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Capt. T. P. Leathers papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: LaRC-131

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of personal and family papers of the Leathers, Claiborne, and allied families, predominantly relating to the life and career of the Mississippi River steamboat owner and pilot, Capt. T. P. Leathers. Included are handwritten and typed correspondence, biographical information, genealogical research notes, typed transcriptions of wills, printed death notices, photographs including two elaborately framed daguerrotype portraits, Boston Club and New Orleans Carnival memorabilia, printed bank notes dated 1821 from Kentucky, an 1850 book holding small personal mementos, newspaper clippings and sections, and other printed items. Family names represented in the collection include Leathers, Claiborne, Cooper, Hutchins, Starke, Terrell or Terrill, Winchester, Davis, and Wyatt. Correspondents include Jefferson Davis and Varina Davis; an 1880s letter from them declines attendance at a summer wedding in New Orleans which allied their families. Some documents are accompanied by photocopies.


  • 1811-1951


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

Thomas Paul Leathers (1816-1896) was born in Covington, Ky. His father, John Leathers, was a wealthy tobacco planter. T. P. Leathers married Charlotte Claiborne of Pointe Coupée Parish, La.; they later lived in New Orleans. During the 1880s, their home was on Carondelet St., at the corner of Josephine. Capt. Leathers was a well-known owner, builder and pilot of steamboats on the Mississippi River. He was a successful businessman, transporting cotton between New Orleans and Vicksburg or St. Louis. He built numerous large steamboats, or packets, seven of which were named Natchez. His steamboat Natchez which was built in 1859 was confiscated by Union forces during the Civil War. Capt. Leathers died in a bicycle accident in New Orleans at the age of eighty.


1.5 Linear Feet

1 Boxes

Language of Materials



Arranged by document type and chronologically.

Custodial History

Acquired in the mid-twentieth century.

Processing Information

Processed by Susanna Powers. Edited for ArchivesSpace by Althea Topek.

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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