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Burruss family papers

Identifier: LaRC-105

Scope and Contents

The Burruss family papers consist of correspondence, manuscripts, clippings, bills and receipts, and other printed matter. The correspondence is made up of three main groups: letters from Mary Burruss McGehee to her brother John W. Burruss while he was a student at Wesleyan University, Connecticut (1834-1835); letters from John W. Burruss to his father John C. Burruss discussing work and activities on the plantation (1840-1859); and letters from John T. Semple and W.W. Semple, Confederate Army, to their parents. There are also manuscripts of speeches and poems by Judge Robert Semple, New Roads, Louisiana, as well as a pamphlet, First Annual Report of the Mississippi State Colonization Society (1832).

This collection or portions of this collection have been digitized. See Additional Description below for more information. 


  • 1827-1902


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.

Biographical / Historical

The Burruss family lived in Woodville, Mississippi. John W. Burruss was a student at Wesleyan University, Middleton, Connecticut, and later owned a plantation. He discusses his life as a student as well as working on the plantation with his sister, Mary Burruss McGhee, and his father, John C. Burruss, respectively. John T. Semple and W. W. Semple fought in the Confederate Army. Judge Robert Semple of New Roads, Louisiana, wrote speeches and poems.


1.00 Boxes

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The collection is arranged as follows: family papers, arranged chronologically; manuscripts by Robert Semple, arranged chronologically; clippings; a pamphlet; empty envelopes; and an oversize envelope. The collection consists of one box and one oversize envelope.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Dr. Joseph Leopold Burthe. Date acquired: 01/07/1960.

Existence and Location of Copies

Items in this collection can be accessed remotely by visiting the "Free People of Color in Louisiana: Revealing an Unknown Past" digital collection at the Louisiana Digital Library.

Other Descriptive Information

OCLC Number: 771068150

Processing Information

Collection processed in 1962.

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Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US