GAY-BUTLER-PLATER FAMILY PAPERS

(Mss. 4872)

Inventory

Compiled by

Jennifer Pino and Rose Tarbell

2007-2008

Updated by

Bradley J. Wiles

2009

Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections

Special Collections, Hill Memorial Library

Louisiana State University Libraries

Baton Rouge, Louisiana State University

CONTENTS OF INVENTORY

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE ...................................................................................... 4
SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE ................................................................................................... 7
LIST OF SUB-GROUPS, SERIES, AND SUBSERIES ................................................................ 8
SERIES DESCRIPTIONS .............................................................................................................. 9
INDEX TERMS ............................................................................................................................ 20
CONTAINER LIST ...................................................................................................................... 23
APPENDIX I: CONTAINER LIST OF RESTRICTED GAY-BUTLER-PLATER ITEMS ...... 38
APPENDIX II: FAMILY TREES OF THE GAY, BUTLER, PLATER, AND BUGG FAMILIES .................................................................................................................................... 41

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SUMMARY

Size

29 lin. ft, 25 vol., 14 oversize folders

Geographic Locations

Louisiana, Virginia, Tennessee, Europe

Inclusive Dates

1814-2009

Languages

English

Summary

Correspondence, financial, legal, photographic, and personal papers of the allied Gay, Butler and Plater families of Nashville, Tenn., and Plaquemine and Thibodaux, La., that document their political, social, family, education, and financial (primarily planting) activities over two centuries.

Access Restrictions

Access to photographic negatives requires permission of the curator.

Some items have been housed separately due to donor restrictions and are only available to predetermined family members until the restrictions expire. Restricted materials include: Correspondence from Richard C. Plater, David D. Plater, and Sheela Burke Plater from 1959-2003; income tax and other financial records from 1940-1998; legal documents from 1995 and 2003; financial, legal, and general administrative records from Acadia Plantation from 1952-2003; select personal papers and all diaries from Richard C. Plater Sr., Richard C. Plater Jr., David D. Plater, and Pamela Plater. See Series Descriptions and Appendix I for terms, dates, and listing of restricted items.

Reproduction Note

May be reproduced.

Copyright

Physical rights and copyright are retained by the LSU Libraries.

Related Collections

Acadia Plantation Records, Mss. 4906.

Gay (Edward J. and Family) Papers, Mss. 1295

Gay (Andrew Hynes and Family) Papers, Mss. 2542

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 W.) Papers, Mss. 888

Butler (Thomas and Family) Papers, Mss. 2850

Butler Family Papers, Mss. 1026

Citation

Gay-Butler-Plater Family Papers, Mss. 4872, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

Stack Locations

G:43-72, Q:1-6, OS:G

BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL NOTE

Edward James Gay (1816-1889), born in Liberty, Bedford County, Va., and Lavinia Hynes Gay (b. 1821) born in Nashville, Davidson County, Tenn., were married in 1840. They lived in St. Louis, Mo., until the late 1850s, when they moved to St. Louis Plantation in Iberville Parish, La. The couple had six children: Andrew Hynes Gay (1841- 1914), Edward J. Gay, Jr. (1850-1878), John H. Gay (1853-1915), Sophia M. Gay [Crow] (1843- 1929), Mary Susan Gay [Butler] (1846-1882), and Anna Margaret Gay [Price] (1855-1939). The house of Edward J. Gay in St. Louis was named ―Gay Villa,‖ where Sophie Gay later lived with her family after her marriage to Philip A. Crow (b. 1842).

The parents of Edward J. Gay were Sophia Mitchell Gay (1793-1869) and John Henderson Gay (1787-1878), natives of Virginia who with their son moved west to Illinois, then on to St. Louis. The John Henderson Gay family lived on Union Avenue, where Mary Susan Gay Butler and her family later resided. The family established a mercantile business, and Edward J Gay became a factor, selling merchandise to plantations downriver, mainly on credit. His marriage to Lavinia Hynes led to his gradual acquisition of the Hynes Plantation, St. Louis, near Plaquemine, Iberville Parish, La. The plantation was expanded over the years and at Gay’s death in 1889 amounted to over 3,600 acres.

After the Civil War, Andrew H. Gay married his wartime sweetheart, Mary Dickinson (1845-1872) of Bayou Grosse Tete. Andrew H. Gay remarried in 1876 to Lodoiska Clement (1843-1933). The children of the first marriage were Anna Maria Gay who later married Charles McClung of Knoxville; Lavinia Gay who married Allen Weaver of St. Louis; Mary Sue Gay who married Albert Doolittle of Kansas City; and Andrew Gay, Jr. who married Irene Cannon. The sole child of the second marriage was Edward J. Gay, III (1878-1952) who married Gladys Fenner (1883-1970) of New Orleans. Edward J. Gay III served as a United States Senator from 1915-1917 and fathered the generations of the Gays who now control St. Louis Plantation.

From 1865 until approximately 1880, Edward J. Gay acquired other plantations, partly through his function as a creditor for owners who were unable to pay off their debts. Two such properties were Acadia Plantation and Coulon Plantation near Thibodaux, La., on Bayou Lafourche. Acadia Plantation was a 2,000 acre property that Gay allowed his daughter Anna Margaret Gay Price (―Nannie‖) and son-in-law Andrew Price (1854-1909) to manage. After Gay’s death in 1889, the Prices came into partial ownership and then acquired the remaining ownership from the other Gay heirs. (Coulon Plantation was later sold to the Beattie family). Gay also had several sugar mills on his various plantations. He established a sugar refinery in New Orleans and maintained residences and offices there, in Plaquemine, and in St. Louis, Mo.

During the Civil War the Gay family remained at St. Louis Plantation, although Edward J. Gay occasionally travelled to St. Louis and New Orleans. In 1869 Mary Susan Gay married Major Lawrence Lewis Butler (1836-1898), the son of Colonel Edward G. W. Butler (1800-1888) and Frances Parke Lewis Butler (1797-1875) of Dunboyne Plantation at Bayou Goula, La. Following the death of his wife in 1875, Col. Butler joined his son’s family in St. Louis and became a family fixture until his own death in 1888.

Major Lawrence Butler, who worked for Edward J. Gay, and Mary Susan Gay resided first on Locus St. then on Union Avenue in St. Louis. They had to five children (not including a son who died shortly after birth in 1874), beginning with Frances (Fannie) in 1869, then Edward (Eddie or Ned) in 1872, Lavinia (Toots or Lavie) in 1875, Anna (Nannie) in 1877, and finally Mary Susan (originally named Eleanor but renamed, and later called Suzanne). Mary Susan Gay died suddenly in March 1882, and Lawrence Butler married family friend Sue Martin (b. circa 1841) in early 1885. The children, however, continued their visits with relatives, particularly Frances and Anna with both the Gay and the Price families. The three younger girls attended a finishing school in New York City and traveled in Europe in the 1890s. All of the children are well described in correspondence, with Anna as an especial favorite of her father and of the Prices. After Major Butler’s death in 1898 Anna resided with the Prices at Clover Bottom Farm outside of Nashville, where she met and married (1904) Richard C. Plater (1872-1955).

During the 1880s, Edward J. Gay was persuaded to run for Congress and won against his Republican opponent in 1884. He served until his death, creating many difficulties for him and for Lavinia Hynes Gay in finding, maintaining, and staffing adequate housing in Washington, D.C., as well as maintaining their other residences. The combined work loads of politics and business took their toll and Gay’s health gradually declined. Gay died intestate and the settlement of his estate (and of Lavinia’s, who died in 1891) remained a matter of business for the family well into the twentieth century.

Concurrently, Andrew and Anna Price prospered at the Lafourche site of Acadia Plantation, which became their residence after 1882 when they moved from New Orleans. Andrew Price, like Lawrence Lewis Butler, worked for his father-in-law. They had no children, however, and Anna became even closer to her nieces and nephews, especially to Anna ―Nannie‖ Butler. In the 1880s the Prices acquired an antebellum home at Clover Bottom, Donelson, Tenn., near the Stones River and Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. There they raised race horses and mules for use on the Louisiana plantations and entertained family and friends in the summers.

Andrew Price succeeded Edward J. Gay to Congress, and his service continued to 1896, during which time Price’s brother, William ―Uncle Willie‖ or ―Colonel‖ Price, handled much of the Acadia Plantation affairs. Between 1882 and 1900 the main residence was remodeled twice, and the mill improved. Willie Price, a farm superintendent and a local political power, lived on the second floor of the Acadia Plantation sugar mill boarding house and remained unmarried until late in life. He eventually married Agnes Boudreaux, a Roman Catholic, in 1926, but kept his liaison a secret until the summer of 1927.

By 1926, the Acadia Plantation property, which had grown by purchase of additional land to more than 3600 acres, was in decline due to disease in the sugar cane. A hurricane in 1926 also destroyed much of the sugar mill, which was scrapped in the early 1930s on the advice of Anna’s nephew in law, Richard C. Plater, Sr., in order to escape a tax sale of the property. Anna ―Nannie‖ Price divided her residence between Acadia Plantation and her Belle Meade Avenue apartment in Nashville, Tenn. (Clover Bottom Farm was sold in 1918), until her death in 1939.

Anna Gay Butler Plater (d. 1961), Richard C. Plater, Sr. (d. 1955), Louise Plater Hale (d. 1980), and Richard C. Plater, Jr. (1908-2004), became the owners of Acadia Plantation by inheritance from Anna ―Nannie‖ Gay Price, and the process of restoration of land to productivity began once again.

Richard C. Plater, Jr. had two sons with Eleanore Leake (d. 1937): Richard Ormande (b. 1933) and David Dunboyne (b. 1936). Ormonde, as he was commonly known, was born in New York City but was raised at Acadia Plantation. He graduated from Christ School in North Carolina, Vanderbilt University, and Tulane University (Ph.D. in English, 1969). He married Kathleen Treadway in 1957 and they moved to New Orleans in 1964. They had three children: Nancy, Elizabeth, and George. David graduated from Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, Williams College, and Tulane University. He married Sheela Burke on April 25, 1962, and had three children: Bryan, Christopher, and Juliana. A resident of Thibodaux, David became the main property manager of Acadia Plantation when his father retired around 1973 and retained that responsibility until Acadia Plantation was sold by the Plater and Hale descendants in October 2003 to Acadia Agricultural Holdings, L.L.C. Its principals are Jacob Giardina and Ronald Adams.

Note: This information was extracted from published sources and materials within the collection.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE

The Gay-Butler-Plater family papers document their activities and interests from 1814-2009. The collection consists of correspondence, financial and legal records, photographs, printed items, genealogical information, newspaper clippings, and personal items such as scrapbooks, diaries, recipes, school workbooks, writings, and artifacts. Because the Gay and Plater families are related by marriage to the Butler and Price families, items for the latter appear throughout the collection

The correspondence includes letters discussing family news and problems, financial and legal issues, politics, travel, social life, plantation management and other business activities, and genealogical research. Much of the historical progression of these families may be traced by following the correspondence chronologically.

