EMILY CHENET GUIDRY FAMILY PAPERS

Mss. 4991

Inventory

Compiled by

Luana Henderson

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

2010

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

SUMMARY .................................................................................................................................... 3
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE ...................................................................................... 4
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE ................................................................................................... 4
LIST OF SERIES AND SUBSERIES ............................................................................................ 5
SERIES DESCRIPTIONS .............................................................................................................. 6
INDEX TERMS ............................................................................................................................ 10
CONTAINER LIST ...................................................................................................................... 12
APPENDIX A ............................................................................................................................... 13

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SUMMARY

Size

10 linear ft.

Geographic Locations

Louisiana.

Inclusive Dates

1722-2006.

Bulk Dates

1940-1958.

Languages

English, French.

Summary

Papers contain family records, research files, printed items and photographs pertaining to family genealogy and the history of St. James Parish and St. John the Baptist parishes.

Access Restrictions

None.

Reproduction Note

May be reproduced.

Arrangement

Collection is arranged chronologically within series and subseries, unless otherwise specified.

Copyright

For those materials not in the public domain, copyright is retained by the descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. Copyright law.

Related Collections

Louis Aristee Poche Papers, Mss. 2882. Lillian C. Bourgeois, Saint James Parish History Collection, Mss. 2195.

Citation

Emily Chenet Guidry Family Papers, Mss. 4991, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack Location

X:126-130, X:132-136, OS:G, 65:60.

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

Emily Merthé Chenet and her twin sister, Jennie, were born Nov. 11, 1923, to Alvin Louis Chenet and Isabelle “Belle” Marie Landry of Lutcher, La. After they graduated from Lutcher High School, they enrolled at St. Mary’s Dominican College in New Orleans. In the fall of 1942, both girls transferred to Southwestern Louisiana Institute, Lafayette, La., where Emily completed her undergraduate work in social work. Emily married Leon “Pap” Guidry of Lions, La. in 1950 and they settled in Reserve, La., in 1957.

Emily Guidry was a direct descendant of Pierre Chenet, who is known for introducing Perique tobacco to St. James Parish. Through family connections, she held partial ownership of historic Belle Helene Plantation. She co-chartered and served on the board of directors of the German-Acadian Coast Historical and Genealogical Society. In 1979, she co-founded the group’s quarterly journal Les Voyageurs and served as its editor until 1994. She also served on the board of directors of St. James Historical Society and authored Bonfires on the Levee: Christmas Eve Tradition along the River Road. Guidry remained active in the local chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Ladies Altar Society of St. Peter Catholic Church in Reserve. She died after a brief illness in 2007.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

Collection consists of family records, research files, printed items and photographs pertaining to Emily Guidry’s research into the genealogy and history of St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes. Material includes correspondence, personal papers, diaries, newspaper clippings, and published material. Correspondence also reflects life in rural Louisiana, and the activities of two young women attending college in New Orleans and Lafayette, La.

LIST OF SERIES AND SUBSERIES

Series I.

Family Papers, 1859-2005, undated.

Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1875-2005, undated.

Subseries 2. Personal papers, 1859-2004, undated.

Series II.

Research Files, 1722-2001, undated.

Subseries 1. General files, 1722-1991, undated.

Subseries 2. Subject files, 1785-2001, undated.

Series III.

Printed items, 1929-2006, undated.

Series IV.

Photographs, 1890-2002, undated.

SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Series I. Family Papers, 1859-2005, undated (4 linear ft.)

Family papers pertain to the personal activities of Chenet family members and to Emily Chenet Guidry’s research into genealogy and the history of St. James Parish.

Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1875-2005, undated (3.75 linear ft.)

Correspondence is primarily among Emily and Jennie Chenet and their parents, and reflects rural life in Lutcher, St. James Parish, La., the college experiences of two young women, and the history and genealogy of that area. In their letters, correspondents relate news of personal activities, family matters, local gossip, and college life in New Orleans and Lafayette. They also discuss health, social activities and the weather. They write at length about the various garden plants and gardening techniques, raising poultry, crawfish, and local social events.

Remarks on World War II are mentioned in passing. Alvin Chenet explains his duties as a guard at the Port of New Orleans during the time between December of 1942 and 1943. His letters describes the military ships docked for repairs, the people he encounters, and his work environment. He also describes black sailors from the West Indies (Feb. 6, 1943) and tells of a wage dispute with workers (Aug. 15, 16, 1943). Belle writes about the death of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto, the Marshall-General of the Imperial Japanese Navy (May 23, 1943). Other letters comment on the public reaction to the war (Dec. 9-11, 1941, Jan. 10, 1942), air raid drills and blackouts (Feb.-March 1942), rationing, (1942), and Alvin’s own draft status (Oct. 1942). There also is mention of the “Lucky Strike Green Has Gone to War” advertising campaign by the American Tobacco Co. (Nov. 19, 1942).

