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J.L. Basset Family Papers and Business Records

Identifier: MS-00040

Scope and Contents

This collection covers five linear feet, spanning from 1855 to 2006, with the bulk of the material dating 1910-1947. The collection consists of articles, audiocassettes, bank statements, baptismal certificates, birth certificates, photographs, blotters (writing equipment), certificates, bank checks, Christmas cards, clippings, correspondence, death certificates, fliers, genealogies, insurance records, invitations, invoices, marriage certificates, memorial cards, military records, artifacts, programs, promissory notes, receipts, recipes, and tax records. Various items in the collection are written in French and accompanied by an English translation.


  • 1855-2006
  • Majority of material found within 1910-1947

Restrictions on Access

No restrictions on access.

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

Physical rights are retained by Nicholls State University. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Biographical / Historical

Jules Louis Basset was born 22 August 1857 in Labadieville, La. to Hyacinthe Basset and Julie Sybille. He established a mercantile business in 1882 that consisted of a general store and several peddling wagons located in what would later become known as the St. John community north of Thibodaux. Some of Basset's children helped him with his retail business during the early 1900s and continued to run his store after his death in 1933. The J.L. Basset Store closed in 1942.


5 Linear Feet (6 boxes)

Language of Materials

Multiple languages


The papers are organized into three series: Family History, Correspondence, and Financial Records.

Sensitive Materials Statement

This collection may contain material(s) with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which Ellender Memorial Library and Nicholls State University assume no responsibility.
J.L. Basset Family Papers and Business Records
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Repository Details

Part of the Nicholls State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

Ellender Memorial Library
Nicholls State University
906 E 1st St.
Thibodaux Louisiana 70310 USA