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Document of the Month Pages

Begun in April of 2012, Document of the Month highlights interesting documents, photographs, and other images from the holdings of the Louisiana State Archives. This page features documents for the current year. Below are links to the current year and previous archives.

2024 Documents

Jared Young Sanders

(3/1/24) Jared Young Sanders served as governor Louisiana from 1908 until 1912. Sometimes called the "father of the good roads movement" in Louisiana, he is remembered for his efforts to improve state infrastructure while protecting its natural resources. Later in his career, he was an outspoken critic of Huey P. Long. Born in St. Mary Parish in 1869, he was the son of Jared Young Sanders and Elizabeth Wofford. He was a graduate of Tulane University and began practicing law in Franklin. He entered politics and served two terms in the Louisiana House of Representatives and one term as Lieutenant Governor. After his term as governor, he resumed his law practice. He died in Baton Rouge on March 23, 1944, and was buried in Franklin. His death certificate is on file at the Louisiana State Archives (Statewide Deaths, 1944, vol. 513, p. 448).

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Jelly Roll Morton

(2/1/24) Jelly Roll Morton, born Ferdinand Joseph LaMothe, was an early New Orleans jazz musician, composer, and arranger. As a teenager, he played in Storyville brothels, traveled the South, and later performed in Chicago, New York, and California. He struggled in the 1930s and died in Los Angeles in 1941. Although records vary as to the date of his birth, it was likely around 1894, according to the 1900 census. His parents were not married to each other and split up around the time of his birth. His mother, Louise Hermance Monette, married William Mouton in New Orleans February 5, 1894. Their marriage certificate is on file at the Louisiana State Archives (Orleans Marriages, 1894, vol. 17, p. 362).

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Pandely Naturalization Declaration

(1/1/24) A Declaration of Intention is the first step in the process of becoming a citizen of the United States. On the 29th of January 1824, Paul Pandely, appeared in the District Court in New Orleans and filed his declaration. He stated that he was 25 years old, was born in Plymouth, Kingdom of Great Britain, emigrated from Genoa, arrived in the United States in 1821, and intended to reside in Louisiana. Although not stated in this document, Pandely had married Euphrosine Dimitry in New Orleans in 1822. The record of his marriage identifies his parents as Chevalier De Pandeli and Ysavel English. His son, George Pandely, served on the Assistant Board of Alderman in New Orleans. Paul Pandely died in New Orleans at the age of 56. His Declaration of Intention is found in a microfilm collection entitled New Orleans District Court Declarations of Intention, 1816-1906 (Accession P2005-11), Reel 1, page 228. The collection was abstracted by Ann DeVillier Riffel and published in the June and September 2006 issues of Le Raconteur. The original records are housed at the National Archives Branch in Fort Worth, Texas.

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