Alvin tells of a neighbor who must destroy more that 50% of a cattle herd infected with Malta fever (May 18, 1942), and he also reports on a case of black measles (May, 1943). He expresses anger over a flirtatious greeting by an African American man (Jan. 16, 1942), and he jokingly refers to his daughters as the “Gold Dust Twins, a reference to a popular advertising icon used at the turn of the 20th century (March 6, 1942). He mentions he will assist in the registration of African Americans (Feb. 6, 1942). As a favor to neighboring farm laborers, he calculates their earnings for cutting rice (Sept. 26, 1942). Letters comment on the stabbing of a woman (Aug. 10, 1942), a local murder (Feb. 4, 1957), and questionable house fires (Feb. 3, 1966). He assumes that a “W” on a letter from Russell Long signifies delivery to white residents only (Sept. 13, 1967). Other events concern a fire at an African American church started by arson, and protests at the schools (Sept. 9, 11, 1969). She also reports that Hurricane Camille caused little local damage and the collection of donations for victims of the disaster (Aug. 18, 21, 29, 1969).

Note: Some letters in French

Subseries 2. Personal papers, 1859-2004, undated (0.25 linear ft.).

Personal papers contain two diaries, awards, ephemera, and autograph books (1935-1938). The diary of Alvin Chenet relates to family history (1916), and that of Jennie Chenet pertain her social activities (1938). Also included are school notes (undated), notebooks (1859,

undated), academic reports (1943-1944), and a few financial papers. An account book, possibly that of the Bourgeois family store in the Pauline area, near Lutcher, La. (1924-1925) is also present.

Series II. Research Files, 1722-2005, undated (2 linear ft.).

Research files pertain to the family history and genealogy of the Guidry and related families. Material consists of correspondence, charts, notes, biographical sketches, obituaries, newspaper clippings, and personal narratives. Files also contain photocopies of French documents and family records.

Note: Research files are arranged in the original order of the creator.

Subseries 1. General Files, 1722-2005, undated (0.25 linear ft.).

General files include photocopies of early family records (1722-1851), a printed list of victims of the “Natchez Massacre Nov. 28, 1729” which was published in Mississippi Provincial Archives: 1729-1740 (1927). In addition, there are photocopies of Spanish documents copied from the microfilm Archivo General de Simancas Hojas de Servicios Militares de America años 1785-1815 (1971). Material also contains correspondence, notes and notebooks.

Note: General files are arranged in the original order of the creator.

Subseries 2. Subject Files, 1785-2001, undated (1.75 linear ft.).

Files include French documents [photocopy] (1792: DeVille, Winston), a list of free people of color residing in St. Charles Parish in 1792 (DeVille, Winston folder). Files also include census records for St. John the Baptist Parish (1813, 1870, St. John Parish folder). Pierre Dicharry succession specifies slaves and tools bequeathed to the heirs [photocopy in French] (April 25, 1838, Dicharry family folder). Papers also contain pictures of Felicity and St. Joseph plantations in St. James Parish (undated, Simon family folder) and Marlarcher House (undated, Marlacher House folder). A lecture by Emily Guidry to the St. James Historical Society gives a history of the life of Desiree Martin (Dec. 5, 1992, Martin, Desiree folder). Emmaline Rose Hurst’s oral history provides personal stories and family lineage for the Rose, Hatfield, Hurst and Powers families. This group also provides a history of Perique tobacco in St. James Parish (Chenet, Pierre, folder).

Note: Subject files are arranged alphabetically by surname and topic.

Series III. Printed items, 1929-2006, undated (1 linear ft.).

Printed items contain illustrated postcards, publications and newspaper clippings relating to genealogy and the history of St. James and St. John the Baptist parishes. Publications include issues of the Magny Families Association Newsletter (1981-2003) and Les Voyageurs (Dec. 2006). The history of sugarcane production in the antebellum South is discussed in the Life and Times of Edwin & Eva Guidry (undated) and Cane, Cotton, & Crevasses ... Plantations of the Minor, Kenner, Hooke, and Shepherd Families (1992, Supp:1994). Nostalgic Notes of St. James Parish Then and Now (1981) chronicle the history of the parish from the French colonial period into the mid-20th century. It is comprised of personal narratives, biographical sketches and brief histories of local businesses. Images in the book depict residents, buildings, and farmland. St. James Parish Louisiana Colonial Records, 1782-1787 (1980) provides translations and abstracts to colonial documents.

