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Semple family papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: LaRC-406

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of personal papers of members of the Semple family in Mississippi and Louisiana. Included are correspondence, legal and financial documents, hand-drawn maps, certificates, photographs, a poem, newspaper clippings, deeds, and land transactions. Correspondence includes descriptions of economic conditions and statements about the sale of slaves. Family papers include land deed documents from Francisco Luis Hector, Baron de Carondelet. Some documents are in damaged condition.


  • 1794-1936


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

Robert Semple (d. 1813) and his wife, Isabelle Turnbull Semple, owned the Desert Plantation, a large cotton plantation, built 1808-1812, in southern Mississippi near Bayou Sara and St. Francisville, La. Descendants lived in Louisiana at least through the 1930s. Other families represented in this collection include Turnbull, Metcalf, Barrow, Clark, Denham, Dunbar, Shannon, Ventress, and Lobdell.


1.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

Language of Materials


Spanish; Castilian


Arranged by document type and chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired no later than 1976 from Mrs. Ruby Adams, with later additions through 1982.

Semple family papers finding aid
Written for OCLC by Susanna Powers
2016 August 1
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