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Special Collections
Hill Memorial Library
Louisiana State University Libraries
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-3300

Description:

In 1985, the LSU Libraries organized the Special Collections division to administer the rare books, manuscripts, and other special research collections already held by the libraries. The division's principal mission is to preserve these collections, add to them, and make them available for use. Special Collections offers resources for original research in many fields, ranging from the humanities and social sciences to the natural sciences, agriculture, aquaculture, the fine arts, and design.

http://www.lib.lsu.edu/special/about/

Categories: Martin Van Buren, William Harrison, John Tyler, James K. Polk, Zachary Taylor, James Buchanan, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson,

Collections:
Whig Party campaign song, circa 1848 (John Greiner)
Capell Family Papers, 1816-1931
Francis Marston New Orleans letter, 1849 Jan. 28
Zachary Taylor letters, 1848
Weld Company Correspondence, 1833-1851
John Slidell letters and miscellany, 1844-1861
Samuel S. Simmons Speech, 1840
James Madison Wells microfilm, 1865-1866
Willie Person Mangum letters, 1842, 1844
Andrew Johnson telegram, 30 August 1865
Henry Clay to John L. Lawrence, 25 March 1843
Edwin M. Stanton registers and papers, 1861-1868
Robert Augustus Toombs letter, 1848
Grover Cleveland to George E. Waring, Jr., 11 Feb. 1885

Note that this is an incomplete collections list. Please contact the organization directly for the most current information about their holdings.


Whig Party campaign song, circa 1848 (John Greiner)

1 lyric sheet
This manuscript group includes materials originally accessioned as Mss. 3029.
No restrictions on access.
Autograph manuscript of original song lyrics written by John Greiner for the presidential contest between Whig party nominee Zachary Taylor and Democrat Lewis Cass in 1848. The untitled song celebrates Zachary Taylor's flinty toughness and fierce commitment to the Whig cause while ridiculing his political detractors and Whig Party enemies such as John Tyler, a former Whig and U.S. president who was expelled from the party in 1841.
Whig Party Campaign Song, Mss. 3029, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.
Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.
Born in Philadelphia in 1810, John Greiner moved to Marietta, Oh., in the late 1830s and worked as a house and sign painter. Active in the temperance movement and in Whig Party politics in Ohio, he won fame as a Whig campaign songwriter and a leader of songs at Whig raillies. He served as Ohio state librarian from 1845-1851 and was later appointed secretary of the Territory of New Mexico, a post he held between 1852 and 1853.
 

 

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1 item

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- Zachary Taylor

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Capell Family Papers, 1816-1931

The Capell family were planters and merchants of Amite and Wilkinson Counties in Miss. Eli Jackson Capell, the son of Littleton Capell, was a planter of Pleasant Hill Plantation in Amite County. He operated a store near Rose Hill, Miss., and was married to Margaret, née Anderson. They had four children: Kate, Ophelia, Robert L., and Henry Clay. Robert L. died during his military service in the Confederate Army. Henry Clay was an attorney in Centerville, Miss. Business and legal documents comprise the bulk of this collection. Most documents pertain to acquisition of land and include instruments of conveyance, certificates of land ownership, and land deeds. Business papers consist of invoices for shipment of cotton and goods; slave bills of sale (1822-1856); receipts; and correspondence relating primarily to the sale of cotton and goods. Personal correspondence includes comments by Jefferson Davis on the "righteous cause" (Nov. 6, 1882), several letters to President Grover Cleveland endorsing a political appointment for Henry Clay Capell (March-Aug. 1893) and attesting to his high moral character (1895). Also included are letters regarding the death of Robert L. Capell who died in military service (Aug. 31, 1865, Sept. 27, 1865) and the impact of the Civil War (Jan. 9, 1866).