Note: See Appendix A for a list of publications.

A series of newspaper articles, A History of St. John the Baptist Parish,provides a history of St. John the Baptist Parish from the French colonial period to World War I (1981-1982). Topics include historical figures, early settlements, relations with Native Americans, slavery, plantation life. They describe events that occurred throughout this period. This also series tells the history of small local communities, and public schools and Catholic churches in the parish. Other newspaper clippings relate to genealogy and the preservation of some historic buildings and the loss of others, including the demolition of Welham Plantation near Hester, La. (1979, undated). There are articles describing the sequence of events leading to the 1856 hurricane destruction of Last Island, La. (Aug. 5, 1956) and the tradition of bonfires in St. James Parish (Dec. 1989).

Other printed material includes The Cotton Bale, a student yearbook from St. Joseph Academy, New Orleans (1929), issues of the Scribbler’s Script, a student literary magazine at Southwestern Louisiana Institute (1943), Students’ Handbook (1942), French songs (undated), and advertisements. There is also a map of the Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge (1962). Postcards depict buildings and structures, and outdoor scenes (undated) in California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia and Texas (undated). Among them are an unidentified plantation house in Crystal Springs, Miss., and the home of Jefferson Davis near Biloxi, Miss.

Series IV. Photographs, 1890-2002, undated (1.75 linear ft.).

Series consists of cartes-de-visite, cabinet cards, tintypes, snapshots, copy prints, and negatives. The majority is unidentified portraits. Identified photographs include members of the Chenet and related Poche, Bourgeois, Deslattes, Johness, Shexnayder and Romain families. They include photographs of Emily Chenet Guidry (1939, undated), the Chenet house, and the house of Florian Bourgeois. Among the unidentified photographs are two images of African American women with white children. Wallet size scenic snapshots with negatives of San Antonio, Tex., show street scenes and architectural sites of the city (1946). Copy prints of Lutcher show the Lutcher & Moore Cypress Lumber Co., sawmill and ponds, Lutcher High School and street scenes (ca. 1917). Tintypes include images of two unidentified men, a boy, a woman with a boy, and a young J. E. Chenet, son of Emile, sitting on a horse held by an

unidentified African American man. Cartes-de-visite and cabinet cards are also found in three photograph albums, many of which are identified (ca. 19th century). Some photographs have genealogical notes written on the back. There are also scan copies of photographs of Ashland Plantation (2002).

INDEX TERMS

Terms

Series, subseries

African Americans in advertising--History.

I.1

African Americans--Louisiana.

I.1, II.2, IV

Agricultural laborers--Louisiana--Saint James Parish.

I.1, III

Agricultural wages--Louisiana--Saint James Parish.

I.1

Andry family.

II.2

Arsenault family.

II.2

Baudry family.

II.2

Bergeron family.

II.2

Bourgeois family.

I.2, II.2, IV

Catholic women's colleges--New Orleans (La.)

I.1

Chenet family.

I-IV

Country life--Louisiana--Saint James Parish.

I.1

Deslattes family.

II.2, IV

DeVille, Winston.

II.2

Dicharry family.

II.2, IV

Druilhet family.

II.2

Gayden family.

II.2

Golden Grove Plantation (La.)

II.2

Gossip--Louisiana.

I.1

Hatfield family.

II.2

Haydel family.

II.2, III

Hess, Marilyn Rome.

II.2

Hurst family.

II.2

Indians of North America--Mississippi--18th century.

II.1, III

Johness family.

II.2, IV

Jordan, James, Perry, Jr.

II.2, III

Keller family.

II.2

LeBourgeois family.

II.2

Lutcher & Moore Cypress Lumber Co.

IV

Lutcher (La.)--History--20th century.

I-IV

Lutcher (La.)--Social life and customs--20th century.

I.1

Malarcher Plantation (La.).

II.2

Many family.

II.2, III

Many, Emile Gex.

II.2

Marlacher family.

II.2, III

Marshall family.

II.2

Martin, Desiree.

II.2

Measles--Louisiana.

I.1

Melancon family.

II.2

Nova Scotia--History18th century.

II.2

Ory family.

II.2

INDEX TERMS (cont.)

Terms

Series, subseries

Perilloux, Joseph Mederic, 1872-1932.

