Manuscript Resources on The History of Transportation

This guide to manuscript resources on the history of transportation in Louisiana includes a wide variety of materials, among them the records of merchants, factors, commission brokers, planters, attorneys, soldiers, ship owners, captains, steamboats, shipping companies, railroad companies, men, women and children travelers; record books; account books; bills of lading, waybills and receipts; log books of steamers; ship registers; travel diaries; and prints of river scenes and steamboats.

Major topics addressed include steamboats, schooners, the slave trade, shipping, and cotton and sugar (sale, trade, shipment and receipt).

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William Short-William Charmichael Diplomatic Papers, 1793-1794. 3 items. Location: Vault:26. United States diplomats to Spain, Short and Charmichael's negotiations laid the groundwork for the San Lorenzo Treaty or Pinckney's Treaty, in which Spain agreed to America's version of the boundary between the United States and Louisiana, to open the Missisisppi River to American navigation since Spain owned the western bank, and to grant Americans the right to store exports and carry on commercial transactions in New Orleans. Papers include a statement of principles, letter, and memorandum related to their negotiations. For more information see online catalog, Mss. 4793

Referenced in Guides: Transportation

Williams, Henry. Papers, 1852-1853, 1858. 4 items. Location: Misc.:W. Receipts for payment on shares in the New Orleans, Opelousas, and Great Western Railroad Company and a broadside published by the New York Stock Exchange listing railroad stocks. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 850, 889.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation

Wilmerton, John. Letter, 1846. 1 item. Location: Misc.:W. Apparently an employee on a New Orleans-Cincinnati packet line. Letter from Wilmerton in Cincinnati, Ohio, to a friend, Charles Stokes, of Rancocus, Burlington County, New Jersey, mentioning a trip on the steamer Duke of Orleans; the severe winter in New Orleans; and the activity at the Cincinnati wharves. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 1164.

Referenced in Guides: New Orleans to 1861, Transportation

Winsor, Daniel L. Bills of lading, 1846-1847, 1849. 7 bills of lading. Location: Misc. These bills of lading were issued to Daniel L. Winsor by various New Orleans consignees and shipping agents for goods shipped between New Orleans and Boston. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4021.

Winsor, Daniel L. Papers, 1826-1851. 1 linear ft. Location: S:127 OS:W. Ship captain and agent for Magoun & Son, Boston shipowners. Personal and financial receipts, ship manifests, ship accounts, bills of lading, payments to seamen, and other matters related to Winsor's maritime business. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 4740.

Wissler, Henry. Notebook, 1848 November 21-22. 1 ms. vol. Location: Misc.:W. Schoolboy. Compositions and tales on themes of hunting, fishing, and farming in the eastern United States, and a lively description of advantages and dangers of railroad transportation. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3380.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Education

Woolman, Collett Everman, 1889-1966. Papers, 1916-1979. 519 items, 10 vols. (5 ms. vols., 5 printed vols.) Location: 9:34, 9:41, H:15, OS:W. Founder and chief executive officer of Delta Airlines. Woolman graduated from LSU and became the first college-trained county agricultural agent in Louisiana. Papers pertain to the development of crop dusting, Delta Airlines, and Woolman's role in aviation history. Papers include correspondence, business records, newspaper clippings, photographs, a scrapbook brochures, programs, schedules, and ephemera. For further information, see online catalog. Mss. 3356.

Referenced in Guides: Transportation, Business, LSU