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Mississippi River Flood of 1927 Album


(Mss. 4373)




Created by

Joseph D. Scott


Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University




Contents of Inventory



Biographical/historical note

Scope and content note

Index terms

Container list




Size:                1 linear foot.



locations:            Louisiana.



dates:              1925-1928.


Bulk dates:            1927.


Languages:            English.


Summary:       Photograph album containing 214 images of the 1927 Mississippi River flood; one photostatic copy of a check; one newspaper clipping.


Access:           No restrictions.


Copyrights:     Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries.  Copyright of the original materials is retained by descendants of the creators of the materials in accordance with U.S. copyright law.


Citation:          Mississippi River Flood of 1927 Album (Mss. 4373), Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, Louisiana State University Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA.



location:          U:243


Biographical/Historical Note


The Mississippi River Flood of 1927 Album is a visual record of selected Louisiana losses from the 1927 Mississippi Basin flood.  One of the worst natural disasters to occur in the U. S., this flood took the lives of thousands, made refugees of hundreds of thousands, and caused vast destruction. The photo album was prepared for O. K. Allen (1882-1936), Chairman, Louisiana Highway Commission and later Governor, and presumably used for securing Federal disaster aid.  This album became the property of George Cobb Everett (1885-1946), LSU Board Supervisor and member of the committee sent to Washington, D. C. in 1927 to secure funds for rebuilding destroyed roads and bridges.  Most of the photographs are identified as the work of Baton Rouge photographer, Jasper G. Ewing.  Some of the photographs were published in the Fourth Biennial Report of the Louisiana Highway Commission of the State of Louisiana, 1926-1928.


Scope and Content Note


The album contains 214 black and white photographs showing flood damage to roads, bridges, and buildings primarily in the Atchafalaya River region and the town of Melville, Louisiana.  Besides images of damage, the photos include depictions of repair crews, levees, barges, crevasses, and railroads.  Some photos pre-date the flood and a few depict scenes from non-flooded areas.  The album includes a photostatic copy of the first check for one-half the amount of Federal disaster money paid to Louisiana and a newspaper clipping concerning Louisiana’s implementation of the first gasoline tax.


Index Terms


Allen, Oscar Kelly, 1882-1936.

Bayou D’Arbonne Bridge (Union Parish, La.)

Belle Helene Plantation (La.)

Bridges—Flood damage.


Bridges—Maintenance and repair.

Buildings—Flood damage.

Church buildings—Flood damage.

Cotton Port, (La.)                                                                


Crevasses—Louisiana—Bayou des Glaises.



Crevasses—Louisiana—Cotton  Port.



Crevasses—Louisiana—New Orleans.

Des Glaises, Bayou (La.)

Disaster relief.

Docks—Louisiana—Baton Rouge.


Eads Bridge (St. Louis, Mo.)

Eunice-Lecompte Highway (Evangeline Parish, La.)

Ewing, Inc. (Baton Rouge, La.)

Ewing, Jasper G.

Flood damage—Louisiana.

Flood damage—Louisiana—Melville.

Floods—Louisiana—History—20th century.

Geismar (La.)

Hamburg (La.)

Jefferson Highway (La.)

Jefferson Highway (LeBeau, La.)

Jefferson Highway (Melville, La.)

Jefferson Highway (Palmetto, La.)

Jefferson Highway (Red Cross, La.)


Jonesville Highway (La.)

LeBeau (La.)               





Lone Star Highway (La.)

Louisiana Purchase Highway (La.)

Melville (La.)

Mississippi River—Floods.

Moreauville (La.)

Natchitoches—Leesville Highway (La.)

New Iberia (La.)

Opelousas Cut Off (La.)

Opelousas Highway (Beggs, La.)

Ouachita River (Ark. and La.)

Palmetto (La.)

Parks (La.)

Patoutville (La.)

Pearshing Way (La.)

Railroad stations—Flood damage.


Railroads—Louisiana—Flood damage.

Railroads—Louisiana—Maintenance and repair.

Red Cross (La.)

Refugee camps.

Roads—Flood damage.


Roads—Maintenance and repair.

Ruston-Farmerville Highway (La.)

Simmesport (La.)

Teche, Bayou (La.)

Thibodaux (La.)

Woodside (La.)


Container List



location            Box            Folder             Contents


U:243               1                                  One photograph album containing 214 images,

                                                            one clipping, and one photostat.