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de la Vergne family papers

 Collection
Identifier: LaRC-146

Scope and Contents

The de la Vergne family papers includes the papers of Hugues Lavergne (1792-1843), Lavergne's son Jules (1818-1887), including several commissions and letters. Post-Civil War materials include personal correspondence and other papers of Hugues Jules de la Vergne (1867-1923) and his wife, the former Marie Louise Schmidt (1876 -1961), who later married Henry J. Landry de Freneuse. The collection consists of materials relating to the de la Vergne family of New Orleans and includes correspondence, letterbooks, legal documents, commissions, newspaper clippings, photographs, family histories, as well as certificates of birth, marriage, and death. Also included in the collection are the papers of Lavergne's son Jules (1818-1887), including several commissions and letters. Post-Civil War materials include personal correspondence and other papers of Hugues Jules de la Vergne (1867-1923) and his wife, the former Marie Louise Schmidt (? -1961), who later married Henry J. Landry de Freneuse. Collection may contain copies of the original letters.

Dates

  • 1741-1971
  • Other: Majority of material found in 1812-1935

Conditions Governing Access

Portions of this collection are unprocessed. Advance notice is required to access this collection. Please contact Special Collections Research Services at specialcollections@tulane.edu.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Count Pierre de la Vernge (?-1913) emigrated to Louisian from France in 1767, settling in New Orleans, La. He married Elizabeth du Vergier (1763-1807). Their son Hugues Lavergne was sent to Paris, France for school, but was arrested and imprisoned at La Force Prison on false charges of conspiring against the French Government from 1810-1812. He returned to New Orleans, and served on General Andrew Jackson’s staff at the Battle of New Orleans in 1815. He served in the military as Aide-de-Camp to General Jacques Villere, as personal secretary to Governor James Villere, and was commissioned to the office of Secretary of State of Louisiana. He was a founder and president of the Consolidated Association of the Planters of Louisiana, and served as treasurer of Jefferson College in Convent, Louisiana. Hugues married Marie Adele Villere. Their son Jules de la Vergne (1867-1923) worked as a lawyer and planter in Louisiana and served in the Civil War. He married Josephine Bermudez. Their son Jules de la Vergne (1867-1923) married Marie Louise Schmidt (1876-1961). After de la Vergne died in 1923, Mary Louise married Henry Landry de Freneuse.

Extent

6 Linear Feet (11 boxes and 2 volumes. )

Language of Materials

English

French

Arrangement Note

The collection is made up of 11 boxes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by the estate of Marie Louise Schmidt in 1964 and by Louis de la Vergne on March 5, 1975.

Processing Information

Originally processed in 1975. Description edited and updated in 2019 by Andrew Mullins, III. Reorganized in 2019. .

Status
In Progress
Author
Edited by Andrew Mullins from description written in 1975.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Tulane University Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Jones Hall Room 202
6801 Freret Street
New Orleans 70118 US