The financial and legal records include the personal financial information of prominent family members and items reflecting the growth of the family estates through investment, property acquisitions, real estate development, and capitalization on mineral and oil rights. As the estate was divided and inherited by future generations, the transfer of real property and financial assets is evident in succession records.

The early photographic images are portraits of family members, most notably Anna Margaret Gay Price, Anna Gay Butler Plater, Edward J. Gay, Jr., Edward Gay Butler, Andrew Price, Richard C. Plater, Jr., and Pamela Plater. While most photographs are portraits, there are pictures and slides of Acadia Plantation. A variety of printed items was also accumulated by the family over the years, including invitations, greeting cards, published works, and sheet music of Kitty Cheatham, a Plater cousin. The few maps and plans in the collection focus almost exclusively on Acadia Plantation and the surrounding area near Thibodaux, La.

Genealogical information is found throughout the collection. The Plater family accumulated a large amount of genealogical material that has been arranged into its own series. However, the correspondence, succession records, and legal documents are particularly useful in tracing the ancestry and progression of the family.

Most of the items related to Acadia Plantation are arranged in a separate series and mostly consists of financial, legal, and administrative records. Records related to the additional properties owned by the family (Calmes Neck, Foxlair, and Play Garden) are also available and contain information about the acquisition and activities taking place at each property.

LIST OF SUB-GROUPS, SERIES, AND SUBSERIES

Subgroup 1: Gay Family (1814-1979)

Series I: Correspondence (1814-1940)

Series II: Photographs and other Graphic Materials (1829-1976)

Subseries 1: Photographs (1829-1976)

Subseries 2: Artifacts (1880-1920)

Subseries 3: Printed Items (1846-1952)

Series III: Financial (1879-1949)

Series IV: Legal (1816-1979)

Sub-series 1: Succession (1816-1973)

Sub-series 2: General (1867-1979)

Series V: Personal Papers (1838-1939)

Subgroup 2: Plater Family (1818-2009)

Series I: Correspondence (1846-2009)

Series II: Photographs and other Graphic Materials (1830-2006)

Sub-series 1. Photographs (1830-2002)

Sub-series 2: Printed Items (1884-2006)

Sub-series 3: Maps and Plans (1889-1955)

Sub-series 4: Artifacts (1974, undated)

Series III: Financial (1865-1994)

Series IV: Legal (1818-2003)

Sub-series 1: Succession (1940-1971)

Sub-series 2: General (1818-2003)

Series V: Acadia Plantation (1882-2000)

Sub-series 1: Financial (1882-1973)

Sub-series 2: Legal (1897-1972)

Sub-series 3: General (1883-2000)

Series VI: Personal Papers (1875-2003)

Sub-series 1: Properties (1918-2001)

Sub-series 2: Genealogy (1881-2003)

Sub-series 3: General (1875-2002)

Series VII: Diaries (1939-1999)

Series VIII: Clippings (1927-2004)

SERIES DESCRIPTIONS

Gay Family Sub-group, 1814-1979

Documents pertaining to or collected by members of the Gay, Butler, and Price families. However, as it is difficult to clearly delineate between these families and the Platers, the occasional correspondence or reference to the Plater family appears within this group, especially items pertaining to Anna Gay Butler Plater and Richard C. Plater, Sr.

I. Correspondence, 1814-1940, undated (1 lin. foot)

The Gay family correspondence consists largely of discussions regarding family news and problems, travels, politics, social life, plantation management and activities, business dealings and the sharing of genealogical information. It is arranged chronologically. Primary correspondents included Edward J. Gay, Sr., Lavinia Hynes Gay, Andrew Price, Anna Margaret Gay Price (―Aunt Nan‖), Major Lawrence Lewis Butler, Mary Susan Gay Butler, and Anna Gay Butler Plater (―Nannie‖). However, the correspondence of Anna Gay Buter Plater following her marriage to Richard C. Plater, Sr., as well as between him and Andrew Price, has been placed in the Plater family correspondence series.

Some letters of interest regarding family news mention the death of Eliza Gay Martin and her son (11 June 1863), the miscarriage of Andrew Hynes Gay’s child by wife Mary Dickinson (28 Oct. 1871), and accounts of the death of Edward J. Gay , Jr. from yellow fever (18, 20 Sept. 1878). Further mention of yellow fever and the croup is in a letter dated 13 Oct. 1879. Letters from Lavinia H. Gay to Edward J. Gay, Jr. regarding family news, runaway house servants, a tutor for her son, and the difficulty of running a household with Edward J. Gay, Sr. present (1876-1882); letters and sympathy correspondence regarding the death of Mary Susan Gay Butler; letters dated 1883-1887 from Lavinia H. Gay to Anna Gay Butler Plater regarding family news and some political commentary; and a reference to Andrew Price mentioned as second in a duel involving Judge Caillouett (27 Feb. 1889).

The family spent a considerable amount of time on their plantations. Included are discussions of the condition of St. Louis Plantation (Plaquemine, La.) as well as yellow fever cases and prevention (25 Sept. 1849); general plantation matters and activities are discussed during the years 1856-1857; there is mention of competition between the Irish Americans and African Americans for jobs (28 Oct. 1871); and a 1874 account of a dispute between Albert Ferry and Edward J. Gay, Jr. about the settlement of crops on the plantation. Letters from 1929-1935 mention activities at Acadia Plantation during the Great Depression.

The correspondence frequently refers to politics including an 1885 letter mentioning the inauguration activities of Grover Cleveland; a letter dated 12 Sept. 1886 by Edward J. Gay, Jr. mentions Murphy Foster (1849-1921, Louisiana governor 1892-1900); and a letter regarding the memorial service held by the House of Representatives for Edward J. Gay, Sr. (23 March 1890). The 1881-1889 letters of Edward J. Gay, Jr. are of a political,

business, and personal nature, expressing concern over the ―New York administration‖ and a desire to have Louisiana represented in the presidential cabinet.

Other letters of interest mention events such as the whereabouts of Edward J. Gay, Jr. during the Great Fire of Chicago (19 Oct. 1871), the St. Louis Exposition (27 Oct. 1876), and a labor strike in Thibodaux, La. (29 Nov. 1881). Letters between Edward Gay Butler and his brother-in-law Wyatt Shallcross discuss the management and eventual sale of property owned by the two in St. Louis, Mo. (1921-1922, 1935-1937). Butler also received advice from Richard C. Plater, Sr., on investments. (1922).

II. Photographs and other Graphic Materials, 1846-1976

1. Photographs, 1829-1976, undated (1.75 lin. ft)

Includes photographs, mounted prints, carte-de-visites, daguerreotypes, cabinet cards, picture postcards, and studio portraits of the Gay family members and their friends. The most common subjects were Anna Margaret Gay Price, Anna Gay Butler Plater, Andrew Price, Edward J. Gay, Jr., Edward Gay Butler, and John Henderson Gay; very few images depict locations. Butler family photographs are housed separately. Photographs are arranged alphabetically and chronologically, and housed to best accommodate their sizes. Consult container lists at end of inventory for detailed listing of persons and subjects represented in this sub-series.

2. Artifacts, 1880-1920, undated (0.25 lin. ft)

Includes items belonging to Gay family members, such as a mother of pearl photo album (ca. 1880-1920), a souvenir fan from the 4th Annual Banquet of the New York Southern Society (1890), and Andrew Price’s delegate badge from the Democratic Convention, St. Louis (1888). Also includes encased images of Anna Gay Butler Plater and her mother, Mary Susan Gay Butler (undated).

3. Printed Items, 1846-1952, undated (0.3 lin. ft)

Contains printed items belonging to the Gay and Butler families such as invitations to weddings, Mardi Gras, and other events; calling cards, greeting cards, and a few published items in the family’s possession: Archie’s Bird Fancier (1846), Poor Richard’s Almanac (1852), Union Primer, and a picture of the racehorse, ―Egotist‖ (1897). Arranged chronologically.

III. Financial, 1879-1949 (0.3 linear ft)

Most materials in this series pertain to the Edward J. Gay Planting and Manufacturing Company (1928-1947), and the papers accumulated in relation to the audit of the estate of Anna Margaret Gay Price. The audit papers date from 1939-1949 and consist of an account book with pages for accounts in banks, trusts, and stocks showing gains, losses and balances (1939-1942); and financial correspondence addressed to Richard C. Plater, Sr., Walter Hale, and Mrs. Samuel Price concerning

accounts, certificates, and other documents addressing her assets. In order to preserve the provenance of the audit, some items were kept in original order thereby not allowing for any kind of definitive arrangement.

Others items in the series include bills and receipts for Andrew and Anna Margaret Gay Price (1879-1915), small accounting books belonging to Lawrence Lewis Butler (1890s), and two ledgers he kept as curator for Edward Gay Butler, Anna Gay Butler Plater and Mary Susan Gay Butler. Statements of rents received by Edward Gay Butler and Wyatt Shallcross for properties they owned in St. Louis, Mo., are also available (1920-1922).

IV. Legal, 1816-1979

1. Succession, 1816-1973 (0.3 lin. ft)

Documents retained in the succession papers of Edward J. Gay, Sr., Andrew Price, Anna Margaret Gay Price, and Edward G. Butler. Items consist of wills, legal documents, correspondence, and corresponding financial documents.

2. General, 1867-1979 (0.3 lin. ft)

Miscellaneous legal documents and topics are compiled within this sub-series, including letters and supporting documents for Andrew and Anna Margaret Gay Price concerning sales and accounts and their marriage papers. Items of particular interest relate to railroads and mineral rights, consisting of signed legal documents from land owners giving Andrew Price right of way through their properties in order to build a railroad in Terrebonne Parish; a copy of a letter (1937) to Price concerning mineral rights on St. Bridgett Plantation; and an oil, gas, and mineral lease for Edward Gay Butler for a piece of land in Baton Rouge, La. (1941).

V. Personal Papers, 1838-1939, undated (2.75 lin. ft)

Consists of miscellaneous items of a personal nature pertaining to or collected by the Gay, Butler and Price families, including diaries, scrapbooks, recipe books, school workbooks, instructions for needlepoint, newspaper clippings, and collected poems. Specific items of interest include a notebook of history of how the Gays acquired land (ca. 1890-1900), a diploma (1873) and undated address books belonging to Anna Margaret Gay Price, and a collection of ―Sonny Says‖ comics pasted into a scrapbook. Two autograph books kept by Andrew Price are also present, one from his days as a student at Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., (1875), and another (1891) signed by members of Congress and members of the cabinet during Harrison's administration, when Andrew Price was Representative from Louisiana’s 3rd Congressional District, 1889-1896.

Also includes the Civil War diary of to Mary Susan Gay Butler and travel diaries of Andrew and Anna Margaret Gay Price, Edward Gay Butler and Emily Mansfield Butler. In addition, this series includes a copy of Memorial Address on the Life and Character of Edward J. Gay, March 22, 1890.

These papers also contain a large number of photocopied items that appear in the container list as ―HNOC Copies‖ and consist of a diary and notes of Anna Margaret Gay Price (1873-1888), and handwritten personal letters, documents, and newspaper clippings (1873-1939). The originals are owned by the Historic New Orleans Collection (New Orleans, La.).