Volumes consist of plantation diaries (1842-1867) for Pleasant Hill Plantation; plantation record books, including a cotton book (1881-1891) of Henry Clay Capell; a crop book (1840-1849); and plantation record books of other family members. Capell maintained daybooks (1881, 1886-1887) while operating a store near Rose Hill, Miss., and included in volume five are the constitution, bylaws, order of business, and list of members of the Rose Hill Agricultural and Horticultural Club (1880).
Among miscellaneous items is a tintype of and unidentified man (n.d.); list of heirs to the estate of John Resse (ca. 1880); Capell family genealogy [photocopy] (n.d.); and a biography of Eli J. Capell [photocopy] which appeared in THE MISSISSIPPI VALLEY HISTORICAL REVIEW (n.d.). Typescripts of plantation diary entries record inventories of slaves, live stock and equipment, daily tally of cotton picked by slaves, yearly distribution of clothing and tools to slaves, weight of cotton bales, and amount of cotton sold annually. Slave records list individual slaves by name.

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30 volumes

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- Grover Cleveland

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Francis Marston New Orleans letter, 1849 Jan. 28

1 item.
This manuscript group includes materials originally accessioned as Mss. 4913.
The letter of Francis Marston to William Green of Boston, Massachusetts describes Marston's journey through the Gulf of Mexico and the city of New Orleans. The weather, buildings, roads, flora, and habits of the people of the city are described in detail. The letter also describes Old Zach (President-Elect Zachary Taylor) who visited the city the same time as Marston. The letter mentions that Henry Clay (U.S. Senator from Kentucky) was in the city and that there was a recent outbreak of cholera.
Francis Marston New Orleans Letter, Mss. 4913, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.
Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.
Francis Marston, of Boston, Massachusetts, traveled by ship through the Gulf of Mexico to New Orleans, Louisiana. He witnessed a visit to the city by President-elect Zachary Taylor.
 

 

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1 item

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- Zachary Taylor

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Zachary Taylor letters, 1848

2 items.
This manuscript group includes materials originally accessioned as Mss. 2436.
Originals housed in vault are restricted. Use photocopies.
In letters addressed to J. [James] Watson Webb, New York publisher and journalist, President-elect Zachary Taylor discusses his consideration of opposing points of view, his personal opinion of General John E. [Ellis] Wool (Dec. 7, 1848) and the extension of slavery into acquired territory (Dec. 16, 1848).
Zachary Taylor Letters, Mss. 2436, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.
Photocopies and digital scans also available.
Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries.
Zachary Taylor was the twelfth president of the United States, 1849-1850.
 

 

http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/262841753

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2 items

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- Zachary Taylor

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Weld Company Correspondence, 1833-1851

Collection not relevant with exception of correspondence related to preparations being made by the city of New Orleans to mourn the death of President William Henry Harrison in 1841

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96 items

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- William Harrison

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John Slidell letters and miscellany, 1844-1861

146 letters.
1 engraving.
This manuscript group includes materials accessioned as Mss. 2029, 2311, 2478, 2483, 2533, 2539, 2675, 2942, 3935.
No restrictions on access.
Letters and miscellany of John Slidell includes a large sequence of photocopied letters to James Buchanan, secretary of state under James Polk and U.S. president from 1857 to 1861. The letters describe Slidell's work as minister to Mexico; the progress of the Mexican-American War; the fate of the Wilmot Proviso, an appropriations bill intended for final negotiations to resolve the Mexican-American War, in the U.S. Congress; James Buchanan's efforts to secure the Democratic nomination for president in 1856; the Ostend Manifesto, which proposed the purchase of Cuba from Spain in order to extend slavery there; and Slidell's mordantly contemptuous views of President Franklin Pierce and his other political enemies. Among those mentioned in the correspondence are Pierre Soulé, President Martin Van Buren, Stephen Douglas, Henry Johnson, and Thomas Hart Benton.
Also included are a group of original letters from Slidell to various correspondents. They include a brief note, dated 1844, presenting Slidell's respects to Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur and asking about a vacancy at the consulate at Matamoros, Mexico, for one of his constituents; a letter, dated 1852, discussing the release of John Sidney Thrasher from a Spanish prison; an 1853 letter to Jefferson Davis regarding Pierre Soulé; a letter, dated 1857, to Jacob Thompson, secretary of the interior, concerning Indian Bureau advertisements and their possible publication in the Daily Orleanian and the Louisiana Courier; and a letter, also dated 1857, to Asbury Dickens requesting the proceedings of the court martial of Lieutenant Colonel John Charles Frémont. Other letters include a note, dated 1857, to Asbury Dickens commenting on the condition of the money market in New Orleans; a letter to J.G. Davidson, dated 1858, concerning the debate over the reappointment of William McCullogh as surveyor general of Louisiana and allegations that McCullogh is no longer loyal to the Democratic Party; and a letter written from Paris in 1862 to Judah P. Benjamin recommending a former French army officer for Confederate military service.
John Slidell Letters and Miscellany, Mss. 2029, 2311, 2478, etc., Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.
Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries. Copyright of the original materials in this collection has expired and they are therefore in the public domain.
John Slidell was a Louisiana politician, lawyer, and businessman. A native of New York, he graduated from Columbia University and worked in the mercantile business in New York City before relocating to New Orleans, La., where he practiced law and served as district attorney of the city. Elected to the United States House in 1842 as a Democrat, Slidell was appointed as minister plenipotentiary to Mexico by President James Polk. Slidell was elected to the Senate in 1853 and cast his lot with other pro-Southern congressmen to repeal the Missouri Compromise, acquire Cuba, and admit Kansas to the Union. During the U.S. Civil War Slidell represented the Confederacy to France and was one of two Confederate diplomats involved in the Trent Affair. After the Civil War Slidell moved to Paris, France. He died in the United Kingdom on the Isle of Wight.
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146 items