II.2

Plantation life

III

Pochè family.

III, IV

Powers family.

II.2

Race relations--Louisiana.

I.1, III

Rivarde family.

II.2

Rome family.

II.2

Rommel family.

II.2

Rose family.

II.2

Roussell family.

II.2

Sailors, Black--West Indies, British.

I.1

Saint James Parish (La.)--(History).

III

Saint John the Baptist Parish (La.)--History.

III

San Antonio (Tex.)--Pictorial works.

IV

Simon family.

II.2

Smith family.

II.2

Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute--Students.

I.1, 3

St. Mary’s Dominican College (New Orleans, La.)

I.1

Sugarcane--Louisiana.

III

Twins--Louisiana.

I.1

Vegetable gardening--Louisiana--Lutcher.

I.1

Verret family.

II.2

Webre family.

II.2

Welham Plantation (La.)

III

Women college students--Louisiana--Conduct of life.

I.1

Women--Education (Higher)--Social aspects--Louisiana.

I.1

Women genealogists--Louisiana.

I-IV

World War, 1939-1945--Louisiana.

I.1

Yokum, Antoinette

II.2

CONTAINER LIST

Stack Location

Box

Folders

Contents

X:126

1

1-48

Series I. Family Papers, 1859-2005, undated.

Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1875, 1900-1942:Mar.

X:127

2

1-49

Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1942:Apr.-1943:May.

X:128

3

1-52

Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1943:June-1957:May.

X:129

OS:G

4

4

1

1-43

44-60

1

Subseries 1. Correspondence, 1957:June-2005, undated.

Subseries 2. Personal papers, 1859-2004, undated.

Personal papers, proclamation, 2003.

X:130

OS:G

X:130

OS:G

5

1

5

1

1-10

1

11-43

2-3

Series II. Research Files, 1722-2001, undated.

Subseries 1. General files, 1722-1991, undated.

General files, clippings, county records. Subseries 2. Subject files, Andry-Chenet.

Subject files, Chenet, DeVille, Druilhet.

X:132

6

1-52

Subseries 2. Subject files, Chenet-Yokum.

X:133

OS:G

7

1

1-35

4

Series III. Printed items, 1929-2006, undated.

1969-1999, undated.

X:134

OS:G

X:135

8

9

1

10

11

1-10

4

1-13

1-8

Series IV. Photographs, 1890-2002, undated.

Photograph album, undated.

Unidentified photographs, undated.

Group photograph of people with wagon and

horse, undated.

Identified photographs, 1899-2002, undated.

Cartes-de-visite, undated.

X:136

65:60

12

13

14

1

Photograph album, undated.

Photograph album, undated.

Tintypes, 1906, undated.

Negatives of San Antonio, Tex. Access

requires permission of the curator.

APPENDIX A

List of Publications

A Historical Sketch of the St. Louis Cathedral of New Orleans, 1947.

Cane, Cotton, & Crevasses ... Plantations of the Minor, Kenner, Hooke, and Shepherd Families, by Philip Chadwick Foster Smith and G. Gouverneur Meredith S. Smith, 1992. Supplement, 1994.

Cotton Bale, a student yearbook from St. Joseph Academy, New Orleans, 1929.

Dear Pledge of Sigma, Sigma, Sigma, 1942.

Les Voyageurs, Dec. 2006.

Life and Times of Edwin & Eva Guidry, Anne Celeste Guidry, undated.

Many Families Named Magny, Manee, Maney, Manney, Manny and Many, by Kenneth B. Schoonmaker, 1986-1990, v. I-III.

Melange - a History of the Families: Jordan, Allen, Prat Johnston, Druilhet, Sitges, Poche, Chenet, Musson Malarcher, Schexnayder, by James Perry Jordan, Jr., 1994.

My Place in Time. A Study of a Family Part III The Haydels, by Edward John Lebeau, Jr., 1996.

Newsletter, Magny Families Association, 1981-2003.

Nostalgic Notes of St. James Parish Then and Now, by Marie Pilkington Campbell, 1981.

Paternal Ancestors and Descendants of George Lea Gayden, St., by William K. Gayden, 1995.

S.L.I. Alumni News, Southwestern Louisiana Institute Alumni Association, 1945:Sept.

Salve Regina, St. Mary’s Dominican College, 1942:June.

Scribbler’s Script, Southwestern Louisiana Institute, 1943.

St. James Parish Louisiana Colonial Record, translated and abstracted by Eileen Larre Behrman, 1980.

Students’ Handbook, Southwestern Louisiana Institute, v. 19, 1942.