Lemann family papers, 1801-1968
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Brief Description: This collection consists of papers of the Lemann family of Donaldsonville, Louisiana. In addition, there are records of the Lemann Company, B. Lemann & Brothers, and related agricultural and other businesses, including Donaldsonville Ice Company, Belle Terre Incorporated, Ascension Hook & Ladder Company, Palo Alto Company, and Hotel Donaldson Company. Materials in the collection consist of legal documents, correspondence, journals, financial statements, ledger books, invoices, contracts, tax records and receipts, laborer records, crop records, plantation store books, newspapers, handwritten genealogical tables, photographs, maps, and the diaries of Jacob Lemann (1809-1887) and his son, Bernard Lemann (1841-1899).
Held at:
Louisiana Research Collection
202 Jones Hall
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: 504-865-5685
Email: larc [at] tulane.edu
Record Series Number: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 168
Created by: Lemann family.
Volume: 27.0 Boxes
Acquired: Additional materials added in 1990.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged by topic, then chronologically. The collection consists of 27 boxes, approximately 800 volumes and 27 oversized items. It is 107 linear feet.
Biographical Note for Lemann family. : The Lemann family moved from Newport, R.I., to Donaldsonville, Louisiana, in the 1860s, and built and operated seven sugar plantations, among other businesses, in the region. The plantations were named Palo Alto, Belle Terre, Peytavin, Dugas, Souvenir, Crescent, and Rodriguez; these flourished during the remainder of the nineteenth century.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.
Subject Index
Agriculture -- Louisiana -- History.
Ascension Parish (La.) -- History.
Donaldsonville (La.) -- History.
Lafourche Parish (La.) -- History.
Lemann, Bernard, d. 1899.
Lemann, Jacob, d. 1887.
Lemann Company.
Lemann family -- Genealogy.
Louisiana -- History -- 19th century.
Louisiana -- History -- 20th century.
Sugar trade -- United States.
Genres/Forms of Material
Checks (bank checks)
Drafts (documents)
Journals (accounts)
Ledgers (account books)
Payroll records.
Receipts (financial records)
Stock certificates.
Tax records.
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
French [fre]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.
Acquisition Notes: Lemann family and Dr. Bernard Lemann.  Gift.
PreferredCitation: Lemann family papers, Manuscripts Collection 168, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid information entered in Archon by LAC Group in 2011. Revised by LAC Group 10/13/11.