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Special Collections & Archives holds thirty-six collections on microfilm ranging in size from one reel to 340 reels. Microfilm holdings are listed in the library catalog. Highlights of the collection include:

  • Correspondance a l'arrivee en provenance de la Louisiana (71 reels)
    Includes series C13, primarily containing correspondence received by the secretaire d'état de la marine from Louisiana. Material is dated between 1678 and 1819, with the bulk coming from before 1767.
  • Cuban Papers, Louisiana (340 reels)
    Legajos 488-560 and 562-630. This microfilm set is a copy of manuscripts found in the Papeles de Cuba in the Archives of the Indies in Seville, Spain. They document Spain's rule over the Louisiana Territory and West Florida roughly from 1762 until 1810. Additional microfilmed manuscripts from the Cuban Papers may be found at the Historic New Orleans Collection and at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.
  • Charles S. Peirce Papers (32 reels)
    Reproduced from the original documents by the "father of pragmatism" from the Houghton Library at Harvard University.
  • Records and Deliberations of the Cabildo, 1769-1803 (7 reels)
    Microfilm copy of typewritten transcripts and digest made under supervision of the Work Projects Administraion, 1934-1939.
  • Records of the Diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas, 1576-1803 (12 reels)
    Records of the diocese of Louisiana and the Floridas, written primarily in Spanish, covering the period 1576-1803. The bulk of the documents span the dates 1786-1803 and the records provide information on the growth and development of the Catholic Church in those parts of the United States governed by Spain and France.
  • Santo Domingo Papers, Louisiana (141 reels)
    Legajos 2529-2689. Part of the records of the Audiencia of Santo Domingo, these papers are found in the Archives of the Indies in Seville, Spain. They document Spain's rule over colonial Louisiana from roughly 1762 until 1810.
  • Victor Séjour Works (2 reels)
    Volumes 1-4. Compiled by Charles E. O'Neill. Originals in the British Museum, Bibliotheque Nationale, and Archives Nationales.