The History of New Orleans After the Civil War

This guide contains descriptions of manuscript materials on the history of New Orleans since the Civil War. These materials include the records of New Orleans residents, physicians, attorneys, politicians, journalists, writers and authors, educators, students, soldiers, clergymen, planters, merchants, factors and commission brokers, businesses, clubs and organizations. The history of New Orleans since 1866 is documented through papers (personal, business, financial, legal, military and government), educational materials, diaries, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, sheet music, poetry, and bills and receipts.

Some of the topics covered by collections described in this guide include the Spanish-American War, World War II, nursing in peace time and in war, music, theater (opera and plays), literature, and travel descriptions.

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Belew, Louise E. Letters and writings, 1961-1969, undated. 12 letters, 1 article. Location: MISC:B. Resident of Baton Rouge, La. and New Orleans, La.; Korean war veteran; and student at the Louisiana State University (LSU) Graduate School of Library Science. Letters document Belew's ongoing feuds and criticisms that she had with staff of the LSU Library, the LSU Graduate School of Library Science, and the New Orleans Public Library. Mss. 2625.

Referenced in Guides: Women, New Orleans 1866-, Education, Baton Rouge, LSU

Bell, William R., ca. 1814-1874. Papers, 1842-1941 (bulk 1842-1874). 78 items, 2 vols. Location: C:6. Native of Scotland, mortician, and owner of Union Stables in New Orleans. Business papers document Bell's stable and mortuary and include transactions with Union soldiers occupying New Orleans. Correspondence with his family discusses economic conditions and the Civil War. Collection includes a photograph of Bell. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2117, 2118.

Bienvenu family. Papers, 1779-1907. 143 items. Location: E:19. Planters of St. Martin Parish, Louisiana, and New Orleans. Business papers of Alexandre Devince Bienvenu and Pierre Armand Bienvenu largely concern land ownership and sales in the Attakapas region, St. Martin Parish and New Orleans. Collection also includes family letters and genealogical papers. In French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2604.

Billaud family. Papers, 1816-1868. 43 items. Location: U:20. Residents of New Orleans. Papers include correspondence documenting personal and business affairs, including the purchase and sale of skins; city and parish tax receipts; and a copy of Marie Isabelle Billaud's birth certificate. Letters in French. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 499, 1361.

Bishop Polk Benevolent Society. Record book, 1862, 1865-1868. 3 items, 1 ms. vol. Location: Misc.:B., M:20. Treasurer's book for benevolent societies at Trinity Church, New Orleans. Entries record the receipts and expenditures of the Benevolent Society. Entries for 1862 give the officers of the 'Ladies Society for the Promotion of Christian Objects.' For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 772.

Blakely, A. R. Correspondence, 1898. 6 items. Location: Misc:B. President of the New Orleans Progressive Union. Letters from Stuyvesant Fish requesting that Blakely's organization sponsor the subscription drive to purchase a silver service to be presented to the cruiser U.S.S. New Orleans by the people of New Orleans. Included is a letter from Captain William Folger, U.S. Navy commander of the NewOrleans, suggesting types of services that might be purchased. There is also an incomplete list of subscribers. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1065.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans 1866-

Bobet Brothers. Records, 1866-1873. 8 items. Location: Misc:B. Oak stave and lumber business in New Orleans. Bills, receipts, payment orders, and a letter relating to business. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1244.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans 1866-, Business

Boggs, Hale, 1914-1972, Correspondence. 21 items. U.S. representative from Louisiana. DeLesseps S. Morrison (1912-1964), lawyer and mayor of New Orleans, actively encouraged trade with Latin America. Correspondence includes letters from U.S. diplomatic personnel and Latin American political figures concerning Morrison's report about the Louisiana Trade And Good Will Mission to Latin America. Letters express condolences on Morrison's death. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2899.

Referenced in Guides: Politics, New Orleans 1866-

Boggs, Lindy, 1916- Letters, 1974-1978. 6 letters. Location: Misc. Lindy Boggs was U.S. Representative for the 2nd Congressional District of Louisiana (1973-1992) and U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican (1997-2001). These five letters by Boggs recount her memories of President Lyndon B. Johnson and Speaker of the House John W. McCormack. A short note from Russell B. Long is also included. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 3878.

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

Boggs, William R., 1829-1911. Reminiscences, 1891. 3 items [photocopies]. Brigadier general of the Confederate army and chief of staff of the Trans-Mississippi Department from November 1862 until the end of the Civil War. Boggs' reminiscences, written in 1891 at the age of 62, cover the entire period of the war, from the election of 1860 until his surrender in June 1865. Also included are two obituary notices from Boston and New Orleans. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3058.