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French Archives Records

 Collection — Container: M1981-15
Identifier: M1981-15

Scope and Contents

Microfilm of the fonds des colonies serie C13A, Volumes 1-53, covering French occupation of North America, 1694-1819. Filmed as part of the Louisiana Colonial Records Project in 1980, the C13A series covers reports, letters, maps, and other materials on the French settlement and colonization of Louisiana, West Florida, Pensacola, the upper Mississippi River Valley, the Illinois Territory, Canada and other areas of North America. The size of this research archives is beyond the scope of this Guide to describe, but there is considerable data on settlements, Indians, transportation, forts, shipwrecks, battles and war, Jesuit activity, troop movements, and more. Most materials are in French language.

Microfilm also includes select folios of records from the archives of Santa Domingo (ADC 1 and 2).

With maps of Fort Conde and Fort Charlotte (Mobile), excerpts from Mobile newspapers, 1821-1824, photographs of manuscripts which include letters on William Augustus Bowles and Alexander McGillivray, Creek Indian activities at Pensacola, and John Forbes.

Includes the diary, 1815-1835, of Major George Birch (d. 1837) concerning army life in the south including a description of the Battle of New Orleans and Indian troubles. Photocopied from the George Birch Papers, Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Includes photocopies of the papers, 1820-1823, of Abraham L. Sands (1781-1840) including correspondence, orders, requisitions, legal papers, invoices, and inventories relating to Army life in Florida; of special note are materials related to Mobile, New Orleans, Fort Charlotte, Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky, Fort St. Marks, the Apalachicola River, Pensacola, Fort San Carlos de Barrancas, the 1821 hurricane, and Fort Petite Coqueille. From originals in the Yale University Library.

NOTE: MF 1036-1097 are microfilm copies of the Louisiana Colonial Records Project microfilmed at the Archives Nationales, Paris, for the Library of Congress, University of Southwestern Louisiana, Loyola University of New Orleans, Memphis State University, and the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, 1970.

NOTE: This accumulation of material was located by Dr. William S. Coker in Mobile, Alabama; it appears that the local CETA office funded research into the early history of Mobile and a researcher gathered pertinent material from the French National Archives, from university collections, and other research centers. As such it represents an accumulation of materials primarily centering on French activity on the Gulf Coast in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries.


  • created: 1694-1835
  • Other: Date acquired: 00/00/1981


Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers, dependent on our compliance with U.S. Copyright Law, HIPPA requirements, donor agreements and other applicable state and federal statutes. Occasionally we may need to review a collection before permitting immediate access.

Conditions Governing Use

Digital photography, scanning, and photocopying of materials is prohibited. Permission may be granted by the Special Collections Librarian for such reprography dependent on issues of copyright, ownership, condition, donor agreements, etc. In general, staff do not make reproductions of copyright materials or materials for which title is not owned by the institution. Recent revisions in the U.S. Copyright Law extended the copyright of correspondence, letters, and other personal papers to the life of the author plus seventy years.


523.00 items

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Source of Acquisition

William S. Coker; loaned for copying by the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act Office, Mobile, Alabama, 1981

Processing Information

Revised 10/16/2006

Cataloged 10/20/1982

French Archives Records
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Repository Details

Part of the UWF University Archives and West Florida History Center Repository

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