St. Martin family papers, 1732-1950
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Brief Description: The St. Martin family papers consist of letters, journals, legal documents, business records, bills and receipts, genealogical material, and newspapers. The materials pertain chiefly to the St. Martin family, but there is also material relating to allied families, including the Perret and D'Arensbourg. These families are among the earliest European settlers in Louisiana.
Held at:
Louisiana Research Collection
202 Jones Hall
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone: 504-865-5685
Email: larc [at]
Record Series Number: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 68
Created by: St. Martin family.
Volume: 18.0 Boxes
Acquired: 11/10/1964.

Boxes 1-10 are arranged chronologically and include copies of marriage and baptismal certificates, and the correspondence of several generations of the St. Martin and Perret families. The correspondence for the period 1834-1839 is composed chiefly of letters from members of the Charles Perret and Drausin Perret families. The letters for the period 1846-1893 are of Louis St. Martin, his wife Louise Perret, and his children. There are also numerous letters to Louis St. Martin from friends and associates regarding his business affairs and his political career. The material for the period 1894-1947 is composed chiefly of the personal and business correspondence of three of the Louis St. Martin children. Between 1926 and 1949 most of the material pertains to the business activities of Armand E. St. Martin and Joseph Preston St. Martin.

Boxes 11-18 contain miscellaneous materials, including theatre programs, Mardi Gras mementos, and genealogical notes (Box 11); journals kept by various members of the family (Box 13); school notebooks (Box 14); printed political materials, 1852-1891 (Box 15); marriage announcements and death notices (Box 16); and photographs (Box 17).

In an oversized folder are several Louisiana newspapers of the 1880s.

The collection is arranged chronologically. The collection consists of 18 boxes and 1 oversize folder. The collection is 10.5 linear feet.

Biographical Note for St. Martin family. : The St. Martins are descendants of Pierre Bauchet St. Martin, who immigrated to Louisiana from Canada, and who in 1758 was the owner of a plantation on the present site of Algiers. The family has had a long and distinguished record of public service. A large group of papers relate to Louis St. Martin (1820-1893), who was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1851, 1866, 1868, and 1884; was register of the United States Land Office for the Southeastern district of Louisiana from 1846 to 1849; and was the first registrar of voters in New Orleans.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.
Subject Index
D'Arensbourg family.
French Americans -- Louisiana -- History.
Legislators -- United States.
Louisiana -- Politics and government.
New Orleans (La.) -- Genealogy.
Perret family.
St. Martin, Louis, 1820-1893.
St. Martin family.
Genres/Forms of Material
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: Isabel St. Martin Reynaud; Ruth St. Martin Ulmer; Hilda St. Martin Hartogh; Colonel Joseph Preston St. Martin, Jr.; Dr. Maurice Edward St. Martin.  Gift.
PreferredCitation: St. Martin family papers, Manuscripts Collection 68, 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.