Tuesday, January 4, 2011

New finding aids released in December

Last month we released over a dozen new online finding aids. Here are some of the highlights:

John M. Galbraith papers (Manuscripts Collection 449) - This collection contains the Civil War diary of Lt. John M. Galbraith of the Washington Artillery, family correspondence, newspaper clippings and other items. The diary describes camp life, meetings with relatives, and includes a roster of soldiers. Galbraith was wounded at the Battle of Drewry's Bluff on May 16, 1864, and died on September 19, 1864.

U.S. Army Quartermaster records (Manuscripts Collection 356) - This collection contains account records of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps in New Orleans during the Civil War. Accounts vary but include accounts for living expenses of officers, inventories of goods of registered enemies seized and sold, payrolls, and accounts of articles purchased (mostly ships).

Abner Phelps diaries (Manuscripts Collection 1064) - This collection contains four diaries from Abner Phelps. Phelps was a clerk of the city court for Lafayette, a suburb of New Orleans that was annexed in 1852. Phelps' diaries contain brief accounts of his daily life, and typical entries include his activities, moods, and the weather. The diaries cover the years from 1837-1849. Phelps frequently mentioned the diseases that famously plagued New Orleans, discussing yellow fever deaths in 1843 and 1846, and cholera in 1848. In May 1846, Phelps discussed recruiting volunteers to fight in the Mexican-American army under command of General Zachary Taylor. In 1849, Phelps left the city and set out, eventually ending up in North Fork digging for gold. Phelps eventually settled in San Francisco, where he died in 1873.

Junius Montgomery Macon papers (Manuscripts Collection 580) - The collection contains fourteen letters written by Captain Junius Montgomery Macon to Miss Sarah Clifford Pope of Eufaula, Alabama. Captain Macon served with the Army of Tennessee as A.A.G. to Major General H. D. Clayton and took part in the Atlanta and the Franklin and Nashville campaigns. Although the letters are of a personal nature, they include eyewitness accounts of battles and troop movements and comments on Macon's superior officers.

Mrs. Howard H. Bull papers (Manuscripts Collection 581) - This collection consists of correspondence and form letters received by Mrs. Howard H. Bull, president of the Chalmette Chapter, United States Daughters of 1812, relative to her work with the organization in getting the U.S. congress to pass a bill declaring the site of Chalmette Battlefield a national monument and to appropriate funds for the purchase of land adjacent to the Chalmette monument and national cemetery.

Benjamin Henry Latrobe papers (Manuscripts Collection 584) - Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, relating to construction of water works in New Orleans. Included are ordinances authorizing construction, statements of accounts of materials and time sheets, and authorization to Louis Gleise to construct water works (May 10, 1810).

All of these collections are currently open for research to the public. For more information about using the Louisiana Research Collection's holdings, please see our website for more information.

Posted by Eira Tansey, Library Associate.

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