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UPA Microfilm 5322, Series I, part 5, reels 4-9

BUTLER (THOMAS W.) PAPERS (Mss. 888) Inventory Compiled by Laura Clark Brown Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library Louisiana State University Libraries Baton Rouge, Louisiana Revised 2009

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

Summary

3

Biographical/Historical Note

4

Scope and Content Note

5

Index Terms

6

Container List

7

Use of manuscript materials. If you wish to examine items in the manuscript group, please fill out a call slip specifying the materials you wish to see. Consult the Container List for location information needed on the call slip. Photocopying. Should you wish to request photocopies, please consult a staff member before segregating items to be copied. The existing order and arrangement of unbound materials must be maintained. Publication. Readers assume full responsibility for compliance with laws regarding copyright, literary property rights and libel. Permission to examine archival and manuscript materials does not constitute permission to publish. Any publications of such materials beyond the limits of fair use requires specific prior written permission. Requests for permission to publish should be addressed in writing to the Head, LLMVC, Special Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La. 70803-3300. When permission to publish is granted, two copies of the publication will be requested for the LLMVC. Proper acknowledgement of LLMVC materials must be made in any resulting writing or publications. The correct form of citation for this manuscript group is given on the summary page. Copies of scholarly publications based on research in the Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections are welcomed.

SUMMARY

Size.

7 linear feet.

Geographic locations.

Louisiana.

Inclusive dates.

1842-1913.

Bulk dates.

1896-1908.

Languages.

English, French.

Summary.

Correspondence and financial papers document the business of Cedars Plantation in West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana and the personal finance of Thomas W. Butler. Other business papers and plantation records pertain to the Le Carpe Plantation, Terrebonne Parish (La.) of Thomas Butler's father Richard Ellis Butler.

Restrictions.

None.

Related Collection.

Butler (Thomas and Family) Papers, Mss. 1029. Butler (Anna and Sarah) Correspondence, Mss. 581 Butler (Richard) Papers, Mss. 1000 Butler (Robert O.) Papers, Mss. 1068 Margaret Butler Correspondence, Mss. 1068 Thomas Butler Family Photographs and Plantation Journal, Mss. 4347 Butler (Thomas and Family) Papers, Mss. 2850 Butler Family Papers, Mss. 1026 Gay-Butler-Plater Family Papers, Mss. 4872

Copyright.

Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries. Copyright of the original materials is retained by the creators, or their descendants, of the materials in accordance with U.S. copyright law.

Citation.

Butler (Thomas W.) Papers, Mss. 888, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Stack location.

U:17-U:19; J:10

See also.

UPA Microfilm 5322, Series I, part 5, reels 4-9

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE Thomas W. Butler was the owner of Cedars Plantation near Bains, West Feliciana Parish, and the son of Richard Ellis Butler, a planter in Terrebonne Parish, and Sarah Ker, daughter of Dr. John Ker of Natchez, Miss. He was also the grandson of Judge Thomas Butler. Thomas W. Butler was born in Terrebonne Parish in 1851 and married Sallie Fort, daughter of W.J. Fort. The two had three children, Sarah D., Richard E., and Mary F. Butler.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE Plantation records, business papers, and personal correspondence of Thomas W. Butler (1851-1913), and the plantation records and accounts of his father, Richard Ellis Butler, planter in Terrebonne Parish, comprise the collection. Richard E. Butler, nephew of R.G. Ellis and executor of the Ellis estate, married Miss Sarah Ker, daughter of Dr. John Ker of Natchez. Ledgers kept by Butler contain statements of income and expenditures of the Ellis estate (1844-1858) and records of the succession of Dr. John Ker (1852-1869). Ledgers (1842-1871) contain detailed information concerning the operation of Le Carpe Plantation in Grand Caillou, Terrebonne Parish and includes: a list of overseers (1842-1857); inventory of the estate of Bayou Grand Caillou (1847-1854); names of creditors from whom plantation supplies were purchased; magazine and newspaper subscriptions; loans made to individuals; state taxes paid; and cost of repairs and improvements. They also contain the names of slaves acquired with the purchase of the Le Carpe Plantation; dates of births and deaths with notations of cause and age of slave at time of death and later names of laborers employed; wages paid to each; and credit and supplies extended to each laborer. The bulk of the material pertains to the operation of The Cedars in West Feliciana Parish. Daybooks, plantation diaries, and ledgers record plantation expenditures and revenue, personal and household expenditures, planting operations and livestock. A daybook (1903-1913) contains an account of the Pavilion Fund, a community project, listing the names of donors, amounts contributed and costs of materials and construction. Other financial papers consist of bills, receipts and invoices for merchandise, farm machinery, hardware and groceries, statements from commission merchants and receipts for professional services. Correspondence pertains to farm property owned by T.W. Butler in Arkansas and to the education of his children. Letters of J. Cole Davis, attorney of Helena Arkansas (1877-1873) document sales, leases and taxation of properties in Woodruff, Lee and Monroe Counties. Letters (1900-1904) from J.R. Preston of Stanton College and W.C. Guthrie of Chamberlain-Hunt Academy concern the schooling of T.W. Butler's children.

