FRELLSEN (HENRY) PLANTATION DIARY

Mss. 3497

Inventory

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

Reformatted 2003

Revised 2011

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.

1 volume (101 pages)

Geographic locations.

St. Charles Parish, Louisiana

Inclusive dates.

1878-1884

Bulk dates.

N/A

Language.

English

Summary.

Diary of Henry Frellsen, immigrant to Louisiana from Denmark and plantation owner. Diary records crop and weather information, plantation maintenance, and farmhand salaries.

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.

Henry Frellsen Plantation Diary, Mss. 3497, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack locations.

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BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

Henry Frellsen (ca. 1800-1884), born in Copenhagen, Denmark, traveled extensively in his youth and fought in the Greek War of Independence, 1824. He returned to Copenhagen, married Caroline Friederike Gorrissen (d. 1838) in 1829, and arrived in Louisiana in 1836. By 1840, he had moved to North Louisiana and marred Jane Larche of Ouachita Parish in 1839.

Frellsen was the Danish Consul in New Orleans, he worked as a cotton factor in New Orleans, and he owned the Fairview Plantation in Saint Charles Parish.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The diary entries document Frellsen's operation of the Fairview Plantation. Weekly reports detail crop and weather conditions, record maintenance of a sugarhouse, machinery, and levees, and list farmhands (including children) employed and their wages. The diary reflects sugar cultivation and beginning in 1883, rice cultivation on the plantation.

CROSS REFERENCES

Subject

Date

Description of relevant documents

Child labor--Louisiana.

1878-1884

Mention of children employed in rice fields

Fairview Plantation (La.)

1878-1884

Plantation diary kept weekly by Henry Frellsen, owner of Fairvew Plantation, during the years preceding his death: weekly entries, recording cultivation of sugar, corn, rattoons, rice; hauling wood; upkeep of farm machinery and buildings; employment of labor; weather, and Mississippi River water levels.

Plantation workers--Louisiana.

1878-1884

Some figures on number of farmhands employed on Fairview Plantation, wages paid to them, and to overseers.

Rice--Planting--Louisiana.

1883-1884

Beginning in 1883, frequent mention of rice cultivation on Fairvew Plantation; some statistics, e. g. “290 acres of rice” in April, 1884.

Sugar growing--Louisiana.

1878-1884

Frequent entries on sugarcane grown, harvested, and refined at Fairview Plantation

CONTAINER LIST

Stack

Location

Box

Contents

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1 volume: Henry Frellsen Plantation Diary (1878-1884)