Plater Family Sub-Group, 1846-2009

Documents pertaining to or collected by members of the Plater family. However, as it is impossible to create a clear delineation between the Platers and their relation to the Gay, Butler, and Price families, the occasional correspondence or reference to these families appears within this group.

I. Correspondence, 1818-2009, undated (3 lin. ft)

Correspondents include Andrew Price, Anna Margaret Gay Butler Plater, Richard C. Plater, Sr., Richard C. Plater Jr., Pamela Robinson Plater, David D. Plater, and Sheela Burke Plater. Topics include family news, social life, business correspondence, genealogy, and historic preservation.

Richard C. Plater, Jr. and David Plater compose most of the correspondence. Richard C. Plater, Jr. is mostly concerned with politics, advice to family members and friends, writing letters to congressmen and representatives, and discussing the history of the family and plantation. David Plater writes business and personal letters and provides genealogical information.

Historic preservation projects that are discussed include work to restore Clover Bottom in Nashville, Tenn. a family home of Andrew Price; the Friends of the Cabildo’s work to preserve Jackson Square in New Orleans; and efforts in Thibodaux, La., to include Acadia Plantation on a Louisiana plantations tour.

Notable letters of a political nature by Richard C. Plater, Jr. include the following: a letter to Stuart Rose expressing his displeasure at political situations and Asiatic policy, and discussing work in the Civil Service Commission in Thibodaux, La (4 Jan. 1950); a rehearsal speech in a letter which contains political statements of John F. Kennedy, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and mentions participation in the John Birch Society (22 Aug. 1963); letter from the White House about Plater’s self-penned ―Declaration of Interdependence (29 Jan. 1974); letters to and from U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston and U.S. Representative Billy Tauzin about information Plater had supplied to them on hydrogen as a fuel substitute for foreign oil (19 Dec. 1980, 5 and 12 Jan. 1981). These items typify the type of correspondence and advice given by Richard C. Plater, Jr. to other political representatives.

Richard C. Plater, Jr.’s interest in education and the youth can be seen in his letters about scouting and his alma mater, Williams College. His letter dated 22 May 1962 to Kenneth Wells, representative of the Boy Scouts of America, extols the merits of

scouting and suggests several improvements for the future of the organization; like correspondence exists throughout the 1950s and 1960s. In a 1981 letter to Dr. Steven Muller (of Johns Hopkins University) in response to a November 10, 1980, profile in U.S. News and World Report, Plater suggests instituting a value system for students, something he proposed in a similar letter to Williams College.

Family history and genealogical information are contained in some of the letters as well. A letter dated 10 July 1985 discusses the descendants of Sophia Ridgely Plater Fuller, who emigrated to Maryland from Suffolk County, England; attached is a Plater genealogy. A letter written by Richard C. Plater, Jr., dated 8 Sept. 1988, includes one of the few references to Eleanore Leake Plater, his first wife, and goes into the details of her death while also addressing the events that led to what Plater believes was his acquiring enhanced intuitive abilities. Letters from 2002 between David Plater and Plater Robinson relate to genealogy and family history including discussion about the 1883 political campaign of Andrew Price; Willie Price (brother of Andrew Price and former caretaker of Acadia Plantation) and Agnes M. Price’s deaths and burials; ―Aunt Nan’s‖ distaste for Willie Price because of his Catholicism and her belief that he seduced Agnes Price (later his wife) and contributed to Agnes’ sister’s suicide; and a story of Major Lawrence Lewis Butler’s Civil War service in Dreaux’s Battalion. Arranged chronologically.

RESTRICTION: Selected correspondence between David D. Plater and Sheela B. Plater is CLOSED to researchers until Jun 30, 2019, except to specified family members. For administrative purposes, Appendix I records the location of these items.

II. Photographs and Other Graphic Materials, 1830-2006

1. Photographs, 1830-2002, undated (4 lin. ft)

Includes photographs, mounted prints, carte-de-visites, cabinet cards, glass plates, negatives, picture postcards, slides, and studio portraits of the Plater family, including Richard C. Plater, Sr. and Jr., Anna Gay Butler Plater, Pamela R. Plater, David D. Plater; David’s children, Juliana, Bryan, and Christopher; Kitty Cheatham, and friends of the family, including Robert Penn Warren and Elizabeth Warren.

Photographs of interest include Richard Cheatham and Edwin Booth (actor and brother of John Wilkes Booth); the Bugg family; the wedding of Richard C. Plater, Jr. and Pamela Plater as well as photos taken throughout their life together with the family; a Plater family portrait taken ca. 1890; and photographs of a number of family properties including Acadia Plantation, Boxwood, Clover Bottom Farm, Evergreen Plantation, and Play Garden. Also present is a series of snapshots of African Americans at Acadia, including Mrs. Stella Woods Queen, who was born on Acadia in 1900 and lived there until around 1980; she worked in the sugar mill and boarding house. Photographs of the sugar mill and boarding house are also included.

A few portraits are housed separately due to the type of image or encasement. The subjects of these portraits include Mary Louise Bugg Plater, Thomas Plater, Catherine Smiley Bugg, Kitty Cheatham, Richard Cheatham, Colonel Clark Williams, and Anna ―Vianda‖ Plater Williams. The glass plates depict Thomas Plater, Mary Louise Bugg Plater, Richard C. Plater, Sr., Edward Gay Butler and Anna Gay Butler Plater.

The negatives are both in cut strips commonly found with 35mm film, and rolls of negative film. The subject of these images is almost entirely comprised of the Acadia Plantation residence (1939, 1947, 1955) and geographic locations, such as Cuba (1904) and Nicaragua (1950). Many of the negatives are undated and unidentifiable. The slides contain images taken between 1952 and ca. 1970, and include pictures of Acadia Plantation, Hurricane Betsy, Mardi Gras, the Delta Queen, and Richard C. Plater, Jr. and Pamela Plater.

RESTRICTION: Use of all photographic negatives, including glass plate negatives, requires permission of the manuscripts curator. For a detailed list of photographic negatives from the Plater Family Subgroup see Appendix I.

2. Printed Items, 1884-2006, undated (0.75 lin. ft)

Consists of many publications in several formats covering a wide array of topics, including an item titled Betsy: the Story of the Most Devasting Hurricane Ever to Strike Louisiana (1965); Kitty Cheatham; Records and Recollections of Thibodaux, Louisiana ca. 1970); and some items unique to the Platers, such as a performance called ―Finian’s Rainbow‖ that was choreographed by Sheela Plater and acted in by David D. Plater (1976), and a publication titled ―A Thing Done Well‖ by the Butler family (1993).

Series also includes sheet music and songbooks of Kitty Cheatham (1931-1942); and songbooks belonging to Anna Gay Butler Plater (1923) as well as miscellaneous undated songbooks. The container list provides a detailed listing of the items in this series, arranged chronologically.

3. Maps and Plans, 1889-1955, undated (0.25 lin. ft)

Includes maps, blueprints, and plans of Acadia Plantation, Belle Meade, Evergreen Plantation, land in and around Nicholls State University (Thibodaux, La.), and the proposed Acadia Subdivision. This series focuses heavily on land in and around Acadia Plantation, reflecting the commercial development of the Thibodaux area. Most of these items are undated and oversized.

4. Artifacts, 1974, undated (0.25 lin. ft)

Very small series comprised of an unidentified photo album, a Thibodaux Fire Department Centennial Doubloon (1974) and a Quinq Club pin.

III. Financial, 1865-1994, undated (3.25 lin. ft)

Account books, stock records, estate audits, checkbooks, ledgers, and correspondence as it relates to family and personal finances. Includes records of stocks on ledger sheets representing the assets of Richard C. Plater, Sr. (1934-1951) and Richard C. Plater, Jr. (1929-1974); summaries of dividends for Anna Gay Butler Plater and Richard C. Plater, Sr. (1943-1953); ledger documenting Richard C. Plater, Sr.’s social security tax payments (1951-1955); and income and expense ledgers for Richard C. and Pamela Plater (1943-1994) which is all encompassing of their assets, including petroleum, property rentals, royalties, dividends, medical, cash contributions, securities, land, supplies, and labor.

A large part of this series is checkbooks belonging to Richard C. Plater. Sr. and Jr., and Pamela Plater. These items were retained in order to represent the banking done by a 20th century sugar plantation family in southern Louisiana, reflecting business, personal, and social transactions.

RESTRICTION: Tax records for Richard C. Plater, Jr. and Pamela Plater, and records detailing their income from Acadia Plantation, are CLOSED until December 25, 2014, except to specified family members. Gift tax records are CLOSED until June 30, 2015, except to specified family members. Patrons must use the photographic copy surrogates of the ledger detailing Richard C. Plater’s socials security tax payments, from which social security numbers have been redacted. For administrative purposes, Appendix I records the location of these items.

IV. Legal, 1818-2003

1. Succession, 1940-1971 (1.25 lin. ft)

Includes legal and personal correspondence, copies of wills, and assorted legal documents dealing with the succession of Anna Gay Butler Plater, Richard C. Plater, Sr., and Anna ―Vianda‖ Plater Williams.

Correspondence about Anna Gay Butler Plater is exchanged between Richard C. Plater, Jr. and R. Walter Hale (trustees) regarding the estate, the trust, and how to proceed with the finances. Supplementary tax and financial information is included.

The Richard C. Plater, Sr. materials list Richard C. Plater, Jr. and R. Walter Hale as executors and contain correspondence discussing the settling of the estate upon his passing. Includes financial information, balance sheets and statements, ledger sheets (1944-1957) recording his stocks, bonds, and assets. Also includes a legal document regarding the emancipation of David D. Plater so that he may accept securities left to him by Richard C. Plater, Sr. (1955), and a carbon copy of his will (1948).

The Anna ―Vianda‖ Plater Williams materials contain a photocopy of her will (1962); a program for the auction of her estate in New York; and detailed legal documents accounting the financial worth of her estate (1968). Richard C. Plater, Jr. and Fred Hartch served as trustees of the estate.

2. General, 1818-2003 (0.5 lin. ft)

General legal information regarding a number of family members and topics. Items include the marriage license of Richard C. Plater, Jr. and his second wife, Pam (1941); trust agreements set up for Ormonde and David D. Plater (1942-1944); paperwork regarding the donation of the Butler papers to Historic New Orleans Collection; legal documents and correspondence regarding Anna Gay Butler Plater’s attempts to establish a living trust; deed of gift and subsequent legal documents and correspondence regarding a trust set up by Richard C. Plater, Jr. to Shenandoah University (Virginia); and a power of attorney granted to Richard C. Plater, Jr. and David D. Plater on Pam’s behalf (1996).

RESTRICTION: David D. Plater power-of-attorney documents from 1995 and 2003 are CLOSED until January 13, 2023 except to specified family members. For administrative purposes, Appendix I records the location of these items.

V. Acadia Plantation, 1882-2000

1. Financial, 1882-1973 (1.75 lin. ft)

Balance sheets, income and expense sheets, and partnership income tax returns along with their supporting documentation. Volumes include check stubs, account books, and deposit books. Includes an appraisal of the plantation (1924) and inventories of buildings, machinery, railroad equipment (1927); ledger sheets showing debits and credits for banks, taxes, expenses, rentals, and subdivisions (1939-1944); and two small deposit books. The majority of items are balance sheets and tax records for 1939-1972.

