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M.D. Girard papers

Identifier: LaRC-638

Scope and Contents

This collection consists mostly of French handwritten correspondence by Marie Drivon Girard (1814-1913); her father, Antoine Tauvin Bernard Drivon; her first husband, Jean Marie Aquart; and her cousins, the Alexanders. Also included are notebooks with theological and historical writings by Girard; account books; birth, baptismal and marriage certificates of members of the Drivon, Aquart and Girard families; French grammatical exercises; newspaper clippings from the Louisiana French newspaper, L'Abeille, including articles written by Girard; and a photograph.


  • 1774-1902


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

Marie Louise Hieroniyme Drivon de Perry, born January 16, 1814, in Liverpool, England, came from an aristocratic family originating in Sainte-Lucie, in the Lesser Antilles. Her father was Antoine Tauvin Bernard Drivon and her mother was Jeanne Drivon. At the age of nine, she and her mother moved to Paris, where she was educated; eventually the two returned to Sainte-Lucie. Marie married Jean Marie Aquart in 1836, but he died just two years later. For economic reasons, the family was forced to abandon the once prosperous island plantation, and in the early 1840s purchased a home in the French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana. She married Osiris Augustin Girard, who disappeared while fighting in the Mexican War. She had two children, both of whom got scarlet fever in 1853; the daughter, Marie Acquart, recovered and lived until 1906, but her son Auguste died. M.D. Girard became a prominent and admired teacher of the French language to the New Orleans community. She wrote a book entitled Histoire des Etats-Unis suivie de L'Historie de la Louisiane, published in 1881. She died in New Orleans in 1913 at the age of ninety-nine. A biographical memoir, Madame Girard, was written by Grace King in 1922.


1.5 Linear Feet

Language of Materials


Arrangement Note

Arranged chronologically. The collection consists of 1 box. It is 1.5 linear feet.

Other Descriptive Information

OCLC Number: 458294594

Processing Information

Collection processed in 1981 by JHE.

Archon Finding Aid Title
Jazmin Smith
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description

Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US