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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Baker, John. Papers, 1813-1839 (bulk 1822-1832). 0.6 linear ft. Location: 1:1; OS:B. John Baker was a plumber and brass worker in Barnstaple, England.  Papers consist of receipts, invoices, account lists, orders, and other financial papers, many involving merchants in Bristol and London.  Mss. 822.

Referenced in Guides: Business

Baldwin & Co. Records, 1879-1928. 7 vols. Location: G:22. Plantation store of Old Johnson Plantation in Baldwin, Louisiana. Ledgers, receipt book, payroll accounts, and records of cane produced for John Baldwin and Baldwin & Co. Available on microfilm 6061: University Publications of America Records of Southern Plantations from Emancipation to the Great Migration, Series B, Part 3, Reel 4. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4597.

Referenced in Guides: Sugar, Plantations, Business

Bancroft, Thomas P. Letter, 1839 Jan. 15-16. 1 letter. Location: Misc.: B. Thomas P Bancroft of New Orleans, La., writes to F. C. Lowell of Boston, Mass. about the cotton trade and prices. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3775.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Business

Bank of the United States. Natchez office records, 1830-1846 (bulk 1831-1835). 63 ms. vols. Location: M:9-12. Records include deposit books, ledgers, and general bill books. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 708.

Referenced in Guides: Business, Natchez, Mississippi

Barel, Leona Queyrouze, 1861?-1938. Papers, 1800-1950 (bulk 1860-1937). 2,614 items, 31 printed vols., 23 ms. vols. Location: X:96-101, OS:Q, 99:Q, Q:27. French-language writer, poet, essayist, and musician of New Orleans and New York City. Her father, Major Leon Queyrouze, was commander of the Orleans Guard Battalion during the Civil War. Papers include letters from writers and editors; literary writings and musical compositions; materials on the Anti-Lottery League; and Civil War and business papers of her father, a member of the factors' firm Queyrouze and Bois. In French and English. Available on microfilm 5750: University Publications of America Southern Women and Their Families in the 19th Century: Papers and Diaries Series E, Reels 18-26. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1204, 1222, 1278, 1314, 1323, 1335.

Bark Atticus account, 1848 Dec. 23. 1 letter. Location: Misc. Seth McLellan in New Orleans, La., writes his brother, Captain Jacob McLellan in Portland, Me., giving an account of expenses incurred at New Orleans at the close of the tenth voyage and the start of the eleventh voyage of the bark Atticus, as well as loans taken. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4023.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Business

Barnwell Drilling Company, Inc. formation log, circa 1956-1970. 1 formation log. Location: OS:B. Barnwell Drilling Company, Inc., an oil and gas exploration firm, was founded in 1956 in Shreveport, La., by R.S. Barnwell Sr., R.S. Barnwell Jr., and Morton H. Kinzler. This formation log details geologic information for drilling sites in North Louisiana, South Arkansas, East Texas, Mississippi, and South Alabama. Mss. 5045.

Referenced in Guides: Business

Barnwell, William, Jr. Letter, 1825 Aug. 16. 1 letter. Location: Misc. William Barnwell Jr. in New Orleans, La., writes Messrs. Hamilton and Hood of Philadelphia, Pa., regarding trade and the slow appearance of yellow fever in New Orleans. Mss. 3916.

Referenced in Guides: Business

Barr, Davenport and Murphy. Records, 1808-1810. 16 items. Location: S:43. A trading firm organized in 1798 in Nachitoches, Louisiana by William Barr and Peter Samuel Davenport, in partnership with Luther Smith and Edward Murphy. This firm freighted merchandise across from Louisiana to Texas and transported peltries, furs, and livestock back to Louisiana. Collection includes inventories of property and records of assets and liabilities of the firm Barr, Davenport and Murphy filed after the death of Edward Murphy. Part of the Natchitoches Parish Records. Mss. 480.

Referenced in Guides: Business

Barrileaux, Jerasime. Papers 1874-1927 53 items. Location: C:82. Receipts for taxes collected in Assumption Parish, Louisiana comprise the majority of this collection. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3806.

Referenced in Guides: Business