RESTRICTION: Select financial records from Acadia Plantation are CLOSED until March 31, 2014, except to specified family members. For administrative purposes, Appendix I records the location of these items.

2. Legal, 1897-1973, undated, (0.25 lin. ft)

Most of the items concern the development of Acadia Subdivision (1941-1953). Other information relates to the Gay, Sullivan & Co., and Frank Lane purchase offers for Acadia Plantation.

RESTRICTION: Select legal records from Acadia Plantation are CLOSED until December 25, 2014, except to specified family members. For administrative purposes, Appendix I records the location of these items.

3. General, 1883-2000, undated (1 lin. ft)

Comprised of items related to the general operation of the plantation as well as the direction the plantation management was taking in terms of development opportunities in Thibodaux. Folders are labeled according to their contents and include topics such as urban planning and design, Audubon Gardens, plantation history, and relevant news clippings. Folders labeled ―Administrative‖ include business correspondence, summaries of plantation business that were forwarded to the owners and composed by Richard C. Plater, Jr. or David D. Plater; and items that document involvement with oil, gas, and mineral rights. Arranged chronologically.

RESTRICTION: Select general records from Acadia Plantation are CLOSED until March 31, 2014, except to specified family members. For administrative purposes, Appendix I records the location of these items.

VI. Personal Papers, 1875-2003

1. Properties, 1918-2001, undated (2 lin. ft)

Includes papers relating to properties other than Acadia Plantation that the Plater family owned in Tennessee, Virginia, and Louisiana. Items include brochures, the history of the properties, receipts, printed items, and correspondence regarding matters, both familial and business, written and received while the family resided at these residences. The properties represented include: Calmes Neck, Clover Bottom Farm, Foxlair, Kenmore, Play Garden, and Plater Farm (part of Acadia Plantation, but referred to separately). Arranged alphabetically by property.

Ten folders arranged chronologically contain correspondence and legal papers from 1953-1969 that document the acquisitions and transfers of Plater properties. It begins with Richard C. Plater, Jr.’s gift of the Play Garden property to his wife, Pam, drafts of the legal documents, and letters to attorneys. The settling of the Edward Gay Butler estate is mentioned in regards to the ―Boullet matter‖ during 1953-1954, followed by the purchase of Calmes Neck, the selling of Foxlair, and the purchase of a lot of land from Emily W. Lindsay and the Sipe Brothers near the Shenandoah River (1966). Documents and correspondence from 1969 contain Richard C. Plater, Jr.s early thoughts on the development of the Thibodaux, La., property (a hospital and Nicholls apartments).

2. Genealogy, 1881-2003, undated (1 lin. ft)

Genealogical correspondence, family trees, lists of marriages, births and deaths of the Gay, Butler and Plater families. The majority of Gay genealogy was compiled by Anna Gay Butler Plater. The bulk of information pertains to

the Butler and Plater families with some details about the Hynes family and Cheatham family, including the royal lineage of Kitty Cheatham. Also includes some information about the Lewis family of Virginia, of which Richard C. Plater, Sr. was a descendent, the family claiming to be the descendents of Edward Lewis of the Van, and research regarding the lineage of the Bugg side of the family, specifically Mary-Louise Bugg, wife of Thomas Plater. A small portion of the series contains documents recording the births of the children of Joseph and Lavinia Erwin.

Some items of interest include correspondence by Richard C. Plater, Jr. with relatives in England sharing the Plater/Playter name, regarding the ancestral home of Sotterly Castle in England. Other correspondence relates to his participation in the Butler Society.

3. General, 1875-2002, undated (2 lin. ft)

Items are of a general or personal nature having to do with the Plater family. Items belonging to Anna Gay Butler Plater include a scrapbook of Dresden actors, a book of Japanese scenes, and an undated address book. A few items include the early writings of Richard C. Plater, Sr., his diplomas, an 1890 address book, and his obituary.

Most items belong to Richard C. Plater, Jr., beginning with his baby book and report cards from the 1910s 1930s, including some of his schoolwork and early writings. As an adult he spent much of his time writing essays, editorials, letters, and articles, submitting them to publishers such as Time Magazine, the Washington Post, and local newspapers. Items include correspondence referring to his writings and discussing their specifics. He also wrote his recollections and memoirs, published for the family as From Life to Life.

Pamela Plater’s Scrapbook of Home Furnishings (ca. 1940s-1960s) is also found. Items relating to David Plater include his early schoolwork and report cards (1949-1956), and documents regarding his time in the armed forces (1960-1969). Also of notes is a report on hurricanes and flooding at Grand Isle, La., from 1960. A detailed list of items in this series can be found by referencing the Container List.

RESTRICTION: Selected writings and memoirs of Richard C. Plater, Jr. are CLOSED until December 24, 2014, except to specified family members. For administrative purposes, Appendix I records the location of these items.

VII. Diaries, 1939-1999

Diaries of Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Plater, Sr. (dating 1939-1954) and Richard C. Plater, Jr. (1941-1989) describe routine activities and family life on Acadia Plantation, Thibodaux, Louisiana. The bulk of journal entries pertain to the regular operations of the plantation, including the management of plantation tenants and employees, the cultivation of sugar cane,

rice, corn, and animal feeds, the husbandry of both bovine and equine animals, business transactions related to income, purchasing, and payroll, and private oil and natural gas exploration and extraction on plantation property. Detailed notes also describe the frequent maintenance and the evolving technology of agricultural machinery. Family life included regular social engagements with friends and family, frequent visits to New Orleans, cross-country vacations, and numerous outdoor activities. Entries also note typical family concerns, such as medical treatments, education, church and community involvement, the developing families of their two sons, David and Ormonde, and the passing of close relatives and friends. Brief notes also record current events of the period, such as the progression of World War II, political news, the approach of hurricanes, concerns over a possible nuclear attack, the Kennedy assassinations, and the growth of the space program.

In 1954, the Platers acquired a farm in the Boyce, Virginia, vicinity and referred to it as ―The Play Garden.‖ Following this acquisition, the Platers began to spend the bulk of the late spring, summer, and early fall in Virginia and also grew and sold flowers and bulbs to the community. The Platers maintained an active social and recreational schedule while at Boyce. During the winter period, the Platers returned to Acadia Plantation to oversee sugar cane harvesting and various real estate developments involving their property, including residential subdivisions, apartment buildings, shopping centers, an airport, a hospital, and Nicholls College (now Nicholls State University). Of note, Richard C. Plater, Jr. became increasingly active in the developing field of historic preservation in both Louisiana and Virginia.

Diaries of David D. Plater, 1973-1999, are also present.

RESTRICTION: Diaries of Mr. and Mrs. Richard C. Plater, Sr., and Richard C. Plater, Jr., are CLOSED until March 8, 2013, except to specified family members. The diaries of David D. Plater are CLOSED until June 30, 2015, except to specified family members. For administrative purposes, Appendix I records the location of these items.

VIII. Clippings, 1927-2004, undated (.5 lin. ft)

Newspaper clippings collected by the Plater family that reflect the local history of Thibodaux, La., and were of interest to Richard C. Plater, Jr., including a fair number that detail his work with the Boy Scouts in Thibodaux. This series also documents the social and business activities of the Platers through the print media, beginning in 1927.

INDEX TERMS

Materials relating to these people, places, and things can be found in the series indicated, as represented by their numbers.

Terms

Series

Acadia Plantation (La.)

2.II.1, 2.II.3, 2.V

Account books

1.III, 2.III

Actors--Germany--Dresden

2.VI.3

Administration of estates--Louisiana

1.III, IV, 2.IV

African Americans--Employment--Louisiana

1.1, 2.1

Audubon Gardens (Thibodaux, La.)

2.V.3

Booth, Edwin, 1833-1893

2.II.1

Boy ScoutsLouisiana--Thibodaux

2.I

Bugg family

2.II.1, 2.VI.2

Business letters

1.I, 2.I

Butler, Edward Gay

1, 2

Butler, Emily Mansfield

1.II.1, 1.V

Butler family

All series

Butler, Lawrence Lewis, 1836-1898

1.II, 1.II.1, 1.III, 2.VI

Butler, Mary Susan Gay, 1846-1882

1.I, 1.II.1,2,3, 1.III, 1.V, 2.VI.2

Butler Society

2.VI.2

Calmes Neck (Va.)

2.VI.1

Cheatham family

2.VI.2

Cheatham, Kitty

2.II.1, 2.II.2, 2.VI.2

Cheatham, Richard, 1799-1845

2.II.1

Checkbooks

2.III

Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908--Inauguration, 1885

1.I

Clippings (information artifacts)

2.VIII

Clover Bottom Farm (Nashville, Tenn.)

2.I, 2.II.1

Correspondence

1.I., 2.I

Delta Queen (Steamboat)

2.II.1

Depressions1929--United States

1.I

Diaries

2.VII

Edward J. Gay Planting and Manufacturing Company

1.III

Erwin, Joseph, d. 1829

1.VI.2, 2.VI.2

Erwin, Lavinia Thompson

2.VI.2

Evergreen Plantation (La.)

2.II.1, 2.II.3,

Financial records

1.III, 2.III

Foster, Murphy J. (Murphy James), 1849-1921

1.I

Fuller, Sophia Ridgely Plater

2.I

Gay, Edward J. (Edward James), 1816-1889

1

Gay, Edward J. (Edward James), 1850-1878

1

Gay family

1, 2

Gay, John Henderson

1.II.1

Gay, Lavinia Hynes, 1821-1891

1.I

Gay, Mary A. (Mary Augustina), 1845-1872

1.I, V

Great Fire, Chicago, Ill., 1871

1.I

Hale, R. Walter Jr., 1906-1987

2

Harburg, E. Y. (Edgar Yipsel), 1898-1981. Finian's rainbow.

2.II.2

Hartch, Fred

2.IV

Hurricane Betsy, 1965

2.II.1, 2.II.2

Inheritance and succession United States

1.III, IV, 2.IV

Lafourche Parish (La.)--History

All series

Legal documents

1.IV, 2.IV

Lewis family

2.VI.2

Louisiana--History--19th century

All series

Louisiana--History--20th century

1.I, 2.I

Maps

2.II.3

Martin, Eliza Gay

1.I, 1.II.1

Mineral rights--Louisiana

1.IV.2

Petroleum industry and trade--Louisiana

2.I, III, IV

Photographic prints

1.II.1, 1.II.1

Plantation life--Louisiana--Terrebonne Parish

All series

Plantation life--Louisiana--Lafourche Parish

All series

Plantations--Louisiana--Terrebonne Parish

All series

Plantations--Louisiana--Lafourche Parish

All series

Plantations--Louisiana--Management

All series

Plantation owners--Louisiana

All series

Plater, Anna Gay Butler, 1877-1961

All series

Plater, David Dunboyne, b. 1936

2

Plater, Eleanore Leake, d.1937

2.I

Platter family

2

Plater, Mary Louise Bugg, 1850-1898

2.11.1, 2.VI.1

Plater, Richard C., 1908-2004

2

Plater, Richard C., 1872-1955

2

Plater, Ormonde

2

Plater, Pamela Q. Robinson, 1914-1999

2

Plater, Sheela Burke, b. 1942

2

Plater, Thomas, 1824-1906

2.II.1

Price, Anna Margaret Gay, 1855-1939

All series

Price, Andrew, 1854-1909

All series

Probate accounts

2.IV

Real property--Louisiana

2.VI.1

Railroad--Louisiana--Terrebonne Parish

1.IV.2

Robinson, Plater

2.I

Scrapbooks

1.V.