INDEX TERMS Butler, Thomas W., 1851-1913 Butler, Richard Ellis Butler, Mary Butler, Richard E. Butler, Sallie Fort Butler, Sarah Cedars Plantation Le Carpe Plantation Plantation owners--Louisiana Plantation life--Louisiana Grand Caillou (La.) Terrebonne Parish (La.) West Feliciana Parish (La.) Accounts Invoices Ledgers Receipts Correspondence

CONTAINER LIST

Stack Location

Box

Folder

Contents

U:17

1

1

Correspondence: Letters received by Thomas W. Butler (1878-1879)

2

Financial Papers: Statements of account, invoices and receipts (1879)

3-4

Correspondence: Letters received by Thomas W. Butler (1880-1883)

5-22

Financial Papers: Statements of account, invoices and receipts (1880-1885)

2

1-25

Financial Papers: Statements of account, invoices and receipts (1886-1891)

U:18

3

1-16

Financial Papers: Statements of account, invoices and receipts (1892-1896)

4

1-3

Financial Papers: Statements of account, invoices and receipts (1897)

4

Financial Papers: Statements from Canal Bank & Trust Co. (1896-1904)

5

Financial Papers: Statements from the Bank of West Feliciana (1899-1904)

6-20

Financial Papers: Statements of account, invoices and receipts (1898-Oct. 1899)

5

1-24

Financial Papers: Statements of account, invoices and receipts (Nov. 1899-August 1901).

6

1-19

Financial Papers: Statements of account, invoices and receipts (September 1901-June 1903)

U:19

7

1-17

Financial Papers: Statements of account, invoices and receipts (July 1903-1904)

8

1-19

Financial Papers: Statements of account, invoices and receipts (1905-May 1906)

9

1-19

Financial Papers: Statements of account, invoices and receipts (June 1906-1907)

10

1-8

Financial Papers: Statements of account, invoices and receipts (1908).

9-10

Financial Papers: Richard Ellis Butler Ledger (1842-1867) (The original ledger was photocopied on to acid-free paper)

Stack Location

Box

Folder

Contents

Manuscript Volumes

J:10

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v.1-20

Checkbooks (1891-1905).

v.21

Ledger: Estate of R. G. Ellis (1844-1858).

v.22

Ledger: Richard Ellis Butler (1852-1869)

v.23

Ledger: Richard Ellis Butler (1855-1869)

v.24

Cash Book: Richard Ellis Butler (1869-1871)

v.25

Cash Book: Richard Ellis Butler (1869-1884)

v.26

Notebook and Plantation Diary: Thomas W. Butler (1881-1891)

v.27

Cash Book: Personal and household expenses for Thomas W. Butler (1884-1891).

v.28

Plantation Diary: Thomas W. Butler (1892-1908)

v.29

Ledger: Thomas W. Butler (1893-1908)

v.30

Cash Book: Thomas W. Butler (1899-1903)

v.31

Cash Book: Thomas W. Butler (1903-1913).

MF 5322

UPA Microfilm 5322 Series I, part 5, Reels 4-9