Manuscript Resources on Religion

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Baxter, Robert Graham. Papers, 1863-1932. .25 linear ft. (146 items, 1 vol.). Location: T:15. Robert Baxter was the son of Reverend H. B. Baxter, a minister of the Christian Church, formerly of Lisbon, Ohio. Reverend Baxter established a Disciples of Christ church in Baton Rouge. Personal letters from friends, Baxter's wife Mary, and members of the Baxter family in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, and Springfield, Missouri. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1819.

Referenced in Guides: Civil War, Religion, Women

Benson Family Papers, 1775-1969, undated 2790 items, 27 vols. Location: E:105, Mss. Mf.:B, OS:B. Cotton planters of DeSoto Parish, Louisiana. Letters, documents, and plantation diaries reflect plantation economy, the administration of secondary schools, the history and administration of the Baptist Church, and civilian and military participation in the Civil War. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2424, 2440.

Referenced in Guides: Business, Civil War, Education, Plantations, Religion

Bernard, A. M. Family papers. 1875-1967. 572 items, 68 vols. Location: 5:57-Map case. Businessman and carriage maker in New Iberia, Iberia Parish, Louisiana. Bernard operated the A.M. Bernard Wagon Works in New Iberia (ca. 1886-1958). Papers include business, legal, and financial papers related to the A.M. Bernard Wagon Works and other family concerns, including a syrup plant, oil and gas leases, sulphur mines, land holdings, and livestock operations. Included are a broadside soliciting funds for Methodist Episcopal missionary activities in Africa, and a map (1885) of Louisiana by the Bureau of Immigration. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 2830.

Referenced in Guides: Religion

Bethel Baptist Church (Natchitoches, Louisiana). Records, 1921-1928. 3 items, 2 vols. Location: B:18. Church with an African American congregation located in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Lists of names of members and amounts of dues paid by members, minutes of church meetings, and an account of the salary paid to the minister. A minute book contains minutes of regular meetings. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 981.

Referenced in Guides: African Americans, Religion

Bishop Polk Benevolent Society. Record book, 1862, 1865-1868. 3 items, 1 ms. vol. Location: Misc.:B., M:20. Treasurer's book for benevolent societies at Trinity Church, New Orleans. Entries record the receipts and expenditures of the Benevolent Society. Entries for 1862 give the officers of the 'Ladies Society for the Promotion of Christian Objects.' For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 772.

Black, Charles. Letter. 1846. 1 item. Location: Misc.:B. Resident of New Orleans. Letter from Black to his cousin, Harriet Houghton, apparently teaching at Danville, Kentucky, mentioning the celebration of Thanksgiving Day and that it was ridiculed by the Catholics. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1265.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Religion

Blatchford, John S. Letters, 1887-1888. 2 letters. Location: MISC: B. Two letters to John S. Blatchford of Boston, Massachusetts concerning the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Massachusetts. The first, dated June 6, 1887, is from Reverend Frank Somerville Harraden stating that the "Board" has found it necessary to reduce funding for the fourth consecutive year. The second, dated November 12, 1888, is from Reverend Samuel Seymour Lewis regarding plans for the construction of a proposed church which had been changed from their previous design. Mss. 822.

Referenced in Guides: Religion

Book of prayers to Saint Anthony of Padua, 1800-1840. 1 v. Location: Misc.: B. A handwritten booklet in French, contains nine prayers to Saint Anthony of Padua, patron saint of lost and stolen articles (circa 1800-1840). Mss. 3699.

Referenced in Guides: French, Religion

Boyd, Leroy Stafford, 1873-. Papers, 1806-1936 (bulk 1876-1936). 16 linear ft., 46 v. Location: D:55-62; 79:71-74; OS:B; R:12-15; Z:23-25; Vault. Librarian for U. S. Interstate Commerce Commission. Correspondence, genealogical materials, photographs, printed items and scrapbooks. They reflect the political environment, Boyd's political activities, his interest in LSU, General William T. Sherman, and his father LSU President David F. Boyd, and his involvement with Kappa Alpha Fraternity. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 99.

Referenced in Guides: Baton Rouge, Education, LSU, Medicine, Politics, Religion

Bradley, James E. Family papers. 1862-1884 (bulk 1862-1865). 25 items and 2 vols. on 1 reel of microfilm. Mss.Mf:B. Itinerant Methodist Episcopal minister in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Oregon. Diary and papers detail his aid to those displaced in present-day St. Landry and Tangipahoa parishes by the Civil War and his organizing religious services there. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1259.

Referenced in Guides: Religion