Shallcross, Wyatt.

1.I, 1.III

Sheet music

2.II.2

Shenandoah University

2.IV.2

St. Brigitte Plantation (La.)

1.IV.2

St. Louis Plantation (La.)

1.I, 1.II.1, 1.V

Studio portraits

1.II.1, 2.II.1

Sugarcane - Louisiana

All series

Terrebonne Parish (La.)--History

All series

Thibodaux (La.)--History

All series

United States--Politics and government

1.I, 1.III, 2.I, 2.III

Williams, Anna Plater, 1874-1966

2.II.1

Warren, Robert Penn, 1905-1989

2.II.1

Williams College

2.I

Wills

1.IV, 2.IV

Yellow fever--Louisiana

1.I

CONTAINER LIST

Location

Box

Folder

Contents

Subgroup 1: Gay Family (1814-1979)

Series I: Correspondence (1814-1940)

G: 43

1

1-39

Correspondence (1814-1940, undated)

OS:G

1

Correspondence (1877, 1893)

Series II: Photographs and other Graphic Materials (1829-1976)

Subseries 1: Photographs (1829-1976)

G:44

2

1

Acadia Plantation (ca. 1889)

2

Audubon Park, New Orleans (1901)

3

Mary Susan Gay Butler (1866, undated)

4-6

Clover Bottom Farm, Gay Family (1891-1900, undated)

7

Colorado

8

Nellie Custis (undated)

9

El Paso, Texas (1887)

10

Eleanor ―Betty‖ Washington Whiting Fitzgerald (1935)

11-12

Edward J. Gay, Lavinia Hynes Gay (ca.1880, undated)

13

Edward J. Gay, Jr. (1873)

14

John H. Gay, Jr. (undated)

15

Lavinia H. Gay (1886, undated)

16-17

Various Gay Family Members (1840-1900, undated)

18

Lina Kaminsky (1910-1920)

19

Eliza Martin (undated)

20-21

Andrew Price and Friends (1900-1905, undated)

G:44

3

1-4

Anna Margaret Gay Price (1886-1930, undated)

5-6

Anna Margaret Gay Price, Andrew Price (1901-1930)

7

Anna Margaret Gay Price, Jane Swift (undated)

8-9

W.D. Price, Andrew Price (1898-1900, undated)

10

Various Price and Gay Family (undated)

11

San Diego, California (1887)

12-15

St. Louis Plantation, Plaquemine, Louisiana (1858-1890)

16

Simon, Rex (1898)

17

Augustine Warner, Mary McCready, unidentified (undated)

18-19

Various Unidentified, Blimp (ca. 1880s-1910s, undated)

G:44

4

1

Lavinia Hynes Gay (ca. 1860)

2

John Henderson Gay, Andrew Hynes Gay (ca. 1860)

3

Edward J. Gay, John Henderson Gay, Sophia M. Gay Crow, (ca. 1860)

4

Mary Susan Gay Butler, Anna Margaret Gay Price, Sophia

Location

Box

Folder

Contents

Mitchell Gay Crow (ca. 1860s)

5

John Henderson Gay (ca. 1860)

6

Edward J. Gay (ca. 1860)

7

Home in Washington, D.C. rented by Andrew Price (1892)

8

Edward Gay Butler (ca. 1898)

9

Gay Family at Niagara Falls (ca. 1890s-1900s)

10

Gay Villa (ca. 1890s-1900s)

11

Anna Gay Butler Plater, Ruth Whitmore Packer (June 1903)

12

Chadsworth, James Barry Price (undated)

13

Phillip Butler (undated)

14-17

Anna Gay Butler Plater (undated)

G:45

5

1-4

Edward Gay Butler (1894-1919, undated)

5

Edward Gay Butler, Emily Mansfield Butler, Trip Photographs (1912, undated)

6

Edward Gay Butler, Emily Mansfield Butler, Frances Ewen (undated)

7

Edward Gay Butler, Emily Mansfield Butler, Butler Family (1899-1900)

8

Edward G.W. Butler, Jr., John Cromwell Butler (1829-1861)

9

Emily Mansfield Butler (undated)

10

Major Lawrence Lewis Butler (undated)

11

Butler Family Portrait (1881)

12

Various Butler Family Members (1861-1892, undated)

13

Butler Family, Society (undated)

14

―Butler Castle‖, Ireland (1976)

15

Nellie Custis Lewis (undated)

16

Lewis Family Members (undated)

17

Photograph of Edward G.W. Butler at Acadia Plantation (ca. 1940s-1960s)

18-20

Anna Gay Butler Plater (1891-1903, undated)

21

Anna Gay Butler Plater, Mary Susan Butler Whiting (undated)

22

Residences (1900, undated)

23

Trinity Churchyard, Pass Christian, Mississippi, Edward G.W. Butler, Frances Parke Lewis Butler Graves (1970)

24-25

Ed Twiss, Jr., Nan Betty Twiss (1950-1975)

26

Mary Susan Butler Whiting (undated)

G:45

6

9 Daguerreotypes of Emily Mansfield Butler and Family (ca. 1855)

OS:G

2

Gay Family Photo, Butler Family Photo, Andrew Price, John Henderson Gay, Jr., St. Louis Home of Edward J. Gay

Subseries 2: Artifacts (1890-1920)

G:45

7

Program/Fan from Fourth Annual Banquet of the New York Southern Society (1890)

Location

Box

Folder

Contents

Democratic Convention Delegate Ribbon (1888)

Anna Margaret Gay Price Mother of Pearl Notebook (ca.1880-1920)

Encased Pictures of Anna Gay Butler Plater and her mother, Mary Susan Gay Butler (undated)

Subseries 3: Printed Items (1846-1952)

G:46

8

1

―Archie’s Bird Fancier‖ (1846)

2

―Poor Richard’s Almanac,‖ ―Union Primer,‖ Bird Catalog (1852-1889)

3

Mary Susan Gay Butler’s Schoolbook (1865)

4

Wedding Invitation (1869)

5

Frances Parke Butler Ewen and Edward Gay Butler Baby book (1869-1872)

6

Democratic Convention, Leaflets of Thought (1872, 1888)

7

Mardi Gras Invitations, Calling Cards (1874, undated)

8

Invitations and Greeting Cards (1875-1882)

9

Missouri Volume of the U.S. Biographical Dictionary (1878)

10-13

Greeting Cards and Invitations (1880-1900)

14

Edward Gay Butler Sons of the Revolution Application (ca. 1883)

15

Milk of Aveloz remedy (1884)

16-18

Greeting Cards and Inviations (1884-1900, undated)

19

Anna Gay Butler Plater pamphlets of Andrew Price Speech, Pacific Guano Company (1890-1898)

20

Society of the Cincinnati (1891)

21

―Egotist‖ (1897)

22

Andrew Price Playground Dedication (1952)

23

Drawing by Mary Susan Gay Butler (undated)

24

Edward J. Gay, Jr., Mardi Gras (undated)

25

Edward G.W. Butler Calling Card (undated)

OS:G

1

Plaquemine ―The Light‖ (1892)

2

Oversized printed items (1875-1883, undated)

Series III: Financial (1879-1949)

G:47

9

1

Bills and Receipts of Andrew and Anna Margaret Gay Price (1879-1915)

2

Edward J. Gay bill for piano rent (1888)

3-4

Lawrence Lewis Butler’s Accounting Books (ca. 1890s)

5

Items Removed from Anna Gay Butler Plater and Mary Susan Gay Butler Volume (1894)

6-8

Edward Gay Butler and Wyatt Shallcross Rent Statements (1920-1922)

9-11

Edward J. Gay Planting and Manufacturing Company (1928-

Location

Box

Folder

Contents

1947)

12-16

Anna Margaret Gay Price Estate Audit (1939-1949)

17-19

Andrew Price Income Tax (1927-1933)

Q: 1

Vol. 1

Lawrence Lewis Butler, Curator of Edward Gay Butler, Ledger (1889-1893)

Vol. 2

Lawrence Lewis Butler, Curator of Anna Gay Butler Plater and Mary Susan Gay Butler, Ledger (1894)

Series IV: Legal (1816-1979)

Sub-series 1: Succession (1816-1973)

G:47

9

20-21

Edward J. Gay (1889-1899)

22

Lavinia Hynes Gay, Bequest of Objects (1891-1892)

23-25

Andrew Price Will (1901-1911)

26-31

Anna Margaret Gay Price (1909-1943)

32-39

Edward G. Butler (1952-1973)

OS:G

1

Andrew Hynes Gay, Edward J. Gay (1816, 1889)

Sub-series 2: General (1867-1979)

G:47

9

40

Mount Olivet Cemetery, Nashville, Tennessee (1867-1909)

41

Marriage Documents of Andrew Price and Anna Margaret Gay Price (1879-1909)

42

Andrew Price, Transfer of Terrebonne land and various stocks (1881-1884)

43

Andrew Price and Anna Margaret Gay Price (1890-1895)

44

Rights of Way for Railroad (1898, undated)

45

Edward Gay Butler (1899-1979)

46-48

Rights of Way for Railroad (1901-1904)

49

Levee Boards to Open Canal into Bayou Lafourche (1904-1905)

50

Probate for Will (1909)

51

Edward Gay Butler (1926-1941)

52

Mineral Lease for St. Brigitte Plantation (1937)

Series V: Personal Papers (1838-1939)

G:46

10

1

St. Louis Plantation, list of slaves (1838)

2

William Hynes, personal accounting book from St. Louis University (1848)

3

Typed Copy of Mary A. Dickinson Diary (1859)

4

Andrew Price, Phrenology Report (1859)

5

Mary Susan Gay Butler Diary (1864)

6

Mary Susan Gay Butler needlepoint exercise book (1865)

7

Mary Susan Gay Butler, poems and recipes (1865-1867)

8

Lavinia Hynes Gay Housekeeping Volume (ca. 1880s)

Location

Box

Folder

Contents

9

Andrew Price and Anna Margaret Gay Price, Travel Diary from New Orleans to New York (1881)

10

Lavinia Hynes Gay Recipe Book (1883)

11

Instructions for Patchwork (1884)

12

Memorial for Wallace Cross Gillis, friend of Andrew Price and Anna Margaret Gay Price (1888)

13

Notebook of History of how Gays acquired land (ca. 1890s-1900s)

14

Clippings (1892-1988, undated)

15

Items Removed from Anna Gay Butler Plater’s Scrapbook (1895)

16

Egotist, horse of Andrew Price (1897-1904)

