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Morse and Wederstrandt Family Papers

Identifier: LaRC-107

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of personal, professional, and collected papers of members of the Morse, Wederstrandt, and allied families of New Jersey, Maryland and Louisiana. Included are handwritten family correspondence, legal and financial documents, medical notes, photographs, a drawing, New Orleans Carnival ephemera, partially printed invitations, religious funereal papers and prayer cards, calling cards and other items of social ephemera, biographical and genealogical information, certificates, forms, an 1864 arms permit, Civil War documents, a Navy Radio typed order of Secretary of the Navy, Josephus Daniels, ordering a twenty-one gun salute in honor of the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, newspaper clippings and other printed items. An invitation to the 1885 dedication of the Washington Monument, and numerous White House invitations are included. Individuals and families represented in this collection include Morse, Wederstrandt, Sharp, Dahlgren, Janin, Smith, Lloyd, Neal, Darnall and Blake.


  • 1789-1954
  • Majority of material found in 19th century


Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted.

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 families became allied with the 1835 marriage of Margaretta Smith Wederstrandt (1816-1893) and Isaac Edward Morse (1809-1866). Individuals in both families were physicians. Col. Nathan Morse (1784-1833) was prominent in New Orleans; his son Isaac Edward Morse was a lawyer and politician who served in the state senate (1842-1844), and in Congress (1844-1851), and was attorney general of Louisiana, 1853-1855.


2 Linear Feet (4 boxes )

Language of Materials





Spanish; Castilian


Arranged by document type and chronologically.

Source of Acquisition

Gift Mrs. Alexander Sharp of Bethesda, Md., via Dorothy Hébert of New Orleans, La., with later additions. Acquired in 1962.

Method of Acquisition


Condition Description

Photocopies or later-era typed transcriptions accompany some documents. Some items are in damaged condition.

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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