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G.P. Whittington papers

Identifier: LaRC-29

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, notes, scrapbooks, diaries, clippings, local history and family histories of George Purnell Whittington, historian and author, of Rapides Parish, Louisiana. Included are G.P. Whittington's correspondence with noted historians such as Grace King and Herbert E. Bolton. Also included is copies of correspondence of William C.C. Claiborne, Edward Livingston, and Josiah Stoddard Johnston, as well as the letters and diary of John Sibley.


  • 1804-1932


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

George Purnell Whittington, born in 1881 in Alexandria, Louisiana, attended Tulane University and was admitted to the bar in 1901. He practiced law in Alexandria and also found himself drawn to the histories of Rapides Parish and central Louisiana. Due to loss of many of the parish's records during the Civil War, Whittington's papers remain one of the more comprehensive collections with regard to the history of central Louisiana. He wrote biographies of Dr. John Sibley, and Governor Thomas Overton Moore, and histories of Rapides Parish. He died in 1932.


3 Linear Feet

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Arrangement Note

The collection is arranged by topic as follows: George Purnell Whittington correspondence; Rapides Parish: A History and other manuscripts; copies of correspondence of Sibley, Claiborne, Livingston, and others; research materials for various publications; research notebooks; and scrapbooks of clippings. This collection consists of 5 boxes. It is 3 linear feet.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mary Thomas Duncan. Date acquired: 11/02/1953.

Other Descriptive Information

OCLC Number: 422727854

G.P. Whittington papers
Eira Tansey
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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