Category Archives: Louisiana

Helen Laura Ruth Scrapbooks and Student Essay, 1913, 1940, and undated

Creator: Ruth, Helen Laura.
Collection number: 5428-z
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Abstract:  Helen Laura Ruth was a teacher at Leland University in New Orleans, La., a private institution of higher learning for African Americans founded in 1870. It closed in 1915; was re-named Leland College and re-opened in Baker, La., in 1923; and finally closed in 1960. The collection includes two scrapbooks of Helen Laura Ruth and a student essay. The Continue reading Helen Laura Ruth Scrapbooks and Student Essay, 1913, 1940, and undated

Grace McSpadden Overholser Papers, 1971-1972 and undated

Creator: Overholser, Grace McSpadden, d. 1971.
Collection number: 5424-z
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Abstract: Before her marriage to Dub White, Grace McSpadden Overholser was married to James Overholser and, at some point, worked as a reporter. Later in life, she taught English and African American studies and served as dean at Saint Continue reading Grace McSpadden Overholser Papers, 1971-1972 and undated

John G. Devereux papers, 1791-1890.

Creator: Devereux, John G., fl. 1856-1890.
Collection number: 2149
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Abstract: Hardware merchant and banker of New Orleans and Confederate veteran. Military and business papers of John G. Devereux, and correspondence and financial and legal papers of Stephen and J. C. Van Winkle. An account book and other Continue reading John G. Devereux papers, 1791-1890.

Hughes family papers, 1790-1910 (bulk 1820-1898).

Creator: Hughes family.
Collection number: 2779
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Abstract: Principal member of the Hughes family of Edgefield, S.C., are Dr. John Hughes (d. 1835) and his son, John H. Hughes (d. 1871), who were both cotton planters; John Hughes’s sister, Continue reading Hughes family papers, 1790-1910 (bulk 1820-1898).

William A. Shaffer papers, 1818-1921.

Creator: Shaffer, William A., 1797-1887.
Collection number: 657
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Abstract: Shaffer family of Terrebonne Parish, La., included William A. Shaffer, sugar planter; his sons Thomas J. (1843-1915) and John J. (fl. 1876-1906), sugar planters and Confederate veterans; Continue reading William A. Shaffer papers, 1818-1921.

Brian Bain collection of materials on "Shalom y'all," 1999-2004.

Creator: Bain, Brian.
Collection number: 5331
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Abstract: The documentary film “Shalom Y’all,” directed by third-generation southern Jew and New Orleans, La., native Brian Bain, details Jewish culture and identity in the American South. In the film, Bain travels 4,200 miles by car across the same Continue reading Brian Bain collection of materials on "Shalom y'all," 1999-2004.

J. B. Willis papers, 1874-1877.

Creator: Willis, J. B., b. 1851.
Collection number: 4996-z
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Abstract: J. B. Willis (b. 1851), a native of Delaware, was a Methodist minister and teacher at New Orleans University, an African-American school in New Orleans, La., and at a normal school in Continue reading J. B. Willis papers, 1874-1877.

Henry L. Duffel commonplace book, 1843-1900.

Creator: Duffel, Henry L., fl. 1843-1855.
Collection number: 1098
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Abstract: Commonplace book, chiefly 1843-1855, of Henry L. Duffel, an Ascension Parish, La., lawyer, containing thoughts on life and society; bits of diary concerning family events, politics, and neighbors; and miscellany. Continue reading Henry L. Duffel commonplace book, 1843-1900.