17

Crop Statement, St. Louis Plantation (1897)

18

Travel Diary of Edward Gay Butler and Emily Mansfield Butler, Europe (1908)

19

Burial Plot, Belle Fontaine, St. Louis Cemetery (1915-1916)

20

Recipe by Nellie Custis Lewis to Frances Parke Butler Ewen (undated)

21

Partial Scrapbook (undated)

22

Sketch of Sophie Mitchell by Lavinia Maria Crow Reilly (undated)

G:45

11

1

Memorial Address on the Life and Character of Edward J. Gay, March 22, 1890

Copies of Lavinia Hynes Gay and Anna Margaret Gay Price Scrapbook from HNOC (1878-1928, undated)

G:48

12

1-28

Copies of family papers at the Historic New Orleans Collection (1873-1935)

G:49

13

1-18

Copies of family papers at the Historic New Orleans Collection (1936-1939, undated)

OS:G

3

Anna Margaret Gay Price Diploma (1873)

Q: 1

Vol. 3

Mary Susan Gay Butler school workbook (1865)

Vol. 4

Anna Margaret Gay Price, Scrapbook and Herbarium (1872-1928)

Vol. 5

Andrew Price Autograph Book (1875)

Q:2

Vol. 6

Scrapbook (ca. 1880)

Vol. 7

Scrapbook (ca. 1890)

Q:1

Vol. 8

Edward J. Gay Memorial Address (March 22, 1890)

Vol. 9

Andrew Price autograph book (1891)

Q:2

Vol. 10

Anna Gay Butler Plater, Scrapbook of paintings by ―the Masters‖ (ca. 1895)

Q:1

Vol. 11

Congressional Directory, 2nd Session, 49th Congress (1887)

Q:2

Vol. 12

Postcard Album (ca. 1907)

Vol. 13

―Sonny Says‖ comics scrapbook (undated)

Vol. 14

Lavinia Hynes Gay volume of sheet music (undated)

Location

Box

Folder

Contents

Vol. 15-17

Anna Margaret Gay Price address books (undated)

Q:3

Vol. 18

Recipe Book (undated)

Subgroup 2: Plater Family (1818-2009)

Series I: Correspondence (1846-2009)

G:50

14

1-37

Correspondence (1846-1962)

G:51

15

1-42

Correspondence (1963-1992)

G:52

16

1-33

Correspondence (1993-2009, undated)

Series II: Photographs and other Graphic Materials (1883-2006)

Sub-series 1. Photographs (1830-2002)

G:53

17

1-7

Acadia Plantation (ca. 1880s-1890)

8

Ink Drawing of Acadia Plantation by Dwight White (1979)

9-13

Acadia Plantation (undated)

G:53

18

1-24

Acadia Plantation (1890-2000, undated)

G:53

19

1-5

Acadia Plantation, Plater Family (1920-1940, undated)

6-7

Acadia Furnishings (undated)

8

Johanna and Bill Benz, friends (1985)

9

Edwin Booth (1877)

10

Boxwood, Nashville, Tennessee (1914-1915)

11-12

Bugg and Plater Families (1863-1874, undated)

13

Frances Bugg (undated)

14

Busch Family House (1981)

15

Edward Gay Butler, Richard C. Plater, Sr., Wyatt Shallcross (undated)

16-17

Kitty Cheatham (1913-1945, undated)

18

General Richard Cheatham (ca. 1830s)

19

Unidentified Cheatham (undated)

20

Clover Bottom Farm (1986-1987)

21

Stephen Dew, family friend (1971)

22-23

Evergreen Plantation (1922-1942, undated)

24

Famous Homes (1925)

25

Stewart Ferret, Ron Katy Work (ca. 1969)

26

Samuel Grabert (1982)

G:54

20

1

Lady Helen Hardy, Acadia Plantation Scenes (1982)

2

―The Hopper of Slate Ridge‖ (1988)

3-4

Removed from Kenmore (1972-1980)

5

Troyes’ ―WHALE,‖ (undated)

Location

Box

Folder

Contents

6

Old House, Bayou Lafourche (undated)

7-8

Camp LaJeunesse, Franklin County, New York (1921-1931)

9

Richard Mallory (1987)

10

Napoleonville Cemetery, Couple with Fish (undated)

11

Ohnos (1975)

12

Plantations, Church River (1986)

13-14

Anna Gay Butler Plater (1888-1933, undated)

15-16

Anna Gay Butler Plater, Richard C. Plater, Sr. (1904-1932)

17-18

Christopher Plater (1983-1990)

19-20

David D. Plater (1946-1960)

21

Juliana Plater (ca. 1990)

G:54

21

1-2

Pamela Plater Wedding (1941)

3-4

Pamela Plater (1946-1950s, undated)

5-6

Richard C. Plater, Sr. (1906-1908, undated)

7

Richard C. Plater, Sr., Anna Gay Butler Plater (1932, undated)

8-11

Richard C. Plater, Jr. (1912-1986, undated)

12-19

Richard C. Plater, Jr., Pamela Plater and Family (1941-1995, undated)

20

Richard C. Plater, Jr., Pamela Plater, Williams College (1986)

21

Richard C. Plater, Jr. at Pamela Plater’s Funeral (1999)

22

Thomas Plater (undated)

23-25

Various Plater family and friends (1880-1953, undated)

G:54

22

1-3

Plater Family (1940-2002)

4

Stella ―Coots‖ Queen (ca. 1950s)

5

Sotterley House (ca. 1950s)

6

Walter Sullivan. George Cone, Andrew Lyte (1985)

7

Betty Twiss (1967)

8

Rupert, Edmund and Veronica Twiss (1903-1951)

9

Vacation Photos from Virginia, California and Sotterley House (1925-1930)

10

Vauxhall Place (1830)

11

Vineyard (1980-1985)

12

Virginia Property (ca. 1983)

13-14

Robert Penn Warren and Elizabeth Warren (1985)

15-17

Anna ―Vianda‖ Plater Williams (1874, undated)

18-21

Unidentified Family, Friends, and Pets (1899-1983, undated)

G:55

23

1

Anna Gay Butler Plater (1878)

2

Plater Family Portrait (ca. 1890-1900)

3

Richard C. Plater, Sr., R. Ormonde Plater, David D. Plater (ca. 1939)

4

Pamela Plater, Richard C. Plater, Jr. Wedding (1941)

5

Play Garden (1958)

6

Juliana Plater, Bryan Plater, Christopher Plater (1971)

7

Mounted Print of Sheela B. Plater Photograph (1985)

Location

Box

Folder

Contents

8-9

Boxwood Residence, Nashville, Tennessee (undated)

10

Evergreen Plantation (undated)

11

Richard C. Plater, Sr. (undated)

12

Sir William Playter (undated)

13

Sotterley Hall (undated)

G:55

24

Includes framed portraits of Mary Louise Bugg Plater, Thomas Plater, Catherine Smiley Bugg, Kitty Cheatham, General Richard Cheatham, and one unidentified woman

G:55

25

Includes framed portraits of Mary Louise Bugg Plater, Kitty Cheatham, Colonel Clark Williams, Anna ―Vianda‖ Plater Williams, and one unidentified woman and child

G:55

26

Includes framed portraits of Mary Louise Bugg Plater and Richard Boone Cheatham

G:56

27-29

Negatives (RESTRICTED: Requires permission of curator for access; see Appendix I for list.)

G:57

30

1

Slides, Acadia Plantation (ca. 1952-1970s)

2

Slides, Thanksgiving and Christmas at Acadia Plantation (ca. 1952-1970s)

3-5

Slides, Acadia Plantation (ca. 1952-1970s)

6

Slides, Hurricane Betsy (ca. 1952-1970s)

7

Slides, Mardi Gras (ca. 1952-1970s)

8

Slides, Pirogue Races, Lafitte, Louisiana (ca. 1952-1970s)

9

Slides, Richard C. Plater, Jr. Boat, Tarpon (ca. 1952-1970s)

10

Slides, Richard C. Plater, Jr. and Pamela Plater at Trinity Churchyard, Pass Christian, Mississippi (1970)

11

Slides, Delta Queen (1978)

12

Slides, Richard C. Plater, Jr. and Pamela Plater in Virginia, (undated)

13

Robert E. Lee, Memorials and Mausoleum (1883, 1921)

OS:G

2

Frances Bugg Cheatham, Anna Gay Butler Plater, Richard C. Plater, Jr., Louise Plater Hale, Anna ―Vianda‖ Plater Williams

Sub-series 2: Printed Items (1884-2006)

G:57

30

14

―Panorama of the Siege of Paris‖ (1884)

15

―Portfolio World’s Columbian Exposition‖ (1893)

16

―Jolly Jokes for Jolly People,‖ ―A Trip to Chinatown‖ (ca. 1890s)

17

Louise Plater Songbook (1918)

18

Richard C. Plater, Jr., Camp LaJeunesse, Franklin County, New York (1921-1931)

19

Anna Gay Butler Plater Songbooks (1923)

20

―Cyclopedia of American Biography, Kitty Cheatham‖ (1925)

21

Richard C. Plater, Jr., French License (1929)

22

Williams College Commencement (1931)

Location

Box

Folder

Contents

23

―The Parthenon at Nashville, Tennessee‖ (1931)

24

―Celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Christ Church, Millwood, Virginia‖ (1932)

25

Tennessee Historical Magazine (1935)

26

Kitty Cheatham Songbook (1937)

27

Williams College Alumni Review (1941)

28

Richard C. Plater, Jr., Pamela Plater Wedding Invitation (1941)

29

Marriage Service of Richard C. Plater, Jr. and Pamela Plater (1941)

30

David D. Plater (1955-2006)

31

―Betsy: The Story of the Most Devastating Hurricane Ever to Strike Louisiana‖ (1965)

32

―San Francisco: Will New Orleans Learn‖ (1966)

33

―Records and Recollections of Thibodaux, Louisiana‖ (ca. 1970s)

34

Plantation Homes Tour Program (1972)

35

Conservation Awards Banquet (1974)

36

Richard C. Plater, Jr. Certificate (1974)

37

Comus Mardi Gras Invitation (1976)

38

―Finian’s Rainbow,‖ choreographed by Sheela Plater, acted in by David D. Plater (1976)

39

HNOC, Rural Life Museum, Thibodaux Fire (ca. 1977)

40

Taft Reunion (1980)

41

Mrs. Stella Queen Eulogy (1982)

42

Garden Club Bulletin (1986)

43

―A Creole Legacy,‖ HNOC Exhibit (1988)

44

―Le Poisson Rouge‖ Rotary Club Newsletter (1990)

45

―Kenmore‖ (1992)

46

―A Thing Done Well,‖ Butlers (1993)

47

Clover Bottom Dedication Ceremony (1994)

48

Directions to Play Garden (undated)

49

Mardi Gras, Heaven’s Streams Lyrics (undated)

50

Prints of Plantations (undated)

51

―The Battle of Gettysburg‖ (undated)

52

―Scenic Route of Colorado, Utah, and New Mexico‖ (undated)

53

―Chris’mus Gif‖ (undated)

54

William Playter Card (undated)

