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MF:6061, Series B, Part 2, Reel 1

Metoyer Family Papers

(Mss. 836, 837, 846)

Inventory

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

Reformatted 2007

Contents of Inventory

Biographical/Historical Note

4

Scope and Content Note

4

Series Description(s)

5

Index Terms

6

Container List

7

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Summary

Size.

219 items and 6 volumes.

Geographic locations.

Natchitoches Parish, La.; New Orleans, La.

Inclusive dates.

1889-1944

Bulk dates.

1900-1936

Language.

English

Summary.

Business and personal papers of members of the Metoyer family, farmers and proprietors of a general store, as well as descendents of free persons of color.

Organization.

Series I, Vilfrede Metoyer, 1900-1904

Series II, John P. Conant, 1909-1929

Series III, St. Clair Metoyer, 1903-1927, undated

Series IV, Nazy Metoyer, 1924-1936, undated

Series V, Newspaper Clippings, 1926

Series VI, Manuscript volumes, 1889-1944

Restrictions on access.

If microfilm is available, photocopies must be made from microfilm.

Related collections.

Adeleda Metoyer Papers, Mss. 836, 837

August Metoyer Papers, Mss. 871

Dupre and Metoyer and Company Account Book, Mss. 834

Louis Metoyer Document 1823, Mss. 849

Norbert Badin Papers, Mss. 825

Copyright.

Copyright of the original materials is retained by descendants of the creators in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Citation.

Metoyer Family Papers, Mss. 837, 846, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack location(s).

A:1; H:2; 99:M; Mss. MF:M

Also available on:

Microfilm 6061, Series B, Part 2, Reel 1

Biographical/Historical Note

The Metoyers were a prominent Creole family whose ancestors had owned plantations in Natchitoches Parish since the 1790s. This collection includes the records of Vilfrede Metoyer and John P. Conant of Melrose, Louisiana, and St. Clair and Nazy Metoyer of Derry, Louisiana, farmers and the proprietors of a general merchandising store, who were descendents of free people of color.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of business papers and ledgers of the Metoyer family. Account books of St. Clair Metoyer and Nazy Metoyer list sales, expenses, and accounts with wholesale merchants. Record book of John P. Conant (1906-1936) lists general expenses, annual earnings, and possessions; included in this volume are birth, marriage, and death dates of many residents of Natchitoches Parish for the period of 1846-1930.

Papers also contain statements for cotton sales from Julius Weis and Co. and John T. Hardie's Sons and Co., New Orleans, and merchandise bills and orders. Papers of Vilfrede Metoyer include correspondence regarding assignment of an insurance policy to S. Cohen of Melrose, Louisiana, for payment of debts; notes payable to P. Rosenthal; tax receipts; a cashbook; and a plantation book.

Series Descriptions

Series I, Vilfrede Metoyer, 1900-1904

Papers belonging to Vilfrede Metoyer include such financial documents as invoices and letters from The Security Trust and Life Insurance Company (1900) and account sheets from H&G Newman, Ltd. (1902), S.P. Walmsley (1903) and Julius Weis & Co. (1903). Invoices and shipping receipts from various other companies are also included (1900-1904).

Series II, John P. Conant, 1909-1929

Two letters to John Conant from his father J. Arnold Conant discuss family news, focusing on the health of family members (1909, 1917). Also included is the funeral announcement of Mrs. Marie Conant, who died in Natchitoches, La. in December 1929.

Series III, St. Clair Metoyer, 1903-1927, undated

Financial papers belonging to St. Clair Metoyer include shipping receipts, account sheets, receipts for cotton sales from Julius Weis & Co., and invoices from Swift & Company, Shreveport, La. (1903-1927). A letter from St. Clair Metoyer to his cousin John Bellanger discusses the shipment of a hat (November 1908). Also included is a license to pursue the occupation of General Merchandise in Natchitoches Parish (1906), a lease of land from A.E. Ewing to St. Clair Metoyer (1908), and a personal letter to St. Clair from Jack Buffin about an upcoming visit (1927). Notes, lists of grocery items, calculations, and broadsides from various seed and floral companies are also found in the collection (undated).

Series IV, Nazy Metoyer, 1924-1936, undated

Papers belonging to Nazy Metoyer include a stock application to the Texas and Pacific Railway reporting the death of a bull by a passenger train (1924), receipts, account sheets, and letters discussing shipment from William T. Hardie & Co. (1924-1936), and freight bills from Texas and Pacific Railway Co. (1935). Also included are empty envelopes addressed to Nazy Metoyer from various companies, as well as notes, lists, and calculations (undated).

Series V, Newspaper Clippings, 1926

The Birmingham Age-Herald, June 24, 1926

Series VI, Manuscript volumes, 1889-1944

Manuscript volumes belong to various members of the family and record financial information. A cashbook belonging to Mat Jones contains store accounts and cotton ginning accounts (1889-1926), while a record book belonging to John P. Conant takes note of cotton sales, labor accounts, and birth, marriage, and death dates of many residents of Natchitoches Parish (1906-1936). Three ledgers belonging to Nazy and St. Clair Metoyer are included (1904, 1922-1938). These contain accounts with cotton factors and commission merchants, banking records, and cotton and sugar production expenses. Finally, a Farmer's Business Record (1895-1944) records corn sales and production, livestock sales, cotton sales accounts, and labor accounts. For a detailed list of manuscript volumes, see the container list.

Index Terms

Account books.

Bills (financial)

Cashbooks.

Conant, John P.

Cotton trade--Louisiana.

Farmers--Louisiana.

John T. Hardie, Sons and Co.

Julius Weis and Co.

Merchants--Louisiana.

Metoyer family.

Metoyer, Nazy.

Metoyer, St. Clair.

Metoyer, Vilfrede.

Natchitoches Parish (La.)--History.

Orders.

Container List

Stack

Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents (with dates)

A:1

1

1

Series I, Vilfrede Metoyer (1900-1904)

2

Series II, John P. Conant (1909-1929)

3

Series III, St. Clair Metoyer (1903-1927)

4

Series IV, Nazy Metoyer (1924-1936)

5

St. Clair and Nazy Metoyer (undated)

Lists, notes, calculations, broadsides

99:M

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1

Series V, Newspaper Clippings (1926)

Series VI, Manuscript volumes:

A:1

1

6

Cashbook, Mat Jones (1889-[1890]-1926)

H:2

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Ledger, Nazy Metoyer (1904, 1924-1927)

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Ledger, St. Clair Metoyer (1922-1929)

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Ledger, St. Clair Metoyer and Nazy Metoyer (1928-1938)

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“Farmer's Business Record” (1895-1944)

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Record book, John P. Conant (1906-1936)

Mss.MF:M

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1 reel: Record Book, John P. Conant (1906-1936)

MF:6061, Series B

Part 2

Reel 1