.

(3) One miscellaneous receipt, 1884.

Series III. Miscellaneous, 1857-1888 (1 folder)

Advertisements and trade cards for New Orleans (La.) businesses; receipts and invitations. Also a broadside for a race card at Ascension Park. Regarding the sugar estate there is a contract between Mrs. Paul Savoy and her estate workers, and two insurance policies for the sugar house in the name of Joseph Savoy.

(1) One advertisement for “Carondelet Refinery and Bi-Sulphite of Lime Works” New Orleans (La.), 1857 Aug. 1.

(2) Contract between Mme. Widow Paul Savoy and workers on her sugar estate, Assumption, Pisto (La.), 1867 Jan. 1.

(3) Two insurance policies, one with Commercial Union Assurance Co. for Joseph Savoy, 1879. The second with Queen Insurance Company in 1881 for J. and L. Savoy.

(4) One advertisement for M’me Mathieu Millinery and Dress Making, New Orleans (La.), 1881.

(5) One receipt for a subscription to The Sugar-Bowl and Farm Journal, 1888 May 25, and one trade card for the Sugar Bowl Pointing Company.

(6) Wedding invitation and dance invitation, Mr. and Mrs. Dalferes, 1887 May 25.

(7) Trade card for the Strangers Hotel, Thibodaux (La.)

(8) Receipt from the Restaurant St. Louis, 75 at 77 Rue St. Louis, New Orleans (La.)

(9) Boadside for a race card at Ascension park, n.d.

(10) Envelope, n.d.



Insurance, Property – Policies – Louisiana


Kling and Klotz Co.


Leblanc, Felecie


Louisiana Institution for the Deaf and Dumb and the Blind – Baton Rouge (La.)


Louisiana – Politics and government – 1865-1950


Plantations – Louisiana

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Savoy, Joseph

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Savoy, Celeste


Savoy, Corinne


Savoy, Olphida


Savoy, Paul (Mrs.)

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Savoy family

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Students – Social life and customs – Louisiana


Sugar growing – Louisiana – Assumption Parish


Sugar prices – Louisiana













Series I: Family Correspondence





Series II: Business Papers











Series III: Miscellaneous


1857, 1867, 1879-1888, n.d.