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Robert Ruffin Barrow, Jr. Papers

Identifier: MS-00065

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of business and personal correspondence, invoices, receipts, accounting books, newspapers and newspaper clippings, books and pamphlets, copies of civil court documents, a diary. a scrapbook, loose and framed photographs, and photograph albums. Most items concern the Barataria and Lafourche Canal (Westwego, La.), Myrtle Grove Sugar Plantation (Terrebonne Parish, La.), and the Airless Tube Filler Company (New Orleans, La.). The personal correspondence consists of letters exchanged among the members of the Barrow family and their family and friends. The dairy was kept by Irene Barrow and covers the period January 1 through July 29, 1898. The scrapbook kept by Hallette Barrow Cole records the birth, marriage, and death dates of the Barrow, Tennant, and Cole families, along with other events occurring between 1822 and 1966. It also includes clippings and obituaries of Louisiana persons, particularly physicians. The photograph collection includes family photographs, pictures of Roberta Grove Plantation house, the Barrow camp on Independent Island in Barataria Bay, the Barataria and Lafourche Canal, and unidentified photographs.


  • 1829-1938
  • Majority of material found in 1901-1925

Terms Governing Use and Reproduction

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

Biographical Note

Robert Ruffin Barrow, Jr. (1858-1926) was a Louisiana sugar planter and businessman. He was born at Residence Plantation, Terrebonne Parish, on February 28, 1858 and died in New Orleans on March 24, 1926. He married Jennie Lodiska Tennent on June 28, 1880. The children born to this marriage were Volumnia Hunley (died in infancy), Irene Felicity, Robert Ruffin Barrow III (died in infancy), Zoe Gayoso (who married Dr. Robert Topping) Jennie Tennent (who married Dr. Harris P. Dawson), and Hallette Mary (who married Dr. C. Grenes Cole). As a businessman he was interested primarily in the Barataria and Lafourche Canal but he also served as the vice-president of a bank and as a director of two others. In addition to Myrtle Grove and Roberta Grove Plantations, he owned other land in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes which he rented to tenants. He lived on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans.


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The correspondence and business papers are arranged chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Terrebonne Historical and Cultural Society.

Related Materials

Myrtle Grove Plantation Records, MS.00053, Nicholls State University Archives and Special Collections
Barrow family papers, Manuscripts Collection 654, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.
Christian Grenes Cole Family Papers, Mss. 3648, Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, LSU Libraries, Baton Rouge, La.

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.
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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