Abner Phelps diaries Edit


LaRC Manuscripts Collection 1064


  • 1837-1849 (label)
  • Date acquired: 08/05/1997 (Other)


  • 4.00 Volumes (Whole)
  • 0.25 linear foot. other_unmapped (Whole)

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  • Scope and Contents

    This collection contains four diaries from Abner Phelps. Phelps was a clerk of the city court for Lafayette, a suburb of New Orleans that was annexed in 1852. Phelps' diaries contain brief accounts of his daily life, and typical entries include his activities, moods, and the weather. The diaries cover the years from 1837-1849.

    Phelps frequently mentioned the diseases that famously plagued New Orleans, discussing yellow fever deaths in 1843 and 1846, and cholera in 1848. In May 1846, Phelps discussed recruiting volunteers to fight in the Mexican-American army under command of General Zachary Taylor. In 1849, Phelps left the city and set out, eventually ending up in North Fork digging for gold. Phelps eventually settled in San Francisco, where he died in 1873.

  • Arrangement Note

    The collection consists of 4 diaries. Volumes 1 and 2 are large, blank ledger sized volumes. Volumes 3 and 4 are small, pre-printed (dated) diaries. The collection is 0.25 linear foot.

  • Biographical / Historical

    Abner Phelps resided in New Orleans, La., from 1837-1844. He lost his first wife and two children in a yellow fever epidemic. He served as a colonel in the Mexican-American War. In the 1850s, Phelps settled in San Francisco, Calif., where he died on Dec. 28, 1873. The Abner Phelps House at 1111 Oak St., San Francisco, still stands in the twenty-first century, as a privately-owned historic landmark.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    Collection is open to the public. No known restrictions.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

  • Other Descriptive Information

    OCLC Number: 698212638

  • Source of Acquisition

    Gordon G. Phelps.

  • Method of Acquisition


  • Physical Access Requirements

    Please note that volumes 1 and 2 are missing pages. Some pages from volume 2 have been recovered in a folder. Please handle with care.

  • Preferred Citation

    Abner Phelps diaries, Manuscripts Collection 1064, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.