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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Wotton, Josiah. Papers, 1852-1854. 26 items. Location: OS:W. Shipping records, mostly receipts, of the ship, JAMES COOK, captained by Josiah Wotton, and pertaining to business conducted in New Orleans, Louisiana. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4748.

Referenced in Guides: Business

Wright, Charles L. Papers, 1884-1970 (bulk 1907-1934). 2 linear feet. Location: 32:134, OS:W. Wright worked in the lumber industry and ran the Excelsior Cypress Co. mill at Timberton, St. James Parish, Louisiana. The mill operated from 1907 to 1927. Collection consists of correspondence and letters, financial and legal papers, photographs, and printed items. These relate to Wright and his family's personal matters, the operation of Neta Plantation (the family farm), and the Excelsior Cypress Co. For more information see online catalog. Mss. 4785.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Business

Wright, Jesse D. Papers, 1831-1906 (bulk 1835-1882). 1.2 linear ft. Location: OS:W, UU:248-249. The Wright family owned lands in Louisiana and Texas. Jesse practiced medicine in Rapides Parish, Louisiana and also managed several business concerns, including a store and plantations, and was active in civic and church affairs. Correspondence mostly reflects the business concerns of the Wright family. Topics include land acquisition, property management, division of property, settling wills, and financial and legal concerns. Other items include Ester Wright Boyd's memoirs. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 99.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, Women, Business, Medicine, LSU

Yost, Richard. Letter, 1838 Apr. 28. 1 letter. Location: MISC:Y. Richard Yost in New Orleans writes to his father, Nicholas Yost, in Johnstown (i.e., St. Johnsville), Montgomery County, N.Y., about business dealings on behalf of his sister and the son of a family friend who is associating with unsavory company while doing business in Texas. Mss. 4077.

Referenced in Guides: Business

Young, J. B. Receipt, 1843 Mar. 15. 1 item. Location: Misc.: Y. A receipt made out to J. B. Young for a hat and silk cloth he purchased from Frost and Co. of New Orleans, La. Mss. 5293.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Business