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Felix LaBauve Collection


Summary Information

University of Mississippi Libraries
LaBauve, Felix
Felix LaBauve Collection
1.0 Linear feet (1 oversize box)
Language of Materials
English; French
The collection contains notes and legal documents related to the life of Felix LaBauve of Mississippi.

Preferred Citation

LaBauve Collection, Archives and Special Collections, J.D. Williams Library, The University of Mississippi

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Biographical Note

Colonel Felix LaBauve is known as the “father of scholarships” at the University of Mississippi. He is believed to be the first man to establish a scholarship program at a state-supported institution of higher learning in Mississippi.

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Scope and Content

The Felix LaBauve Collection contains a citation of honor signed by Napoleon Bonaparte attesting the presentation of a “Sword of Honor” to Colonel Felix LaBauve. Also included are handwritten notes from LaBauve, his service record, and naturalization papers.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

University of Mississippi Libraries October 2012

Access Restrictions

The LaBauve Collection is open for research.

Copyright Restrictions

The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement.


No further additions are expected to this collection.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Robert Wilkinson, Jr.

Processing Information

Collection processed by Archives and Special Collections staff. Finding aid created by Kathryn Michaelis, October 2012. Finding aid updated by Susan Ivey, July 2014.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials

A framed handwritten Legion of Honor certificate issued to Felix LaBauve (b. 1741) and signed by Napoleon Bonaparte is in Framed Items (#48). Advance notification is required to transfer this item from an off-site facility.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • legal documents
  • notes


  • Emigration and immigration -- History -- 19th century
  • Scholarships -- Mississippi
  • University of Mississippi -- History

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Collection Inventory

 Folder 1.1 “Meon Cher Cousin” (My Dear Cousin). 22 May 18[?]. 

Scope and Content

Original handwritten note in French.

 Folder 1.2 “My Dear Cousin” (Translation of note in folder 1). 

 Folder 1.3 Note of LaBauve. 

Scope and Content

Bull’s Run, near Manassas from Capt. M.S. Langhorne to Col. Featherstone. In clear plastic envelope.

 Folder 1.4 License to Practice Law. 

Scope and Content

From James M. Trotter. In clear plastic envelope.

 Folder 1.5a Note Fragment. 

 Folder 1.5b Note Fragment. 

 Folder 1.6 Note Fragment. 

 Folder 1.7 Court Minutes concerning LaBauve’s application for U.S. citizenship. Spring 1883. 

 Folder 1.8 Brief history of Colonel Felix LaBauve. 

 Folder 1.9 Décret Impérial - Imperial Decree by Napoleon. 

 Folder 1.10 Légion D’Honneur. 

 Folder 1.11 A Reminiscence of Hernando, Mississippi. 13 July 1879. 

Scope and Content

Includes the song “The Life and Adventures of Felix LaBauve”.

 Folder 1.12 Légion D’Honneur (copy). 

 Folder 1.13 Naturalization Papers, South Carolina. 21 March 1846. 

 Folder 1.14 Service Record. 

 Folder 1.15 Honorary Commission to Felix LaBauve for International Industrial Exposition, Paris. 1878. 

Scope and Content

Paper giving Felix Labauve honorary commission to the International Industrial Exposition. Signed by President Hayes, includes United States seal.