55

―Songs of the Allies‖ (undated)

56-58

Songbooks (undated)

61

Taft Oracle, 1924

62

Miscellaneous items, (1895-1983)

G:58

31

1-3

Sheet Music, Kitty Cheatham (1931-1942, undated)

4

Sheet Music (1933)

Location

Box

Folder

Contents

5

―Louisiana Alphabet,‖ HNOC (undated)

6

Print of Sir William Playter (undated)

OS:G

4

Printed Items (undated)

Sub-series 3: Maps and Plans (1889-1955)

G:57

30

59

Acadia Plantation Map (1898)

60

Plantation Maps (1928-1936)

OS:G

5

Aerial Photographs of Acadia Plantation/ Thibodaux (undated)

6

Acadia Plantation Plans (1889-1955, undated)

7

Drawing of Acadia Plantation Levees (undated)

8-9

Plans (undated)

10

Blueprints (undated)

11

Belle Meade and Acadia Subdivision Maps and Plans (1949, 1955, undated)

Sub-series 4: Artifacts (1974, undated)

G:56

32

Includes Unidentified Photo Album, Thibodaux Fire Department Centennial Doubloon (1974) and Quinq Club pin

Series III: Financial (1865-1994)

G:58

31

7-9

Richard C. Plater, Sr., Stocks and Bonds (1934-1943)

10

Estate of Richard C. Plater, Sr., Record of Stocks (1946-1951)

11-12

Richard C. Plater, Jr., Stocks and Bonds (1929-1974)

G:58

33

1-14

Income and Expenses Ledgers (1981-1994)

G:59

34

1

Thomas Plater Account Book (1865-1875)

2

Anna Gay Butler Plater Income Report (1922)

3

Richard C. Plater, Jr. (1941-1949)

4-5

Richard C. Plater, Sr. and Anna Gay Butler Plater (1943-1947)

6-7

Richard C. Plater, Sr. (1951-1952)

8

Richard C. Plater, Sr. and Anna Gay Butler Plater (1952-1953)

G:60

35

Income and Expense Ledger (1943-1980)

G:61

36

Richard C. Plater, Sr., 16 Checkbooks (1938-1945)

G:62

37

Richard C. Plater, Sr., 13 Checkbooks (1948-1952)

G:61

38

Richard C. Plater, Sr., 4 Checkbooks (1952-1958)

Pamela Plater, 9 Checkbooks (1943-1960)

G:61

39

Richard C. Plater, Jr., 27 Checkbooks (1946-1988)

Q:3

Vol. 19

Richard C. Plater, Sr., Cashbook (1937-1940)

Vol. 20

Richard C. Plater, Sr., Personal Expenses (1940)

G:60

35

1

Richard C. Plater, Sr., Ledger of Social Security tax payments (1951-1955) [Photographic Copies. Social Security numbers have been redacted.]

Series IV: Legal (1818-2003)

Location

Box

Folder

Contents

Sub-series 1: Succession (1940-1971)

G:63

40

1-8

Anna Gay Butler Plater (1955-1960s)

9-24

Richard C. Plater, Sr. (1940-1958)

25-31

Anna ―Vianda‖ Plater Williams (1962-1971)

Sub-series 2: General (1818-2003)

G:59

34

9

Property Deeds and Promissory Notes, Thomas Plater and Robert Buchanan (1818-1891)

10

Thomas Plater, Certification of Admission as Attorney and Counselor (1850)

11

Marriage License of Richard C. Plater, Jr. and Pamela Plater (1941)

12

Trust Agreements (1942-1944)

13-21

HNOC Donation of Butler Papers (1948-2003)

22

Tarpon Donation (1953)

23

Richard C. Plater, Sr. Rights of Attorney (1954)

24-29

Anna Gay Butler Plater Trust (1946-1960)

30

Legal Advice (1958-1966)

31

Richard C. Plater, Jr., Blanchard Tractor Agreement (1968)

32

Clarke County Historical Society (1975-1997)

33

Richard C. Plater, Jr. Trust (1977)

34-41

Unitrust for Shenandoah University (1983-1994)

42

Richard C. Plater, Jr. Trust (1994-1995)

43

Power of Attorney for to Richard C. Plater, Jr. and David Plater for Pamela Plater (1996)

G:64

41

1-4

Anna Gay Butler Plater Trust statement of accounts (1956-1960)

Series V: Acadia Plantation (1882-2000)

Sub-series 1: Financial (1882-1973)

G:64

41

5-11

Income and Expenses (1882-1889)

G:62

42

5 Checkbooks (1943-1955)

G:62

43

6 Checkbooks (1963-1968)

G:65

44

1

Taxes and Inventory (1911-1929)

2

Appraisal (1924-1928)

3

Ledger (1939-1944)

4

Account Book (1948)

5

Deposit Book (1953-1960)

6-31

Balance Sheets and Taxes (1939-1973)

Sub-series 2: Legal (1897-1972)

32

Frank Lane (1927-1944)

33

Gay, Sullivan and Company Purchase (1931-1939)

Location

Box

Folder

Contents

34-42

Acadia Subdivision (1897-1972)

Sub-series 3: General (1883-2000)

G:66

45

1

Information (1883-1929, undated)

2

Acadia Residence Inventory (1923)

3

Sugarcane (1925-1973)

4

Pilgrimage to Acadia (1954)

5

Pilgrimage to Acadia, guestbook (1954)

6

Acadia Alterations (1956-1957)

7

Cattle book (1957)

8

Gulf States Research Institute (1964-1965)

9

Clippings (1967-1972)

10

History (1970-2000, undated)

11-20

Administrative (1905-1979)

21-31

Urban Planning and Design (1967-1974)

32

Audubon Gardens, Financial (1977-1979)

33

Audubon Gardens, Correspondence (1977-1979)

34-35

Furnishings (1974-1992, undated)

OS:G

13

Urban Planning and Design (1968)

Q:3

Vol. 22

Acadia Plantation guestbook (1941-1987)

Series VI: Personal Papers (1875-2003)

Sub-series 1: Properties (1918-2001)

G:67

46

1-19

Calmes Neck (1960-1995, undated)

20-23

Clover Bottom Farm (1918-2000, undated)

24-25

Foxlair (1963-1964)

26-33

Kenmore (1972-1995, undated)

G:68

47

1-19

Newboro, Ontario (1925-1956)

20-26

Plater Farm (1952-1989)

27-47

Play Garden (1955-2001, undated)

48-57

Correspondence and Legal (1953-1969)

Sub-series 2: Genealogy (1881-2003)

G:69

48

1

List of Children of Isabel Butler and George Williams (undated)

2

Children of Butler andGay Butler (undated)

3

List of Gay and Butler Military Members (undated)

4

Thomas Butler History written by Richard C. Plater, Jr. (undated)

5-7

Butler Family (1920-1980, undated)

8-10

Butler Society (1976-1995)

11-15

Butler Family (1967-1990, undated)

16

―Butler Family History,‖ Second Edition by Lord Dunboyne

Location

Box

Folder

Contents

(1966)

17

―Address by the Chairman, Hubert Butler‖ (1967)

18

―Butler Society Membership List‖ (1967)

19

―The Butlers of County Clare and Their Cousins of Cregg‖ (1979)

20

―Butlers of Kilkenny Castle: Their Kith and Kin‖ (1981)

21

―Some Descendents of Thomas Butler‖ (1982)

22

―Happy Families, Genealogical Questions and Comments Pertaining to Butler‖ (1983)

23

Sidney Butler (1995)

24

―Butler Register‖ (1995)

25

―The Heraldry of Butler‖ (1986)

26-27

Butler Family (1950-2003)

28-31

Cheatham Family (1894-1966, undated)

G:64

41

12

Cheatham Family Chart (undated)

G:69

48

32

Royal Lineage of Kitty Cheatham (undated)

33

Hynes Family Bible Information: Births, Deaths, Marriages (undated)

34

Hynes Family Record Book (undated)

35

Lewis Family (1926-1937)

36-37

Plater Family (1905-1933)

38

―Memories of Anna Gay Butler Plater‖ (undated)

39

Anna Gay Butler Plater History Notebooks

40

Family History by Anna Gay Butler Plater (1950)

41-43

History of the Plater Family (1966-1968, undated)

44

Royal Lineage of Mary-Louise Bugg, wife of Thomas Plater (undated)

45

Reverend Thompson Notes (1968)

46

Royal Lineage of Anna ―Vianda‖ Plater Williams (undated)

47-50

Sotterley House (ca. 1950s-1960s)

51

Sotterley History (1952)

52

Byrd/Murphy/Brashear (undated)

53-55

Genealogy (1881-1985, undated)

56

Correspondence, New Jersey Historical Society (1922-1953)

57

Gay Family History Notes by Anna Gay Butler Plater and Anna Margaret Gay Price (undated)

58

Descendants of Pocahontas by Anna Margaret Gay Price (undated)

59

Gay births and deaths (undated)

60

Erwin births and deaths (undated)

Sub-series 3: General (1875-2002)

G:70

49

1-2

Richard C. Plater, Sr. Writings (1885-1889)

3

Richard C. Plater, Sr. Address Book (1890)

Location

Box

Folder

Contents

4

Richard C. Plater, Sr. Law Certificate (1892)

G: 64

41

13

Richard C. Plater, Sr. Vanderbilt Diploma (1892)

G:70

49

5

Anna Gay Butler Plater Speech (1892)

6

Richard C. Plater, Jr. Report Cards (ca. 1910s-1930s)

7

Friends of the Cabildo (1911-1969)

8

Richard C. Plater, Jr. Schoolwork (1923-1931)

9

Richard C. Plater, Jr. Writings (1924-1986)

10

Richard C. Plater, Jr. Copy of birth certificate, life insurance application (1926)

11

Inventories (ca. 1928)

12

Passports of Richard C. Plater, Sr. and Anna Gay Butler Plater (1930)

13-17

Richard C. Plater, Jr. Schoolwork (1931)

18

Richard C. Plater, Jr. Magazine Submissions (1931)

19

Items Removed from Plater Recipe Book (ca. 1940)

20

Richard C. Plater, Jr. Selective Services (1940-1945)

21

David D. Plater Schoolwork (1949-1950)

22

David D. Plater Report Cards (1951-1953)

23

Receipt of Painting (1952)

24

David D. Plater report cards (1953-1956)

25

Christmas Card List (1955-1956)

26

Richard C. Plater, Sr., Obituary from Vanderbilt Alumni News (1955)

27-28

Richard C. Plater, Jr. Writings (1957-1961, undated)

29

Richard C. Plater, Jr., Boy Scouts of America (1959-1972, undated)

30

Log of a Trip (ca. 1950s)

31

Landmarks (1960-1986, undated)

32

David D. Plater, Armed Services (1960-1969)

33

Sheela B. Plater (ca. 1961-1962)

34

Richard C. Plater, Jr. Writings (1962-1970)

35-38

Hurricane Data (1963)

41

Richard C. Plater, Jr., U.S. Civil Defense Council (1963-1964)

39

Hurricane Data (1964-1973)

42

Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce, Selected Statistical Facts (1969)

