Robert G. Polack papers, 1764-1984
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Brief Description: The collection consists of the personal papers of Robert G. Polack as well as his collection of early New Orleans and Louisiana-related manuscripts. The personal papers include correspondence, newspaper clippings, certificates, printed materials, speeches, materials used during a judicial campaign, and family papers, particularly those relating to the Lemann family. There are also drawings, prints, maps, and photographs. The manuscripts collection includes petitions, land grants, correspondence, passports, military appointments, and executive orders. Figures represented in these materials include Lieutenant Colonel Pedro Rousseau, Francisco Rendón, Reverend Mothers of the Ursuline Order, Pedro Ignacio Cowley, William C.C. Claiborne, James Mather, and Charles Derbigny. Also included in the collection are facsimiles of letters, a treaty, and a broadside relating to the Louisiana Purchase, the Civil War, and the Battle of New Orleans.
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 231
Created by: Polack, Robert G. (Robert Goodhart)
Volume: 17.0 Boxes
Acquired: 09/07/1972. Additional material added to the collection through 1993.
Arrangement: The collection is arranged into two sections, then chronologically: personal papers (Boxes 1-15) and manuscripts (Box 16). The collection consists of 16 boxes and 1 oversize box.
Biographical Note for Polack, Robert G. (Robert Goodhart) : Robert G. Polack was a lawyer and former president of the Louisiana State Bar Association (1970-1971). He also collected eighteenth and nineteenth century manuscripts relating to New Orleans and Louisiana history. A graduate of Tulane Law School, Polack also campaigned to be a judge at one point in his career. Polack was an active Freemason, serving as Master for Linn Wood Lodge No. 167 F. & A.M. in 1961.
Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.
Subject Index
Executive orders.
Lemann family -- Genealogy.
Military appointments.
Polack, Robert G. (Robert Goodhart)
Political campaigns.
Genres/Forms of Material
Clippings (information artifacts)
Land grants.
Manuscripts (document genre)
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
French [fre]
Spanish;Castilian [spa]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.
Acquisition Notes: Polack & Rittenberg.  Gift.
PreferredCitation: Robert G. Polack papers, Manuscripts Collection 231, 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.