Maunsel White papers, 1802-1912.

Creator: White, Maunsel, 1783-1863.
Collection number: 2234
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Abstract: Maunsel White was a New Orleans commission merchant and Plaquemines Parish, La., planter. His son, Maunsell White, Jr. (fl. 1835-1883), was also a merchant and planter. Chiefly correspondence (some on microfilm only) about growing and marketing cotton, sugar, and other crops, mostly 1842-1850, and a set of plantation journals, 1852-1883, documenting the operation of the Whites’ plantations, Deer Range and Junior Place. Also included are one letter from and one letter to Andrew Jackson; a letter from Zachary Taylor; letters from Maunsell White to his son while the latter was attending the University of Virginia, 1850-1851; a memoranda book of expenses and business transactions in New Orleans, New York, and Philadelphia, 1802-1804; and two autograph books, one of which is from St. Joseph’s College in Louisiana, circa 1846, and the other from the University of Virginia, 1850-1851.

Repository: Southern Historical Collection

Collection Highlights: Included in the papers are a list of slave children and their mothers (ca. 1857) and a an 1863 list of clothes delivered to slaves on Deer Range. (See Volume 2 in Folder 3).

Microfilmed papers (Reel M-2234/2) include an account book that emphasizes rewards and incentives rather than punishment in the management of slaves and includes clothing distribution records, lists of slaves segregated by sex and listed by name, and, occasionally, by occupation, and a series of accounts showing that slaves were paid for Sunday work and additional assignments (1833- 1843); and a record of slave marriages (1837-1842).