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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Anonymous diary, 1830-1847. 3 diaries. Location: 31:. A diary written by an anonymous author in three volumes between January 1830 and October 1847. The author wrote about a variety of topics pertaining to daily life including the weather, visitors, purchases, tasks, errands, elections, deaths, and burials. The author also discusses financial issues such as investment dividends, accounts with the Bank of Scotland, listing of shares of stock held by individuals, and prices of goods. Part of the George DeForest Collection, vols. 10-12. Mss. 1350.

Referenced in Guides: Business

Anonymous dry goods store ledger, circa 1920-1929. 1 volume. Location: N:2. Ledger contains records of customer accounts and lists of purchases from a dry goods store, most likely located in New Orleans. Customers listed include Mrs. Andrew Stewart of Oak Alley Plantation, Mrs. Harry P. Williams (Marguerite Clark Williams), and Mrs. E. A. McIlhenny. Items sold include women and children's clothing, luncheon and bridge sets, bolts of fabric, and napkins. Mss. 5341

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

Anonymous lumber company account book, 1841-1842. 1 volume. Location: H:3. Unidentified lumber dealer, possibly Andrew Brown, in Natchez, Mississippi. Daybook of accounts of sales of lumber and shingles. Prominent purchasers include Thomas Affleck, B. L. C. Wailes, John A. Quitman, Francis Surget, John Jenkins, Stephen Duncan, and Samuel Postelwaite. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 259.

Referenced in Guides: Business, Natchez, Mississippi

Anonymous lumber company ledger, 1899-1900. 1 volume. Location: N:2. From a lumber company located in Gueydan, Louisiana, most likely the Gueydan Lumber Co. Entries include records of payments, customers' names, and materials purchased. Materials sold include lumber of various sizes and dimensions, shingles, and siding. Mss. 3942.

Referenced in Guides: Business

Anonymous lumberyard daybook, 1904 April-August. 1 volume. Location: G:2. Lumberyard, probably in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Entries give date, name of person placing order, and itemized list of purchases. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1100.

Referenced in Guides: Business

Anonymous register, circa 1800-1899. 1 volume. Location: M:19. Record book probably of the French Consulate in New Orleans, perhaps constituting a register of French citizens, possibly ship passengers passing through the city in the antebellum period who visited the consulate regarding commercial matters. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 970.

Referenced in Guides: Business

Anonymous shipping record, circa 1900. 1 volume. Location: G:2. Shipping record of some kind of farm produce (probably potatoes) shipped in one-hundred pound sacks. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1100.

Referenced in Guides: Business

Anonymous tavern account books, 1817, 1818-1820. 2 volumes. Location: G:2. Daybook and ledger of an unidentified operator of a tavern at St. Francisville, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, giving place, date, name of customer, quantity and charges for purchases of liquors. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1100.

Referenced in Guides: Business

Anonymous. Account book (O), 1899-1900. 1 volume. Location: F:2. Anonymous daybook for a general merchandise store in Coushatta, Red River Parish, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 975.

Referenced in Guides: Business

Arbour, Sidney V. Jr. Family Papers, [1855] 1900-2011. 5.75 linear ft. Location: X:27-32, OS:A. Prominent Baton Rouge, La., resident, WWII veteran and realtor. Personal papers, business and legal papers, printed material, and photographs pertain to the personal activities and business affairs of the allied Arbour Bahlinger, Kornmeyer, and Wilbert families of Louisiana. Topics include student life, WWII, oil leases, Baton Rouge real estate, volunteerism, and genealogy. Mss. 5075.

Referenced in Guides: Education, Business, LSU