Presidential content includes:

- James Buchanan

- James K. Polk

- Martin Van Buren

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Samuel S. Simmons Speech, 1840

This manuscript group includes materials accessioned as Mss. 1684.
No restrictions on access.
Speech of Samuel S. Simmons to his constituents offers his views on the 1840 presidential campaign. In the speech Simmons declares his opposition to William Henry Harrison and other advocates of the Bank of the United States and states that he favors the Independent Treasury Bill. He also comments favorably on the Congressional policy of preemption of public lands and expresses condemnation of southern political leaders for not upholding principles of states' rights.

 

Samuel S. Simmons Speech, Mss. 1684, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

 

Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries. Copyright of the original materials in this collection has expired and they are therefore in the public domain.
Samuel S. Simmons was an Alabama state senator from Autauga County, Alabama.

 

OCLC Permalink http://www.worldcat.org/oclc/317484389
 

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- William Harrison

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James Madison Wells microfilm, 1865-1866

29 letters.
This manuscript group includes materials accessioned as Mss. 1219.
No restrictions on access.
The papers are primarily 22 letters sent from James Madison Wells to Andrew Johnson pertaining to the government of Louisiana during the early years of Reconstruction. Correspondence with William Polk, Maj. Gen. S.A. Hurlbut, Abraham Lincoln, and A.P. Dostie are also included. The letters are taken from the George S. Denison Papers and the Andrew Johnson Papers in the Manuscripts Division of the Library of Congress.
James Madison Wells Microfilm, Mss. 1219, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.
Microfilm. Washington, D.C. : Library of Congress, 1947.
s 1947 dcu.
Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries. Copyright of the original materials in this collection has expired and they are therefore in the public domain.
Born near Alexandria, La., in 1808, James Madison Wells was the son of Samuel Levi Wells II, a member of the Louisiana constitutional convention in 1811. After completing his education at St. Joseph's College in Bardstown, Ky., and at Cincinnati Law School, Wells returned to Louisiana to manage his family's plantations. He married Mary Ann Scott in 1833. Wells was an active Whig but transferred his allegiance to the Democratic Party after the Whig Party's collapse in the 1850s, supporting Stephen A. Douglas, the Democratic candidate for president in 1860. A staunch Unionist during the Civil War, Wells served as governor of Louisiana from 1865 to 1867. Ousted from office by General Philip Sheridan due to his failure to control violence arising from controversial actions taken during the Louisiana constitutional convention in 1864, Wells returned to his home parish and became a notorious scalawag known by his political opponents as "Mad Wells." Active in Republican politics in Louisiana, Wells was appointed chairman of the state returning board, which was responsible for determining the legality of ballots, in 1873. His efforts to assist Republicans in elections helped earn him appointment as surveyor of the Port of New Orleans from 1874-1880. He died at his home in Rapides Parish in 1899.

