Manuscript Resources on Business History

This guide describes collections documenting business history in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections (LLMVC) at LSU. It includes the business papers of merchants; manufacturers; planters; factors; commission brokers; and lawyers. It also contains business records of stores; companies; plantations and plantation stores; banks; hotels and inns; restaurants and taverns; and blacksmiths and livery stables. There are also materials on cotton and sugar; national and international trade; and shipping, often by steamboat. Finally, there are materials relating to labor including information about wages, contracts, and conditions.

Formats represented in these collections include account books and ledgers; bills and receipts; business correspondence; and advertising. Most of the collections are from Louisiana and Mississippi, but there are also materials from other areas of the Lower Mississippi Valley. Several collections deal with business relations between the South and the Northeast, and include records of New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island, and Connecticut firms.

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Ambrose Lanfear & Co. letter, 1856 May 3-10. 1 letter. Location: Misc. Ambrose Lanfear & Co. of New Orleans, La., writes the Pastré brothers of Marseilles, France, regarding the lumber and cotton trades. In French. Mss. 3916.

Referenced in Guides: Business

American Life Insurance Company. Pamphlet, 1872. 1 pamphlet. Location: E:Imprints. Pamphlet advertising the American Life Insurance Company of Philadelphia, Pa., printed especially for its office in Canton, Miss. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1198.

Referenced in Guides: Business

Amite Navigation Company. Articles of Agreement, 1818 March 29. 1 item [copy]. Location: Misc:A. Established in 1817 to open the Amite River of Louisiana for navigation. Articles of agreement executed in 1817 outlining the company's objective of opening the Amite River to navigation by boats from the confluence of its branches to Galveston, Ascension Parish, Louisiana. Provisions of the article are listed along with names of subscribers and the number of shares underwritten by each subscriber. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1032.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Business

Anderson, Decatur C. Papers, 1876-1892. 6 items. Location: Misc.:A, OS:A. Mortgage deed of Anderson to Kate Ketchum for property located in Montrose, Baldwin County, Alabama (1874); statements of Anderson's accounts with Mobile merchants and contractors (1890); and a tax receipt (1892). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 913.

Referenced in Guides: Women, Business

Andrew Clow and Company. Papers, 1790-1863, 1873. 36 items. Location: A:26. Merchant of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Papers of Andrew Clow and Co. are comprised of personal and business correspondence, promissary notes, receipts, and legal documents. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 850.

Referenced in Guides: Business

Annual report of the New Orleans Belt and Terminal Co. to the Interstate Commerce Commission of the United States, 1903. 2 v. Location: J:25. The New Orleans Belt and Terminal Company was formed in 1901 to operate the property of the New Orleans and Western Railroad Company. Annual reports to the ICC report the company's history, officers, assets, expenditures, earnings, and traffic and mileage statistics, as well as describe its equipment and relationship to the New Orleans and Western Railroad Company and the New Orleans Terminal Company. For more information, see the online catalog. Mss. 4871.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, New Orleans 1866-, Business

Anonymous account, 1786-1788. 1 item. Location: Misc:A. Account of an unidentified merchant in New Orleans, Louisiana. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 133.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Business, French

Anonymous account book, 1858-1866. 1 volume. Location: F:3. Anonymous account book of a Scottish firm engaged in the making and repair of furniture and in general carpentry work. Among the accounts is one for James Robert Hope-Scott of Abbotsford, grandson-in-law of Scottish novelist Sir Walter Scott. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2600.

Referenced in Guides: Business, Literature

Anonymous account book, 1903-1916. 1 volume. Location: N:2. Account book most likely from Vermilion Parish, Cameron Parish, or Jefferson Davis Parish. Includes a list of subscribers, mostly in Gueydan but also in Kaplan, Grand Chenier, Lake Arthur, and Pecan Island. Items charged to accounts include coal, rice, oats, corn, and mixed feed. Services charged to accounts include storage, bridle repairs, and cash advances. Mss. 3942.

Referenced in Guides: Business

Anonymous account book (C), 1834-1836. 1 volume. Location: F:1. Ledger of a general merchandise store in St. Helena Parish, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 58.

Referenced in Guides: Business