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Robert G. Polack papers, 1764-1984

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Collection Overview

Title: Robert G. Polack papers, 1764-1984

ID: LaRC/Manuscripts Collection 231

Creator: Polack, Robert G. (Robert Goodhart)

Extent: 17.0 Boxes

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.

Date Acquired: 09/07/1972

Languages: English [eng], French [fre], Spanish;Castilian [spa]

Scope and Contents of the Materials

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.

Biographical Note

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.

Administrative Information

Accruals: Additional material added to the collection through 1993.

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.

Acquisition Source: Polack & Rittenberg.

Acquisition Method: Gift.

Preferred Citation: Robert G. Polack papers, Manuscripts Collection 231, 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.

Other Note: OCLC Number: 798362253

Box and Folder Listing

Box 1: Correspondence, 1906, 1913, 1920-1932
Box 2: Correspondence, 1933 January-September
Box 3: Correspondence, 1933 October-December and 1933 undated
Box 4: Correspondence, 1934
Box 5: Correspondence, 1935
Box 6: Correspondence, 1936-1938
Box 7: Correspondence, 1940, 1942, 1943 January-June
Box 8: Correspondence, 1943 July-December
Box 9: Correspondence, 1944 January-May
Box 10: Correspondence, 1944 June-December, 1945-1946
Box 11: Correspondence, 1948-1972, 1984
Box 12: Correspondence and newspaper clippings, 1933-1973
Box 13: Certificates, printed material, speeches, and other papers
Certificates; Tulane (Glendy-Burke essay); printed material; World War II; speeches: Robert G. Polack, Evans J. Casso; translations: DuRu; other papers
Box 14: Judicial campaign
Statements; bibliography; notes; finances; newspaper clippings; contributor's letters: of thanks, of support; ads; other papers; results.
Box 15: Lemann family
100-year anniversary: B. Lemann and Brothers; wedding invitations; announcements; birthdates; compilation of book: dates [birth, marriage], parents, spouses, children; book - manuscript.
Box 16: Manuscripts
Folder 1: Louis Harant petition, 1764 February 17

Petition of Louis Harant to the Superior Council of Louisiana for the sale of the property of M. Zeringue, deceased, since the children of whom he had been guardian were now of age, and the property was to be divided.

Order for the execution of the sale. Dated 1764 February 17, and signed by Dabbadie.

Statement that the slaves, livestock and all the property of the succession of M. Zeringue had been sold according to law and the money divided among the heirs. Dated 1764 February 18, and signed by Lafreniere.

Statement by Joseph Muison that the sale had been announced on three consecutive Sundays with no objection raised, whereupon it was considered final. Dated 1764 March 4, and signed by Joseph Muison. All in French.

Folder 2: Pedro Ignacio Cowley, 1774 July 12

Petition to the Governor General from Pedro Ignacio Cowley of Havana, residing in New Orleans and doing business as an agent, in which he requests that he be granted the title "Agente de Causas" so that his work would not be hindered by the fact that there were only two Public Solicitors.

Note in upper margin signed by Unzaga and dated 1774 July 12 states that he is to conduct his agencies without prejudice to the Public Solicitors.

A second note in margin, signed by Galvez, orders that no written documents be received except those written by Solicitors and that the petitioner can write them only when the Solicitors are employed or when they excuse themselves. In French.

Folder 3: Ursuline Order land grant, 1789 December 2

Grant of land to the Reverend Mothers of the Ursuline Order consisting of 765 square arpents situated a league upriver from the city, adjoining the land they had already been granted and bounded by the lands of Lieutenant Colonel Francisco de Bouligny and Don Juan Bienvenue. Signed by Estevan Miró. Wax seal attached. Countersigned by Andrés López Armesto. In French.

Also: Survey made and signed by Carlos Trudeau. In French.

Folder 4: Francisco Rendón letter, 1794 December 31
Letter from Francisco Rendón to Carlos De Blanc de St. Denis, Commandant of the Post of Natchitoches, informing him that because of his merit and the good relations he maintains with neighboring Indian tribes, the King had given him the grade and salary of Captain of Infantry in order to help defray the expenses caused by the frequent visits of the Indians. In Spanish.
Folder 5: Pedro Rousseau certificate, 1797 August 5
Certificate of merit given to Lieutenant Colonel Pedro Rousseau by the Baron de Carondelet for his meritorious services in the war with England through his command of the "Galvez-town", his later command of the squadron of ships on the Mississippi in the war with France and the establishment of the Fort de San Ferrando de las Barrancas in the land of the Chickasaws, and for his continuous zeal in the service of his King. Signed by Carondelet with his wax seal attached. Countersigned by Andés López Armesto. In Spanish.
Folder 6: Don Santiago Moulon payment, 1801 January 15
Document signed by Gilberto Leonard, Treasurer for the Army and Commissary of War, certifying that Don Santiago Moulon, agent for D. Francisco Rantsman, a surgeon of Galveztown, is to be credited with 931 reales or 116 pesos as salary for the last four months of the previous year. In Spanish.
Folder 7: Pedro Rousseau passport, 1801 November 27
Official document granting a passport to Lieutenant Colonel Pedro Rousseau, Commander of the Squadron on the Mississippi. He is to be given free and safe passage to Pensacola with his ship "La Catalina" for the commission of a service entrusted to his care. Signed by Salcedo on his special printed paper, and counter-signed by Andrés López Armesto. In Spanish.
Folder 8: Lewis Deblanc commission, 1804 January 15
Commission issued to Lewis Deblanc appointing him Deputy Civil Commandant for the District of the Atakapas. Signed by William C.C. Claiborne. Official seal attached.
Folder 9: D. Augustin passport, 1804 August 17

Passport issued to D. Augustin (surname cut out) for a trip to Havana. Signed by Casa Calvo and written on his official paper. In Spanish.