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29 items

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- Andrew Johnson

- Abraham Lincoln

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Willie Person Mangum letters, 1842, 1844

3 letters.
This manuscript group includes materials originally accessioned as Mss. 2567.
No restrictions on access.
Letters to Colonel James Watson Webb, editor of the New York COURIER AND ENQUIRER, discuss national politics, in particular the conflicts between the Whig factions in Congress, led by Henry Clay and President John Tyler. Letters also discuss the disputed tariff bill of 1842 and support for Henry Clay as a presidential candidate.
Willie Person Mangum Letters, Mss. 2567, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.
Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.
United States senator from North Carolina and congressional leader of the Whig Party.
 

 

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3 items

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- John Tyler

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Andrew Johnson telegram, 30 August 1865

1 telegram.
This manuscript group includes materials originally accessioned as Mss. 188.
No restrictions on access.
Military telegram to Governor W.L. Sharkey of Mississippi refers to the proclamation authorizing restoration of state government.
Andrew Johnson Telegram, Mss. 188, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.
Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/173821636

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1 item

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- Andrew Johnson

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Henry Clay to John L. Lawrence, 25 March 1843

1 item ; 20 x 25 cm.
The letter to John L. Lawrence, New York City, discusses President John Tyler's chances of re-election, the popular reception given Clay during a journey to the Southwest, and election prospects of the Whig party in Louisiana, Alabama, and Mississippi.
Henry Clay Letter, Mss. 2606, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.
Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries. Copyright of the original materials is retained by descendants of the creators of these materials in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Henry Clay was a United States Senator from Ashland, Kentucky, and a Whig presidential candidate.
 

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1 item

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- John Tyler

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Edwin M. Stanton registers and papers, 1861-1868


3 v.
This manuscript group includes materials originally accessioned as Mss. 522, 1698, 1747.
Originals housed in vault are restricted. Use photocopies.
Registers record the dates, correspondents, contents, and resolutions reached on business referred to in the correspondence received by Edwin M. Stanton, Secretary of War. Volume I contains entries for March-Dec. 1864, v. II contains March 1-Aug.1, 1866 and v. III contains May 31-Aug.25, 1866. Papers consist of a permit allowing Stanton to visit a prisoner confined in Washington (1861), a letter of introduction to Secretary of the Treasury, Salmon P. Chase; official memoranda and notes sent to Stanton by President Johnson, (1867, n.d.), and autographs of Johnson, Stanton, and Generals Henry W. Halleck and William T. Sherman (n.d.). Papers also include an engraving of Edwin Stanton, newspapers containing articles on the assassination of President Lincoln (April 16-18, May 6, 1865), and admittance cards to the U. S. Senate gallery for the impeachment hearings (1868),.
Edwin M. Stanton Registers and Papers, Mss. 522, 1698, 1747, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.
Photocopies and digital scans also available.
Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries.
Edwin McMasters Stanton served as Attorney General under President James Buchanan and Secretary of War under Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson.
OCLC http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/262841344

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22 items

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- Andrew Johnson

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Robert Augustus Toombs letter, 1848

1 letter.
This manuscript group includes materials originally accessioned as Mss. 1537.
No restrictions on access.
Robert Augustus Toombs comments on the presidential nomination of General Zachary Taylor giving satisfaction to the Whig Party.
Robert Augustus Toombs Letter, Mss. 1537, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.
Physical rights are retained by the LSU Libraries.
Robert Augustus Toombs served as Secretary of State (1861) of the Confederate States of America, and as a C.S.A. general during the Civil War.
http://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/269037511

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- Zachary Taylor

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Grover Cleveland to George E. Waring, Jr., 11 Feb. 1885

Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908, letter to George E. Waring, written February 11, 1885. In his letter to George E. Waring, Jr., Cleveland states that he is reluctant to interfere in legislation regarding the National Board of Health because he is not well enough informed about the organization and its operations. George E. Waring (1833-1898) was an agriculturist, sanitary engineer, and author.

 

https://beta.worldcat.org/archivegrid/collection/data/122563280

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1 item

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- Grover Cleveland

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