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Butler (Anna and Sarah) Correspondence

(Mss. 581)

Biographical/Historical Note
Scope and Content Note
Index Terms



Size. 1.5 linear feet.

Geographic locations. Louisiana; Mississippi; Pennsylvania; New Haven, Connecticut; Paris, France; Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Inclusive dates. 1838-1861.

Bulk dates. 1843-1849.

Languages. English.

Summary. Antebellum letters to Judge Thomas Butler's daughters, Anna Eliza Butler and Sarah Jane Duncan Butler living in West Feliciana Parish, from socially prominent young women from Louisiana and Mississippi and from family members. Other letters were written by Anna and Sarah Butler to family.

Related collections. Butler Family Papers (Mss 1026)

Butler (Thomas and Family) Papers (Mss 2850)

Citation. Anna and Sarah Butler Correspondence, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Biographical/ Historical Note


Anna Eliza Butler (1825-1902) and Sarah Jane Duncan Butler (1827-1888) were the daughters of Louisiana judge Thomas Butler and Ann Butler. They lived at the Cottage in West Feliciana Parish near St. Francisville.

Scope and Content Note

The letters received by Anna and Sarah Butler from friends and family (1838-1861) reflect the social life and customs of antebellum Louisiana. Letters written by Anna and Sarah from their Louisiana home and during travels chronicle their social and personal lives, provide news from families and friends, describe local activities and allude to national events. The correspondents write about sickness, epidemics, deaths, marriages, visits from prominent persons, social events, travel and the Mexican War.

Index Terms


Baines, Mary

Black, Julia

Bliss, Betty

Bliss, William Wallace Smith, 1815-1853

Bragg, Braxton, 1817-1876

Bragg, Elise Ellis

Buena Vista, Battle of, 1847

Butler, Ann

Butler, Anna Eliza

Butler, Edward G.

Butler, Margaret

Butler, Richard E.

Butler, Robert

Butler, Sarah Jane Duncan

Butler, Thomas


Cockran, J.B.

Conner, Mary L.

The Cottage

De Bonneville, Ann C.

Ellis, Abram


Fort Livingston (La.)

Grand Terre Island (La.)

Lafourche Parish (La.)

Le Carpe Plantation (La.)


Mercer, Anna Farar, 1796-1839

Mexican War, 1846-1848

Natchez (Miss.)

Plantation life--Louisiana

Plantations--Louisiana--Terrebone Parish

Plantations--Louisiana--West Feliciana Parish

Prosser, E.C.

Skiles, Eliza Bell

Sterling, W.R.

Taylor, L.L.

Taylor, Zachary, 1784-1850

Terrebone Parish (La.)

West Feliciana Parish (La.)

Women--Southern States--Correspondence

Women--Southern States--Social life and customs--1775-1865

Yellow fever--Louisiana

Yale College

Young, Eliza

Young, Jane