M.D. Girard papers
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.
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
Arranged chronologically. The collection consists of 1 box. It is 1.5 linear feet.
Other Descriptive Information
OCLC Number: 458294594
Collection processed in 1981 by JHE.
- Drivon, Antoine Tauvin Bernard.
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- Birth certificates Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Clippings (information artifacts) Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Correspondence Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- French -- United States -- History Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- French language -- Louisiana -- History Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- French language -- United States -- History Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
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- Marriage certificates Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- New Orleans (La) -- History Subject Source: Library Of Congress Subject Headings
- Notebooks Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Women teachers -- United States -- History -- 19th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Writings Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
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- Jazmin Smith
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