Permission for his return on 1804 October 27, signed by Someruelos. In Spanish.

Folder 10: A. Lacarrière Latour letter, 1809 February 21
Letter from A. Lacarrière Latour to James Mather, Mayor of New Orleans, informing him that the row of columns facing the street at the new market had been completed and that the framework would be in place in one month's time. In French.
Folder 11: Moreau Lislet and Derbigny letter, 1809 December 16
Letter from Moreau Lislet and Derbigny to M. De Blanc, père, Atacapas, relative to a law suit against Weeks which would be tried in the Fifth District Court in Opelousas the following spring. In French.
Folder 12: Pedro Rousseau burial certificate, 1810 August 9
Certificate of burial of Pedro Jorge Rousseau, Lieutenant Colonel, retired, a native of France, who had died the previous day in New Orleans at the age of sixty years. He was the son of Pedro Rousseau and D. Maria Donovan, and was married to D. Maria Margarita Catarina Wilkes. Copy signed by Friar Antonio de Sedella and dated 1811 January 21. In Spanish.
Folder 13: Morning Report of the Regiment of East Tennessee Militia commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Thomas C. Clark. Camp Mandeville, 1814 December 24
Folder 14: Receipt for six dollars issued to Messieurs Gasquet, Parish and Company for six month's subscription to the New Orleans Price Current and Commercial Intelligencer, 1834 July 1
Signed for Benjamin Levy by Francis Cook.
Folder 15: Charles Derbigny appointment, 1837 March 6
Appointment of Charles Derbigny as Director of the Barataria and Lafourche Canal Company and the Terrebonne Navigation Company. Official document signed by E.D. White, Governor of the State of Louisiana and countersigned by Martin Blache, Secretary of State.
Folder 16: Appointment of Charles Taney as Commissary of Sustenance, First Division of the Militia of Louisiana, 1846 January 29
Official document signed by A. Mouton, Governor of Louisiana, and countersigned by Robert Carter Nicholls, Secretary of State. State seal attached.
Folder 17: Letter from Judah P. Benjamin, New Orleans, to A.L. Tucker, 1858 October 14
Thanking him for his support of Benjamin's re-election to the Senate and naming several other members of the Legislature who support him and some who do not. He mentions that he has declined the mission to Spain which Mr. Buchanan offered him.
Folder 18: Letter from Judah P. Benjamin, Washington, to an unknown correspondent who has requested assistance in getting a term of the District Court in Franklin, 1859 January 17
Benjamin states that he fears to move in any way in relation to that court for fear that it will be abolished as it is known that there is no business. He suggests that a letter be sent from some of the members of the Legislature from that District, requesting a term of court at a specific date. He will then try to pass a bill but he warns that there is a risk.
Folder 19: Selim Magner executive order, 1865 May 2
Executive order authorizing Selim Magner to receive and retain his Notarial Records as former Notary and to transfer all other Notarial Records to Felix McCullock. Signed by J. Madison Wells, Governor of Louisiana. Countersigned by S. Wrotnowski, Secretary of State.
Folder 20: Certificate of appointment of Amedée Ducatel as Notary Public in and for the Parish of Orleans, 1869 July 29
Signed by H.C. Warmoth, Governor of Louisiana, and bearing the Seal of the State.
Folder 21: Letter from W.P. Kellogg to G.W. Badger and Board of Police Commissioners, 1873 November 25
Appointing Leclerc a special officer to report to him.
Folder 22: Letter from Governor J.D. McEnery to a correspondent in Pennsylvania, 188-, August 31
Stating that, when Governor Wiltz died, he succeeded him as Lieutenant Governor and was elected for four years in 1884.
Folder 23: Letter from J.Y. Sanders, Governor of Louisiana, to Honorable H. Stuart Watts, New York City, 1911 February 18
Giving information about his political career.
Folder 24: Facsimiles

1803 April 30. A convention between the United States of America and the French Republic, with reference to the Louisiana Purchase.

1803 April 30. Treaty between the United States of America and the French Republic.

1803 December 20. Letter from William C.C. Claiborne to James Madison, Secretary of State, informing him that the Province of Louisiana had that day been formally transferred to the United States.

1815 January 9. Letter from Andrew Jackson, written from camp four miles below New Orleans, to James Monroe, Secretary of War, giving an account of the Battle of New Orleans.

Broadside entitled "Butler's Proclamation" and reproducing General Order Number 28.

Folder 25: Campagnie Royale de d'Assiente, 1704 March 3
Xerox copy of an unissued receipt for shares.
Folder 26: Typescript entitled "A Brief on Behalf of the Civil Law", undated
Folder 27: Letter written by Robert Polack to his wife to be opened upon his death, 1942 May 7
Oversize box 1: Drawings and prints, maps, photographs, other items, and printed documents
Contains a letter from Robert Polack to his wife, 1942.