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Robinson (Joseph T.) Papers

(Mss. 1413)


Scope and Content Note

Series Descriptions

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Size: 15 items and 6 volumes

Locations: Red River Parish, Louisiana

Bulk Dates: 1854-1861

Summary: Plantation diaries and record books for Willow Point Plantation, Red River Parish, and other records of Joseph Toole Robinson and his family. Records pertain primarily to operations on the cotton plantation, including records of cotton production, slaves health records and records of slave births and deaths, medical visits, weather observations, and inventories of tools and animals. There is also mention of Indians in the work force on the plantation.

Related: Bradford Family Papers (Mss Group 735)

Access: No restrictions.

Citation: Joseph Toole Robinson Papers, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries

Scope and Content Note

The manuscript group chiefly reflects plantation operation and economy on a northwest Louisiana cotton plantation in the mid-1800s. The six volumes of plantation diaries contain vital and health records of slaves, summary records of visits of physicians, daily observations of the weather and instrument readings of temperature, individual records of cotton picking, rail splitting, etc., and records of annual production of cotton and weights of individual bales, and work assignments of the blacksmith and carpenter.

Other items in the collection include the will of Joseph Toole Robinson, dated 1853; prescriptions and bills for medical services, 1859-1861; the marriage contract of Emmett T. Robinson and Miss Sarah Dickson, 1866; and two school compositions by Sallie Dickson.

Series Descriptions

  • Series 1. Legal Material (2 items), 1853, 1866

Will of Joseph Toole Robinson, May 10, 1853. Marriage contract of Emmett T. Robinson and Sarah Dickson, January 23, 1866.

  • Series 2. Financial/Medical Material (10 items), 1859-1861

Includes primarily bills for medical services and prescriptions. Also includes receipts for cotton freight and memorandums of cotton weights. Arranged chronologically.

  • Series 3. Writings (2 items), Undated

Compositions by Miss Sallie Dickson.

  • Series 4. Slave Records (1 item), 1854

Inventory of slaves on Willow Point Plantation.

  • Series 5. Plantation Diaries and Records, 1854-1861

Six volumes of plantation diaries recording cotton cultivation, individual records of cotton picking, rail splitting, etc.; vital and health records of slaves; early weather observations and instrument readings of temperature, etc.

Index Terms

Antenuptial contracts
Cotton Planting--Louisiana       
Dickson, Sallie            
Dickson, Sarah             
Louisiana Climate History Sources    
Medical records                
Plantation life- Louisiana--Red River Parish (La.)
Plantation owners--Louisiana     
Red River Parish (La.)--History--19th century
Robinson, Emmett T.             
Robinson, Joseph Toole      
Slave records--Louisiana        
Willow Point Plantation