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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

Dave Treen Marriage

(5/1/24) David Conner "Dave" Treen served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Louisiana from 1973 to 1980 and Louisiana Governor from 1980 to 1984. He was the first Republican elected to either office since Reconstruction. He was born in Baton Rouge in 1928, the son of Joseph Paul Treen of Mississippi and Elizabeth Speir of Louisiana, and raised in New Orleans. He graduated from Tulane Law School and served in the military. In 1951, he married Dolores Yvonne "Dodie" Brisbi of New Orleans, daughter of August Joseph Brisbi and May Payne, and they had three children. Dodie Treen died in 2005 and Dave Treen in 2009. They are buried in Saint Timothy UMC Memorial Garden in Mandeville. Their marriage license is on file at the Louisiana State Archives (Orleans Marriages, 1951, vol. 0, #1698).

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1824 Bush/Landry Marriage

(4/1/24) Permission slips from parents for their minor children to marry are rare finds in civil marriage records. This example from 1824 is written in French by the bride's father in his own hand. Pierre Joseph Landry, inhabitant of Iberville Parish, gives his full and free consent to the projected marriage between Francois Evan Bush, son of Jean Louis Bush deceased, and Heleine Hamilton, and his daughter, Marie Caroline Landry. Her mother is Rosalie Capdevielle. It is dated 29 April 1824. The document can be found on Reel IV 5.1 of the collection entitled Iberville Parish Civil Records: 1775-1958 (Accession P1986-18), on microfilm at the Louisiana State Archives. For a guide to the collection, see Le Comité's publication, Iberville Parish Records, Volume 3, listed on the Publications Page.

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Jared Young Sanders

(3/1/24) Jared Young Sanders served as governor of 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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