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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Boland, Rose Mary Shields. Scrapbook, 1906-1940. 1 vol. [on microfilm] Location:Mss. Mf.:B. Child actress and member of New Orleans theatrical family. Scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, photographs, and miscellaneous items, largely concerning her career as a child actress with the Brown-Baker Stock Company. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2595.

Referenced in Guides: Performing arts, Women, New Orleans 1866-

Boney, Richard K. (Richard Kinsey), 1855-1937. Papers and diaries, 1866-1884. 18 items ( on 1 microfilm reel). Location: Mss.Mf:B. Lawyer and planter of Duckport Plantation, Madison Parish, Louisiana. Diaries record student life at Virginia Military Institute, Lexington; social life in Virginia and Vicksburg, Mississippi; and legal studies at the University of Louisiana (now Tulane University), New Orleans. Included are miscellaneous papers and photographs of Boney. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3041.

Referenced in Guides: Plantations, New Orleans 1866-, Education

Bonnecaze, Leon, 1797-1872. Papers, 1807-1881. (bulk 1850-1870). 0.6 linear feet. Location: Y:84, OS:B. French Consul for Baton Rouge, lawyer, and prominent business man. Papers consist of documents conveying the personal, financial, and business life of Bonnecaze, as well as those of his relatives, and his associates. Most correspondence, financial and legal papers pertain to land ownership. Mss. 5074

Bonner, Wesley McDonald, 1847-1891. Family papers, 1890-1891, 1902, 1935. 22 letters, 1 typescript. Location: B:66. Wesley McDonald Bonner of Franklin Parish, La., married Carolina Amanda Frazier on Dec. 31, 1878. The papers consist primarily of 20 letters written by Bonner to his wife and daughter while studying medicine at Tulane University in New Orleans, La., between October 1890 and February 1891. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 3890.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans 1866-, Education, Medicine

Bonnot, Raoul. Bill, 1893. 1 item. Location: Misc.:B. New Orleans undertaker. Detailed bill for the funeral of Mrs. A. Caillier, widow. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2297.

Referenced in Guides: Women, New Orleans 1866-

Boothby, Charles W. Papers, 1861-1898 (bulk 1861-1874). 1 linear ft. Location: T:19, OS:B. U.S. Army captain, customs official, superintendent of education for New Orleans, and politician. Correspondence, printed military orders, and quartermaster's records reflect Civil War and postbellum New Orleans. Civil War papers document personal experiences, military engagements, African American soldiers, and political activity. Postbellum papers reflect the local and national political environment during Reconstruction. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4847.

Bourgeois Motor Works. Records, 1897-1898. 1 vol. (171 items). Location: F:3. Manufacturing firm located in New Orleans. Bound letter-book volume contains letters, cards, invoices, and receipts addressed to the Bourgeois Motor Company from various manufacturers. Items contain information related to equipment, supplies, and manufacturing. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 50.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans 1866-, Business

Bovee, Albert. Letters, 1870, 1889. 6 letters. Location: Misc.:B. Louisiana State Librarian and son George E. Bovee, Louisiana Secretary of State, during Reconstruction. Five letters written during Reconstruction relate to Albert Bovee's employment and financial affairs, as well as those of his son, George E. Bovee. He questions the hiring practices and financial dealings of his son, George, with the implication of political corruption and cronyism. He writes about George's gambling addiction, and he complains about the low dollar value of state currency warrants (Feb. 19, March 19, April 11, 1870). He also gives details of a séance that he attended (March 6, 1870). The sixth letter written from Nevada, discusses his financial affairs, and the people with whom he could reside if need be (Oct. 20, 1889). For further information, see catalog record. Mss. 5108

Referenced in Guides: Politics, New Orleans 1866-

Bower, Garner and Harrison. Papers, 1863-1888 (bulk 1863-1868). 0.25 linear ft. Location: E:51. New Orleans commission merchants. Letters of New Orleans, Louisiana commission merchants to a member of the firm at Baton Rouge, Louisiana (1863) and Natchez, Mississippi (1864-1868). Additionally, there is a receipt book (1866-1867). At the end of the volume are loose financial items (1869-1888). For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1388.

Bowers, Laura Boddie Jones. Papers, 1906-1990, undated (bulk 1931-1955). 3.25 linear ft. Location: E:119-121. Librarian in Louisiana. Primarily correspondence documenting the family life, student life, and early career of Bowers in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Natchitoches, Louisiana. Newspaper clippings, notes, post card collection, printed items, and a scrapbook are also present. For further information see online catalog. Mss. 3546.