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MF 5750, Series E, Reel 1

Boyer (Mrs. Albert P.) Papers and Account Books

(Mss. 1258)


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


Scope and Content Note


Series Description(s)


Cross References


Container List


Related Information


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47 items; 4 volumes

Geographic locations.

New Orleans, La.

Inclusive dates.


Bulk dates.



English, French


Records of a female African American undertaker of New Orleans.


Arranged by series.

Restrictions on access.

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

Related collections.



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Mrs. Albert P. Boyer Account Books, Mss. 1258, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack location(s).

E:51, O:4

Also available on:

Microfilm 5750, Series E, Reel 1

Biographical/Historical Note

Mrs. Albert P. Boyer was an African-American undertaker of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Scope and Content Note

Papers consist of promissory notes; statements of accounts to customers; bills for coffins, caskets, and other merchandise; and statements showing collections and disbursements for Boyer and Corbette and the New Ladies Providence B.M.A.A. Collection also contains bound manuscripts which include two cashbooks (1885-1899), with bank deposit and expense entries; a journal (1885-1888), reflecting accounts with clients for funeral expenses; and a ledger (1896-1899), containing both client and burial society accounts.

Series Descriptions

Series I, Business papers of Mrs. Albert P. Boyer; 1886-1907

Papers consist of promissory notes, 1886-1898, signed by Widow A. P. Boyer; 1 statement, 1895, to St. Alphonse Society form Widow A.P. Boyer (billhead), undertaker; 21 bills (2 from Orleans Manufacturing Company – coffins and caskets) and statement of account to customers f, 1899, also a statement showing collections and disbursements for Boyer and Cobette; 2 statements of account, 1901-1903, for collections and disbursements for Mr. Boyer and Mrs. Cobette; 1 statement, 1904, showing collections and disbursements for the New Ladies Providence B.M.A.A. addressed to officers and members; 1 bill, 1907, for merchandise to M. Cobette; and 7 miscellaneous items, undated

Series II, Account Books; 1885-1899

4 bound manuscript volumes:

1. Cashbook, 1885-1891 (Part in French); statement, July 1885 – January 1889, of bank deposits and expenses listed in succession of P[ierre] Boyer. Volume contains daily entries for cash receipts and expenses. At the end of each month a balance is taken. Entries for July 1885 – February 1889 are in French. Entries for March 1889 – January 1891 are in English.

2. Cashbook, 1896-1899; Daily entries for cash receipts and expenses.

3. Journal, 1885-1888; Accounts with clients for funeral expenses.

4. Ledger, 1896-1899; Accounts with clients for funeral expenses including the accounts with many burial associations or societies.

Index Terms

African American fraternal organizations--Louisiana--New Orleans.

African American undertakers--Louisiana.

Boyer, Albert P., Mrs.

Boyer and Corbette (New Orleans, La.)

Boyer, Pierre.

Cobette, Antoine J.

Coffins--Prices--Louisiana--New Orleans.

Container List





Contents (with dates)

Series I, Business Papers




Papers, 1886-1907; 47 items

Series II, Account Books


Vol.2. Cashbook, 1896-1899


Vol.1. Cashbook, 1885-1891 (part in French)

Vol.3. Journal, 1885-1888 (in French)

Vol.4. Ledger, 1896-1899

MF 5750, Series E

Reel 1

Related Information

Research from New Orleans City Directory

1886 – Jane A. Boyer, 114 N. Rampart, widow Peter, undertaker

1890 – Jane A. Boyer, undertaker

1894 – Mrs. Jane Boyer, Albert P. Boyer, undertakers; A. J. Cobette, clk.

1895 – Mrs. A.P. Boyer, undertaker; A.J. Cobette, clk.

1896 – Mrs. Albert P. Boyer, undertaker

1897 – Mrs. Jane Boyer, undertaker, 518 N. Rampart, undertaker; A.J. Cobette, blacksmith

1899 – Boyer and Cobette, undertakers

1900 – Boyer and Taylor, A. P. Boyer widow; Antoine J. Cobette, horseshoer

1901 – Boyer, A. P. widow and James H. Taylor; 1309 St. Phillip Street.

Anthony J. Cobette, blacksmith, r. 1221 Orleans.

1907 – Boyer, Mrs. Albert P.; Pres. Boyer & Taylor Company, Ltd., undertakers

Taken from U.S. Census for 1880

Pierre Boyer Mu. 60 undertaker

Annori Mu. 70 wife

Albert Mu. 41 son

Ann Jane Mu. 28 daughter-in-law

Mamie Mu. 9 grandchild

Albert Mu. 4 grandchild