Description: Jean Laffite, along with his brother Pierre, engaged in piracy and smuggling in New Orleans, Louisiana, and then Galveston Island, Texas, during the 1810s-1820s. The Jean Laffite collection has two components. One component consists of original journals, documents, photographs, and publications allegedly written or owned by Jean Laffite or other Laffite family members. These materials were in the possession of claimed Jean Laffite descendant John A. Laffite. The second component consists of documents, photographs, postcards, maps, publications, clippings, research materials, manuscripts, and artwork that were collected by former Texas Governor Price Daniel Sr. The collection pertains to Jean Laffite's career as a pirate/privateer, his alleged post-1820s life in the United States, Laffite family history, John A. Laffite's activities and communications concerning his alleged Laffite family materials and his sale of the materials, and Price Daniel's purchase of and interest in the Laffite materials. Photographic formats include tintypes, cartes-de-visite, and prints. Material dates from 1773 to 1986, and undated, with the bulk dating 1845-1979. Photocopies of some material contain information that originally dates from 1608 to 1980.
Citation information: (Identify the item and cite the series), Jean Laffite collection, Sam Houston Regional Library and Research Center, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Arrangement: The records are organized into nine series: Correspondence, 1947-1985; Government and other official documents, 1806-1920, undated; Postcards and clipping, 1939-1961, undated; Journals/Diaries, 1773-1869; Research and miscellaneous materials, 1940s-1986, undated; Maps, 1813, undated; Photographs, 1844-1977, undated; Publications, 1820-1986; Artwork, 1840s-1860s, undated.
Copyright information: Under the Copyright Law of 1976 as amended in 1998, unpublished manuscripts are protected for the life of the author plus 70 years. The term of copyright for published materials varies. Researchers are responsible for complying with the Copyright Law.