Plantation collection, 1780-1969 | Louisiana Research Collection

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Collection Overview

Title: Plantation collection, 1780-1969

ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 531

Extent: 1.0 Boxes


This artificial collection, created by Tulane University, contains single items and small groups of documents from a variety of sources pertaining to a subject or interest.

The collection consists of one box.

Subjects: Agricultural estimating and reporting., Plantation life -- Louisiana., Plantation life -- Mississippi -- History -- 19th century., Plantation owners -- Louisiana., Plantations -- Louisiana., Slave records.

Forms of Material: Correspondence., Legal documents., Photographs., Property records., Scrapbooks., Topographic surveys.

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

This collection is made up of surveys, crop reports, a scrapbook, plantation record books, land sale records, correspondence, plantation histories, reminiscences, and photographs.

Subject/Index Terms

Agricultural estimating and reporting.
Plantation life -- Louisiana.
Plantation life -- Mississippi -- History -- 19th century.
Plantation owners -- Louisiana.
Plantations -- Louisiana.
Slave records.

Administrative Information

Repository: Louisiana Research Collection

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

Use Restrictions: Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Preferred Citation: Plantation collection, Manuscripts Collection 531, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.

Finding Aid Revision History: Finding aid information entered in Archon by LAC Group in 2011.

Box and Folder Listing

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[Box 1: Plantation collection],

Box 1: Plantation collection
Folder 1: Hotard and LaBauve Plantation survey, 1890
True copy of division of Hotard and LaBauve Plantation, made by E. Gounier, Surveyor, in 1873. Also shows mortgage made on plantation and payments.
Folder 2: Rosedown Plantation corn crop report, 1858
Record of the corn crop on Rosedown Plantation for 1858. Report of number of loads from each field.
Folder 3: Plantation record book, 1850-1861
Record book of either one or a group of plantations in Point Coupée Parish as there are notations for Bayou Cotonnier and for Chenal, and also mention of Décuir  and E. Tanneret, planters of False River. The book contains lists of slaves, their ages and records of births and baptisms. There are also crop records and remedies for various diseases.
Folder 4: Plantation records of Louisiana, compiled by Robert Churchill, undated
This is a small record book of the plantations of Louisiana with the owners from date of establishment up until this book was compiled. It was done by Robert Churchill of New Orleans.
Folder 5: Plantation sale paper, undated
Copy for an advertisement for the sale of a plantation and slaves which Messieurs Frellsen Stevenson and Company are to have inserted in the newspapers. No signature and no date. On verso a note indicates that John Bemiss refuses to sign the paper.
Folder 6: Sebastopol Plantation papers, 1855-1861
Bill of sale for Sebastopol Plantation, slaves, et cetera. Plantation located in St. Bernard Parish, sold by Ignacius Syrmanski to Louis Marchand and Ulger Lauve. Also rough notes concerning sale of same plantation to Anna Sophia Richardson by Henry van Bibber.
Folder 7: Ezra Davis plantation papers, 1867
Papers having to do with the seizure of Davis' plantation by military authorities of United States government and his claim against the government for compensation.
Folder 8: Desert Plantation, 1965
Photograph of Desert Plantation in 1965 and note on history of Desert and genealogy of the Semple family.
Folder 9: Hurricane Homestead Plantation history, 1898-1899
William D. Hamer tells the story of his old family homestead, Hurricane, near Vicksburg. Hamer's great-grandfather was Jefferson Davis' eldest brother and their estates were adjoining. He particularly relates the 1897 flood. The story was written for the Dial, St. Mary's College, Kansas, students' newspaper. Very faint typescript. Xerox copy of newspaper article from The Dial, 1898-1899. p. 335.
Folder 10: James Williams, Belmont Plantation, 1824-1825

Two letters to James Williams, Belmont Plantation, Natchez regarding: indebtedness of Jonathan Thompson's estate to A. Bird and brother to G. Lloyd.

1824 March 17. A Bird, Baton Rouge, to James Williams, Esquire, Belmont's Plantation, Natchez, regarding $4,000 debt of Jonathan Thompson.

1825 February 19. G. Lloyd, New Orleans, to James Williams regarding debt due from Estate of Jonathan Thompson for purchase of a theodolite (surveyor's instrument) for $59.86. With appended statement by Dufouchau DeGruy, notarized by William Papillon.

Oversize folder.

Folder 11: Pierre Ortete legal document, 1878 May 15
Petition of Pierre Ortete, defendant in suit of Joseph Jones v. Pierre Ortete filed in 6th Justice Court, State of Louisiana, Parish of Plaquemines. Concerning the theft of pine logs from the Augusta Plantation. Ortete denies wrongdoing. C. James Lewis was the attorney.
Folder 12: Anna Gay McClung reminiscences, 1952-1956
Author's reminiscences of plantation life as a member of the Gay family, who lived in five plantations in Iberville Parish, Louisiana: St. Louis Plantation, Ridgefield Plantation, Belair, Shady Grove Plantation, and Live Oaks. Contains brief histories and descriptions. Also a paper titled "Two Wedding Dresses." Typescripts. Author is granddaughter of Charles H. Dickinson and Edward Gay. She lived in the plantations she wrote about. "Two Wedding Dresses" was written in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Folder 13: Henry McCall, history of Evan Hall Plantation, 1780-1899
History of Evan Hall Plantation in Ascension Parish from 1780 to 1899, written by the great grandson of Evan Jones, original owner. Also partial biography of Evan Jones. Original (1899) is carbon typscript. Second transcript (1936?).
Folder 14: Plantation record, 1875-1877

Record of rice culture during the 1870s on several plantations south of New Orleans in St. Bernard Parish. Notable landowners and planters are René and H. Beauregard, A. Bayhi, A.W. Walker.

Title page has Sidney Villere bookplate and indicates it is from the Gaspar Cusachs collection.

Folder 15: Plantation scrapbook, 1939

Item dismounted from a plantation scrapbook donated by Anita Nolan Pitot. Contains newsclippings (xerox copies) mostly from the Times Picayune and the Progress and a few prints and sketches of Louisiana plantations. Several Mississippi plantations are included.

Oversize folder.

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