43

Nicholls State Survey (1969)

40

Hurricane Data (ca. 1960s, undated)

44-46

Richard C. Plater, Jr. Writings (1980-1990, undated)

47

Juliana Plater Wohlson (1991)

48-49

Christmas Lists (1999-2002, undated)

50

―Iberia‖ Reminiscences, history of Louisiana and Spain (undated)

51

List of Books (undated)

Location

Box

Folder

Contents

52

Toasts and Jokes (undated)

53

Plater Recipe Book (undated)

54

Recipes (undated)

55

Anna Gay Butler Plater, written to Richard C. Plater, Jr. (undated)

56

Richard C. Plater, Sr. (undated)

57

Richard C. Plater, Jr. (undated)

58

Christopher Plater Schoolwork (undated)

59

Thomas Plater (undated)

60

Richard C. Plater, Jr. Writings (undated)

G:71

50

Anna Gay Butler Plater Scrapbook of Dresden Actors (ca. 1875)

51

Anna Gay Butler Plater Book of Japanese Scenes, received as a wedding gift (1904)

52

Pamela Plater’s Scrapbook of Home Furnishings (ca. 1940s-1960s)

OS:G

14

Richard C. Plater, Sr. Diplomas (1887-1892)

Q: 3

Vol. 23

Richard C. Plater, Jr., Baby book (1908)

Vol. 25

Anna Gay Butler Plater address book (undated)

Vol. 26

Recipe Book (undated)

Series VII: Diaries (1939-1999)

RESTRICTED: See Appendix I

Series VIII: Clippings (1927-2004)

G:72

55

1-24

Clippings (1927-1975)

G:72

56

1-10

Clippings (1976-2004, undated)

APPENDIX I: CONTAINER LIST OF RESTRICTED GAY-BUTLER-PLATER ITEMS

Stack

Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents

Subgroup 2: Plater Family

Series I: Correspondence

[RESTRICTED until June 30, 2019]

G: 73

1

1-34

Correspondence (1959-1973)

G: 74

2

1-34

Correspondence (1974-1987)

G: 75

3

1-29

Correspondence (1988-2003, undated)

Series II: Photographs and Other Graphic Materials

Subseries 1. Photographs

[RESTRICTED: Access requires permission of curator]

G:56

27

Glass Plate Negatives of Thomas Plater, Mary Louise Bugg Plater, including wedding photo, Richard C. Plater, Sr., Edward Gay Butler and Anna Gay Butler Plater

G:56

28

1

Negatives, Camp LaJeunesse, Franklin County, New York (1921-1931)

2

Negatives, Acadia Plantation, Nashville, Tennessee, Travel Shots (1934-1947)

3

Negatives, Acadia Plantation (undated-1939)

4

Negatives, Nashville, Tennessee (1940)

5-7

Negatives (1940)

8

Ice Storm at Acadia Plantation (1947)

9

Negatives, Trinity Churchyard (1970)

10

Negatives, Richard C. Plater, Jr., Pamela Plater, R. Ormonde Plater, David D. Plater (undated)

11-17

Negatives (undated)

G:56

29

Negatives, Cuba (1904)

Negatives, Nicaragua (1950)

Negatives, Acadia Plantation (1955)

Negatives, Unidentified (undated)

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Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents

Series III: Financial

[RESTRICTED until January 23, 2023]

G: 76

4

1-19

Income Taxes- Richard C. Plater, Jr. (1940-1958)

20

Land Transactions (1959)

21

Burned Machinery, Richard C. Plater, Jr. (1960)

22-29

Income Taxes- Richard C. Plater, Jr. (1960-1967)

30

Income Taxes- Estate Tax of Anna ―Vianda‖ Plater Williams (1968)

31-61

Income Taxes- Richard C. Plater, Jr. (1968-1998)

G: 77

5

1-3

Income Taxes- Richard C. Plater Jr. Donations (1977-1993)

4-5

Income Taxes- General Correspondence (1946-1985)

6

Gift Tax Return (1958)

Vol. 21

Richard C. Plater, Sr., Ledger of Social Security tax payments (1951-1955)

Series IV: Legal

Subseries 2: General

[RESTRICTED until January 13, 2023]

7

Power of Attorney, Richard C. Plater, Jr. to David D. Plater (1995, 2003)

Series V: Plantation

Subseries 1: Financial

[RESTRICTED until March 31, 2014]

G: 77

6

1

Income Statements (1977-1981)

2

Tax Information (1982-1983)

3

Income Statements (1983)

4

Balance Sheets (1983)

5-9

Income Statements (1984-1987, 2003)

Subseries 2: Legal

[RESTRICTED until December 25, 2014]

10

Sale of land to David D. Plater from Richard C. Plater, Jr. (1952-1986)

11

Appraisal (1973)

12

Water-line right-of-way (1986)

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Location

Box

Folder(s)

Contents

Subseries 3: General

[RESTRICTED until March 31, 2014]

13

Audubon Gardens Correspondence (1980-1987)

14

Audubon Gardens Financial (1980-1990)

15

Audubon Gardens Legal (1979-1993)

G: 77

7

1-16

Administrative (1975-1986, undated)

Series VI: Personal Papers

Subseries 3: General

[RESTRICTED until December 24, 2014]

G: 78

8

1-7

The Brass Tower, by Richard C. Plater, Jr. (ca. 1948)

8-11

Richard C. Plater, Jr. Manuscript (1948)

12-16

Recollections by Richard C. Plater, Jr. (1988)

17-22

Richard C. Plater, Jr. Memoirs (ca. 1989-1991)

23

―From Life to Life,‖ Richard C. Plater, Jr. (1993-1994)

Q:

Vol. 24

Richard C. Plater, Jr., From Life to Life (1993) Volume.

Series VII: Diaries

[RESTRICTED until March 8, 2013]

G:72

53

Richard C. Plater, Sr., 14 Diaries (1939-1950)

54

Richard C. Plater, Sr., 4 Diaries (1951-1954)

G:78

24-29

Transcription of Richard C. Plater, Sr. Diary (1939-1944)

30

Items removed from Richard C. Plater, Jr. Diary (1941-1947)

31

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APPENDIX II: FAMILY TREES OF THE GAY, BUTLER, PLATER, AND BUGG FAMILIES

Gay Family Tree

John Henderson Gay m. Sophia Mitchell Gay

(1787-1878) (1793-1869)

A. Edward James Gay m. Lavinia Hynes Gay

(b.1816) (1840) (b.1821)

1. Andrew Hynes Gay (1841-1914)

2. Sophia M. Gay (1843-1929)

3. Mary Susan ―Susie‖ Gay (1846-1882)

4. Edward James Gay, Jr. (1850-1878)

5. John H. Gay (1853-1945)

6. Anna Margaret Gay (1855-1939)

A1. Andrew Hynes Gay m. Mary Dickinson

(1841-1914) (1845-1872)

1. Anna Maria Gay m. Charles McClung

2. Lavinia Gay m. Allen Weaver

3. Mary Sue Gay m. Albert Doolittle

4. Andrew Gay, Jr. m. Irene Cannon

Andrew Hynes Gay m. Lodoiska Clement

5. Edward James Gay, III m. Gladys Fenner

(1878-1952) (1883-1970)

A2. Sophia M. Gay m. P.A. Crow

A3. Mary Susan Gay m. Maj. Lawrence Lewis Butler

(1846-1882) (1836-1896)

1. Frances ―Fannie‖ Butler (b. 1869)

2. Edward ―Eddie or Ned‖ Butler (1872-1953)

3. Lavinia ―Toots or Lavie‖ Butler (b. 1875)

4. Anna ―Nannie‖ Gay Butler (1877-1961)

5. Mary Susan ―Eleanor or Suzanne‖ Butler

A6. Anna Margaret Gay m. Andrew Price

(1855-1939) (1879) (1854-1909)

1. Col. William Price m. Agnes Boudreaux (1926)

Butler Family Tree

Edward George Washington Butler m. Frances Parke Lewis

(1800-1888) (1799-1875)

A. Major Lawrence Lewis Butler m. Mary Susan Gay

(1836-1898) (1846-1882)

1. Frances ―Fanny‖ Parke Butler (1869-1929)

2. Edward ―Eddie or Ned‖ Gay Butler (1872-1953)

3. Lavinia ―Toots or Lavie‖ Hynes Butler (b.1875)

4. Anna ―Nannie‖ Gay Butler (1877-1961)

5. Mary Susan ―Eleanor or Suzanne‖ Butler (b. 1880)

Major Lawrence Lewis Butler m. Sue Martin

(1836-1898) (1885) (d. 1893)

A1. Frances Parke Butler m. Major John Ewens

(1869-1929) (1894)

1. Frances Butler Ewens m. Edward James Twiss

(b. 1898) (1922)

a. Nan Betty Twiss (b. 1923)

b. Edward James Twiss, Jr. (b. 1925)

A2. Edward Gay Butler m. Emily Mansfield

(1872-1953) (1897)

A3. Lavinia Gay Butler m. Wyatt Shallcross

(b.1875) (1896)

A4. Anna Gay Butler m. Richard Cheatham Plater, Sr.

(1877-1961) (1904) (1872-1955)

1. Richard Cheatham Plater, Jr. (1908-2004)

2. Louise Plater (1910-1982)

A5. Mary Susan Butler m. George Armistead Whiting

(b. 1880) (1898) (b. 1879)

Plater Family Tree

A. Thomas Plater m. Mary Louise Bugg

(1824-1906) (1870) (1850-1898)

1. Richard Cheatham Plater, Sr. (1872-1955)

2. Anna ―Vianda‖ Plater (1874-1966)

A1. Richard Cheatham Plater, Sr. m. Anna Gay Butler

(1872-1955) (1904) (1877-1961)

1. Richard Cheatham Plater, Jr. m. Eleanor Mundé Leake

(1908-2004) (1932) (1910-1937)

a. Richard Ormonde Plater m. Elizabeth Kathleen Treadway

(b.1933) (b. 1932)

b. David Dunboyne Plater m. Sheela Gibbons Burke

(b.1936) (b. 1942)

Richard Cheatham Plater, Jr. m. Pamela Quarles Robinson

(1908-2004) (1941) (1914-1999)

2. Louise Plater m. R. Walter Hale, Jr.

(1910-1982)

A1-1b. David Dunboyne Plater m. Sheela Gibbons Burke

(b. 1936) (b. 1942)

1. Bryan Butler Plater (b. 1964)

2. Christopher Thomas Shea Plater (b. 1966)

3. Juliana Hite Plater (b. 1967)

A2. Anna ―Vianda‖ Plater m. Clark Williams

Bugg Family Tree

A. Catherine Smiley Bugg

1. Frances Bugg

2. Mary Louise Bugg (1850-1898)

A1. Frances Bugg m. Richard Boone Cheatham

1. Catherine Smiley ―Kitty‖ Cheatham (1864-1946)

A2. Mary Louise Bugg m. Thomas Plater

(1850-1898) (1870) (1824-1906)

1. Richard Cheatham Plater, Sr. (1872-1955)

2. Anna ―Vianda‖ Plater (1874-1966)