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Prosper Foy papers

Identifier: LaRC-443

Scope and Contents

Prosper Foy (1790-1878) was a white, French-born marble cutter, sculptor, engraver, teacher of architecture, and slaveholder. The collection consists of bills of sale, slave records, poems, correspondence, personal papers, and receipts in two scrapbooks. There are also manuscripts by Prosper Foy of scripts and stage directions for various operas, including "Martha Ou Le Marche de Richmond" and "Les Noces de Figaro" in addition to the manuscript for "Revolution des Colonies espagnoles en Amerique." The collection contains several library inventories as well. This collection or portions of this collection have been digitized. See Additional Description below for more information. 


  • 1790-1878


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

Prosper Foy (1790-1878) was a white, French-born marble cutter, sculptor, engraver, teacher of architecture, and slaveholder. He sent his son Florville Foy, a free person of color, to Paris in the mid 1830s to learn marble cutting and sculpting, although with whom is unknown. Upon returning to New Orleans, Florville Foy became one of the leading marble tomb-cutters in Louisiana, producing wall vaults, utilitarian tombs, and funerary sculptures such as plaques, bas-reliefs, and carved decorative ornaments. His many works can be seen in Saint Louis I, II, and III cemeteries and the Lafayette I, Cypress Grove, Greenwood, and Odd Fellows cemeteries in New Orleans.


2.00 Boxes

Language of Materials



Volume One is arranged chronologically and Volume Two consists of manuscripts in no specific order. The collection consists of two boxes.

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: 801407116

Processing Information

Collection processed in 1948 and reprocessed in 1977.

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Revision Statements

  • 2011: Finding aid information entered in Archon by LAC Group in 2011.

Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US