Memo from Annette Baxter to Mary Scotti, regarding the library committee and the Women's Center, October 27, 1971, page 3
SOUTHERN HISTORICAL MANUSCRIPTS on MICROFICHE. Selected by Eugene Genovese, Chairman, Department of History, University of Rochester and John Milton Price, Director of Archives, Louisiana State University. Plantation Records in the LSU Archives The first part of a large micropublishing program, these Plantation Records have been selected by Eugene Genovese and John M. Price to show every aspect of life on the planta- tions of Louisiana, southwestern Mississippi, and the lower Mississippi Valley. Included are two collections, Minor and Liddell, of extraordinary value, with smaller collections present to supplement and amplify their content. Covering more than a century, but concentrating on the four decades between 1830 and 1870, the Minor Family Papers are the records of a Mississippi family of bankers and plant- ers. The Minors were wealthy and influential citizens whose records deal with such matters as speculation in land and cotton in the 1830s, management of their four plantations from 1840 to 1870, treatment of Negroes, and the effects of the Civil War and Reconstruction policies on Mississippi banks. The Liddell Papers record the activities of two generations of planters in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas, in the pro- duction of cotton, sugar, and lumber. Their correspondence and record books are unusually informative, dealing with family occurrences, as well as business affairs and the day-to- day management of their plantations. Of great interest are records on the Civil War, in which a Liddell served, and its aftermath. In attempting to revive planting interests with the use of freedmen, the records document the crisis attend- ing the breakdown of the economic and social system in the post-Civil War South. Smaller collections in this set include the papers of planters such as Louis Bringier of Louisiana, a Confederate officer; a Methodist minister, John Burruss; a shopkeeper, Eli Capell; and a physician and professor of “Negro Medicine,” Samuel Cartwright. Particularly interesting are the papers of two families of free Negroes in Louisiana (the Chelette Papers and the Badin Papers) and the personal diaries of Mary Bateman, Priscilla Bond, Mrs. Isaac Hilliard, Eliza Magruder, James Monette, and Clarissa Town. The Southern Historical Manuscripts Program The program will comprise manuscripts for research in the history of the Old South. Beginning with plantation records for the region of the lower Mississippi Valley, it will be ex- panded to include complementary records for the rest of the South and progress from there to cover the major southern ports and the commodities trade. Ultimately, the program will make available a comprehensive and representative ar- chive for students and other researchers in such diverse fields as social history, economic history, agricultural history, black studies, and the history of the American South in general. STANDARDS Greenwood microfiche conform to standards established by the American National Standards lnstitute. They are positive silver transparencies with full legible positive titles. Measuring 105mm x 148mm (roughly 4"x6"), they carry a maximum of 98 pages of documents at a reduction ratio not exceeding 24:1. Every care is taken to avoid damage in handling and packing. Greenwood adheres to the following standards of the American National Standards Institute: PH5.9-1970 Specifications for Microfiches, Type A1 Microfiche PH1.28-1969 Specifications for Photographic Film for Records, Sil- ver Gelatin Type, on Cellulose Ester Base PH4.20-1958 (R1970) Photographic Filing Enclosures for Storing Processed Photographic Films, Plates, and Papers PH5.4-1970 Storage of Silver Gelatin Microfilm Cover: The Houmas House on the Burnside plantation owned by the Bringiers. 1961 by Clarence John Laughlin in Ghosts Along the Mississippi.